Classic series to revisit in the summer

My favorite binge-worthy TV shows

Ben Sanford

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’: ★★★★★

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Since its premiere in 2005, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” has continued to grow in its fanbase. The Nickelodeon TV show takes place in fantasy Asia, where different cultures have the ability to control either water, earth, fire or air, with one individual called the Avatar being able to control all four. When Water Tribe members Katara (Mae Whitman) and Sokka (Jack De Sena) befriend the Avatar who’s a little boy named Aang (Zach Tyler), they set out to bring peace back to the world. 

“Avatar” has everything a children’s show needs, with cute humor, impressive action and most importantly a smart, nuanced plot. So many adults feel drawn to the show because of its complicated characters and poignant themes. From its fun animated adventures to its innovative storytelling, “Avatar” truly has something for everyone.


‘Fleabag’: ★★★★☆

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After finishing the only two seasons of “Fleabag,” I already feel ready to rewatch the series. “Fleabag” is like none other, incorporating witty fourth-wall breaks and unlikeable protagonists. However, as upsetting and annoying as the main character, known only as Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) is, you also always find yourself rooting for her. As she experiences the exciting and humiliating moments in life, we always get a glimpse of her quirky thought process through commentaries to the audience, an eccentric and creative choice that never gets old.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge not only stars in the show, but created and wrote it as well. Her charisma and intelligence is evident in both the writing and acting, making the show extremely original. I would recommend “Fleabag” to anyone looking for something compelling and weird, but in an exceptionally endearing way.


‘The Good Place’: ★★★★☆

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A series filled with goofy humor and deep philosophical discussion, “The Good Place” checks all the boxes. The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), who finds herself wrongly sent to the Good Place, the equivalent of Heaven, as a mistake. As the show continues, Eleanor learns how to be a good person with the help of her friends Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Jason (Manny Jacinto) and Tahani (Jameela Jamil). 

“The Good Place” seamlessly combines its comedy and insightfulness. I could recommend this show to anyone because of its wit and charm fit for any mood, with laughable and heartwarming moments strung through each episode.