Chewing Gum: There is an awkwardness and weirdness that encapsulates this show (especially its lead character Tracey) that we thought only existed in our preteen heads. It checks everything off our list, so go watch it already. Where to watch: Netflix. (2 seasons)
Crazyhead: This includes Val's favorite genre mash up; horror and comedy. You will fall in love with Raquel right away and the friendship that develops between her and fellow lead Amy is #goals. If you loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer as much as Val did you will enjoy this gem. This is another one that marked all the boxes on our list. Where to watch: Netflix (Season 1, hurry up season 2)
Dierdra & Laney Rob a Train: Yes. Yes. Yes. It's a feel good film that will fill you with nostalgia. It's the film we wanted when we were in middle and high school, one where two sisters are engaged in some shenanigans to save their family while the adult world looks on oblivious. It's the teens that come to the rescue. What makes this the film we have been waiting for is the diversity in the film that isn't discussed on screen. There is no after school special moment about how blacks and whites can get along, it is just the reality, simple as that. Where to watch: Netflix.
Grace & Frankie: It is motivating, hysterical and fresh. While the writers intended for us to be shocked by to two male law partners falling for each other in their golden years we're just freaking out that Netflix is telling us that women don't just turn to dust at the age of 40. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin do an incredible job breaking the mold and shattering the stereotypes of what ageing is supposed to look like. Where to watch: Netflix Tip: Watch Season 1 & 3, season 2 kinda get's...dull
Easy: Not every episode is magic but the story telling and the fact that you know you're only getting a tidbit of these characters' is intriguing. Where to watch: Netflix Tip: Skip around, as each episode is a standalone rather than a part of a whole in the usual sense.
The OA: The refreshingly original story is enough to keep you captivated but the acting, by the entire cast, especially those teenaged kids is incredible. There is an authenticity that is rare on screen which makes this work. It explores themes of loneliness, feeling lost and tells it in a such a beautiful way you will be thinking of it long after it has ended. Where to watch: Netflix (So curious to see what lies in season 2)
13 Reasons Why: Pushes a simple enough message; be kind because you never know what someone else is dealing with. It is both compelling and depressing in the fact that we still need this reminder. It can feel a bit drawn out at times but the acting is great and the message is too important to look over. Check out our quiz; Which Jock from 13 Reasons Why Are You on our Bored at Work page once you've finished it. Where to watch: Netflix Tip: **The graphic scenes warning that is displayed before particular episodes should not be taken lightly. They can be triggering for sexual assault survivors or those that have experience with suicide.
Club de Cuervos: Club de Cuervo is a perfect mix of Arrested Development meets Friday Night Lights. The story follows the fictional football (soccer) club Cuervos, based in the city of Nuevo Toledo, Mexico. After the long-time owner of the club passes away, a hilarious and tumultuous power struggle ensues between two siblings, as they fight the the presidency of the team. Starring Luis Gerardo Méndez and Mariana Treviño, this Spanish-language comedy highlights everything you love about football, while also, not very subtly, commenting on the struggle of the patriarchy within families and society. Where to watch: Netflix (season 1 & 2) Keep your ears open for season 3!
Project Mc2: This show is feminist as hell. We know that we don't celebrate or really even encourage girls to enter STEM, so the fact that this show does this is already ahead but it also goes a step further. It shows girls that they can be into makeup, doing their hair, baking, painting their nails and science. But it also shows that you don't have to like any of those things to be a girl. You can enjoy sports, school and still get down with science as well. The show creators do a rare and incredible job of saying, there are all sorts of ways to be a girl. It also incorporates the arts which are usually shown as the complete opposite of STEM. My 7 and 4 year old sons love this show so don't fall into the trap of, "oh this is a girl show," no it's a feminist show that we should all be watching. Where to watch: Netflix (season 2 coming soon!)
Atypical: A comedy series about a teen on the autism spectrum who is trying to find love. The cast are all incredibly talented. Val loved seeing how Sam, the main character, becomes more independent and how that shift effects everyone else in the family. Heavy feelings blended with laugh out loud moments make this a show that you really need to watch. Where to watch: Netflix (season 2 is in the works)
Atlanta: A comedy-drama that follows two cousins on their way up. We don't want to say much because honestly words cannot do this masterpiece justice just go watch it. Written and produced by Donald Glover this is bound to be one of your favorite shows. Where to watch: Hulu has season one and season two will air on FX