American Horror Story

 

“American Horror Story”  or AHS is a series that focuses on a certain theme for each of the season. All the seasons tell a new story but interwinds with previous tales. The majority of the actors return to be able to play new characters. A cool aspect of this show is that you do not have to watch all the seasons to understand the stories.

The creators of the series throw it out of the park with their creativity.  Every episode pulls you in and creates  an atmosphere of suspense. The show contains mature themes that may not be suitable for some viewers. AHS The Coven was in my opinion the best season yet.  The special effects are simple in The Coven but none the less effective.
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The Office Season 1

“The Office” is a quirky comedy takes place in …….. you guessed it an office in a paper company. Michael Scott  the boss who comes off  as bit lonely and desperate to maintain a good relationship with his employees. Dwight who believes he is better than his fellow co-workers. Jim is the mellow office guy. Pam is the helpful and reasonable secretary. These misfits create their rag tag of a family.

The first season is mostly the audience getting to know the main protagonists. It starts up a bit slow but picks up the pace. The audience can see themselves in the characters. It is a good binge for the weekend.

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Black Mirror

“Black Mirror” is a series with around 5 stand alone episodes per season produced by different directors. All directors have different visions and methods to approach the audience. Many of the episodes are set in future dystopias  revolving  around technology.

What I like most about the series is how you do not need to watch the seasons or episodes in chronological order. Stand alone episodes allow the viewer to sit down to enjoy the show without having to invest a large portion of their time. At times the realistic accuracy of these installments can be a bit off putting.

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Criminal Minds

This series follows the professional  lives of the behavioral analysis unit (BAU). These individuals fight to rid the world of those who do harm to the innocent. With episodes  that will leave you baffled on how an individual could be so twisted.

The show is a great binge on Netflix. The episodes have well written stories. One can identify with the character on screen. As the seasons progress you can see how their daily jobs  take a toll on their personal lives as well. Just how much attempting to make the world a better place wears them out. The episodes are intense, heart-racing, and suspenseful.

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On My Block

On My Block tells a coming of age story of four best friends, Monse,  Jamal, Ruby, and Cesar. Their journey traveling through the ups and down of high school. As well as meeting new people, the blossoming of new relationships, and learning how to adapt to young adulthood.

I related to this show quite a bit. With the whole ordeal that everyone thinks the friends they have now will last forever. This is almost never the case people have fallouts, grow apart, or just completely fall out of contact. Another aspect that I related to in the series was finding the balance between school, friends, family, and for myself.

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Sherlock (2010)

This modern spin on the famous detective stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, begins when war veteran Dr. John Watson returns home from Afghanistan. Watson then meets the astute but arrogant Sherlock Holmes after Holmes is contacted as a consultant for the Scotland Yard posts an add seeking a roommate. Soon after Watson moves  into the Baker St apartment he is dragged into a world of mystery solving that is only the beginning.

This is an excellent executed series. It gives a hit of modernity to the classic mystery tales by Sir Arthur  Conan Doyle. The episodes completely suck you in, leaving you at the edge of your seat for the most part.  It incorporated the classics items from the stories like the deerstalker and the famous 211b Backer ST.

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Harlan Coben’s : Safe

Tom Delaney a surgeon who’s wife Rachel has passed a year ago struggles to find the balance to raise his two daughters. Tom enters a fairly new relationship with Sophie who is a police detective. Tom and his family seem to be doing all right considering Rachel’s passing. Being supported by their friends and neighbors in their gated community. But as Tom’s older daughter Jenny Delaney goes missing he calls for Sophie’s aid. Little do they know that Jenny’s disappearance was opening a can of worms that should have stayed closed.

This series does a good job at keeping you at the edge of your chair. As the episodes progress you think you know what will happen next but continue to be surprised.  Director  Michael C. Hall does a great job  at bringing Harlan Coben’s story to the silver screen. You may think you know where Jenny is , but the show establishes twists and turns and executes them well. The ending was a bit disappointing but never the less the tension between the actors is felt through the screen.

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