I think it is safe to assume that I am not the only one who finds themselves wasting precious time because they’ve discovered a new show and cannot get enough. I may be an outlier in the fact that I have powered through quite a bit of television in the last month. So I figured I’d break down the top 5 shows that I’ve watched so far this summer since late May.
Number 5: Pacific Heat
Pacific Heat is an adult animated comedy with only 13 episodes on Netflix. The show follows a group of four special agents in Australia who deal with such enemies as terrorists and drug traffickers. The show is very reminiscent of Archer and invokes a kind of fast-paced dialogue that demands attention or you may miss the jokes. Although it is not the best show I’ve ever seen, it may be worth checking out if you are in the mood for a dumb comedy series that won’t take up too much of your time.
Number 4: Flaked (Season 2)
This Netflix original series follows the character of Chip, played by Will Arnet, who despite having a good heart continues to make selfish decisions that push the ones he loves farther away from him. I was a big fan of season 1 of this show and was disappointed to see that season 2 had a shorter episode count with only 6 episodes total. However, this dramatic comedy still managed to deliver on the feels and laughs that the first season provided. I am still a big fan of this series and hope that season 3 is coming down the line with a larger episode count.
Number 3: The Flash (Season 3)
So I have a love/hate relationship with the CW superhero shows or Arrowverse as I’m sure many fans do. Arrow, one of the companion shows to The Flash, gets the right amount of criticism while I don’t think The Flash gets enough. I started watching season 3 weekly when it was released until the mid-season finally and then I just couldn’t bother to keep up. Until it was released on Netflix and I figured I’d give it a shot. This is a show that has to be binged for the sole purpose of plowing through the 70% of nonsense that is in every episode. I enjoy the characters on the show but I feel like since the cast is growing the script has to force them all to have something to do each episode and that creates a snowball effect of unnecessary and overdone drama. However, once I got into this season I really started to like it. The best part of it for me was honestly the newest incarnation of Harrison Wells, HR. I think he was a unique character and brought a lot of heart and levity to a series that seemed like it was beginning to take itself too seriously. I also knew who the identity of this season’s big bad, Savitar, before getting back into the show and that did not ruin my enjoyment of the season at all. Overall, I think this season is worth a watch for any fan of DC Comics or the Scarlet Speedster himself, and I look forward to what comes next in season 4.
Number 2: House of Cards (Season 5)
The best season of this Netflix original show since season 2. I absolutely loved the first two seasons of House of Cards, they are by no means perfect, but I think season 1, in particular, is one of the best seasons of television ever put to screen. That is why I have been so disappointed with seasons 3 and 4 which focused far too much on Frank and Clair as enemies than as a team. The thing that made House of Cards unique to me was that it was a drama series that actually had a husband and wife who got along, and not just got along, but completed each other. Season 5 still carries some of the leftover baggage of the prior seasons with plotlines and characters the show seemingly has no idea what to do with, like Tom Yates, still just lingering and taking up screen time. However, this season at least seems to recognize those issues and attempts to quickly wrap up all the loose ends and problems while at the same time introducing interesting new angles and characters for the future of the show. Kevin Spacey is also just still so good, anything I write would not do the man justice. This season is definitely worth checking out for fans of the series or just great acting.
Number 1: Better Call Saul (Season 2)
I’m putting all my cards on the table, I think Breaking Bad was the best show ever created and I don’t ever think another show will ever be better. I think it was flawless. Therefore, I am biased when it comes to that universe, the same one Better Call Saul takes place in. This prequel series follows James McQuil or as he is known in Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman, as we watch him slowly transform into the slimy lawyer that is involved in a meth empire. I watched season one weekly when it was first airing and I liked it, but the show was much slower than it’s predecessor and therefore a bit harder to get into. That is what made binge-watching season 2 perfect. You can still appreciate all the work that goes into the characters, scenes, and specific shots while also pushing ahead and getting into the juicy character driven plot that keeps this show so interesting. While the show has not yet really begun to transition Jimmy into Saul or have Mike meet Gus yet, you can see that the seeds are being sown quite beautifully. I continue to be impressed by Bob Odenkirk’s acting and feel as though he is doing an excellent job carrying this show. I know season 3 just finished airing and I am excited to continue watching Jimmy’s transformation into Saul. This season is a must watch for any Breaking Bad fan and demonstrates that this show can stand on its own without having to rely heavily on the prior Breaking Bad lore.
Well, those are my top 5 shows that I’ve watched from May through June. Currently, I’m hooked on Prison Break and I’m in deep in season 2. Feel free to let me know what you guys are watching or any recommendations down in the comments. Thank you for reading this and have a nice day.