I am trying to categorize tv-shows so I can share them with you all, but it is turning out to be harder than I thought. Some shows fit into several categories and only picking five shows per category is quite tough! After having previously discussed the five girly shows you should be watching, here are five drama shows worthy of your attention!
Most of the shows I watch are dramas, because they have interesting and dramatic (albeit sometimes unrealistic) story lines. If the characters keep making the same mistakes or the show has a typical love triangle then I am quickly put off.. what turns you off? The shows I picked out are all very different, but certainly are dramatic and exciting...
For a long time I kept saying that my current favorite show is Suits (along with a couple of others), because it is different, smart and had very interesting characters. The first season really was amazing. It starts with Mike Ross, a college dropout with a photographic memory, who is helping his best friend out with a drug deal (err, yeah bad business), which goes badly (doh) and he ends up at an interview for a job to be the associate of Harvey Specter, a big time closer of law cases. Mike proves he is awesome. Harvey likes this because he is awesome too. It is the start of a budding bromance. Harvey decides to hire Mike knowing Mike has no law degree, which means they are now both committing fraud.. and that is how the show will continue... with interesting law cases and Mike trying to hide his past. This is definitely worth a watch.. don't believe me? Watch the trailer!
How to Get Away with Murder
This tv-show only has had one season so far, but it was very exciting and interesting. It is about a group of law students who attent the class "How to Get Away with Murder" or, as we would know it, Criminology 101. The professor who teaches the class will take on five students who can help her out on actual cases, and four students could end up working for her. Right from the get-go the audience (we) learn that there is a mysterious murder plot that the students are presumably involved in.. but we do not know why, how, where, etc. You catch my drift? Throughout the season we get flashes of information on what is really going on whilst getting to know the students and professor better. It gets pretty complicated and pretty messed up.. for the characters. Lots of drama. Oh yeah!
Completely different from the two previous shows is Homeland. It deals with the FBI, war, terrorism, and other fun and light-hearted political topics (sarcasm, yeah?). Nicholas Brody, a U.S. marine sergeant presumed dead, is found alive and brought back to the States. Turns out he was being held hostage and is now seen as a war hero. Carrie Mathison, FBI anaylist, does not believe his story and thinks he has been turned, so she tries to get to the bottom of it. This will surely result into complicated and dramatic situations. It even makes you wonder about whether he is a traitor or a war hero! Brody also has to adapt to life back with his family and his family has to adapt to him being back. It is a really strong show that goes into the psychology of both Brody and Carrie, and even other minor characters. Homeland has even won an Emmy and Golden Globe!
Person of Interest
This is quite a complicated and smart tv show. It is about a rich computer genius, Harold Finch, who creates a surveillance machine for the government to keep its citizens and foreign countries in check and avoid terrorist attacks. However, Finch does not agree with the government's policy and secretly uses the machine to prevent violent crimes together with John Reese (ex-CIA agent). The two have to do this without being found out by the government and the police. That is it in a nutshell, but it is far more interesting and layered. We slowly learn more and more about how Finch put everything together. Check out the trailer to get a better understanding of the show.
House of Cards
If you are looking for something really dark, really heavy and really dramatic, then House of Cards might be something for you. I took the summary from Wikipedia, because I do not think I can put into words... what this show is like other than... darrrrk, haha. Here you go:
"Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation and power."
His elaborate plan is quite evil and manipulative, but it surely is very interesting and messed up! Man, those politicians. They be evil.
Now these were the five drama shows I think you should be watching, but there are so many other good shows. That is why I also wanted to mention Grey's Anatomy, Revenge, Scandal and Once Upon a Time. There are grievances I have about these shows, but I still enjoy them a lot. In this article, there are two tv-shows about law, but both are completely different and nothing in common other than that they practice law in the shows! The two political shows can not be compared either. I had a hard time picking out the right tv-series, but this is what I came up with.. and I would love to know what you think of it. Have you seen any of these shows? Are there other shows you would have added to this list?