There are so many television shows streaming on various platforms and channels, that it can be overwhelming to choose one to commit to.
You could end up dating a show for six seasons. A character may break your heart into a million pieces every episode (*coughs* Handmaid’s Tale *coughs*)
With so many options to choose from, you don’t want to lose precious minutes just by endlessly scrolling through the Netflix app. Don’t waste your time!
Here are the H.HAY? picks for the best shows currently streaming on TV.
Snowfall – FX
Snowfall is a coming of age story of a Black teenager in 1980’s South Central L.A who wants to provide for his mother, so he starts selling weed. He gets so good at it that he starts selling cocaine, which as it turns out, is too expensive to move in his neighborhood. By chance, he discovers that if he mixes cocaine with baking soda, he can cook it down to a less expensive and highly addictive rock form, thus sparking the ‘crack epidemic’.
Rounding out the cast is a corrupt C.I.A agent (I mean can you call him corrupt if he’s simply taking orders from the President of The United States) trafficking cocaine from Colombia, and a brother/sister team from Mexico who are hell bent on taking over the family cartel. Snowfall is 1/2 history lesson, 1/2 heart pounding, action filled television.
Who Is America? – Showtime
Sacha Baron Cohen has a knack for giving his interview subjects the teensiest bit of affirmation that their inflammatory and outright racist statements are valid. It’s just enough validity to make them open up and offer more than Cohen even asked for, which not only makes for great TV but it also outs our governments most powerful figures as bigots with violent ideology. Which we already knew, but to actually see it on Showtime is another thing.
Cohen dresses up as different characters and tours the country on secret quest to expose American ignorance at every level. At one point he “tricks” former Vice President and technical war criminal Dick Cheney into autographing a gallon water jug after admitting to Cheney that he used it to waterboard his girlfriend. Cheney’s response? “We don’t call it torture, we called it enhanced interrogation.” WTF?
The best character on the show is Dr. Nira Cain-N’Degeocello, an over-apologetic, NPR listening, liberal white college professor who denounces all labels and makes every attempt to cross the aisle.
Nailed It! – Netflix
I’ve never wanted to be homegirls with anyone more than I have with Nicole Byer.
She is the host of the popular Netflix cooking show Nailed It! where amateur bakers try their best to replicate the cakes of well-known pastry chefs. It is truly a battle of who can suck the least. There was one episode where the contestants had to make a three-tiered cake. One guy thought he’d cut to the chase by putting all of the batter into one deep, giant baking dish, resulting in a hot ass soupy mess!
Nicole Byer is a hilarious ray of sunshine and her chemistry with award winning pastry chef Jacques Torres, puts Nailed It at the top of the competitive cooking show heap.
Pose – FX
In just one season, Pose has managed to teach the mainstream masses about the Trans experience, Black and Brown LGBT ballroom culture, and 1980’s opulence. Everything that the characters in the show have to endure just to simply exist, is eye-opening. Especially when you consider the fact that their struggles still exist today, three decades later.
Trans activist and all-around badass Janet Mock, serves as a writer, producer and occasional director on the show. She is largely responsible for the genius behind Pose, but the acting on the show is what makes it binge-worthy. Seriously! Just give Billy Porter all the awards already.
Random Acts of Flyness – HBO
Random Acts of Flyness is an abstract world of Blackness from the mind of writer/director Terence Nance. It presents a variety of Black faces, stories, and perspectives with a surrealist lens. The show feels like a series of dreams; some funny and others horrific. There were instances in the first episode where I had no idea what was going on artistically but the undertones of the scene felt eerily familiar. It’s a visually stunning kaleidoscope of what it is like to be of the African diaspora in America.
Most Expensivest Shit – Viceland
Ever wonder what the world’s most expensive bottle of water tastes like? Even if you’re 100% sure it tastes like a $3 bottle of water, watching 2Chainz trying it while high off the gassiest of gas is pure entertainment.
Each episode, 2Chainz tries out really extravagant shit and decides whether or not it’s worth its price-tag. It’s also interesting to watch a wealthy white woman attempt to explain to a man nicknamed Tity Boi, why a man would pay $500,000 for her matchmaking services. The luxury and awkwardness make Most Expensivest a fun watch, and there are full episodes and clips available to watch on Youtube.