As part of Cora Carmack’s street team, I’m thrilled to be part of All Played Out’s Bucket List Tour, which is a bit of a spin on Nell’s bucket list of things to do before graduating college. Today I’m listing 5 TV shows to binge watch. Not only am I a major bookworm but I’m also a television junkie so it was ridiculously hard to limit myself to just 5 shows, which is why I decided to narrow it down to 5 shows with unconventional heroes/heroines. In my 5 Star review of All Played out, which you can read here, I talked about how Nell was far from the cookie cutter New Adult heroine so I wanted my list to reflect her quirkiness. This list is in no particular order. I’m an equal opportunity TV-watcher!
1) Arrow: ***Spoilers from Season 3*** I’ve watched Arrow from the beginning of its run on CW and have always enjoyed it but didn’t particularly think of it as a must-watch TV show until the romance between Oliver and Felicity was first teased. The relationship between Oliver and Felicity – a gorgeous but unassuming tech geek and a badass smoldering superhero – is the heart of the show, which follows Oliver as he attempts to get justice against those who have wronged Starling City. I’ve seriously never been more excited for two characters to make the leap from friends to lovers because their romance was teased for quite some time. Felicity’s character has grown by leaps and bounds, assuming her role in Oliver’s trusted group of friends with a newfound confidence while remaining the same adorkable young woman we were first introduced to.
2) The Flash: This is a spin-off of Arrow about a regular guy who becomes extraordinary after being struck by lightning in a freak accident. It's not his super speed that makes Barry Allen so interesting, but rather, it's his genuine need to help people and his quiet charm. Add in an off-the-charts intellect and a case of unrequited love with his long-time best friend, and Barry is an unexpectedly swoon-worthy hero who just so happens to have super cool powers. This is the lighthearted antidote to Arrow’s darker tone and Grant Gustin (Barry) is to thank for that. I highly recommend watching these shows concurrently as there are multiple crossovers where the characters visit each other’s cities to combine their crime fighting efforts.
3) Broad City: This is quite possibly the funniest show I've ever had the pleasure of watching. I'm talking laughing-so-loud-you-start-wheezing type of funny. The main characters are two twenty-something best friends who are weirdly dependent on each other. The show is about Abby and Ilana’s everyday lives – dating, working, and other mundane events – but what makes it so funny is that they say and do things you have thought of doing or have done at least once in your life. The duo always ends up making horrible decisions and/or getting into some kind of awkward situation, which is always entertaining. The two main characters are just plain brilliant but the entire cast of the girls’ friends, co-workers and romantic interests make Broad City sheer perfection.
4) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: This Netflix original series has a strange premise: a young woman was lured into an end-of-days cult, trapped in an underground bunker for years before being discovered and left to assimilate in the real world. The show is about her adventures in the Big Apple, using her perma-smile and can-do attitude to compensate for her shortcomings in almost all aspects of her new life. Ellie Kemper is perfect in this role, which calls for a certain combination of pluckiness and naïveté. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a laugh-out-loud comedy with an extra dose of heart.
5) New Girl: What can I say about Jessica Day? She's a weird individual but I love her. Her incessant need to meddle in her friends' love lives, her ever-present positive outlook on life, and her cringe-worthy yet hilarious tendency to say inappropriate things at inopportune moments are just a few of the many reasons why this show keeps me coming back for more. The other reasons are Zoey Deschanel’s cast mates who make up a ragtag gang of friends who are bizarrely, yet hilariously involved in any and all aspects of each other’s lives.
All Played Out (Rusk University #3)
First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….
With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).
So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities.
Item #1? Hook up with a jock.
Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.
Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.
Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.
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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
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