Reality Fighting Every Day of the Week

By Nicole Vickers

So I found a better title! I think.

Anyway, as promised and without further ado, I give you a TV show for everyday of the 2017 Fall Season!

Sunday: Bob’s Burgers

Meet the Belchers; each of them is insane in their own way, but they love and support each other. Tina is awkward, Gene is a ham, Louise might be evil, Linda can’t stop singing, and Bob has weird obsessions, and none of them are afraid to be who they are. Together, they run a struggling restaurant and hilariously face the problems of any other working class family on top of a lot of weird random ones. P.S. if you like puns, then you’re in luck; there’s a burger pun in practically every episode.

Bob’s Burgers season 8 will premiere on October 1 at 7:30 P.M. In the meantime, you can catch up on Hulu.

Monday: Supergirl

Arrow, The Flash, the entire Defenders crew… it’s official: super hero shows are back in. And of all of them, Supergirl is by far the most wholesome and uplifting of them. Following Kara Danvers, the cheerful and adorably awkward cousin of Clark Kent, the audience meets Kara as she decides to share her powers with the world and become a hero. Kara fights evil while keeping an open mind and believing that anyone can be good. Her relationships with her sister, her boss Cat Grant, and her best friend Lena Luthor, depict realistic relationships between women in which they lift each other up, not tear each other down. Not to mention, there are plenty of Arrowverse crossovers, including a musical, which is cool because Melissa Benoist who plays Supergirl, and Grant Gustin, who plays The Flash, were both on GleeAlso, while I’m at it, Jeremy Jordan, who plays Kara’s friend Winn, is a Broadway megastar.

Supergirl season 3 premieres on October 9 at 8 P.M. on The CW. In the meantime, you can catch up on Netflix.

Tuesday: This Is Us

I’m not gonna lie, This Is Us is a real tear jerker. It’s all about family, second chances, and real life struggles. But sometimes we like to watch other people struggle so that we can forget our own struggles. All of the characters are compelling, and most of them are lovable. Kate, who has been struggling with her weight since she was a child, is trying to lose the weight, but also find out who she is apart from her size. Kevin, Kate’s twin, seems to have it all, but he’s desperate to find himself as an actor, and live a more meaningful life. Jack and Rebecca deal with the raw struggles of parenthood. Randall, who seems to be the audience’s everyone’s favorite (on the screen and off), is trying to find his birth parents. It’s hard to describe the show without ruining essential twists, but eventually, part of the appeal of the show is knowing what is going to happen, without knowing how.

This Is Us season 2 premieres on September 26 at 9 P.M. on NBC. In the meantime, you can catch up on season 1 on Hulu.

Wednesday: South Park

South Park has been on for twenty years, so I think a lot of people have decided that they either want to watch it or the don’t. And sometimes it is too brash for most. But the logic of it is that something is always going to insult someone, so they might as well joke about everything. South Park is fresh, intelligent, funny, and even though the main characters start businesses, hunt down criminals, and occasionally point guns at their mothers, part of the charm is that underneath it all, they’re still nine year old kids who like playing pretend, going to arcades, and are just trying to figure things out. South Park is renowned for making important points about how ridiculous the world is, while not coming off too preachy. You can either take it seriously, or not. And you shouldn’t.

South Park is currently on season 21, and it comes on at 10 P.M. on Comedy Central. You can catch up and watch new episodes on Hulu.

Thursday: The Good Place

So what happens after we die? Well, according to The Good Place, you get to live in a nice town, with frozen yogurt on every corner, live with your soul mate in your perfect house, and never want for anything. The catch is that to get to enjoy this paradise, you have to be amazing. Like, I-donated-both-my-kidneys great. Or maybe you just stayed loyal to the Cleveland Browns. Either way, it’s obvious that when Eleanor, textbook selfish jerk, ends up in the good place, something is off.  Eleanor picks up on this immediately and has to fake it ’til she makes it so that she isn’t sent to the Bad Place. It’s an ethics course, wrapped in a comedy, wrapped in an outrageous mystery with so many twists, you have to watch it twice.

The Good Place is currently on season 2, and it comes on at 8:30 P.M. on CBS. You can catch up on season 1 on Netflix or Hulu, and watch new episodes the next morning on Hulu.

Friday: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Guys like to call girls crazy all the time to explain their actions, and most of the time it’s an overreaction. But not in the case of Rebecca Bunch, Harvard and Yale educated lawyer, who runs into a guy she dated at summer camp for the first time in eight years. In a fit of impulsiveness, she moves from New York City to South California to be with him, all the while denying her motives, playing it cool with his girlfriend, finding creative ways to stalk him and performing elaborate musical numbers in her head. You probably won’t condone Rebecca’s behavior, but you’ll sympathize with her in the worst way, especially as her layers are peeled back. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is funny, clever, and just relatable enough to make you cringe. It is incredibly woke and self aware, especially when it comes to mental illness.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season three will premiere October 13 at 9 P.M. on The CW. In the meantime, you can catch up on Netflix.

On Saturdays, we stream: Frasier

Frasier was a sitcom that ran from 1993-2004, and it has been one of my favorite shows since I was eight years old, and if you understood anything about Frasier, you’d know how weird that is. It’s a spin off from the classic show Cheers, but you don’t have to watch Cheers to understand Frasier, and honestly Frasier is way better, for several reasons including the fact that the Frasier characters actually develop . It’s about bar know-it-all intellectual Frasier Crane in his element- back home, with his father Martin, and his brother Niles, with a cushy new job giving advice to people on the radio. Frasier and Niles are insufferable lovable snob psychiatrists who love wine, opera and bickering, and they are contrasted hilariously by their father Martin, a grumpy, old fashioned retired cop who loves watching sports, drinking beer, and his ugly comfy chair. Martin, his creepy dog Eddie, and Daphne, his neurotic, psychic (?), British home healthcare worker, move in with Frasier and chaos ensues. Throw in Frasier’s promiscuous radio producer, Roz, Nile’s phantom wife Maris, and countless failed schemes and romances, and you’ve got one of the smartest sitcoms of all time. Don’t believe me? Try Paste (#15),  Business Insider (#10), or Ranker (#12).

All eleven seasons of Frasier can be found on both Netflix and Hulu.

So that’s it! Have any other shows you think I’ve missed? Seen any of these shows and have opinions? Literally have anything to say about Frasier? Let me know in the comments!

My next post is coming out October 6, and hopefully (if I can muster the courage) it will be “It: My First Horror Movie.” In the meantime, remember that Cartman is reality. And you know what, even if he wasn’t reality, he still deserves to get his butt kicked.

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