The Watchlist Whisperer - TV Series edition

May 28 2024.

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Struggling to navigate the ever-expanding world of streaming services and on-demand content? Feeling lost in a sea of options, unsure of what to watch next? Worry no more, because The Watchlist Whisperer is here to guide you! We'll be your trusted source for must-watch picks, from captivating dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies to thrilling documentaries and thought-provoking films. Consider us your personal concierge for all things screen-worthy. So, grab your remote, settle in, and get ready to discover your next obsession with The Watchlist Whisperer! This week, we're serving up an eclectic mix – a blend of hidden gems and some buzz-worthy shows you might have missed.

Reality Bites: UnReal (Available on Multiple Platforms)

Ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes of your favourite reality dating show? Buckle up, because UnReal is about to pull back the curtain and show you a world of manipulation, manufactured drama, and surprising emotional depth. This show isn't your typical reality TV fare. 

UnReal takes us into the cutthroat world of producing a hit dating competition show called "Everlasting."  We follow Rachel Goldberg, a young producer with a knack for creating drama, as she navigates the ruthless world of reality television. But UnReal isn't just about outrageous stunts and manufactured tears. It delves into the psychological toll this behind-the-scenes manipulation takes on everyone involved. 

Without a doubt, UnReal is a hidden gem that deserves a wider audience. It's a show that will keep you glued to your screen, questioning everything you thought you knew about reality TV.  The series explores the ethical grey areas of manufactured drama, the pressures of ratings, and the emotional manipulation that fuels these shows. While the premise might sound cynical, UnReal also explores complex characters and the surprising humanity that can emerge even in the most artificial of environments. 

So, if you're looking for a show that's both entertaining and thought-provoking, give UnReal a try. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy this addictive behind-the-scenes look at the world of reality dating shows!

 

Superheroes? More Like Supervillains: The Boys (Amazon Prime)

Remember that show a coworker wouldn't stop raving about? Yeah, me neither... at first. It took me forever to actually press play on The Boys, but let me tell you, it's officially a top 5 for me now! This isn't your typical superhero story. Prepare to have your expectations shattered in the best way possible.

The Boys takes a sharp, satirical jab at the superhero genre. Forget capes and saving the day – these "heroes" are corrupt, self-serving celebrities controlled by a powerful corporation called Vought. Enter The Boys, a ragtag group of vigilantes determined to take down these superpowered abusers. Think gritty action, dark humour, and a whole lot of social commentary. 

This show doesn't shy away from pushing boundaries, so be prepared for some wild moments. But trust me, it's all in service of a compelling story and fantastic characters. The Boys is a must-watch for anyone who craves something different from their superhero fix.  

Bonus! If you get hooked on The Boys (and let's face it, you will), there's a whole new world to explore within its universe. Gen V comes from the twisted world of The Boys, serving as a spin-off series that focuses on a different aspect of this messed-up superhero society. It dives into the lives of young adult superheroes attending a prestigious academy run by Vought. This show explores the dark side of ambition and the pressure to succeed within this corrupt system.

So, ditch the tights and laser beams, and get ready for a superhero story unlike any other. The Boys and its twisted offspring, Gen V, will take you on a wild ride that'll leave you wanting more.


Regal Surprise: The Empress (Netflix) 

Remember those nights spent aimlessly scrolling through Netflix, desperately searching for a hidden gem? Well, this time, the browsing paid off! While on the hunt for something to watch, I stumbled upon The Empress, and let me tell you, it's a captivating historical drama that deserves a spotlight. 

The Empress isn't your typical period piece. It's a fresh and engaging take on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi (played by the talented Devrim Lingnau).  Prepare to be swept away by a forbidden romance and the complex world of the Viennese court in the 19th century. 

Sisi, a young Bavarian princess, falls head over heels for Emperor Franz Joseph (played by Philip Froissant), throwing a wrench into the planned royal marriage. But this isn't just a love story. The Empress delves into the power struggles and rigid protocols that Sisi must navigate as a young woman thrust into the heart of the Austrian monarchy.  Her relationship with her formidable mother-in-law, the Archduchess Sophie (played by Melika Foroutan), adds another layer of intrigue to the story. 

The Empress is a visual feast, with stunning costumes and sets that transport you to a bygone era. But beyond the glitz and glamour, the series explores themes of love, rebellion, and finding your voice amidst societal constraints. It's a story about a young woman who carves out her own path within the confines of royalty, all while facing the challenges and expectations that come with her position.  

So, if you're looking for a captivating historical drama with a strong female lead and a touch of forbidden romance, The Empress is a must-watch. It's a hidden gem that deserves a place on your list, and with a second season confirmed, you can get invested knowing there's more to come! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rihaab Mowlana

Rihaab Mowlana is the Deputy Features Editor of Life Plus and a journalist with a passion for crafting captivating narratives. Her expertise lies in feature writing, where she brings a commitment to authenticity and a keen eye for unique perspectives. Follow Rihaab on Twitter & Instagram: @rihaabmowlana


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