Like most people after a long day of work, I love to kick back and relax at home with my favorite television shows. Television is the perfect distraction from the daily stresses life can bring. Each show has its own universe and characters you become attached to as you watch. Following story lines, rooting for your favorite protagonist and predicting what will unfold are all elements that make watching a show so exciting. As someone who has had a brush with acting in the past, I get a lot of inspiration from passionate performances on television. Here are my favorite shows this season, click on any of the headings below to get started watching them online.
How To Get Away With Murder is led by Viola Davis, an amazing actress who shined in movie adaptation of The Help. This ABC drama follows a group of law students who compete under an intimidating defense attorney played by Viola. The show's pilot episode throws you headfirst into a murder mystery that will entangle your interest immediately. You'll quickly figure out that every character has a secret, inside the courtroom and out. The show, which airs on Thursdays at 10 PM PST, is filled with lies, sex (straight and gay) and, of course, murder. The plot is realistic and the characters are strong, making this my new favorite show of the season.
My love affair with The Vampire Diaries is about as strong as the relationships played out between its characters. Damen, Elena and Stefan are all back for another round of vampiric romance, violence and drama. I was actually a whole season behind when I watched the premiere, but a weekend spent binge watching on Netflix caught me up. The show's dreamy characters and relentless cliffhangers keep me coming back for more every week. Plus, some part of me wants to see Elena fall back in love with Stefan as unlikely as that sounds.
The 21st season of America's Next Top Model is proving to be a wild one. Having a group of gorgeous guys and girls living under one roof provides just as much drama as The CW's scripted shows. From the annoyingly vain to the shockingly shy, there's an entertaining mix of personalities all vying for the Top Model crown. I'm rooting for the blonde and beautiful Will to win it all. It's worth a watch if only to catch Tyra spouting her modeling words of wisdom.
MTV programming awakens the inner teenager in me, the teenager that existed only three years ago, but still. I've blogged about Faking It before, so I'll save you all the previously mentioned details, but you should know this show has exactly the kind of button-pushing topics our generation craves. With witty-yet-crude humor, sticky situations and egregious eye-candy, Faking It checks all the boxes I need in a teen comedy. Watching Gregg Sulkin slip out of his feigned American accent and into his cute British one is this show's only flaw.
I'm always eager to add new TV shows to my queue, even though I have plenty of shows I need to finish. ABC's Selfie has all the makings of a quirky sitcom that plays on pop culture with a lovable cast. Selfie surrounds a social-media-obsessed girl who needs to rebrand IRL (in real life) in order to gain the human companionship that can't be gained through having hundreds of thousands of followers online. Her co-worker, played by Justin Cho, is an anti-Facebook non-conformist who helps her go from Instagram-liked to actually liked by the people around her. The show has its moments of brilliant hilarity, but other moments I'm left feeling that ABC is trying too hard to be culturally relevant. We'll see if Selfie stays current or dies alongside twerking.