By Patrick Infurna
As the weather gets warmer and the days become longer, there may still be a few reasons to spend time indoors binge watching. With each spring comes a brand new slew of TV shows. Whether you block out an hour every week or hours every day, these fresh shows are sure to keep you glued to your screen.
“The Son”– Pierce Brosnan brings Phillipp Meyer’s best-selling novel to life as Eli McCullough, “The First Son of Texas” in AMC’s newest western drama. Captured and raised by the Camanche tribe amidst a war to protect their tribal land, Eli McCullough builds an oil dynasty like no other. The series follows Eli’s brutal and unforgiving methods of protecting his family fortune amidst the changing times of the Industrial Revolution in Texas.
“Making History”– Produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, producers and writers of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, this new Fox comedy follows Dan, a facilities manager at a small Massachusetts college who spends his weekends traveling to the 18th century to date Paul Revere’s daughter. His unknown poetic pop song lyrics and movie quotes make him the most popular man in colonial Massachusetts. He becomes concerned, though, when he realizes that he is distracting the founding fathers from their destiny to revolt against the British. Dan ropes his history-buff friend into his adventure, hoping to undo the mess that he has created.
“Downward Dog”– “Downward Dog” is a must-see comedy for all dog lovers. In this love story between a pet and its owner, the personal and professional life of Nan, played by Allison Tolman, is seen through the eyes of her dog Martin. Somewhere in his packed schedule of sleeping fourteen hours a day, fetching the mail and protecting his house from the treacherous cats that prowl his neighborhood, Martin finds the time to offer commentary and his philosophies on life.
“Shots Fired”– Reggie Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood teamed up to produce a Fox drama series that takes an in depth look at the American justice system. The story begins with an African American police officer Deputy Beck shooting an unarmed white teenager, which opens an investigation in a small North Carolina town. When investigators are sent by the Department of Justice to question witnesses, they discover that the murder case of an unarmed black teenager several years prior had never been solved.
“Planet Earth II” – The exploration of Earth’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders returned to Americans’ television screens in February. This seven-part BBC series, now available on Amazon, immerses its viewers into worlds rarely seen by even the most ambitious of adventurers. Advanced technology has captured the incredible details of the animal kingdom’s most thrilling stories of survival in all of its breathtaking habitats. From the smallest crustaceans that crawl the sea floor to the largest beasts that roam Africa’s savannahs, “Planet Earth II” opens up the natural world before us like never before.
“Thirteen Reasons Why” – Selena Gomez has produced this Netflix thirteen part emotional mystery series based on Jay Asher’s best-selling novel. The series opens with teenager Clay Jensen discovering a box filled with thirteen cassette tapes, which he discovers were recorded by his last crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide. Each tape reveals situations and people that pushed Hannah to have her suicidal thoughts. This project has become a passion of Selena Gomez, as it discusses the themes of bullying, depression and social exclusion.