Rick and Morty (Adult Swim/Streaming on Hulu)
I can honestly say I had no idea what this cartoon was about and that I had zero interest in it. I was busy doing something one day and asked Wyatt to stop watching things that I wanted to watch until I was able to watch with him. Enter Rick and Morty. What started off as a kooky, slightly rude cartoon ended up being my next binge. It’s drawn in typical Cartoon Network style, and if I hadn’t heard some swearing and noticed that grandpa was drunk literally the entire show, I would have thought that this aired directly after Adventure Time.
To give a brief overview of the show, grandpa Rick is a pretty out there, verbally abusive, drunk-off-his-rocker scientist. He takes his grandson, Morty, on “adventures” all over the universe. They mess with time and space, they kill a few aliens, break a whole bunch of laws, smuggle things through the galaxy, and they might even end up dead a few times. Morty’s parents don’t approve, Morty’s sister is jealous, and Rick doesn’t care about any of it. He makes potions that ruin everything, inventions that our feeble human minds can’t use correctly, and he’s got a way of getting himself of almost every situation.
There is a lot of crude humor in this show and it is definitely not for children. People who are easily offended probably shouldn’t watch it either, though it’s not nearly as bad as South Park. I like the show a lot because it has a little bit of a Doctor Who feel too it, it’s just a lot less serious. I’ve recommended this to a few people already, so hopefully some of them give it a chance!
iZombie (CW/Streaming on Hulu)
iZombie was an another accidental addiction for me. Around the time season one was airing, Wyatt was testing something on the tv and he picked the first thing that popped up on Hulu. I had no idea what the show was, but as soon as I saw it was zombie related, I knew I had to give it a chance. Instantly hooked. I watched so many episodes (about 45 minutes each), that I caught up and had to wait for the new ones to air in real time. UGH.
Liv worked at a hospital before she became a zombie. She went to a boat party, got scratched by some humans-turned-zombies that took some bad drugs, and became a zombie herself. Her craving for brains couldn’t be curbed, but she couldn’t drive herself to kill to satisfy her hunger. So she decided to work at the morgue. Brilliant.
After Liv starts eating the brains of the dead, she notices some weird side effects. For starters, she adopts pieces of the deceased’s personality. From cranky old racist men to overly-peppy cheerleaders, Liv’s been on quite the emotional roller coaster since the start of the show. She also has visions which help her out as she tries to help solve murder cases for the police department, all while trying to stay ahead of the “bad” zombies who have quite the brainy business running throughout the city. Keep in mind, these aren’t Romero’s zombies: they’re smart, they’re fast, and they blend in pretty well with the living for the most part. Monsters could be among us right now.
Overall, the show is really great. I’ve read some really negative reviews online, a lot directed at the show not following the comics (which I’ve never read), but I don’t have any problems with the show. Even at 45 minutes per episode, they move quickly and transition between everything very well. It stays entertaining and holds my attention, although sometimes they do try to put one too many twists in an episode. It’s definitely a show I recommend to others! The second season just started this past Tuesday, and episodes are available on Hulu the next day, but I strongly suggest watching the show in order. Slight warning: the show can get pretty gory at times (zombies/murders), so just be ready for that. It can also be very emotional…I cried for at least a half an hour at the end of one episode. Keep tissues handy. Snacks, too.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox/Streaming on Hulu)
Andy Samberg and Terry Crews. That’s all I should need to say.
Seriously though, this show is one of my all time favorites. It’s funny…like laugh out loud, tears in your eyes funny. I’ve never seen anything with Andy in it that I didn’t like (Hot Rod is my favorite movie), and this was another one of those instant hits for me. The show is based around the NYPD in Brooklyn, where the precinct has a reputation for not getting much done. It gets serious at times, but it’s usually just focused on whatever antics are going on in the office that day. Jake (Samberg) and his best friend, Charles, managed to screw around a lot for working in a police department.Capt. Holt does his best to keep everyone in line and keep his emotions in check, but even he can’t help but admire Jake sometimes. Gina (Holt’s secretary), is a very over the top character, but Wyatt and I both love her. She’s rude, she means it, and she doesn’t care. She’s a girl who loves gossip and Terry (Crews), and she’s not afraid to show it. She doesn’t do much actual work, but she’s always good for a laugh.
The characters in this show are very well written and the actors are perfect for the parts. I try to tell pretty much everyone to watch this show because I want it to have high ratings and I want it to be on the air for a very long time. So please check it out and tell all of your friends!!
It sort of seems like a lot to watch at once, but we’re up to date on both iZombie and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so the only thing we’re behind on is Rick and Morty. We’re getting there though!* If you have any shows to recommend, feel free to comment below and let me know what’s good! I don’t have cable, so it’s best to recommend Hulu and Netflix available shows.
*We may or may not have watched an entire season in 1-2 sittings.