Shorecrests Favorite Shows and Movies


This is a photo of the movie discovery page on a Comcast Xfinity TV provider.

After finishing a “year’s” worth of homework in one day, it’s nice to sit down and relax. A popular way to do so is to lay on the couch and watch some TV or a good movie. Film provides an escape from everyday stressors, without leaving the house. It can also give people a chance to step out of their skin and gain perspective on new ideas from all around the world. But sometimes it can be hard to find something interesting to watch. Here are some recommendations to help keep you calm and collected during the school year.

After a long day having a good laugh will brighten anyone up. For the comedy junkie the shows Parks and Rec and The Office will easily become your newest TV addiction. These shows are similar to Modern Family, all three shows are filmed from the point of view of an unseen filmer much like a documentary. Their humor is refreshing because it’s not cheesy; instead of slapstick comedy it offers intellectual and well thought out jokes that are subtly hilarious in a magical way. For people who enjoy cheesy comedy I recommend That 70’s Show, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother.

When there is too much drama in your life, it can be nice to focus on someone else’s fake problems. For the dramatic these are some recommended shows: 90210, Gossip Girl, Glee, Jane the Virgin, Greys Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, and Skins. These shows focus on the lives of a close-knit community feuding with and loving one another. I also recommend these shows to fans of romantic comedies like, How to lose a guy in 10 days, 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s All That, and Clueless. The themes are similar to high school and work problems except heavily dramatized in a way that makes the shows even more entertaining.

If you’re a reality TV lover, the most recommended shows are; The Bachelor, Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. These shows are about people living their lives, usually in a confined space all together, competing and interacting with each other. Reality TV may be stupid at times due to over reactions and exaggerations, but it’s content is getting harder and harder to ignore. Magazines like People, US Weekly, and Paper Magazine often have reality stars on their covers and advertisements for reality TV programs. For sports fans, it’s hard not to be intrigued with shows like Total Bellas, Total Divas, and Basketball Wives.

Science fiction nerds will love these picks: The X-files, The Monsters Inside Me, Doctor Who, Black Mirror, all Jurassic Park movies, and Stranger Things. The Monsters Inside Me is a non-fiction TV show on Animal Planet, the reason it is put into the same category as Black Mirror is because of its horrifying and true stories of people who have fallen victim to alien-esque parasites, bacterias, and viruses. These shows would also be entertaining for a future biologist. Although the shows are fiction, excluding The Monsters Inside Me, they have ties to biological fields like contagious disease, genetics, cell theory, and evolution.

Looking for a good scare? These supernatural flicks will be sure to send a shiver down your spine; The Conjuring movies, Annabelle, the first two installments of Insidious, The Descent, The Others, The Sixth Sense, 1408, The Exorcist, An American Werewolf in London, Poltergeist and The Omen. These movies are based on demons, ghosts, monsters, and much more. The Conjuring and Annabelle are based on the investigations by Ed and Lorraine Warren. For fans of Alien and John Carpenter’s The Thing, I recommend the movie Event Horizon. Event Horizon is a movie that breaks all the science fiction and space movie norms. Instead of being about your basic alien, it has a sinister twist involving the gaps between Heaven and Hell. For the supernatural skeptic these movies will give you nightmares: the Saw franchise, The Strangers, Hostel, Zodiac, Wolves at The Door, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The realistic horror movies listed above are based on true stories, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Zodiac, The Strangers, and Wolves at The Door are loosely based off of infamous serial killers like Ed Gein, Charles Manson, and The Zodiac Killer. Saw and Hostel are very similar as they are based off of torture and unlawful imprisonment of not so innocent people. Some people are more easily frightened compared to others, so as a warning for the squeamish I would recommend watching these horror films with a buddy for moral support.

For the future police officer or lawyer I recommend watching Law and Order Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, and Netflix’s The Fall. However these shows are filled with addictive disturbing content and aren’t for the faint of heart. If you’re a fan of the new explosively popular series Riverdale based on the Archie Comics then these dark dramas will be a nice addition to your TV regimen; Netflix’s German series Dark, Twin Peaks, American Horror Story, and the newer Netflix series The End of The F***ing World. If Twin Peaks is one of your favorites, you will love the similar quirky characters in The End of The F***ing World. The shows listed above are dark and suspenseful, but they have wise cracking and funny characters that cleanse the pallet and provide a nice break in the tension.