It’s late January which means we are in the dog days of SEC regular season play. SEC basketball is about as bad as it’s ever been this year, with the exception of Kentucky, of course. It is a slow time for sports, in general, which means you may find yourself tirelessly looking for something to watch. Often, in a move of desperation, you will settle for any kind of game you can find and before you know it you’re mindlessly watching a Wednesday night SEC West match-up between Auburn and Missouri. I’m here to say that there are alternatives and you do not have to settle.
I’ve compiled a list of stuff to watch that is much more fulfilling than watching regular season basketball. Here’s some stuff to check out when the Cats aren’t playing.
The Leftovers (TV-MA)
I recently started this show and have been absolutely blown away thus far. It isn’t nearly as popular as HBO’s two mega-giants, Game of Thrones and Westworld, but when it comes to emotionally gripping television it doesn’t get much better than The Leftovers. It is set in a small town in upstate New York three years after a global tragedy in which 1/50th of Earth’s population suddenly vanishes without a trace. The show deals with the tragedy’s aftermath and the various ways individuals in the community have learned to cope with the vanishing of their loved ones.
I will say this show is not for everyone, however. There is a lot of strong language and graphic images, so please take this in mind before you decide to watch. I will also say, if you go into this show looking for a heartwarming story then definitely choose something else to watch because it is anything but warm and fuzzy.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV-PG)
Here is a show that can be enjoyed by the whole family. This is one of Netflix’s most recent original series which is based off of the popular children’s book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket. Three orphans (Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire), who lost their parents in a tragic fire, attempt to escape the clutches of their evil guardian, Count Olaf, and his treacherous plots to take over their family’s fortune. While it may sound like a somber tale, the series is filled quirky, quick witted, humor. If you have kids, I highly recommend this show in addition to the books.
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (TV-MA)
The KSR audience is pretty familiar with the “Making a Murderer” phenomenon that swept the nation about a year ago. This six part series is essentially the “anti-Making a Murderer.” It follows the story of Robert Durst, eldest son of billionaire, New York real estate tycoon, Seymour Durst. Durst’s story starts in the 1970’s when he is suspected for the murder of his wife, Cathy, and from there documents his numerous instances of beating the system despite having all the evidence stacked against him. His story is quite the contrary to Steven Avery, as everything seems to go his way. Durst is interviewed throughout the whole documentary and comes off as extremely likable despite being an obvious cold-blooded killer.
I actually liked this series more than Making a Murderer. If you start it, you won’t be able to stop. It is a story that demonstrates the influence of money and power in the criminal justice system while taking you into the psyche of a devious criminal. All of this comes together in the best ending to any show I’ve ever seen and I promise you’ll walk away agreeing with me.
Jon Bois’ Pretty Good (PG-13)
Some of you may be familiar with the quirky, SB Nation blogger, Jon Bois. Bois is the creator of “Pretty Good” a Youtube series about, to quote Bois, “stories that are pretty good.” These mini-documentaries tackle obscure stories ranging from baseball to the popular TV series, 24. These stories aren’t “pretty good”, they are excellent and brilliantly told through Bois’ creative story telling techniques. I highly suggest you check out this series if you’re looking to hear a story, that I guarantee, you’ve never heard before.
Joe Rogan: Triggered (TV-MA)
I’m a huge fan of stand-up comedy. Nothing can make me laugh harder than a well put together piece of stand-up. Joe Rogan recently released one of the best stand-ups I’ve seen in a while on Netflix. Most of you might remember Rogan from his days as host of the hit TV show, Fear Factor, but since Rogan has really made a name for himself in multiple facets of the entertainment industry. This Netflix special is thought provoking and insightful in addition to being utterly hysterical. When given the chance, do check this hour long special, it is much better than SEC basketball.
KaptainKristian YouTube Channel (TV-PG)
My friend recently suggested I check out KaptainKristian’s YouTube channel and just judging from the name I assumed it to be just another, goofy, pointless, unfunny, YouTuber with videos that waste my time. Well, I was right about it being unfunny, it’s anything but funny, but I will say it isn’t a waste of life. It is actually some of the best content I’ve seen on YouTube. KaptainKristian, through a series of video essays, gives appreciation to all popular forms of entertainment worth appreciating. These are incredibly well done. KaptainKristian not only brings tells what is great, but why they are great which is what makes his videos so good. The thing I like most about these videos is their nostalgia factor because many of his videos cover things that I loved when I was a kid. Definitely check these out sometime.