By Arlett Ramirez
Assistant Web Content Manager
It seems like the only thing on TV nowadays are updates on the COVID-19. It’s normal to want to take your mind off such a grim topic, so that’s why one of my guilty pleasures is watching trash TV. It can make you forget about all your troubles.
Trash TV gets hate because the plots are muddled, convoluted and the acting may be atrocious, but there’s something about it that grabs your attention and keeps you watching.
I want to share five of my favorite shows that have made me forget about my worries.
Based on the “Archie” comics, this series can be found on the CW app and Netflix. The first season of this show is only 13 episodes and it’s extremely binge-worthy.
I will admit that the first season is my favorite and overall the best so far. The first season centers on the mysterious death of Jason Blossom who was found dead along the banks of Sweetwater River.
The characters of Riverdale are all super extra, but I can’t help to watch them on screen.
Archie Andrews is the star quarterback who seems to be every girls’ (and some guys’) crush. Betty Cooper is the girl-next-door who has a crush on Andrews. Veronica Lodge is the new girl who moved from New York and wears dresses, heels, and a pearl necklace every day to Riverdale High. Jughead Jones is the school’s outcast and “weirdo,” who takes pride in the fact that he doesn’t fit in.
And if you think the main characters aren’t wild enough, their parents will surely surprise you with their crazy antics. Plus, you’ll probably recognize them as memorable actors from the 90s to the early 2000s.
2. “Siesta Key”
MTV is known for its scripted reality shows like “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach.”
“Siesta Key” follows a group of friends from Siesta Key, Florida, who seem to be friends, but talk behind each other backs daily.
Each season focuses on the cast’s summer in Siesta Key, along with their friendships and romantic relationships. Partying, cheating, lying and fighting makes this show so much fun to watch. What a better way to spend the summer, right?
The entire cast knows each other through high school or mutual friends.
There’s Alex who seems to have slept with every girl on Siesta Key and is the son of a wealthy lawyer. Juliette is his girlfriend who always forgives his mistakes and attends Florida State University.
Chloe is best friends with Alex and seems to know secrets about everybody. Brandon is a good friend of Alex and an aspiring rapper. Madison is an ex of Alex who returns to Siesta Key after graduating from SMU with an engineering degree. Kelsey is the new girl to Siesta Key and is dating Garrett, but seems to have a crush on Alex.
Even though you can tell that it’s scripted reality, you can’t help but continue watching. Toxic relationships and ex-boyfriends and girlfriends keep the drama near and ever-present.
You can catch up on all three seasons on the MTV app.
3. “90 Day Fiancé” & Spin-Offs
In all honesty, I’ve watched every spin-off of “90 Day Fiancé” and there are many. I recommend watching the original “90 Day Fiancé” before venturing off into the spin-offs.
“90 Day Fiancé” is based on American citizens falling in love with people who don’t live in the U.S. They bring them over on the K-1 visa to get married within 90 days or they must leave the U.S.
Once they’re in the U.S., they have to adjust to a new way of life, win over family members and say “I do” before the 90 days are up.
This show has everything: laughs, drama, action, plenty of tears and disagreements!
While watching, you’ll probably think to yourself “why am I still watching?” and you won’t have a reason to justify it apart from it being so addicting and having to see it to the bitter end
You can watch “90 Day Fiancé” on the TLC app and Hulu.
4. “Love is Blind”
When I first heard the concept of this show, I thought there is no way someone could find love this way. It’s just not possible. Well, I was sadly mistaken.
Thirty men and women speed date in different “pods” where they can talk to each other but not see each other. In just a few days, men begin proposing but still have not physically seen their fiancé.
Afterwards, they’re taken to a couples retreat in Mexico where they spend time getting to know each other and the other couples.
The whole format seems to be outlandish, but you can’t help but watch and start rooting for couples. It’s so bizarre!
“Love is Blind” can be streamed on Netflix.
5. “Love Island UK”
This is one of my favorite shows! Whenever a new season comes on my friends know that I’ll be talking in a British accent until it ends.
I’ve gotten so many of my friends hooked on this show because it has drama, laughs, sisterhood, and most importantly romance!
A group called islanders are living in isolation in a villa from the outside world and are constantly under video surveillance. To remain in the villa, the Islanders must be coupled up with another Islander whether it be for love, friendship or money.
The winning couple wins 50,000 pounds and the losing Islanders can be eliminated via public vote or by their own Islanders.
Like “90 Day Fiancé”, this show has international spin-offs like “Love Island U.S” and “Love Island Australia”; however, the UK version is the best since it’s the original.
You’ll probably find yourself quoting the show with phrases like “my head’s been turned” and “I’m fuming, absolutely fuming.”
You can find “Love Island UK” on Hulu. I’ll warn you that the seasons are long, but they’re so worth it.
These are some of the shows I like to watch to take my mind off stress or crushing responsibilities. Remember, you don’t have to always watch critically acclaimed and award-winning shows. There’s a reason some shows are so popular and it’s because they help us take our mind off things.
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