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TV shows you should all be checking out right about now

Illustration by Shannon DeLurio

By Tris Anderson


“Letterkenny” is a Canadian comedy based in the fictional small town of Letterkenny, Ontario. The show follows siblings Wayne and Katy, who own a small farm and produce stand, and their two friends, Daryl and Squirrelly Dan. The show follows the group as they get involved in small town antics such as saving “Canada gooses” from a golf course and trying to win the local spelling bee.

The show is filled with quick wit and unfiltered vulgarity. It’s a hard show to describe, an easy cop-out would be to compare it to “Trailer Park Boys.” Really, the show is in a league of its own.

“Letterkenny” is easily one of the funniest and quotable shows on television right now. Hardly a minute goes by where I’m not laughing at something. All Six seasons of “Letterkenny” are available on Hulu, with a seventh season in production.


“You” is a disturbing, tension-filled drama about bookstore manager Joe Goldberg. One day, Joe meets Guinevere Beck, or “Beck,” at his bookstore and from there the story unfolds. This isn’t a simple romance story about two star crossed lovers.

From the start, it’s immediate that Joe is a stalker, proficient in both internet and physical stalking. Joe begins taking desperate and manipulative measures to ensure Beck falls for him. Throughout the series, Joe’s past slowly unravels and we see him slip further in to the void as he becomes more desperate and more dangerous.

“You” was an “alright, one more episode” type of show for me because it’s unpredictable and constantly leaves you wondering what’s going to happen in the next episode. To say anything more would spoil the show. Season one of “You” is available on Netflix, with a second season in the works.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace

The second chapter in FX’s “American Crime Story” series. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” begins with just that, the murder of Gianni Versace outside his Miami home. The series then backtracks through the life of Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan.

The backtracking through Andrew’s life might not appeal to some viewers, but it tells Cunanan’s story effectively. Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does. If you saw and enjoyed the “The People v. O. J. Simpson,” this chapter maintains the same quality. You can watch “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” on Netflix. If you haven’t watched the “People v. O.J Simpson” I highly recommend that as well.

Broad City

When “Broad City” came out, “Workaholics” was at its peak relevancy. Everyone, myself included, quickly and lazily labeled “Broad City” a gender-swapped “Workaholics.” However, this is not the case. Both shows have similar styles of comedy, but the relationship between Abbi, Ilana and New York City is much more personal than “Workaholics” ever was.

Throughout the series Abbi and Ilana’s relationship is the focal point, whether it be trying to catch a plane to Israel, tripping on mushrooms or trying to find real-life witches. The show is not only hilarious, but often heartfelt and sincere which is what keeps me coming back to it. “Broad City” is currently in its fifth and final season on Comedy Central, which you can watch live or stream off Comedy Central’s website. You can watch seasons one through four on Hulu.


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