Here are six shows we’ve picked out that may tickle your fancy.

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The 100

The 100 is set in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic world, where what’s left of hu­man­ity now lives in a re­volv­ing space sta­tion called the Ark. Even­tu­ally, 100 teenagers – all ‘crim­i­nals’ who have been spared the air­lock fate be­cause they are not yet 18 – are sent to the ground to test if the Earth has be­come in­hab­it­able again. That sparks off a dar­ing con­coc­tion of non-stop ac­tion, heart-wrench­ing be­tray­als, and thought­pro­vok­ing ques­tions about how far one should go to sur­vive.

Jane the Vir­gin

Jane the Vir­gin is a side-split­ting mix of drama, ro­mance, and all man­ner of in­trigue in­volv­ing drug car­tels, bod­ies buried in con­crete and ne­far­i­ous plots. For those of you who shun ro­man­tic come­dies be­cause you find them sappy, Jane the Vir­gin will make you re­think the genre. It’s re­fresh­ingly self-aware, lever­ag­ing ex­ist­ing tropes and well-worn plot lines – love tri­an­gles and il­licit affairs! – and turn­ing them to its own ends. This is satire at its best and most un­pre­ten­tious.



| MARCH 2016

Brook­lyn Nine-Nine

If you think The Big Bang The­ory is get­ting a bit stale, you may want to check out Brook­lyn Nine-Nine to get your daily fix of laugh­ter. Set in the fic­tional 99th precinct of the New York Po­lice Depart­ment, the show is a charm­ing take on the stan­dard cop show. Its cast of colorful char­ac­ters shares a reper­toire of sharply writ­ten lines, acer­bic wit, and scenes that play on age-old po­lice tropes for fresh en­ter­tain­ment value.

Marvel’s Jes­sica Jones

Ba­si­cally, if you liked Dare­devil, you’ll like Jes­sica Jones. Done up in the same gritty, hard-boiled fash­ion, Jes­sica Jones tells the story of a su­per­hero that is only too hu­man, hav­ing to grap­ple daily with past trau­mas and the strug­gle of do­ing right by those she cares for. In a sense, it’s a su­per­hero show with­out all the gra­tu­itous span­dex, pos­tur­ing and bi­cep flex­ing. But for those of you who watch su­per­hero flicks purely for the ac­tion, there’s plenty of that as well, and plenty of col­lat­eral dam­age along the way.

Black Mir­ror

As a work of spec­u­la­tive fic­tion, Black Mir­ror is un­nerv­ingly rel­e­vant to our times, a sharp ex­am­i­na­tion of the dark places that new tech­nolo­gies could lead us to. All the re­cent clamor over green tech­nolo­gies? One Black Mir­ror episode is set in a world where ev­ery­one must cy­cle on ex­er­cise bikes to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity. Each episode stands on its own, but they’re all in­ci­sive com­men­taries on the tech­nolo­gies and de­bates that dom­i­nate pub­lic discourse to­day.

Penny Dread­ful

Fans of Gothic hor­ror and lit­er­a­ture will love this one. The show draws in­spi­ra­tion from the main­stays of 19th-cen­tury fic­tion, fea­tur­ing an eclec­tic mix that in­cludes Vic­tor Franken­stein and his Crea­ture, Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula, and even Os­car Wilde’s Do­rian Gray. To cap that all off, the show also grap­ples with other su­per­nat­u­ral el­e­ments like were­wolves, witches, and de­monic pos­ses­sions, all tossed to­gether in a tit­il­lat­ing stew of Gothic hor­ror and dark, fore­bod­ing sets.

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