What better time to watch intriguing TV series than during finals when you should be studying? On the bright side, these are actually worth the procrastination.
#1- The Affair
In episode one of Showtime’s series “The Affair,” there was an attention-getting twist that proves things aren’t always what they seem. Tracing—you guessed it—an affair between Brooklyn teacher and writer Noah (played by Dominic West) and damaged Montauk waitress Allison (Ruth Wilson), we quickly learn that people tend to remember things very differently. Also starring Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson—yes, Pacey from “Dawson’s Creek”—you’ll blow through the first three seasons in no time.
#2- Beverly Hills 90210
If you were too young to have watched this game-changing series when it originally aired, we suggest you start from the beginning, stat—if for nothing else than the unbelievable 1990s fashion. Not that the soapy series won’t suck you into its plot: Two wholesome twins—Brenda and Brandon Walsh played by Shannen Dougherty and Jason Priestly—move with their parents from small-town Minnesota to excess-filled Beverly Hills. Yes, there was enough drama to fill 10 seasons.
#3- The Handmaid’s Tale
The acclaimed first season of Hulu’s devastating, cinematic adaptation was a tough act to follow, particularly because Season 2 required the story to continue beyond the ending of Margaret Atwood’s novel. While not without bumps—the finale in particular left a number of fans frustrated—this sophomore run mostly rose to the challenge, expanding the nightmarish world of Gilead without compromising on claustrophobic, character-driven storytelling.
Chemistry teacher, Walter White, is diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and given only 2 years left to live. Determined to give his family a secure future, he enters the drug trade and manufactures methamphetamine with a former student.
Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn’t just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he’s a serial killer – but he only murders the guilty, so he feels justified with his lifestyle choices. His policewoman sister and his cop co-workers have no idea Dexter lives a double life; however, adoptive father Harry knows his secret, and does, in fact, help Dexter hone his `skills’. It’s a unique brand of justice for which charming Dexter feels a psychological hunger.
#6- Orange Is The New Black
Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiancé when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.
#7-Six Feet Under
Laced with irony and dark situational humor, the show approaches the subject of death through the eyes of the Fisher family, who own and operate a funeral home in Los Angeles. Peter Krause stars as Nate, who reluctantly becomes a partner in the funeral home after his father’s death.
In this contemporary version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories, Dr. John Watson is a war vet just home from Afghanistan. He meets the brilliant but eccentric Holmes when the latter, who serves as a consultant to Scotland Yard, advertises for a flatmate. Almost as soon as Watson moves into the Baker Street flat, they are embroiled in mysteries, and Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty, appears to have a hand in the crimes.