The summer is here Nation and even thought we like to get sun, there’s going to be days that are just too hot so watching TV is might be the way to beat the heat.
Here are my top 5 TV shows to binge watch this summer!
Attack on Titan
This one is for those who like a little gore and horror with their breakfast. Not gonna lie, it has a crazy amount of blood so if you’re even the tiniest bit squeamish this show isn’t for you. If you can get past that, the passion of the main character, Eren Yeager, and determination he has to destroy his people’s attackers—the Titans—may well inspired you and give you strength to take on the “Titans” in your life.
Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It is set in a world where humans live in cities encircled by towering walls. These walls serve one purpose: to protect its citizens from gigantic humanoids known as titans. The titans subsist primarily on humans, yet no one seems sure why this is so. After the invasion of their hometown, protagonist Yeager, and his friends from childhood, Mikasa and Armin volunteer to fight with the military to beat back the titans.
Yeah, I’ll be the first to admit, the show’s vibe is kind of dark, but that doesn’t take away how amazing it is. And it just hit me, even if you have a strong stomach, you probably shouldn’t eat while you watch the show; food might not stay down. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Steven Universe is an animated television series created by Rebecca Sugar for Cartoon Network. You’re probably going to find the show’s style a little different, but if you can set aside any reservations you will enjoy this show immensely. (My little sister loves it!)
The show is about a boy named Steven who is half crystal gem and half human. You might ask, what is a crystal gem? To put it simply, the gems on the show are kinds of like birth stones but they grow within you every gem had a particular trait or job. For example, rubies and amethyst are guards and soldiers; pearls are servants; and the diamonds represent the matriarchy or leaders over the the Gem Homeworld. On earth, you’ll find gems that don’t quite fit the mold and therefore flawed by the other gems. Gem fusions—when two or more gems fuse together to create a different gem—is frowned upon.
On its face, Steven Universe is a light-hearted story but at the same time, it hit upon many topics that are relevant to life today. Don’t be fooled, this is not a silly animated TV show. Well maybe, the theme song; it’s been stuck in my head ever since I started watching it!
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender will make you laugh, and it will make you cry. It’s a wonderfully crazy rollercoaster of emotion!
Civilization is divided into four nations. Each of these nations is named after one of the classic elements: fire, water, earth, and air. Within each nation there are people who can control their nation’s element; they are “benders.” There is only one person—the Avatar—who is able to master all the elements and provides balance and harmony within the world. When an Avatar dies they are reincarnated into the next natiom, a process known as the Avatar cycle.
For a century the Fire Nation has subjected the world to a campaign of war and attempted world domination. When the Fire Nation first began their campaign the new Avatar disappeared for fear of his responsibilities as the Avatar. During a storm on the sea, he became encapsulated in ice where he stayed for 100 years until he was found by Earth Nation brother and sister Sokka and Katara. After freeing Aang—an airbender as well as the Avatar—they set off on an voyage to other Nations so that Aang might learn to bend the remaining elements of water, earth, and fire.
What I love about The Last Airbender is how it combines anime and American cartoon styles. It relies heavily on imagery of the Inuit and East/South Asia. It aired on Nickelodeon for three season and was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. While the subject matter is serious, the show is perfectly balance by many light-hearted and zany moments.
Have you read the Vertigo comic, The Sandman? It’s wonderfully dark and mystical and includes many characters you’re bound to recognize. One you might recognize in particular: Lucifer. Someone saw fit to take the character and revamp a bit—ok, a lot— and brought him to TV and I was hooked from the beginning!
Lucifer is an American fantasy police drama brought to television by Tom Kapinos. Lucifer Morningstar, whom you may remember is the Devil, is unhappy and bored about the state of his existence as the Lord of Hell. So, he does what anyone bored with his life does; he moves to Los Angeles and opens up a nightclub (Lux) with Mazikeen—a demon—as his bartender.
The show is an absolutely fabulous mix of drama and comedy; it’s witty and smart and pulls all the right strings. Of course, being a show about the Devil, there is some controversy, especially from folks who think Lucifer is an unredeemable. Indeed Morningstar is portrayed more as misunderstood and less as the personification of evil but at the end of the day, it’s just a TV show.
And it’s an engaging one at that. The show was so popular that after Fox cancelled it, the fan uproar made Netflix notice and pick it up! We’re going to get you season 4! Yes!
Supernatural is probably my favourite TV shows to binge watch. It is one of the most intense shows you will ever see. Thankfully the tension is occasionally cut by comedic scenes that help remind you that not everything wants to kill you.
Brothers Dean and Sam Winchester who travel the country in their precious Impala saving innocent lives and killing the monsters that would do people harm.
When I watch Supernatural, I’m so engrossed by the intricate character it’s hard to realize they aren’t real. It feels like their real and there is every possibility they could just step off the screen and live among us. The show has been on the air for 13 seasons, which is so rare now.
But the best thing about Supernatural has got to be the crossover with none other than Scooby-Doo, ScoobyNatural. What! What!
More TV Shows to Binge Watch this Summer
So many more but I only have so much time!
See you the next time you’re caught in the storm.
Do you have any TV shows to binge watch to add to my list? Tell us!