January seems to have dragged on for about three months now. New habits have been put into place, organisation tips and bullet planning posts are rife, and we’re all feeling on top of our game; ultimate girl boss mode activated. I for one have certainly overdone it with the organising, and feel like I’ve definitely earned the weekend just gone where I just relaxed, put my feet up, and spent hours in front of my favourite shows!
Today’s post is in collaboration with Panasonic HDR TV who are providing the ultimate viewing experience through new HDR Premium technology; meaning programmes and films shot in High Dynamic Range appear with a much wider brightness range and colour space, that weren’t previously possible to capture. With Netflix nights about to get a whole lot better (providing Netflix don’t remove Gossip Girl! *sobs*) I started thinking about shows that are truly important to me, have altered my thinking, or have changed my life in some way.
Before I get stuck in; I’m aware there are some extremely mixed opinions on two out of the three of my picks here, but I hope that you enjoy them anyway and find my recommendations helpful!
13 Reasons Why
Although 13 Reasons Why has without a doubt caused controversy over its content, in particular *that scene*, it addresses some extremely important issues, and has provoked a wider discussion on mental health, sexual assault.
The way 13 Reasons Why addressed Hannah’s depressed really resonated with me. On the surface, to those having never experienced mental health struggles, a few of her problems may appear trivial. However, as the tapes keep rolling you see that each piece of the puzzle joins together to form a huge picture in the form of a dark cloud over Hannah.
Of course, some of the events she experiences are highly traumatic and do warrant trigger warnings at the beginning of episodes, however don’t you think an important moral that can be learnt from this show also lies in the smaller things? It encourages you to think about the way you treat people. As we see, you rarely truly understand what someone else is going through, and everyone is fighting their own battle.
The final scene, where Clay reaches out to Skye after witnessing her own mental health battle, shows how a little bit of kindness can go a long way. The two friends had long since lost touch, growing apart as they venture through high school. We all have friends like this, don’t we? Clay swallows his pride and attempts to rebuild the friendship.
Having suffered with depression myself, the show helped me to acknowledge that I’m not ‘overreacting’ to what may be considered ‘small stuff’. In a battle with mental health, the so-called small stuff can often be the tip of the iceberg.
The second show likely to cause some controversy! I know a lot of people felt that the show didn’t measure up to Sophia Amoruso’s incredible book, with her character in the show coming off as unlikable and just plain rude in the early episodes. As the show goes on I fell absolutely in love with Britt Robertson’s portrayal of Sophia, after admittedly not liking her much myself for the first two episodes.
Girlboss is an extremely witty show that’ll make you laugh out loud and also grab the tissues towards the end (no spoilers here!). Watching it just made me feel inspired and raring to go, determined to succeed and achieve everything I want in life.
The show doesn’t shy away from showing Sophia’s failures and struggles in her pursuit to launch Nasty Gal; it’s inevitable in business, as readers of the Girlboss book will know. The show doesn’t seek to sugarcoat Sophia’s journey, as she encounters critics, doubters, and makes a few enemies along the way in her search for success!
Lets finish off with a pretty much universally loved series, with a whole six seasons ready and waiting for you to binge on! I joined the Gossip Girl party far too late, but since discovering it have watched the entire six seasons about 12 times.
Gossip Girl on the surface is pretty superficial, but it does carry some excellent lessons and morals tucked away in the super glamorous Upper East Side sparkles. Despite the glitz and glamour, the characters are all very relatable, and encounter very real problems and relationship struggles. Gossip Girl addresses cheating, lying, relationship boredom, going from friends to lovers, and lovers to friends, and much more. Friendship dynamics are also constantly changing, and we see friendship groups thin out towards the end of the show; something most 20-somethings can relate to. As you grow up you might drift apart from a lot of your school friends, but the people who are left have got your back 100%.
Another thing Gossip Girl is fantastic at showing (and why I wish I’d known about Gossip Girl when I was at school!) – is that working hard is cool, and so so worth it. When I was at school, if you tried hard you were branded a nerd, and picked apart relentlessly; pathetic, right? Well, throughout Gossip Girl Blair barely slacks off for a minute, and is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to build her dream life and achieve her goals.
Thank you so much for reading today’s post, and please let me know your recommendations in the comments below! Has a TV show changed your life? I’d love to hear about it!