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Watch Wisely: The Best Streamable Shows

It’s summertime, so you know those boring days in the house while you wait for the parties at night, are amongst us. Just to make sure you don’t face the summertime blues, here’s a list of TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming apps that you can binge this summer:

  1. Dear White PeopleScreen Shot 2018-07-03 at 3.17.31 PMDear White People follows a group of young African American adults in a private college as they maneuver through different forms of racism both inside and outside of the college. Although it helps you stay woke, as it touches upon different political topics that affect the Black community, the show does have a lot of comedy in each episode, making the time you spend binging enjoyable.

2. She’s Gotta Have ItScreen Shot 2018-07-03 at 3.22.28 PMFor those too young to know, She’s Gotta Have It, is a remake of the film with the same name, also directed by Spike Lee back in 1986. She’s Gotta Have It follows Brooklyn artist Nola Darling as she goes through the motions of trying to find her own comfort in her life, rather than conforming to the life other people think she should have. The show covers different feminist issues like sexuality, catcalling, and beauty standards from the perspective of Black women.

3. InsecureScreen Shot 2018-07-03 at 3.25.37 PMInsecure, starring Issa Rae, takes us through the life of the fictional Issa Rae who is often insecure about some of the decisions she makes in her life as an adult. It addresses a wide range of issues regarding race, romantic relationships and sex. Plus, the show is hilarious and features some fire soundtracks in each episode, so it makes binging worth it!

4. Seven SecondsScreen Shot 2018-07-03 at 3.26.39 PMIf you want to watch a show that is a bit more serious, Seven Seconds has got you covered. The Netflix Original follows an emotionally distressed family broken over the murder of 15-year old Brenton Butler. Watching this show will definitely give you some insight into some of the institutionalized racism that lives within our justice system.

5. Key & PeeleScreen Shot 2018-07-03 at 3.27.47 PMIf you watch any of the shows from this list, Key & Peele is a MUST. Their comedy sketches are original and will leave you crying. Not all of their sketches are geared to wake you up, but they are bound to lighten any bad mood you’re in.

6. On My BlockScreen Shot 2018-07-03 at 3.29.45 PMOn My Block is about four young teens trying their best to survive high school in California. Now, even though the kids in the show are very young, do not let that influence your decision to watch. The show has different plot twists and drama that will make you feel like you have no other choice but to keep watching.

 7. The ChiScreen Shot 2018-07-03 at 3.30.39 PMThe Chi features familiar faces such as Common and Jacob Latimore. The show carries the perfect balance of drama and comedy that keeps it interesting. Given that the show revolves around kids that are probably 12 or 13, it’s fun to watch and be reminded of the silly mistakes you made when you were their age and the punishments you faced from your parents that you had to “tough out” as a kid.No matter what you’re doing this summer whether it’s just stacking your bread, going to school, partying, or treating yourself to a well-earned vacation, these shows are a great companion to have at your side. If you know any shows that are good but aren’t on the list, comment them below!

Images via NPR and IMDb


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