Shows You Should Watch If You’re a Millennial

I love watching television series and movies. It’s definitely my favorite pastime. To me, it’s a form of escape, in which I feel like there are different possibilities out there—something different from what I grew up in.

I love the lives I witness on TV, and although sometimes it’s a bit exaggerated (of course, for the sake of drama), I relate to the characters presented. I see a piece of myself in them and sometimes I see a plot in an episode mirrored to a situation I’ve experienced or am going through.

And I believe that’s the point. It’s so we could relate, so we would know that we’re not alone in whatever it is we’re going through—may it be moral doubts, seeking your passion or purpose, or struggling and striving in this adult world.

I listed some shows I’ve related to. Some of them enlightened me and helped me in going through hard times and some I’ve just found a piece of myself in. And I think you would too.

GIRLBOSS

Albeit the low and negative feedbacks of this show, I loved it—not everything about it though, to be honest. It’s something, I think, people in their early 20’s and 30’s would relate to in some ways.

In the beginning of the pilot episode, Sophia (played by Britt Robertson) said something that I’ve felt ever since I graduated college, “Adulthood is where dreams go to die.” From that moment on, I was hooked. I was hooked because I related to how she felt.

Now, most critics say that the series is flimsy or that it celebrates millennial narcissism, but I think that the negative feedback the show gets is a result of the story bringing out the negative side of millennial attitude of young adults these days; a sentiment true for most people, if we’re gonna be honest with ourselves.

And I bet most 20-somethings struggling to make a name for themselves or striving to find their passion would relate to being scared of getting trapped in a life where they wake up one day and realize that they’re old and too late to make their dream. I know I am.

What I love about the show is its story about a flawed—very flawed and bitchy badass—character striving to make her passions work. No matter how many people doubt and judge her, she feeds into that and tries to prove that she can make it.

Don’t get me wrong, the series has a lot of flaws. I feel like the show was trying way too hard to make it funny and exaggerated, and some scenes were unnecessary. But the premise was there; the message was there.

It was a predictable story with a predictable ending but I enjoyed and related with the drama and the struggle that comes with it.

In this show, I also caught a glimpse of how hard it is to embrace growing up, how harder you must try to achieve your goals, and how amazing it feels to reach them.

ONE TREE HILL

THIS IS MY FAVORITE SHOW EVER! It wouldn’t last nine seasons if it weren’t that great.

If you’re in your 20’s and you’re struggling to make a mark in the world, seasons 5-9 would be the right seasons to binge-watch (but you should probs start with season 1 or you’ll definitely be lost if you haven’t watched any of it yet).

Of course seasons 5-9 are full of psychos, which is too repetitive and tiresome if I may be quite honest (which makes me wonder why the writers keep on making storylines about it, are they that fascinated by it or just ran out of ideas?). But other than that, it deals with a group of 20-somethings figuring out life.

It’s done with the cliche high school love triangles and puppy loves—although I am most certainly team #Naley for the best couple award!

These seasons are now tackling about life—how it is to make a name for yourself, pursuing what you love, overcoming your inner demons, fixing relationships, and most of all, second chances. Plus parenting tips from #Naley! Have I told you how much I love and ship them?

  I mean... just look how OTP goals they are!

I mean… just look how OTP goals they are!

Everytime I watch it I just wish I was part of that life. Because it feels like everything’s gonna be sunny and okay—minus the psychos. Everytime I watch it I wanna do better, be better.

It shows that we’re young and it’s not too late to make your dreams into a reality. And it also shows that it’s okay to let it go and look forward to your next chapter.

I think that’s what makes OTH a great show; it doesn’t cease to teach you about life and that in each character, you’d find a piece of yourself.

13 REASONS WHY

As controversial as this show may be, I believe this is relevant for all of us—may you be in high school, college, or a working adult.

Yes, critics and some audience say that the show justifies suicide or turns it into a vengeance game, or that it blames the other characters for Hannah Baker’s death; but I don’t think that’s what this show portrays. I don’t see it like how those critics see it.

Yes, the series only showed the tip of the iceberg of the issue at hand–which is mental illness–but this is only one narrative from Clay Jensen as he sees it in Hannah Baker’s perspective.

If you’re in the middle of having a breakdown, this show isn’t for you. Although people who have had mental health issues may watch this, it may develop a minor depression after watching; I, myself have gone through a minor depression state for a period of time upon watching the series (as memories of being bullied and my struggle came back to me).

THIS IS NOT A SHOW ABOUT SUICIDE. It’s not to help you with your depression or ease your suicidal thoughts. This is a show about how people treat other people. This is a show that SHOULD be watched by the likes of Clay, Justin, Jessica, Alex, Bryce, Zach, Courtney—and all the others included in the tapes.

I don’t see this show as justifying suicide or turning it into a vengeance game. It shows how people are differently affected by how they were treated, how differently each person struggles. In this show’s case, they showed Hannah Baker—a flawed character just like any of us—who was affected by multiple, small negative instances until it all built up and the worst happened. And then, she reached her breaking point.

Its message was simple, treat people with kindness, treat them right; watch how you act. We all have struggles and bad days but that doesn’t justify how crappy you should behave.

It shows how our actions—no matter the magnitude or the lack of it—have effects on people. We may not be aware of it, and it may just be for fun and teasing for some, but those actions may be taken as an offense by others.

That’s why I think people should watch this show; if you were bullied, a bully (unaware or intentional), or a bullying bystander—you will find a piece of yourself in the characters. And it’s not to show you that you’re a bad person or judge you, it’s telling us to reflect on our actions and how we behave with people, especially to those we may not like. Depression, suicide and bullying happen not just in high school, it’s throughout life.

GIRL MEETS WORLD

Just as the title is, it is about a girl meeting the world; experiencing it—the good and the bad.

I think I was 18 or 19 when I started watching GMW. I was an “adult” but not quite. That was the period when I don’t want to grow up just yet (and I still don’t want to grow up). And yes, it’s a kid/teen show and it was already cancelled but I still think it’s worth the watch.

It is a Disney show but it’s the first Disney show I watched that tackled serious issues happening around us. Every episode gives a lesson and is relevant, especially now with what’s happening in the world.

That’s why I was so disappointed that it got cancelled, because this show reaches kids that would shape our future. This show gives life lessons and addresses the important issues like racism, bullying, even terrorism. And teens need to know that; they need to be aware and be empathetic to that. This may be a teen show but it speaks even to adults. The issues they tackle isn’t only limited to what kids experience. And I think we all need to go back to being a kid once in a while. I recommend you watch this show. It only has four seasons, and you might pick up a life lesson or two.

THE BOLD TYPE

When I first stumbled upon this show I thought, Wow, is this another millennial series about friends making it big? It won’t last long. I judged it before even watching the pilot or the trailer. Girl, I’m glad my preconceived judgments were wrong! Because now I am invested in this show, I find myself waiting for Wednesdays (because it airs every Tuesday in the US) just so I could watch the latest episode. My pre-conceived notion about the show centering on millennials making it big were right though.

I told you that everytime I watch and get invested in a show, I would have to see myself in a character or just be fascinated in the story. And The Bold Type does both! I AM JANE, SUTTON, AND KAT (the three main characters)!

Okay, just so you know, it’s about three friends working for Scarlet Magazine (in real life, this would translate to Cosmopolitan), striving to find their place in this adult world.

I think any millennial woman—especially those starting out or trying to strive for a better career position—would relate to any of these characters. They’re young, assertive, and ambitious (just like anyone in the magazine world), and they know what they want to do with their careers.

I love it simply because its premise was relatable and was honestly, done before—a story about young adults trying to make it big or finding a place in the world—and yet, it was shown in a refreshing new way. The characters are much more complex, and each of them has their own personalities, perceptions, and different drives to success. Plus, this show celebrates women and diversity! I think that’s a really progressive step for television, too.

So if you have a spare time every Wednesday—or even the weekend—go on and watch The Bold Type.