Whenever anybody asks me for TV show recommendations, I always go into a bit of a panic. What kind of show are they looking for? A comedy? A drama? Something to make every day seem a little bit better? Or worse? Since there are so many TV shows, it can be hard to narrow down your options. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a TV show that will really make me think. Not just some dramatic teen show (although I DO love those, obviously) but something that will stick with me, in a good way. So, I have come up with a list of shows that will (probably) change your life.
I don’t want to sound dramatic, since everybody leads different lives, obviously. But there are some shows that have a really deep meaning that everybody can totally relate to and think about. Sure, a lot of those meanings are hidden behind silly jokes or spooky mysteries, but they are there, and you do need to learn them at some point in your life, so you might as well learn these things by watching other people experience them, right? If you’re looking for a ~meaningful~ but still amazing TV show, take a look at these TV shows that will totally change your life.
Big Little LiesYou guys, this show is so important, especially for young women to see. The series follows a group of mothers and their kids who each have their own dramatic lives and intricate stories. There is Jane, a single mother with her son Ziggy, Madeline, a remarried mother of two, and Celeste, a mother of twins who has a tricky marriage. It's heavy and deals with issues like rape and domestic violence, but it also deals with overcoming trauma and moving on from abuse. Not only does it have a satisfying ending, but it also shows just exactly how strong women can be. Spoiler alert: women are VERY STRONG. You can watch this on HBO Go.
Buffy The Vampire SlayerIf you're into empowering female leads with a bit of a supernatural element, this is the show for you. It's spooky, funny, but also has its deep moments. Buffy is a vampire slayer, which means she has to battle the bad guys, but she also deals with many issues that young girls face these days: boy problems, family issues and, eventually, moving off to college. It follows buffy during the most important years of her life, and watching her grow and learn is awesome. Plus, she wears amazing outfits. You can watch this show on Hulu.
Freaks And GeeksThis is more of a low-key show, but it does a pretty amazing job at portraying what it's like to try and fit in when you're in high school. It follows a group of weirdos (the freaks) and nerds (the geeks, of course) as they navigate high school in the the 80s. If anything, it will give you a good idea of what your parents were like in high school. You can watch this show on Netflix.
Twin PeaksThis show is spooky and makes very little sense, but I haven't stopped thinking about it since I finished it last month. It follows the death of a popular teenager named Laura Palmer, and the events surrounding her murder. It's very relatable if you have ever lived in a small town where drama and rumors spread quickly. It also portrays teens as they are: complicated and confused people who are just trying to figure out their lives. You can watch this show on Netflix.
SkinsOkay, you probably won't have the high school experience that these teens do, but they do learn a lot of life lessons along the way. Skins treats teens as actual humans with real problems and explores how they cope with them. They address common issues like drugs, eating disorders, and sex, without sugarcoating anything. You can watch this show on Netflix.
ScrubsYes, it's a silly medical drama, but they actually handle some pretty relatable topics, like growing up, dealing with death and figuring out relationships. It perfectly balances humor and drama in a way that will keep you thinking about the show forever. It follows three young doctors and their surrounding coworkers as they learn what it's like to be in the "real" world. Obviously, the real world is HARD, but they make it seem like it's going to be okay. You can watch this show on Netflix.
Black MirrorIf you're into the sci fi-esque "the world is probably going to end soon" type of show, try Black Mirror. It's an anthology series, which means every episode is different, but they all have a common theme: how technology shapes our world. It sounds boring, but it really makes you think about what's important in your life, like family relationships, or Instagram likes. You can watch this show on Netflix.
CharmedIf you have sisters...this show is important. As the youngest of three sisters, I always was unsure how to act around my siblings, since we had such a weird relationship. This is how Charmed starts: three sisters who have grown apart are brought together by their magical powers. Okay, it's silly, but it taught me that family really IS the one thing that you should be able to count on. Plus, they are super badass women who fight even men everyday, which is SUPER empowering. You can watch this show on Netflix.
One Tree HillI know that I make fun of this show a lot, but it did teach me a lot about what it's like to be a ~misunderstood teen~. It's obviously extemley over dramatic, but some of the episodes really do stick with you. It centers around a group of teens as they deal with school, the basketball team (of course) and, obviously, their love loves. It hate to say it, but I kind of grew up with these characters, which makes them pretty influential. You can watch this show on Netflix.
Which one of these shows are you going to watch? What is your favorite tv show? Tell us in the comments!