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It’s common for reviewers to come up with their top shows, and typically one or two shows top the list of most major critics. However, with our current crop of shows there is no clear winner. They are just that good. Let’s review some of the truly extraordinary shows currently on our airwaves.
Those of you brave enough to fall in love with a dark, tense show are likely to love “Breaking Bad.” Though this show centers around an ex-chemistry teacher who’s decided to use his scientific powers for evil, there are still surprisingly fresh bursts of humor to be found. Warning: this show is highly addictive.
Some shows can get stale after a few seasons – especially shows that are as stylized as “Mad Men.” Thankfully, that’s not the case with this brilliant drama that focuses on the hip and stylish late ‘60s and early ‘70s Manhattan. From the clothes, to the sets, to the cars, everything about this show is cool. Die-hard viewers claim this show is just getting better every season. As the upheaval of the ‘70s takes over Manhattan, look for the plots to get even more relevant and thought-provoking.
Game of Thrones
This show alone makes subscribing to HBO worthwhile. Based on a popular series of books by G.R.R Martin, “Game of Thrones” takes place in the fictional land of Westeros. From intrigue to romance, from battles to love affairs, there’s something here for everyone. The acting has been described as the best seen on TV this decade, and the show’s fans are constantly on the edge of their seats to see which plot twist will next blow them away.
Probably the best show on NBC in the last twenty years, “Parenthood” has stayed steady in the ratings for four seasons and will be hanging around for at least a fifth. The story follows patriarch Zeke and matriarch Camille’s adult children and their families, as they make their way through the often-confusing world of family, careers and more. Grab your popcorn and your most philosophical friend, because one of the strengths of this complicated show is the fact that there are always two sides to every story, and nothing is ever quite what it initially seems.
Another tense heart-stopper, “Homeland” has an incredibly talented crew of actors and writers who truly bring these tales of espionage, theft and attempted terror to life. This is not a show for the faint of heart, but it is a show that bridges generation gaps. After all, everyone can appreciate an expertly woven tale and stories of foreign intrigue.
“Doctor Who” has been a popular British show for decades, and part of the brilliance of this show is the fact that it’s set up in such a way that it can carry on with new actors every few years. The main character, referred to only as “The Doctor”, has had many incarnations, but whether you’ve loved this show for many years or are just getting on board, all it takes is one episode to see that this science fiction/fantasy show is truly something special.
The Good Wife
As intriguing as political dramas are, the idea is not an especially new one. However, “The Good Wife” manages to put a fresh, fascinating spin on political theater. Part political thriller and part courtroom drama, it focuses not on the powerful, corrupt politician himself, but on his wife. At times heart-breaking, at times tense, it is consistently captivating.
Fans of Aaron Sorkin, creator of the beloved series “The West Wing” and the Academy Award-winning movie “The Social Network”, are making quite a fuss over his newest offering: “The Newsroom.” There’s no question that this is Sorkin at his best. With stunning performances by Jeff Daniels, it’s hard to say what’s more impressive—the acting or the writing. Either way, watching this hour-long show is an hour well spent.
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