Five TV dramas you need to watch

FIVE TV dramas I think you need to watch this coming autumn.

NRCOU2The Newsroom (HBO)

The Newsroom is a typical Aaron Sorkin production with long speeches, sarcasm, rapid-fire dialogue, and non-linear narratives. This Sorkin production resembles his older Sports Night as it offers a look behind the scenes of a fictional news channel and the life of news anchor Will McAvoy. The Newsroom delves into the breaking of real news stories from “Occupy Wallstreet”, 9/11, to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. And examines political, moral, and ethical standpoints of both society and the personal lives of the characters.

Watch it for the opening scene of the pilot, as well as the banter between Will McAvoy and Mackenzie McHale (Mortimer). Also worth pointing out are the cinematography and writing, as well as the intelligent female characters.

RBCOU2Rookie Blue (Global ABC)

Rookie Blue follows five rookies straight out of the academy as they pursue their dreams of becoming police officers at 15 Division in the city of Toronto. Much like the interns and surgeons in Grey’s Anatomy, the rookies and officers in Rookie Blue engaged in relationships with each other that, more often than not, cloud their professional judgements.

Watch it for the character of Andy McNally whose confidence, strong will, and passion make you want to join the police academy. Oliver Shaw is another excellent character which brings the comic relief and never misses a beat to add in a sarcastic comment or a pun.

The Divide (WeTV)

The Divide was going to be what Mad Men was to AMC, the series that changed the look of the network. This new political drama focuses on the judicial system in America. The main focus lies on whether the two white men who were convicted for killing the black, Butler family were guilty of the crime or not. The main characters all work for Innocence Initiative, an organisation that works to reverse wrongful convictions through the use of DNA testing. Christina Rosa is one of the Innocence people who finds a lose end to the many strings that ties up the Butler case and as she pulls on it she unravels secrets that may or may not have effected the outcome of the murder trial.

Watch it for Richard LaGravenese’s writing and the plot twist in the final episode! The series explores themes of race, politics, morals, and ethics within the American justice system. Keep an eye out for the incredible performances of Billy Magnussen as Eric Zale and Marin Ireland as Christine Rosa.

Masters of Sex (Showtime)

This period drama explores the study and relationship of Dr William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) two pioneers of the science of human sexuality. This drama tackles themes of science, politics, racism, sexism, and love. Masters and Johnson’s study becomes personal as they face problems in finding acceptance for their study among other staff members at the hospital. Due to lack of participants the two decide to put themselves in the studies creating emotional struggle for the two as an emotional connection starts to build. The series’ 1960s setting is similar to that of Mad Men and many similarities can be drawn between the two, especially in how Dr Masters treats his wife Libby – just like Don Draper treated Betty in the first couple of seasons.

Watch it for the development of Bill and Virginia’s relationship and the fantastic variety of bowties that Michael Sheen wears. Warning! Don’t watch it with your parents if you/they feel awkward around nudity.

Parenthood (NBC)

Probably the most underrated drama to ever air, Parenthood follows the close-knit Braverman family containing of Zeek and Camille and their four children, Sarah, Adam, Crosby, and Julia, along with their spouses and children. The series starts out when the oldest daughter Sarah (played by Lauren Graham) and her two teenage children move back to Zeek and Camille’s house as a result of her economic struggles. Throughout the seasons the Bravermans go through the struggles of family with break-ups, divorces, adoptions, and cancer all taking the audience on an emotional rollercoaster.

Watch it for the connection you get with the different members of the Braverman clan and the emotional roller coaster that you are thrown onto. The writing of the series is amazing as you feel that you are actually a part of the family and not just a spectator. Look out for the great performances by Monica Potter as Adam’s wife Kristina, and Mae Whitman as Sarah’s daughter Kristina. Also, don’t forget to bring a tissue or two for the tears.