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American Horror Story: Cult

The new season of AHS is out and all I can say is wow wow wow wow.

I thought the opening episode was incredible! I became somewhat disengaged with AHS over the past two seasons. I watched half of season 5 and then only about 2 episodes of season 6. I can’t specifically say what it was that caused the disinterest but I no longer found the show captivating. However, that has all changed now!

Cult is set in the aftermath of the 2016 US Election and fully engages with the social commentary. It begins with footage from the campaign trail and acknowledges real Tweets from Trump himself; the overlap between fact and fiction makes AHS that little bit more eerie. Sarah Paulson is back and represents a Left wing supporter, whom has a breakdown at the sight of Trump winning the election. On the Right wing side we have Evan Peters overjoyed by the victory (with a celebration that involves humping the television..)

Amongst these familiar faces there are a variety of other characters and, most worryingly, a group of clowns. Because after the recent release of It, more clowns is exactly what we need on our screens.. In all seriousness, I found the presence of these clowns in AHS even more disturbing that the depiction of Pennywise. They were reminiscent of the murderous, masked gangs seen in the Purge. Except the clowns in AHS also have sexual relations amongst the watermelons – classic Ryan Murphy going that little step further.

If you haven’t watched it yet then I would urge you to do so, I have a feeling that this will be the best and scariest season yet.

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The Good, The Bad & The Naked

Naked Attraction has returned to Channel 4 for its second series. I hadn’t watched it before but when season 2 premiered it was dominating conversations. When you first explain it to people they often think you’re winding them up:

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Before watching it I was convinced it couldn’t be true – surely the genitals would be blurred or the glass boxes would somewhat cover each individuals modesty? But no, the contestants stand in those boxes with everything hanging out.

Initially the British side of me was shocked at what it was seeing but after various episodes and discussions with my friends, Naked Attraction is a brilliant TV show and I think that it is integral that people (especially teens) give it a watch.

Growing up is difficult and a huge part of being a teenager involves trying to figure out if you’re normal and how to fit in. Experiencing changes with your body is a lot to comprehend and Naked Attraction shows the extent at which people’s bodies can vary. Most importantly, the show presents normal, everyday bodies – not airbrushed models that we are conditioned to believe are representative of the population. The contestants are typical humans with individual preferences. One contestant may choose a curvaceous partner whereas another will go for the edgy individual covered in piercings.

Furthermore, Naked Attraction is not limited to opposite sex partners similar to most dating shows. It goes one step further and has contestants from the LGBT community. On one episode there were two contestants going through the process of transitioning and it was insightful to understand the changes that a member of that community goes through. Being open about topics like this will begin to normalise it and make it widely acceptable – it’s time to leave discrimination in the past.

Overall, the show is informative, inclusive and an important tool for encouraging body positivity. Yes, it’s a bit shocking to see so many penises and vaginas in one go but we are the generation of freeing the nipple! It’s time to put our prudishness aside, start embracing our bodies and educate ourselves. Congratulations Channel 4, for once again pushing the boundaries.

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Rick & Morty

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Adventure Time meets Back to the Future. Rick & Morty is a new cult classic, filled with hilarity and dark humour.

The series follows a sociopathic, drunken scientist named Rick on adventures with his easily distressed Grandson, Morty. The creative freedom that Adult Swim has is made evident throughout each episode – each one is entirely different from the last and consists of bizarre and unique intergalactic creations.

This is a series, similar to Archer, that gets better each time you re-watch it. Upon the second binge I picked up on so many subtle references. Whilst on the surface the series is absolutely ridiculous, it is also carefully crafted with a vast amount of intelligence. The show has shown superhuman strength by even applying pressure to superfood giant McDonald’s to return Szechuan sauce to the menu after a brief introduction in 1998 for the release of Mulan.

What makes the show even more endearing is just how awesome the creators are. They are the type of people I’d enjoy playing beer pong with and getting a pizza at the end of the night. Check out this video to see what I mean:

Enjoying getting Schwifty!

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Fleabag

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Ever feel as though you need a television series to reassure you that life isn’t perfect and that you’re not the only person lost in the middle of it all? Then this is for you.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whom you may recognise from Bad Education, plays the lead character (whose name we never find out so we shall refer to her simply as ‘Fleabag’). From calling her step mum a c*** to breaking up with her boyfriend so he’ll clean the flat, Fleabag is the ruthless, witty, sarcastic and selfish person that we all secretly want to be. As a viewer, you can’t help but find her somewhat charming due to her honesty and “fuck it” approach to life.

I won’t go into the plot because I don’t want to give away any spoilers but over the six episodes it’s easy to relate to Fleabag; her strong relationship with her best friend Boo, awkward sexual encounters, struggling with a career and a disorganised family dynamic. You’ll laugh, cringe and cry. Whilst being hilarious throughout each episode, the entire series deals with grief and guilt in a beautiful and elegant way, if a little frightening due to the accuracy. Small and seemingly irrelevant moments transport Fleabag into a flashback from a happier time and the true impact of dealing with grief is portrayed.

Above all, its painfully honest. Take this quote, for example:

“You know that feeling when a guy you like sends you a text at two o’clock on a Tuesday night asking if he can come and find you, and you’ve accidentally made it out like you’ve just got in yourself, so you have to get out of bed, drink half a bottle of wine, get in the shower, shave everything, dig out some Agent Provocateur business, suspender belt, the whole bit, and wait by the door until the buzzer goes?”

We hate to admit it … but it happens.

Fleabag’s subtle asides and raised eyebrows straight into the camera lens give an Office-esque feel and fully engage the viewer. I’d recommend this to every 20 something trying to find their way in life.

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Schitt’s Creek

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What started off as something I put on whilst hungover and planned to fall asleep to soon turned into a binge watching session accompanied by pizza and suppressed memories from the night before.

Schitt’s Creek is incredible! The 20 minute bursts of humour mean you can comfortably watch six episodes in one sitting (I assume for a normal person, for me it’s more like an entire season in one sitting. Then a food break. Then a return to start the next season. Student life has its advantages).

Briefly explained by WikipediaThe series stars Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, a wealthy video store magnate, and Catherine O’Hara as his wife Moira, a washed up soap star. The couple loses all their money because of their crooked business manager’s theft and failure to pay their taxes and are forced to rebuild their lives in their only remaining asset: the small town of Schitt’s Creek, which they once bought as a joke gift for the birthday of their son. They wind up living in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel with their pampered thirty-something adult children: the son, David, and a daughter, Alexis.

This show has been the first series since the US Office that I have thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and remained engaged throughout the entire episode. What makes the series even more special is the fact that the creators, Eugene Levy & Daniel Levy, are father and son in real life as well as in the show. If you’re looking for an upbeat, hilarious and heart-warming show then this is the one for you!