21 shows to watch before you are 21: No Spoilers

By Creative Junkie

On 28th February 2021
Here are some reviews of some amazing shows you should watch this year.  How to Get Away with Murder A suspense filled thriller centred around law students and their mysterious […]

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Here are some reviews of some amazing shows you should watch this year. 

How to Get Away with Murder

A suspense filled thriller centred around law students and their mysterious criminal defence professor who become entangled in murder plots. Will keep you wanting more, and as cliché as it sounds you will be at the edge of your seat after every cliff hanger.

Fleabag

The series follows Fleabag, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, navigates her life, aided by her dry-witted humour. She speaks into the camera, truly bringing her audience with her through her journey and capturing her emotions in each moment. Hilarious and a TV show like no other. 

Bridgerton

Based around the world of Regency London, with a twist. The concept of race does not seem to exist, in this somewhat revolutionary piece, however, misogyny and homophobia continue to exist. The theme of sexism is widely explored through Daphne’s character who once marrying the ravishing Duke, experiences a journey of female liberation. Each member of the Bridgerton family has their own tale as they navigate traditional society, whilst also being subject to ‘gossip girl’ news written by ‘Lady Whistledown’, who’s reveal was a shock to many viewers.

Sex Education

Although this explores more mature themes, it explores different characters in one high school and their journey into exploring their sexuality, love, puberty, mental health, sexual harassment and sex. The strange 1980s clothing and American school setting in England makes you feel quite distant from the reality of the series, despite it reigning true. It teaches individuals to not be afraid to ask questions or be afraid of their natural desires, despite being major societal taboos.

After Life

Tony is depressed and ready to end his life, following the death of his wife. He is, however, constantly prevented to do so by his everyday life and the people within it. The show both makes you cry from laughter and sadness. A really great watch. 

The Good Place

A woman finds herself in ‘ The Good Place’ following her death, however, she soon discovers that this framed utopia is not all what it is made out to be. I can’t really describe the plot without giving it away so just watch as the plot evolves.

Pose

A dance musical that “explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe” (IMDB). 

Selling Sunset

We all like a bit of trash TV and this is it. Watch the Oppenheim Group sell luxury Estate in the USA to big time business owners and celebrities, whilst these women also face their own drama. It is just addictive and leaves you wanting more.

The Undoing

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant play a couple who become linked to the death of Elena Alves, a fellow parent at their child’s private school. I finished it in a day and prepare for the twists and turns and a shocking ending.

The Crown

British History through the perspective of the royal family. Each season explores the Crown’s involvement in landmark historical events such as Suez Crisis and the premiership of  Margaret Thatcher. Although it seems boring, it is truly interesting and revealing. Plus, the season on Diana is so important.

This Is Us

This show follows the family lives and connections of several people who all share the same birthday and displays a heart-warming and emotional story of their relationships.

You

Based around a stalker and his love interests. Creepy and disturbing, but makes you want to keep watching, and somewhat romanticises the idea of stalking as we explore the subject from the perspective of the stalker.

Black Mirror

This TV series explores modern society through dystopian themes and concepts, created by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. It invites the audience to explore the harmful reality of technology as it progresses and grows, infiltrating all parts of our lives. The ‘what could be’ factor is what makes this show truly terrifying but amazing. Every episode is different, with a new concept and new actors.

Alexa and Katie

A show for the younger people, based on the friendship of two young girls. Alexa has cancer and has returned to high school and does not want it to get in the way of her life before. The heart-warming story of friendship and family also explores mental health, an issue that needs more attention.

One Day at a Time

Based around a Cuban family in America, which talks about the issues of mental health, homophobia, sexuality, gender identity, sexuality, cultural expectations, internalised misogyny and sexism.

When They See Us

Tells the story of the Central Park 5 Case, surrounding the 5 boys who were falsely accused of rape and served sentences following this. The series is split into 4 parts and tells the compelling stories of these individual lives that were changed forever. The cast was amazing, and the series has you in tears as you realise that this is a reality.

I May Destroy You

Arabella is sexually assaulted after being spiked on a night out. This causes her to reinvent and explore every element of her life. Micahela Coel is truly amazing in telling her real story through ‘I May Destroy You’.

Unorthodox

A young Jewish woman escapes her Orthodox community in Williamsburg, New York and navigates life in a world unknown to her. Truly eye opening to watch.

Love life

Anna Kendrick’s character navigates her many love interests throughout her life through this series. It’s a really easy and interesting watch. A good show to watch with your friends.

Small Axe

A British anthology film series, created and directed by Steve McQueen. The anthology consists of five films which tell distinct stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London during the 1960s and 1970s. (WIKIPEDIA)

Chewing Gum

Another amazing show starring Michaela Coel as she plays the lead in this brilliant sitcom. It explores the mishaps of her community, friends and family through a comedic perspective.

These shows are some of my favourite, with different story lines and plots, that I cannot take my eyes off, and tend to return to often as comfort TV and have watched them far too many times.
Written by Creative Junkie

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