5 Trendy Shows You Need to Watch to Stay Cool


5 Trendy Shows You Need To Watch To Stay Cool


I have a confession to make: I have never watched the entire series of ‘Breaking Bad.’ Nor have I watched ‘The Wire’ or ‘Deadwood.’ And, no, I have not even seen one single episode of ‘Veronica Mars’ either. ‘Buffy: The Vampire Slayer’? Nope.

Yeah, I know.

Not only am I faced with constant shame whenever one of these trendy TV series pop up in a conversation, because, well, I am a TV writer, but I’m also consumed with major FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) syndrome. Sure, these shows have all ended, but their legends live on because they weren’t just great television in their day, they were television.

Catching up on a show that has already met its demise seems daunting (especially if it’s a network series with 22 episodes as opposed to cable’s usual and easier-to-binge-watch 13), but trust me: the experience is more than worth it if you can finally understand why everyone was so into that ‘Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter campaign, or why everyone says “bitch” at the end of their sentences.

Maybe it’s too late for the shows of yore, but you can definitely catch up on the cult faves of today even if that means spending the entire summer dating -- I mean, watching -- your TV.

But for those who just want a quick cheat sheet on the current trendiest shows on TV so you can sound cool at your local watering hole, well, your wish is my command.

‘Orphan Black’ (BBC America)

 5 Trendy Shows You Need To Watch To Stay Cool

Synopsis: The sci-fi thriller focuses on Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany), a streetwise hustler, who assumes the identity of a woman, Beth Childs, her doppleganger, after witnessing her suicide. It turns out Beth and Sarah are two of many biological clones, thanks to a scientific movement called Neolution, which believes that human beings can use scientific knowledge to direct their evolution as a species.

FYI: To shoot the scenes with her "clones," Maslany would act alongside acting doubles, and then repeat the scene with other doubles. These "layers" would then be edited together for the completed scene.

Memorable Quote: “She’s lived really hard. She’s had to survive. She’s had to manipulate people, she’s had to hurt people knowingly.” – Sarah Manning

Blow People Away By Telling People...: The show is called ‘Orphan Black’ because Sarah is an orphan, and the kids that were being undocumented and hidden were referred to as “in the black.”

‘Mad Men’ (AMC)

5 Trendy Shows You Need To Watch To Stay Cool 

Synopsis: Set in the ‘60s, the show revolves around the men and women who work in an advertising agency set in New York City.  Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a top ad executive, is the center of the show and whose secretive past threatens to topple both his personal and professional life.

FYI: “Mad Men” is a term coined in the ‘50s to describe the advertising executives (yes, usually men) who worked on Madison Avenue.

Memorable Quote: “If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.” – Don Draper

What You Need to Say to Fake It: “I don’t know where this season is going thematically, but it sure looks aesthetically pleasing,” or “Believe it or not, I find myself relating to Don’s pathos.”

‘Downton Abbey’ (PBS)

5 Trendy Shows You Need To Watch To Stay Cool

Synopsis: Set in the fictional Yorkshire county estate of Downton Abbey, the British period drama depicts the lives of the aristocratic family, the Crawleys, and their servants in the post-Edwardian era.

FYI: As of 2013, ‘Downton Abbey’ is the highest-rated PBS “Masterpiece” drama of all time, seen by an estimated 120 million viewers in 200 countries.

Memorable Quote: “You’re a woman with a brain and reasonable ability. Stop whining and find something to do.” Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith)

Blow People Away By Telling People…: What the difference is between a butler, valet and footman. A butler was originally in charge of the wine, but in the series, organizes the maids and footmen and serves at dinner. The footman originally rode on the footplate of a carriage, and their main duty is to serve at dinner. A valet looks after clothes, which is the equivalent to a dresser in the theater.


‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

5 Trendy Shows You Need To Watch To Stay Cool 

Synopsis: Set in present-day Washington D.C., the series revolves around Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat and House majority, who, after being passed over for Secretary of State, hatches an elaborate plan of revenge, alongside his conniving wife (Robin Wright), to get himself into a position of power.

FYI: The series is an adaptation of the 1990 BBC series of the same name, which itself was based on the novel by Michael Dobbs, a British politician and author.

Memorable Quote: “For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.” – Frank Underwood

What You Need to Say to Fake It: “I haven’t been near a subway station since that episode,” or “She might be cold, but Robin Wright’s wardrobe is hot.”


‘Scandal’ (ABC)

5 Trendy Shows You Need To Watch To Stay Cool 

Synopsis: Set in present-day Washington D.C., the series is an America political thriller and focuses on former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), who left to start her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates. Unfortunately, she discovers that she can’t leave the past – or the President (Tony Goldwyn) – behind.

FYI: The show is based partially on former George H.W. Bush administration press aide Judy Smith, who serves as co-executive producer. Smith represented Monica Lewinsky, the Chandra Levy family, Michael Vick, among others, as a real-life crisis management consultant.

Memorable Quote: “I don’t want normal and easy and simple. I want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing, extraordinary love.” – Olivia Pope

Blow People Away By Telling People…: That the word “scandal” is mentioned in every episode.

- Netflix
- BBC America
- amc
- Orphan Black
- Scandal
- House of Cards (2013)
- Downton Abbey
- Mad Men

Written by: briannehogan
May 17th, 2014, 12:51 pm

Images courtesy of BBC America, Netflix, ABC, AMC, PBS


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Message Posted On Jul 5th, 2014, 3:47 am

Rather harsh treatment of the author on here - but a nice round up including a couple of shows I'd intended to watch but instead gathered dust on my HDD :/

BTW, I'm no expert in Swedish/Danish but I'm pretty sure the Anon poster called the show Bridge Bridge. Bron Broen  is just the 2 different languages spoken in the original. Also this article seems to be aimed at shows on US TV, so why would they write about a Scandinavian drama?  I know you guys remade it as a US/Mexico border thing, some channel gave it similar treatment here with UK/France (of course, renamed it The Tunnel, which is the same word in Danish, Swedish and French!) If you need to pick holes that badly, well hey! What about Forbrydelsen? Not your as yet only partially seen by me version of the killing, but the original, where the killer was discovered after one series, and then, in Forbrydelsen II, it was a different case. I've not seen the end of your season 2 yet, but she sure is dragging that bugger out!

There are a ton of shows that are missed if you want to get pedantic, this is but one short article. There's no need to be so harsh on the original author, there's a whole WWW out there full of information about the shows you miss.


I Heart Hart of Dixie

Message Posted On May 20th, 2014, 2:40 pm
What about Hart of Dixie? Please include.

Message Posted On May 19th, 2014, 7:12 pm
what about Game of Thrones The Walking Dead From Dusk Til Dawn Vikings Marvel Agents of Shield

Message Posted On May 18th, 2014, 9:10 am
Not only is there an arbiter of cool, but one of language as well.

Message Posted On May 18th, 2014, 7:08 am
And you "Anonymous with the foul mouth" need to learn how to comment intelligently and respectfully.

Message Posted On May 18th, 2014, 3:46 am
True Detective had a crappy ending. Started out fine then fell apart just before the finish line. Hannibal has maintained the same level of quality every episode. Real surprise for network tv. Agents of Shield and Dusk til Dawn started slow, as did Grimm, but ended with vigor.Dusk til Dawn isn't over, but it gets better each episode. Vikings should be on the list, how many shows teach History and culture while making it interesting? Deadliest Catch as well. Christ we watch people WORK and it's never dull. Beats the hell out of celeb bowling.

Message Posted On May 18th, 2014, 2:49 am
"I have a confession to make: I have never watched the entire series of ‘Breaking Bad.’ Nor have I watched ‘The Wire’ or ‘Deadwood.’ And, no, I have not even seen one single episode of ‘Veronica Mars’ either. " WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU WRITING ABOUT TV FOR?STOP WASTING OUR TIME, THEN, YOU FUCKING MORON (and learn to write, you are awful!

Message Posted On May 18th, 2014, 12:53 am
Orphan black is brilliant and certainly deserves a spot on the list. @ anonymous, nice work on picking up Aussie Rake, the version was just painful to watch. I'll throw another in the mix, True Detective..

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Since: 13/Apr/10
Message Posted On May 17th, 2014, 11:54 pm

I dont watch any of these. Most of them are just not fun to watch for me. Orphan Black is okay, but since you simply cant watch ALL shows out there, others win the "time to watch shit" over Orphan Black.


I guess I'm not cool then.. but thats fine. I rather have fun watching then being cool.


Message Posted On May 17th, 2014, 7:34 pm
WTF! Some crappy pic (Looks like a Cold War Russian propaganda poster) chick is the arbiter of COOL? Christ, where is Boondocks? Hannibal? Banshee? Fargo? Bob's Burgers and Archer? Or for true cool, In the Flesh, Bron Broen ( The Bridge) Akta Manniskor Real Humans, Offspring, Aussie Rake. Hell even From Dusk till Dawn is cooler than the majority of tired retreads above. The problem is the author would not know if it tattooed her ass.
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