Find yourself clawing for some TV substance after Game of Thrones finishes in less than three weeks? Fear not, as there is always something to watch when it comes to television and I’ve compiled my Top 5 shows to watch to get you through the dreaded mid-year drought.
NBC’s Grimm has just recently finished its third season, which in my opinion was its best by far which has in turn warranted a renewal for a fourth season. The show, as you’d expect from the title, is all about the ‘Grimm Fairytales’ and puts a spin on each and gives them a human meaning. Every episode is based on some kind of Grimm fairytale but it’s not the tales that make the show so great, it’s the humorous, quirky cast. David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby and Silas Weir Mitchell all excellently portray their characters and give them a great amount of depth and humor, even during the most intense of sequences. It’s very much a detective crime show but with a solid amount of horror and fantasy as well, making it one of my favorite TV shows right now. The first season is a little subdued and the production isn’t so great, but push through the first eight or so episodes and you’ll slowly be drawn into its wonderful universe.
One of the best newcomers to television in years is Fargo, a ten episode mini-series that tells the story of Lorne Malvo and his violent nature. Billy Bob Thronton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman are all excellent in the series and it’s been a great watch so far. Currently up to its eighth episode, there’s still a bit to go and you’d be kidding yourself if you don’t at least give it a shot.
Haven’t seen Arrested Development? Well now is the time. A Golden Globe winner, Arrested Development tells the story of Michael Bluth, his wacky family, and their exploits after his father is imprisoned. It’s a great comedy that paved the way for many sit-coms to come after it and features an all star cast consisting of Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter. It was also picked up by Netflix for a fourth season at the beginning of last year and a movie is in the works.
House of Cards
House of Cards is one of the best television shows running right now, period. Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara, Robin Wright and Michael Kelly star in this excellent series about a Congressman and his plan to exact revenge on the people who had broken a promise given to him. Spacey is incredible, as he breaks the fourth wall multiple times and just embody’s the role of Frank Underwood in such a wonderful and at times intimidating way. It’s also a fascinating look into the underbelly of the governments staff and their manipulative ways of reaching their goal.
HBO’s True Detective is an anthology series that started at the beginning of this year, rapidly gaining a huge fan base and garnering strong critical acclaim. There are only eight episodes in its first season, and the second season most likely won’t alter that, but what occurs within those eight episodes is a wonderful mix of drama and crime at its finest. Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michael Potts and Michelle Monaghan star in the first season and are all excellent, but its McConaughey who pulls away as the star, embodying one of the most unpredictable characters ever seen on screen. There are still questions as to whether or not the second season will be able to live up to the expectation bestowed upon the series after its incredible first season, but this is the show to watch during the mid-year break if you haven’t seen it already.
While these shows might not appeal to everyone, they’re my top picks for TV shows to watch during the mid-year break if you haven’t seen them already. Have any other recommendations to give? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check them out!