All of us have that favourite show or movie we turn to on our rough days. We binge episodes for hours on stretch and the familiarity of these shows soothe us. Amidst the pandemic and accompanied anxiety, 2020 has left a large, comfort shaped hole in our hearts.
As the year finally comes to an end, the Re:Set team brings you five of our favourite shows from the 21st century! These shows have broken stereotypes and left us with lessons and memories to get us through these tumultuous times. If you’re looking for a long weekend binge watch, here is our list to tide you through!
Avatar: The Last Airbender (ATLA) and The Legend of Korra
ATLA is an animated show that follows the life of Avatar Aang and his friends trying to save the world from the Fire nation and end a 100-year old war. The show delves into the complexity of decision making — especially when it involves saving the world —and the consequences one has to face for their choices.
ATLA is also one of the earliest shows to have a person with disability as a main character and show her character development without centering it entirely around her disability. “The Legend of Korra” is the sequel to ATLA. The show follows the life of Korra, the next Avatar after Aang.
Where can you find it: Netflix (not in India)
Sports and shows around them have one thing in abundance — toxic masculinity. Challenging this is “Ted Lasso.” An American, teenage football coach moves to London to coach a premiere league soccer team.
What follows is a man who is set up to fail winning over London with his affable companionship and often annoying, persistent optimism. He teaches his players (and us) to not measure our growth by wins and losses, but by working on becoming the best version of themselves, on and off the field.
Where can you find it: Apple TV
One Day at a Time (ODAAT)
Released in 2017, ODAAT has garnered a strong fanbase for its very realistic portrayal of difficult topics like depression, addiction and divorce. The show’s lead, Penelope Alvarez — a single mom who was a veteran — and her Cuban-American family navigate through life’s ups and downs together, often aided by the fabulousness of Penelope’s mother and her kids’ abuelita (played by the indomitable Rita Moreno).
The Alvarez family and their constant support of each other is undoubtedly one of the best depictions of a family (blood and chosen) in pop culture.
Where can you find it: Netflix (first three seasons), Pop TV (season 4)
Set in Greendale Community College, “Community” revolves around a dysfunctional group of friends. While most shows portray their characters as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ Community’s characters are just human. Wonderful in many ways, and messed up in an equal number of ways.
The sitcom is also highly innovative in the ways it toys with different genres and comments on pop culture consumption, all while providing its cast with some of the best character arcs written for television. A highlight of the show is the friendship between Troy and Abed, a wholesome, non-toxic male friendship rooted in affection and genuine care and concern for one another.
“Kim’s Convenience” is the story of a Korean family in Toronto. The adorable shenanigans of Appa and Umma while Janet figures out her life as a young photographer and first generation Korean-Canadian, and Jung’s relationship with his parents and co-workers make this show a breezy yet beautiful watch.
The show’s supporting cast bring in character quirks and plotlines that elevate the humour in the show while not missing out on its authenticity.
Where can you find it: Netflix
Editor’s note: This list is incomplete without mentions of “This Is Us” and K-dramas “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay” and “Sky Castle.”