Couch Potato Guide Volume Two: The Couchening

by on Feb 12th, 2019

Another February, another reading break. As students, that means it’s time to prep for all of the upcoming exams and term papers, or to revel because you actually get some time to relax during this busy time of year. Whichever you most relate to, it’s time to stay up way too late, work long hours and watch TV. So put your feet up, crack open the laptop and get working. You have some TV to watch.

Silicon Valley (Crave)

This HBO original follows a band of misfit coding gurus and their attempt to begin a successful tech company in the heart of Silicon Valley, the tech hub of the U.S. Following Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) and his small group of friends living in an idea incubator run by ex-CEO of app Aviato, Erlich Bachman (TJ Miller). The show documents all of their successes, failures and pivots as the aspiring group works towards their ultimate goal. Not being bankrupt.

 

Source: HBO

For fans of: HBO Comedies, Tech Shows, Trial and Error

Electric Dreams (Amazon Prime)

Electric Dreams is an anthology of episodes based on Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi writings. This show has a lot of parallels to Black Mirror, including airing on the same network in the U.K. (prior to Black Mirror making a deal with Netflix), and it is touted for being a thought piece about the dark side of technology. Featuring actors such as Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston and Greg Kinnear, the show has made an impact since its first season debuted at the end of 2017. However, it has not been confirmed for a second season yet but it’s likely only a matter of time.

Source: Channel 4 (U.K.)

For fans of: Black Mirror, Philip K. Dick, Blade Runner

Maniac (Netflix)

This retro-futuristic dramady follows Owen (Jonah Hill) and Annie (Emma Stone) who enter a pharmaceutical test to fix their minds. Of course, as these things tend to go, everything goes terribly wrong and sends the two protagonists down a long winding road through their own minds. The show is a wild ride laid out as a perfect mix of anthology style with an overarching story that ties the whole thing together in a nice, self-contained bow. This is just a limited series so there are only 10 episodes to watch but it’s a great way to kill a day or two.

Source: Netflix

For fans of: Black Mirror, Retro Futurism, Mind Bending TV

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Netflix)

Andy Sandberg leads a cast of all-stars including Chelsea Peretti, Terry Crews and Joe Lo Truglio as they serve and protect as members of New York’s finest. Of course, when you get that many comedians together there are bound to be some shenanigans. Season six began on the shows new network (NBC) on Jan. 10 after the fear of cancellation after season five last year. You may have to wait a while until it is live on Netflix, but what better time to catch up on the other five seasons of hilarity!

Source: Fox/NBC

For fans of: Buddy Cop Movies, Andy Sandberg, Angie Tribeca

Kidding (Crave)

Jim Carrey’s return to TV stars him acting as Jeff Piccirillo, host of Mr. Pickles Puppet Time. As both the figurehead of a multi-million-dollar brand and a beloved TV personality, he struggles to balance his professional life with his personal one, which is crashing around him following the death of his son and his separation with his wife. Kidding is a journey into what it means to deal with traumatic events when trying to manage a life in the spotlight. It is a touching show that will leave you both laughing and crying.

Source: Showtime

For fans of: Jim Carrey, Barry, Mr. Rogers

Workaholics (Crave)

Workaholics is a stoner comedy for pretty much everyone. It follows three lovable losers as they go through their daily life working in a call centre, smoking weed and coming up with some ridiculous things to do with their time. Whether it’s hosting full-fledged backyard wrestling or a crazy pool party complete with people jumping off the roof the gang always gets up to something. With seven full seasons available to binge on Crave, this one will make reading week fly by.

Source: Comedy Central

For fans of: Broad City, The Office, Getting Weird

Game of Thrones (Crave)

The eighth and final season of the HBO epic is finally upon us. Whether you’re rooting for Snow, maddened by the queen or sympathetic to the Hound, all of the wait has come to this final season. What better way to get excited and pledge your loyalties then by binging the seven seasons of the cultural phenomena before the eighth season airs Apr. 14. Winter is here.

Source: HBO

For fans of: West World, Vikings, not knowing things

F is for Family (Netflix)

It’s an animated comedy about life in the 1970’s and is most definitely NSFW. The show’s focus? The nuclear family, and families going nuclear. Featuring Bill Burr and Justin Long, F is for Family focuses on how a family’s journey has gone a little off track, and how they continue to battle with the struggles of the everyday person, one day at the time. The third season aired on Netflix in November, which makes now a pretty good time to jump in!

Source: Netflix

For fans of: Family Guy, Paradise PD, Big Mouth

You (Netflix)

You is a thrilling look at a relationship borne of a stalker building his way into his victim’s life. What begins as social media “research” into an aspiring writer quickly becomes an obsession that is strategic and meditated. Joe (Penn Badgley) struggles with his desire to do whatever it takes to win Guinevere’s (Elizabeth Lail) heart, dedicating himself to removing any obstacle out of his way. This Lifetime original is based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes.

Source: Lifetime

For fans of: 13 Reasons Why, Riverdale, Social Media Creeping

Disenchantment (Netflix)

Matt Groening’s latest foray into animation is set in the middle ages and manages to tie into both The Simpsons and Futurama, briefly but significantly. The show follows Bean, the daughter of the King of Dreamland, Luci, Bean’s personal demon and Elfo, a young elf from Elfwood who is one of the happy little elves from The Simpsons. The show has a release schedule up to 2021 so if you like Matt Groening’s shows then this is the one for you.

Source: Netflix

For fans of: Simpsons, Futurama, Animated Comedies

Bonus:

Adam Sandler 100% Fresh (Netflix)

Adam Sandler’s Netflix special was not only funny, but a completely watchable hour-and-a-half stand-up special with clips taken from multiple venues on his 2018 stand-up tour. The whole thing was a reminder that, while his recent movies have been lackluster, Adam Sandler is still the same funny person he was 20 years ago.

Source: Netflix

For fans of: Old Adam Sandler Movies, Stand-Up Specials, Being Surprised