It May Be Junk To You

It may be junk to you, but it could also be the very thing that bonds you and me or keeps me sane in an ocean of responsibility and endless tasks. What am I talking about? I’m talking about good old-fashion TV shows. 

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Some peope snark at the sound of TV bringing one pleasure, but I say, as long as you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing in life, you know the common core that forever binds us all: chores, exercise, bill-paying, family and friends time, and work of some sort etc... then enjoy! Besides, you ain’t hurtin’ nobody and escaping from reality is one of my most favorite things to do. Duh. I’m an author of fiction. Escape is my middle name.  

This list below comprises the shows that allow me to forget about politics, worldwide issues and anything personal going on at the moment. It’s also a great time for bonding when with family, spouses or lovers. Whatever works for ya!

But in no particular order, here are the shows that set my mind freeeeee! 

 

 Why? Whyyyyy does this show have to end? I mean, as a Washingtonian, I like to see which shows can capture the feel of this area when they shoot. It’s more than running the White House and showing clips of backdrops of the historical monuments that makes a successful representation of DC. I mean, I even forgave Scandal for showing palm trees in one episode and its error in a Metro stop. The particulars escape me right now, but let’s just say someone on set didn’t do their homework. Anyway, the show doesn’t feel as Washington as House of Cards, but it’ll do, and who cares?! It’s cast is amazing and Kerry Washington and I should be friends. After watching this show, don’t you wanna be hers as well? Don’t know how hard I’ll cry when this show goes but raise one last red one for Olivia, will ya? I’m beyond sad to see this show go, because it made Thursdays the new Fridays, and especially in conjunction with the show listed right after this one. Scandal, please don’t go . . . #teamofitz

Why? Whyyyyy does this show have to end? I mean, as a Washingtonian, I like to see which shows can capture the feel of this area when they shoot. It’s more than running the White House and showing clips of backdrops of the historical monuments that makes a successful representation of DC. I mean, I even forgave Scandal for showing palm trees in one episode and its error in a Metro stop. The particulars escape me right now, but let’s just say someone on set didn’t do their homework. Anyway, the show doesn’t feel as Washington as House of Cards, but it’ll do, and who cares?! It’s cast is amazing and Kerry Washington and I should be friends. After watching this show, don’t you wanna be hers as well? Don’t know how hard I’ll cry when this show goes but raise one last red one for Olivia, will ya? I’m beyond sad to see this show go, because it made Thursdays the new Fridays, and especially in conjunction with the show listed right after this one. Scandal, please don’t go . . . #teamofitz

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Love this gorgeous woman here!!! She’s everything we’re taught not to praise in regards to beauty—to hell with society’s boring standards of beauty—and when I see her ole melanin-infused self sashay around like she has a broken foot when wearing heels, I just wanna flick my wrist at the screen and shout, “You go, Mama!” Her. Take a moment and just gnaw on your knuckles in awe. Let a tear fall. She’s amazing!!!! When Chaka Khan sang, “I’m very woman...” was she talking about this queen right here? She commands that role though. Like, Viola, teach me how to act. Okay, I failed to mention the show, but she IS the show. In seriosity, I love this show. It can be a bit to follow, so try to stay quiet and keep up! 👏🏽

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Don’t. Don’t suck your teeth, throw shade or roll your eyes. I’m a creative and watching people create a novel with clothes—okay it feels like that—is just amazing. It’s indescribable! Okay, it’s not. Listen, it feels like an inspiration unfolding in front of your eyes. To see someone with a creative idea make something that goes on our backs every day is relaxing. It’s a real treat to see what each designer produces and how they stand out against one another one after the other on a runway. I like to see if the judges will agree with me or not.  I loooooooooooooove this show.

 

 This is the show we needed! Funny, fun, light then serious but never too heavy, well-casted, and fresh material that discusses so many things I can relate to. Have you seen the church episode? They go to a white church and the white family that invited them attends their church in return. Between this one and the one when Dre had to prove to Michael Rappaport that he was black enough, both episodes were my favorite of all time and had my sides hurting with tears falling down and a runny nose. Yes! I don’t know what black person cannot relate to that church episode. They nailed the depiction of a black church. There is nothing like relatability. Nothing.

This is the show we needed! Funny, fun, light then serious but never too heavy, well-casted, and fresh material that discusses so many things I can relate to. Have you seen the church episode? They go to a white church and the white family that invited them attends their church in return. Between this one and the one when Dre had to prove to Michael Rappaport that he was black enough, both episodes were my favorite of all time and had my sides hurting with tears falling down and a runny nose. Yes! I don’t know what black person cannot relate to that church episode. They nailed the depiction of a black church. There is nothing like relatability. Nothing.

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I used to want to hurl something at my TV when their stupid commercials came on. There’s nothing stupid about this show. It’s wondeufl!!! Started watching since season 16. The psychological warfare it plays on the contestants’ minds as well as us viewers... Man, don’t you just wanna strangle the houseguests sometimes?! I could never live in that germ-infested house. Ew. Have you seen how nasty they are in the kitchen? Nah, bruh. Anyway, the moment I hear Julie Chen’s voice, I squeal because it’s real. But I cannot get enough of this show. Gives. Me. Summer. Life. Looooove this show. 

 

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Hahahaha. Don’t sleep on this show. I used to until my man got me into it. You can’t help but want to find out what will happen as the love may or may not unfold. The cultural differences and expectations are a trip! Seeing how the Americans handle the demands of their foreign lovers is too entertaining. Watching the Americans naively think their lovers abroad will just culturally “fall in line” without a hitch while helping the lovers assimilate with blind regard for the difficulty is just a hoot. Sad. But a hoot.

 

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New York. J-lo. Guns. Crooked cops. Nuff said. It all works. 😊 

 Again. Don’t judge. Is it superficial? Not when Tyra has been trying to embrace beauty in ways that society resists. She’s been trying to show that hips are aight. She’s been trying to show that gapped teeth can be an asset. She’s been trying to show you that shorter legs can work. I mean, do I wish we had models with more melanin than the average black girl complexion? Yes. I’m talking at least Lupita Nyong’o dark. But at least Tyra pushes back in some kind of way. Besides, I like the drama among the catty models and the dramatic makeovers. I don’t always wanna think and follow storylines. Again, it’s in the creative field. Of course I’m gonna love it!

Again. Don’t judge. Is it superficial? Not when Tyra has been trying to embrace beauty in ways that society resists. She’s been trying to show that hips are aight. She’s been trying to show that gapped teeth can be an asset. She’s been trying to show you that shorter legs can work. I mean, do I wish we had models with more melanin than the average black girl complexion? Yes. I’m talking at least Lupita Nyong’o dark. But at least Tyra pushes back in some kind of way. Besides, I like the drama among the catty models and the dramatic makeovers. I don’t always wanna think and follow storylines. Again, it’s in the creative field. Of course I’m gonna love it!

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I know this show is still in its inception, but Freddy Highmore won me over with the Bates Motel—him and his ole crazy mom. Pulling off an autistic character is effortlessly achieved by Highmore. Nailing underrepresented characters ain’t in every actor’s wheelhouse. And it’s nice to watch a show with a main character diagnosed with something that’s been barely touched on versus the typical sex addict, alcoholic, or any other overdone diagnosis. While not to belittle any condition that challenges a person to function with ease on a daily level, it’s nice to know that someone was willing to write outside of the box. We’ve been waiting for TV like this with an actor who is highly capable of pulling it off. I see great things for this show. It’s a winner already. 

 After I rented season one in 2010 during a blizzard, I cried like a baby and tossed this miserable series to the side. Perhaps the wound of my brother’s passing was still too fresh, but five years after his passing still made the watching of Grey’s Anatomy too sad. But when 2016 came, I was determined to give it another go and boy I’m glad I did. No tears. Just hot tea and Grey’s and I’m happy. 

After I rented season one in 2010 during a blizzard, I cried like a baby and tossed this miserable series to the side. Perhaps the wound of my brother’s passing was still too fresh, but five years after his passing still made the watching of Grey’s Anatomy too sad. But when 2016 came, I was determined to give it another go and boy I’m glad I did. No tears. Just hot tea and Grey’s and I’m happy. 

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I like this show. This season was the most entertaining. Do I wish that he’d change that freaking menu? Absolutely! But I’m not over Gordon Ramsey yet and clearly not enough viewers are either. So he stays. I’ll take another sharp-tongue insult—though I prefer the donkey days. 😁 I love to cook, so this stays on my DVR to automatically record right no. By the way, he should do All-Stars more often. Their egos just get bigger at this point. 

 

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Yessssss. Gimme teams of people galloping around the world arguing with partners over directions and other pissy issues we can relate to. I say it all the time. I could not take my man with me to compete on this show. Well, I have no interest in trying out anyway, but still. They reflect what I believe to be true about my relationship. When it comes to moments like reading a map, which would be my boo’s job, I hate reading those things, I fear we’d argue over the stupidest thing and I’d pull stubborn. I’d shut down and wanna ignore him. Baby, let’s just stick to overcoming the mundane where we won’t win a cash prize for it. I’ll take my college bestie to compete instead. 

 

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Mannnn I love this show! Will they or won’t they take home at least a million? Hell, it can be hard rolling away with just $300k, but it’s been done before—yes, the million. LeBron warns that contestants can walk away with 12 million total. Yeaaaaaaah, don’t bet on that. This wall can be brutal! One moment you’re rolling in the deep like Adele, and the next you’re praying your partner didn’t destroy the contract of guaranteed money that usually falls shy of $200k. Either way, you’re rooting for the ball dropper and calling the question-answering contestant stupid for missing answers you know. Nail biter.

🧚🏾‍♂️Well, this concludes my list. Not all my shows are listed, but you get a taste of my taste. I’m a Gemini, relax. We like nothing that seems to be consistent for trivial things and thrive on randomness. Some of you may be wondering where This Is Us is and why I didn’t post it. Love that show, too. I was just afraid that one peek at its banner would make you cry.😁🧚🏾‍♂️