Here are some shows y’all should be watching. By y’all, I mean my literally imaginary audience that I’m hoping will one day exist. Either way, this is valuable advice. Anyway, these shows are totally worth any effort you expend trying to find them.
1. Sons of Anarchy on FX (Seasons 1-3 on Netflix): Outlaw biker gang, VP with a heart of gold, and a shit ton of general badassery. That is all you need to know.
In the unlikely case that is not enough to entice you, Katey Sagal (of Peggy Bundy fame) won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Gemma Teller, the mother of main-ish character Jax (who on his own is a great character) and the matriarch of the club. Creator Kurt Sutter was also responsible for another critically-acclaimed series: The Shield.
I’m a bit of a rocker-chick who loves tattoos and motorcycles, so I may be a little biased. But don’t let my personal preferences sway you: Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, and Maggie Siff are simply fantastic as the heart of the show, and the supporting cast is phenomenal. There is enough action for the guys and enough drama for the ladies. SOA is without doubt one of the finest hours on television.
2. Justified also on FX (Season 3 begins airing in January): This show is just fantastic. It’s a new take on a cop drama. Set in Kentucky coal-mining country, Raylan Givens’ interesting back-country back story is as much of a character in the show as Raylan Givens himself.
Every line of this show is excellently delivered, and the dry wit helps solidify the awesomeness that is every character on this show. Not to mention, it’s everything a show about a cowboy hat-wearing, gun-slinging federal marshal should be.
Timothy Olyphant is spectacular. To quote another character from the show, he’s “an attractive white man with a shitload of swagger.” Not to mention, the supporting cast is just wonderful. On a side note, Olyphant was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of the old-fashioned law man. Plus, who doesn’t love a man wearing a cowboy hat. If your answer to that question is “Me,” watch the show. You’ll change your mind.
Long story short: watch these shows. You will not regret it.