What do you do when you’re faced with a tonne of options and don’t know what to pick? Often, we find ourselves falling back on things that we already know we like. Or, if you’re more of the adventurous type, you’d be open to trying out things that other people are currently talking about. Yes, I’m talking about choosing something to watch when it’s time to unwind. Whether you’re more inclined to go with something you’ve already seen or are up for something new – these five, less talked about shows are really, really, really worth a shot.
The show’s name translates into ‘Duty/’Shame’ and has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, ya’ll.
Switching between London and Tokyo, ‘Giri/Haji’ is a British thriller about a Tokyo detective named Kenzo Mori. Mori is seen scouring the London underworld to find his allegedly deceased brother, Yuto. Yuto was accused of brutally murdering the nephew of a yakuza member, which could lead to the onset of a gang war. Kenzo’s investigation into the disappearance lures him into dangerous elements of the corrupt underworld of London’s criminal circuit. Despite it being produced by the BBC, there is a heft amount of Japanese spoken throughout the shows 8 episode run. This, however, is a plus point. What sets this series apart are how well developed the characters are, with the main protagonists fleshed out in ways that you would not expect.
Tuca and Bertie
From the team that brought you ‘Bojack Horseman’, is the animated comedy series ‘Tuca and Bertie’.
It explores the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building. We’ve got loud, eccentric and free-spirited toucan Tuca (voiced by actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish) and anxious, career-minded, daydreaming songbird Bertie (also voiced by comedian, Ali Wong). The show dives heavily into what it’s like in today’s day and age to live as a woman in a city and eventually dives into extremely heavy, hard issues surrounding that. It’s a great show for women, sure, but the way it deals with human issues (like trauma and anxiety) is relatable to everyone, regardless of gender. Some jokes may not hit as hard as the show tries to be “woke”, but its ability to be playfully self-aware makes up for it.
Living With Yourself
Starring: Paul Rudd. And that’s it. That’s all you need.
Okay, no, so: the series centre’s on Rudd’s character Miles, a man who is burned out on life and love. When given the chance, Miles undergoes a mysterious treatment, only to discover that he has been replaced by a better version of himself. While it’s meant to be comedic, the series actually has a heavier, grittier undertone that has it walking a fine line between funny and tragic. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you may even cry as you watch Rudd’s character struggle with the very relatable problem of finding what you are looking for in yourself and grappling with the desire to always want to be better – even if that “better” isn’t necessarily great.
It’s amazing how many have not heard of this amazing, amazing, amazing show that’s done a sneak attack and stolen the hearts of many.
Family, love and some of the most relatable TV moments for Asian kids – Kim’s Convenience follows the lives of the Kim family, a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store in Toronto. While both parents often mirror some of the attributes we too see in our parents, they deal with being “woke” and having to understand their third culture kids. The show is lauded for its representation of Asian families while managing to stay clear of being stereotypical or insulting.
Think ‘Hunger Games’ but like… better.
This Brazilian dystopian thriller is set in the distant future. Here, most of the population lives in poverty in an area known as the Inland. There is an elite group, though, that is chosen to live in a virtual paradise, the Offshore. Every year, each 20-year-old gets a chance to make it to the island paradise by taking a series of tests. Only three per cent of the candidates succeed and qualify to leave the impoverished Inland area. One of the newest residents of the Offshore is Michele, a naive young woman with no family who has a strong sense of justice. The show delves into better technological concepts such as gene-drive, brain-uploading and immortality. The show is best watched in its original language of Portuguese, as sometimes, the dubbed over English voices don’t match the emotion that the actors portray.
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