TV Reviews

TV Reviews

Rekha Morgan, A&E Editor

Rating: TV-14
Where to Watch: NETFLIX
“Stranger Things” Season 3 fails to have the same charm as the previous two seasons. The writing has lost the realistic portrayal of teenage life. This might be because this season takes place over the summer, whereas the other two occurred during the school year. If you are a diehard “Stranger Things” fan, you should watch it, but I don’t suggest watching it if you thought the previous two seasons were boring. Season 3 fails to show the growth in Billy and Max’s relationship, and instead the creators decided to make Billy the main untouchable villain. The whole season was very predictable and felt like a cliché. If you don’t “have to” watch this, don’t put yourself through it.
Rating: TV-MA
Where to Watch: HBO

While this show made headlines because of its portrayal of drug use and teen- age nudity, “Euphoria” refreshingly doesn’t paint high schoolers as blind to the real troubles of the world. While the show can be extreme at times, kids all over the country will be able to see themselves in aspects of the characters. “Euphoria” is told mainly through the point of view of Rue (Zendaya), a struggling drug addict faking her sobriety. She meets Jules (Hunter Schafer), a transgender girl who is new at school. The show explores sexuality, the dangers of the internet, abuse, struggles with drugs, and the extreme realities of being a teen. There are plenty of intense, and at times unrealistic, situations the characters experience, but nonetheless “Euphoria” points out that teenagers often face adult situations, while still being treated like kids. A new episode comes out every Sunday night at 9 pm Central.

Rating: TV-MA
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video
Amazon released this original show as a response to the popularity of superhero movies from the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes. In the movies we see today, these superheroes are often upstanding citizens who ensure the safety and well-being of others. Amazon spins this into a universe where “superheroes” have the same flaws as regular human beings, except they can pick up cars or fly. These superheroes commit crimes or just don’t live up to the images they portray. In “The Boys,” the jobs of superheroing have been monopolized by one business, Vought, and these superheroes often abuse their powers. “The Boys” deals with rape, murder, sexual harassment, and other crimes that these untouchable “superheroes” commit. “The Boys” addresses the corruption and abuse of power that comes with fame and influence. The main character Hughie and others work together to seek revenge on these “supes” and expose those who favor corruption. It is entertaining and at sometimes gory, almost a violent and extreme homage to the Me Too movement. “The Boys” takes a realistic spin on the popularity of superheroes.
Rating: TV-MA
Where to Watch: NETFLIX, FOX
“Pose” explores the world of the LGBTQ+ community in the late 1980s. It focuses on the different experiences and lifestyles of those in New York City at the time. “Pose” explores the ball culture world, the rise of the Trump era, and the downtown social scene. The story focuses on Blanca as she decides to build her own team to compete in the balls, which are fashion and performance competitions. She eventually takes in Angel, a gifted dancer and a prostitute. “Pose” follows Blanca and her “children” as they grapple with the AIDS crisis, love, and surviving in New York City. New Season 2 episodes air every Tuesday at 10pm Eastern Time on FOX.
Rating: TV-14
Where to Watch: Hulu

This is the best reality TV show ever. “Love Island” has an episode every night, making sure the viewer isn’t left bored. Cast members are forced to give up social media and any other contact with the outside world to be fully immersed in “The Villa,” an isolated five-star resort. Every week, an islander is sent home, either based on the votes of the public or their fellow islanders.  To enhance the drama, new islanders are added to the group each week. The English accents on top of the hilarious commentary make this show realistic and entertaining. There is never a moment when the islanders or the hosts aren’t aware of the craziness of their situations. “Love Island” draws in viewers easily with its charm and humor, leading the creator to establish an American spinoff (I prefer the original British version). The fifth season aired over the summer and can be streamed on Hulu.