Jul 16

The Best TV Shows To Get Lost In

When I was a kid, I stayed up way too late reading books, and I have a few memories of my mom busting into my room at 3 AM and yelling at me to go to sleep. Only, the thing is, I couldn’t. I was, and always have been, completely and utterly addicted to that feeling you get when you get lost in a story. And I totally need to get lost in a story, and for a long period of time. That’s why my first love is books. But recently, I’ve gotten into some pretty good TV shows, thanks to the modern convenience of binge watching.

a list of the best tv shows to get lost in

As an adult, you can still find me staying up pretty late on occasion as I try to power through a good book. But I don’t have to limit my good stories to just books anymore. Since the so-called golden age of television, there are tons of great shows out there that you can really get lost in.

That’s what this post is all about. I’ve created a list of the best TV shows to get lost in.

(Note: Pretty much all of these are available on Netflix. What can I say? I’m one of those terrible Millennials the handwringing old people warned you about, and I haven’t had cable since 2007.)

TV Shows You Can Binge Right Now

Peaky Blinders

I was raised on gangster movies. My dad spent a large portion of my childhood quoting The Godfather to me and my brother, so much so that the first time I saw the movie at the age of 12, I was concerned that perhaps someone had stolen my dad’s sayings and turned them into a movie.

Because of this, I love a good story about a man who takes full advantage of the capitalist system by working a little outside the law — or in the case of this show, by keeping law enforcement in his back pocket. The storylines are amazing, the acting is fantastic, and the costumes are awesome. Do I have a crush on 1920s gangsters from Birmingham? Maybe a little.

Star Trek (Any Variation)

Okay. Hear me out. I know that Star Trek isn’t new or some well-kept secret show. But let me ask you this: How many of the various reincarnations have you seen? Not all of them? Then start watching now.

Sure, some of the storylines are pretty cringe-inducing, especially on the older shows. But there are a ton of episodes available, which means that once you get into this show, you don’t have to come up for air unless you want to. It’s nice to know that you have a whole world available to you that you can explore without the fear of running low on episodes. I’ve recently started watching Star Trek: The Next Generation myself, and I’m having a blast.

Jessica Jones

I was really excited for this show to come out, and when it did last summer, Chris and I binged it over the course of a weekend. It’s pretty much everything I wanted in a show based on a comic book — a female protagonist, a really grim storyline, and a complete lack of skimpy costumes.

Fair warning: This show is really dark. So if you’re the type who is looking for a superhero show full of cheesy one-liners and a hero that fights a really campy villain, this show may not be for you. And I will admit that after you spend a lot of time absorbed in this show, you’ll want to take some time to be absorbed in something a bit lighter.

Stranger Things

Chris and I were really excited for this show to come out. The previews made it look a lot like the shows we loved as kids, only made for adults. Everything about this show from the storyline to the characters to the music is completely and utterly perfect. And I’ve already had nightmares about aspects of the show!

I especially recommend this show to early Gen Y/late Gen X people, just because it has that vibe that a lot of our childhood programming had. But be forewarned that this is a show with only 8 episodes. So, your dive into this world won’t last long. But that’s totally okay. Chris and I both agreed while watching it that we don’t want a second a season of this, because it’s not the sort of story that can easily transition into a season 2. (Or maybe it is. I’m not finished yet, I just know that I hate when shows prolong an ending and sacrifice story for money.) It will, however, probably get a second season since people like Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro are hyping it up on social media.

Upcoming Shows

Luke Cage

So, if you’ve watched Jessica Jones, then you’re familiar with Luke Cage. He’s a big, handsome bartender in Hell’s Kitchen. He’s also bullet proof and insanely strong.

In this new show, Luke finds himself trying to rebuild his life in Harlem after his bar was destroyed, but things go awry (as they are oft wont to do) and he finds himself stuck in a battle for the city. I’m not sure what’s going to happen in this story, but it doesn’t really matter. Knowing what little I know about Luke Cage and Jessica Jones in the comic books, I’m excited to see what the future has in store for Luke Cage.

The Crown

My life has been pretty empty without a good costume drama. Ever since I stopped watching Downton, I’ve been without a very dramatic, yet restrained British show. Luckily, The Crown will premiere on Netflix soon. (I’m not saying that these shows are anywhere near similar. I’m getting the vibe that The Crown will not be full of the sappy soap opera nonsense that plagued Downton.)

This show follows the entire life of Queen Elizabeth II, and is written by the man who brought you the movie The Queen, and the play The Audience. It’s definitely a new show to invest your time in, because there’s no way that it’s going away any time soon. There has been a lot buzz around The Crown, and it’s expected to be among the top shows extended for a second season.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

While I didn’t care much about the book series when it first came out, I’m really excited for the opportunity to get A Series of Unfortunate Events. I totally plan on picking up the books before the show premieres. And I think this is something I could totally make Chris watch, and maybe even read with me.

As a person who really refuses to grow up, I’m really looking forward to getting absorbed in this show. I love that it’s set in sort of a timeless world that looks like the 1800s and 1930s, though there are some references to computers and fiber-optics as well. It’s definitely going to be a fun world to fall into.

What about you? What stories are you currently getting lost in?

Jul 16

10 Fanfiction Stories I Want to Read

Today, let’s talk about fanfiction.


I like stories. I like them a lot. I like them so much that I write my own and a lot of the time, I read the stories of others. Because of my love and fascination with stories, I spend a lot of time thinking about fictional characters and what they do outside of the actual canonical story. (As well as thinking about what fictional career I would like.) For that very reason, I’m bringing you a list of 10 fanfiction stories I want to read. So, if you come across any of these on the internet, know that you are obligated by law to send me a link.

And with that, let’s get to it!

fanfiction draco malfoy

The Malfoys being tried for their war crimes.

Any society that has a list of “unforgivable curses” naturally must also have a list of unforgivable war crimes. And I find it hard to believe that anyone who helped the Dark Lord rise to power and called themselves a Death Eater wouldn’t be tried for those crimes. I would also like to read about the Malfoys when they are locked up at the wizarding version of Guantanamo.

And I wouldn’t be mad if this was made into an attraction in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Bilbo Baggins - fanfiction

Bilbo workshopping There and Back Again in an Elven MFA program.

Sure, the elves are basically the purest and most godlike creatures in Middle Earth, but that doesn’t stop me from assuming that they are pretentious, judgmental assholes when it comes to the creative writing workshop table. I bet Bilbo brings his book into the room and takes his place at the round table, then Celebrimbor and Glorfindel start tearing his work apart by saying all those shitty things that assholes say in workshops.

In this particular story, Celebrimbor is the goody two-shoes who wants the professor to love him, so he says shit like, “You have to learn the rules first, then you can break them. So you have to be aware of the tradition before you transfer the role of the hero to Bard the Bowman.” Then, Glorfindel is the asshat who would want Bilbo to take out any sort of so-called feminine qualities from the book, like when the dwarves help clean up the kitchen after the unexpected party. He’d also want Beorn to be more of a Bukowski sad sack character.

Downton Abbey - fanfiction

Lady Edith enjoying a moment of happiness at Downton Abbey.

So, I haven’t seen the final season of Downton yet, and I don’t know if I can take any more emotional roller coaster rides with Julian Fellowes at the control panel, just laughing maniacally as everything I love turns to absolute shit. But I do know this: Lady Edith deserves to be happy.

Lady Edith deserves to be happy. Click To Tweet

And I don’t care what form that takes. So, if she isn’t an ecstatic ball of joviality in the sixth season, then I’ma need someone to pen a tale where Edith sits on a merry-go-round with her kid and eats cotton candy while the air is a perfect 72 degrees and no one gets a sunburn.

Fanfiction - star trek

Lieutenant Commander Data attempting to install the newest iOS update.


Anyway, I just imagine he wouldn’t have enough memory to do the update initially, then he’d put it off, just like you do when you don’t want to update your phone in the middle of the day. But then, when he isn’t expecting it, Data would accidentally hit the update button, and then boom! He’d be out, installing that update in the middle of a critical mission, and you can bet that Q would be a real dick about it.

Peaky Blinders - Fanfiction

The Shelby family confronting a business partner/enemy using nothing but the phrase “Are you laughing at my brother?!”

Admittedly, I’m a little sad that the third season of Peaky Blinders isn’t just six straight hours of the Shelby brothers saying this over and over as they fight their enemies and marry each other off to gypsies. (Though, I do understand why the creators of the show chose not to do this.) Anyway, remember that scene in season 1, episode 4 of The Wire where they only use variations of the word “fuck?” For reference, also obviously NSFW:

I want to read a scene where the Shelby brothers confront someone, and only use the phrase “Are you laughing at my brother?!” I don’t care who they are beating up or why they are. I just want this to happen.

Fast and the Furious - fanfiction

The Toretto Family getting kicked off the go-karts at a fun park.

I mean, because obviously they would be. You can get kicked off the go-karts at Celebration Station here in Oklahoma City for the smallest transgression. (Not that I would know or anything, or that I’ve accidentally caught a go-kart on fire.) Naturally the Torettos proclivity for flips and drifting would get them kicked out fast, thus ruining the birthday party of little Jack O’Conner.

Don’t worry, though. Uncle Dom and Aunt Letty would make it up to Jack by giving a Power Wheels car to ride around in. And naturally, they’ve modified it to go faster.

Huckleberry Finn - fanfiction

Huckleberry Finn making out with me.

This is a long-standing literary crush. I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR THIS.

This is a long-standing literary crush. I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR THIS. Click To Tweet

Also, if you have an inexplicable love for all things Huck Finn, I sincerely recommend that you check out Band of Robbers. It will definitely intensify your infatuation.

Avengers - Fanfiction

The Avengers picking out a game room couch at Ikea.

If you thought tensions were high in Captain America: Civil War, that’s nothing compared to the flaring tempers in an Ikea. And you know what? Even though they’ve all actually experienced the world nearly ending multiple times, I bet that Hawkeye would feel like it really was ending if the gang didn’t get the purple sectional, just as I’m sure Black Widow would prefer the black patent leather chaise. And whatever the crew ended up buying, I’m sure it would at some point be smashed by the Hulk. Only he wouldn’t really be angry. It would just be an excuse for him to get rid of the couch that he didn’t really like.

Waiting for Godot - fanfiction

Vladimir and Estragon finally meeting Godot, and agreeing they never want to see him again.

As an English major, I think I was forced to read Waiting for Godot roughly 63,497 times during my tenure as an undergrad. For this reason, I have often thought about what sort of turn the play would take if Didi and Gogo were to actually meet Godot. I have thus concluded that those two lovable tramps wouldn’t enjoy his company, and stand him up next time, only to be found waiting in a more ridiculous location, like a DMV line or camping out for tickets to a Star Wars movie.

Batman - Fanfiction

A Batman story that doesn’t dwell on the death of Bruce’s parents.

I’m not sure why, but pretty much every Batman movie ever has to have the terrible scene where we see Bruce’s parents get shot. And I’m not saying that this isn’t a formative experience for little Brucie, but I am saying that it’s definitely not what makes him Batman. It’s important, but I’m pretty sure his training with Ra’s al Ghul is a little more important. Also, his time spent with Alfred is also important. (Thanks to Fox’s Gotham for showing how Bruce and Alfred get on after Thomas and Martha die.)

And I get that seeing how Bruce witnessed the murder of his parents is supposed to make us feel sympathy for him. But it kind of does the opposite. He had enough money that he could live in complete comfort for his whole life. Other kids in that situation would’ve been bounced between relatives and foster homes until they turned 18 and were no longer anyone’s problem.

And let’s be real. Batman’s origin story has been done to death.

Batman's origin story has been done to death. Click To Tweet

I would really like to see a story that goes into detail about how he does restorative yoga to heal his body after superhero-ing all day, or about how pissed off Alfred is that Bruce can never remember to use a goddamn coaster.

So what about you? What fanfiction are you dying to see/read?