Why you should watch: Masters of Sex

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Masters of sex is definitely not a show for the squeamish, or anyone who is at an impressionable age – but it is the show for someone who enjoys a great period piece that explores the taboo nature of sex in the 1960’s.

The show is actually based off of a biography of the same name and follows William Masters and his assistant (and future ex wife) Virginia Johnson as they explore the scientific nature of sex.

Obviously, in those times, any explicit talk of sex was thought of as filth; and we see a lot of that in this show, as well as how a lot of scientific developments, surgeries, and medications came in to place today through science.

The show offers compelling writing, and even though it is based off of true events – there is still enough drama to keep any viewer interested.

Why you should watch: Jane the Virgin

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Jane the virgin not only offers a witty and compelling story, but is also one of the few shows on television with a woman of color featured as the lead.

The story follows Jane Villanueve and a series of events that leads to her getting pregnant, even though she is a virgin. It’s all told by a comedic omniscient narrator in the style of a tele nova.

All of the characters are fun, and there are some great relationships already instilled into the show even though it is only on its first season.

Although it’s only on the first season, the show has already been recognized by both the People Choice Awards and the Golden Globes – winning awards for both.

Why you should watch: izombie

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izombie is a new television series based off of a comic book of the same name. It’s basically about a medical resident who is turned into a zombie after the events of a yacht party.

For me, the premise alone was enough of a reason for me to give it a shot. As someone who is a fan of the zombie genre in general, it’s interesting to see a zombie premise that is so different; and the show itself delivers with this premise.

If you’re a fan of the cult hit, Veronica Mars, you might find this especially enjoyable given that it’s developed by the same person.

The show offers light comedy, and original and interesting plot, and plenty of likable characters. Even though it has only had a four episodes in general – the show exhibits great potential for something that could be amazing.

Why you should watch: Orphan Black

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Orphan Black is a show about, well, clones. On the surface it may seem a little too science fiction, or cheesy – but it’s actually one of the best shows on television right now. It features Tatiana Maslany, playing all of the clones – and her performance alone is enough to make it worth giving a watch.

The clones are all stark in difference and each are layered characters; sometimes it’s even hard to believe Maslany is the face behind all of them.

The show has smart writing, diversity, great female characters and an overall interesting plot.

Season 3 will be airing in two weeks time on BBC America.

Why you should watch: Person of Interest

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Person of Interest is an extremely under rated show, and I honestly don’t know why. It is currently on it’s fourth season and only seems to get better with each plot.

On the surface the story revolves around artificial intelligence. Basically, Harold Finch creates this super computer that tells when people are in danger. He originally created it to prevent terrorist attacks in aid of the US government, but after certain events decided to use it to help every day people that would be considered irrelevant by the government.

To help him with this he enlist the aid of John Reese, an ex-CIA agent who is kinda like Batman, but a thousand times cooler.

The story grows as it goes on though and several new and interesting characters are added through the series; including some amazing lady characters (which I won’t name for the sake of possible spoilers).

The show offers diversity, an amazing narrative, some of the best story telling on television and will always keep you on the edge of your seat.

It airs Tuesday nights on CBS and will be coming to Netflix in the fall.

Why you should watch: Empire

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Empire offers an amazing cast – Taraji P. Hensen, Terrence Howard being its leads – and an incredibly diverse cast. The show focuses on Cookie Lyon (played by Hensen), a mother who is just getting out of jail. Her ex husband, Luscious Lyon, owns a large entertainment company they started before Cookie went to jail. The show is based around the hip-hop industry, but also delves into social issues; one being homophobia in the black community since Luscious and Cookie’s son, is a homosexual trying to become famous in the industry.

The show is smart, funny and has enough drama to keep you on your toes. It offers interesting characters as well as dynamics with those characters. On top of this, it also features great, new original music in many of its episodes. The numbers for the show continue to increase and it was renewed for a second season in January.

Empire airs on Tuesday nights on Fox

Why you should watch: Broad City

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Based off of a we series that aired on youtube in 2011, Broad City is a comedic/satiric show revolving around two women in New York.

I don’t recommend this show because it’s smart, or has a thrilling plot or anything like that; I rec is because it’s hilarious. Think of “Workoholics” except with feminism and women doing the comedy. It’s a breath of fresh aired and shows that women can do the same kind of “so dumb it’s funny” comedy just as well as men.

It’s also produced by Amy Poehler, the star of the hit show “Parks and Recreation.”

It’s fun, easy to follow and worth taking a look at.

Why you should watch: The 100

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Recently, after hearing a lot of hype about the show, I decided to try it out. It seemed like it had a compelling plot and some strong actors in its core cast (Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington, Bob Morley, etc.). After hearing how good it was, though, I must say I was disappointed after the first few episodes.

The show is essentially about a post apocalyptic world in which people were forced to move to the sky after high levels of radiation on earth(it’s set way in the future). Their supplies are running short, though after living in the sky for so long (on this space ship thingy) so people are executed for the most minor of crimes to draw out supplies.

This leads to them wanting to see if Earth is livable again so they send 100 delinquent children(very young to about 18) down to earth, basically acting as human guinea pigs. Anyways, obviously Earth does end up being livable, otherwise there would be no show.

While this is an interesting concept, I will say that the show starts off slow. The camera angles can be weird and there are some questionable choices and lackluster writing. BUT – it gets better, and by the time I got to the second season I was completely invested. So, I would urge people to continue through the beginning rough patches (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a cult hit, also had a rough first season) and continue!

It has a compelling plot, an extremely diverse cast and awesome female characters. The protagonist, Clarke Griffin, is a stellar character who shows that she can do anything the boys can, but the show doesn’t try to force her into some masculine type role. The male characters constantly show support throughout as well.

Overall, the show is a fresh breath of air compared to many other shows that lack diversity, strong female characters and types of representation and is definitely worth a watch. You can catch the first season on Netflix and the second season is currently airing on Tuesday nights at the CW.