Thursday 13: 13 Current TV Shows I recommend!

I don't get to watch a lot of "live" TV because of the kids but between DVR and my Roku with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video I manage to stay pretty caught up with the shows I like. Here are a few worth checking out! 
  1. The Flash (CW): "At 11, Barry Allen's life changed completely when his mother died in a freak accident and his innocent father was convicted of her murder. Now a crime-scene investigator, his dedication to learn the truth about his mother's death drives him to follow up on every new scientific advancement and urban legend. When his latest obsession -- a particle accelerator heralded as a world-changing invention -- causes an explosion, it creates a freak storm and Barry is struck by lightning. He awakes from a coma nine months later with the power of superspeed. When he learns that others who have gained powers use them for evil, he dedicates himself to protecting the innocent, while still trying to solve the older mystery." ---Definitely one of my favorite shows. I think it's perfect, everything from the casting to the story line. I cannot get enough!
  2. Fear The Walking Dead (AMC): "There's a sign of the apocalypse in Los Angeles, where reports of a strange flu and the disappearance of people underscore this gritty drama, a prequel to AMC's uber-popular "Walking Dead." The story of the mysterious outbreak and its ramifications are told through the lens of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa. Widowed mother Madison is raising two children single-handedly but has recently found love with Travis, who maintains a relationship with his ex-wife and resentful son while trying to become a father to Madison's children. The challenge of blending their families is exacerbated by unforeseen chaos, and a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold. The Clarks and Manawas must reinvent themselves, or embrace their darker histories." - Slower paced than I like recently but still really good. With The Walking Dead in between seasons it is a great story filler but not as exciting as TWD, i still highly recommend it.
  3. Empire (Fox): "Hip-hop artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment, Lucious Lyon, has always ruled unchallenged, but a medical diagnosis predicts he will be incapacitated in three years, which prompts the sharks to circle. Without further damaging his family, he must decide which of his three sons will take over. His favorite, young Hakeem, is a gifted musician but values fame over hard work. Middle son, Jamal, is talented and shy but gay, embarrassing to Lyon. The oldest, Andre, is business-minded but lacks charisma. The reappearance of Cookie, his ex-wife, complicates things; she says he owes her for taking the fall for the drug-running that financed his early career." --- I can never get enough. The drama, the music. This is a solid show.
  4. The Goldbergs (ABC): "In the 1980s, geeky Adam uses a video camera to document his family's crazy life. His mother, Beverly, is overprotective and lacks boundaries, while his dad has a hot temper and finds it difficult to parent without screaming. Rounding out the clan are Adam's terrifying sister, Erica; his older brother, Barry, who has middle-child syndrome; and the family's beloved grandfather, Al "Pops" Solomon. Pops is responsible for wild antics, including offering drinks to Barry and teaching Adam about the ways of love -- which create more chaos in an already high-strung family."  --- This show is fantastic! Elijah says I am hands down Beverly Goldberg. It's great laughs that the whole family can enjoy. 
  5. Containment (CW): "When a mysterious epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, an urban quarantine is enforced, leaving those inside to fight for their lives as local and federal officials search for a cure. Police officer Lex Carnahan works to keep the peace, but the situation becomes personal when he learns his girlfriend Jana and his best friend Jake are both stuck in the cordoned area. Also trapped with the infected are 17-year-old Teresa, who is very pregnant and separated from her boyfriend, elementary teacher Katie Frank, who is on lockdown with her entire class, and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts. Public trust deteriorates as a journalist, Leo, begins chasing down a conspiracy that unravels the official story." ---Only 2 Episodes so far but I am hooked! The character development and plot was quick to pull you in and leave you wanting more!
  6. Bates Motel (A&E): "After the death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel in the picturesque coastal town of White Pine Bay, giving herself and teenage son Norman a chance to begin anew. Shy Norman is reluctant at first, but with the help of his mother -- with whom he shares an intensely close relationship -- the boy begins to open up to others and make new friends. Some locals, however, aren't as friendly and welcoming to the Bates, who discover that because White Pine Bay isn't as peaceful as it appears, they are forced to do whatever it takes to survive. The drama series, from executive producers Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights") and inspired by the seminal 1960 horror film "Psycho," explores the formative years of Norman Bates and how his complicated bond with his mother forged a serial killer." ---This is easily one of my favorite shows. The story line, drama, characters... everything about it pulls you in and leaves you gasping for what will happen next!
  7. Cuckoo (BBC3 & Netflix): "Rachel arrives home from her year abroad with a new husband, much to the dismay of her parents" --- That synopsis doesn't cover nearly what happens. The first season is Andy Samberg starring, seasons 2 and 3 is Taylor Lautner. It is nonstop laughs and probably my favorite comedy series in a very long time. It was just renewed for seasons 4 and 5 and I seriously can't wait!
  8. Crazy Ex Girlfriend (CW): "Successful and driven, Rebecca Bunch seemingly has it all -- an upscale apartment in Manhattan and a partnership at a prestigious law firm -- but she feels like something is missing. After a chance meeting with a former romantic interest, Rebecca impulsively decides to give up her life in New York and relocate to West Covina, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb she hopes will be the perfect home base as she embarks on a quest for love, adventure and true happiness. Star Rachel Bloom also serves as an executive producer." --- I love this show!!! Between the music and the laughs I look forward to this show every week!
  9. Supergirl (CBS): "At 12 years old, Kara Zor-El escapes doom on planet Krypton to find protection on Earth with the Danver family, where she grows up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learns to hide the extraordinary powers she shares with her cousin, Superman. Now an adult living in National City and working for media mogul Cat Grant, Kara finds her days of keeping her abilities a secret are over when super-secret agency head Hank Henshaw enlists her to help protect the city's citizens from threats. Finally coming into her own, Kara must juggle her new responsibilities with her very human relationships." --The last few episodes had slower pacing then I would have liked but so far this series has been pretty solid. I loved the crossover episode with The Flash!
  10. 11.23.63 (Hulu): "English teacher stumbles upon a time portal and tries to prevent the JFK assassination." ---After reading the book and loving it I was very optimistic how well they would do the miniseries. I did not disappoint. The series is done airing now but all episodes are available to watch on Hulu. Even if you didn't read the book the series is fantastic and I highly recommend it. 
  11. Shameless (Showtime): "Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy stars as Frank Gallagher, a single father of six who spends much of his free time drinking at bars. The Gallagher children -- led by oldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum), who takes on much of the child-rearing responsibility due to her mother's absence -- manage to raise themselves in spite of Frank's lack of parenting and unusual parenting style when he does choose to act like a father. The drama is an adaptation of the BAFTA Award-winning British show of the same name." ---This show is nothing short of shockingly good. Currently between seasons Shameless is always going from one "omg" moment to another season after season. You will want to marathon the seasons to catch up and wont be able to stop watching!
  12. Awkward (MTV): "A cast of fresh faces, with Ashley Rickards in the lead role, stars in this irreverent comedy that centers on teenager Jenna Hamilton, who comes of age after an accident results in a blown-way-out-of-proportion misunderstanding. Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna's blog posts, the series captures the high-schooler's embarrassing struggles as she copes with her new accident-induced identity, and she's hellbent on not letting it define her. From a secret relationship with a popular student, to being mocked by a mean cheerleader, and dealing with her clueless parents, Jenna's bad luck is the precursor for amazing change." --- More of a teen drama it's sooo addicting. It's such a guilty pleasure show. 
  13. 2 Broke Girls (CBS): "Street-wise Max (Kat Dennings) doesn't expect much from the new waitress at her night job, a rich girl who has reluctantly joined the food service industry after a string of bad luck. But to her surprise, Caroline (Beth Behrs) is a woman of substance and just may be her ticket to success. The two strike up an unlikely friendship after Caroline discovers that Max can bake a mean cupcake, and the women decide if they can just wrangle up the start-up cash, they may have found their big break. Their co-workers at the diner are boss Han Lee, cook Oleg and cashier Earl." -- I have watched this from the beginning and never stop laughing. I love this show! 
A few more shows worth checking out:
  • Arrow (CW)
  • Faking It (MTV)
  • Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • The Odd Couple (CBS)
  • Once Upon A Time (ABC)
  • Doctor Who (BBC)
  • New Girl (Fox)
  • Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)
  • Last Man on Earth (Fox)
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine (Fox)
  • Baby Daddy (Freeform)
  • Recovery Road (Freeform)
  • Hellevator (GSN)
  • Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Is there other shows you like that you want to share? Comment below or reach out on social media!