5 Entertaining TV Shows That Will Actually Teach You Something
Can’t decide which TV series to binge-watch this weekend? Check out these interesting shows that will not only keep you on the edge of your seat but will also teach you a thing or two.
Updated 07 Jun 2019
Running out of TV shows to binge-watch? Don’t worry, we have a few must-watch options that will not only keep you entertained but will also teach you things you never knew!
#1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Have you ever seen that famous meme of a guy in a police precinct on the internet? We’re talking about the rule-breaking Jake Peralta who’s known for his witty jokes on the popular sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine!
Set in a New York police precinct, this workplace comedy follows the on-the-job adventures of Detective Jake Peralta and his colleagues as they try and protect the city. Despite all the uncomplicated humour and out of context references, this series is made up of a diverse cast featuring different ethnicities and often tackles sensitive real-life issues related to racial profiling in America.
So if you want to be aware of some of America’s controversial issues while being entertained, this is the show for you! If you’re already a fan, you’ll enjoy reading these fascinating facts about Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
#2. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU)
Do you enjoy watching crime mysteries and want to know more about how the law and legal system work? Then this is the series for you!
Although Law & Order: SVU isn’t an exact representation of America’s legal system, the mysteries being uncovered on the show were inspired by real-life cases and national news stories. So not only will watching this show entertain you, but it’ll also make you more aware of the crimes that people can commit and what you should do if you’re ever a victim.
If you’re studying law, this will be a great addition to add to your series-to-binge-watch list as the electrifying cases being portrayed in the programme may fuel your passion to continue pursuing law so that you can ensure justice is served.
#3. Mr. Robot
If you’re fascinated by computer science and enjoy stories about mysterious and complicated cybercrimes, then this is the show for you.
Cybercrime cases — like someone hacking your social media account — have always shocked people and left them questioning how such a thing can happen. Have you ever been curious about how exactly these hackers do their work and gain access to important confidential information? Mr. Robot, starring the award-winning actor Rami Malek (who plays Elliot), will give you a few insights.
Elliot is a cybersecurity engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night who tries to take down the corrupt corporation he works for. While it’s scary knowing that anyone out there can learn everything about you with a few clicks of the mouse, this show will shed some light on how hackers operate so you can see things from a different point of view.
DID YOU KNOW
There is a legitimate course in the UK for people who are into hacking — it’s called Ethical Hacking!
#4. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
From CSI: Miami to CSI: New York, you may have heard of this series — it's almost everywhere on television.
This crime drama is about a team of forensic investigators who are trained to solve criminal cases by analysing a crime scene, collecting evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery. What can you learn from this show? While not entirely accurate, the series does teach you the basics of forensic science — it has taught millions of fans the importance of blood, saliva and skin as evidence and how they can help solve crimes.
On top of learning new things, watching crime dramas such as this one can also have positive effects on your brain. This is because it stimulates your brain by forcing it to look out for clues in order to solve the mystery. The more your brain is stimulated, the sharper it becomes; so this is one show you don’t need to feel guilty about binge-watching!
#5. Prison Break
Imagine being framed for a crime you didn’t commit — and ending up in jail with a death penalty. There’s no way out except to rely on your intelligent engineer brother to break you out and prove you’re not guilty.
Fox’s original series, Prison Break represents the determination of a hardworking man, Michael Scofield, who develops an intricate and detailed plan to save his beloved brother from being executed in prison.
Although this mind-boggling show is an eye-opener about how power can turn people into the worst versions of themselves, it will also teach you things such as the importance of family, friendship, love and loyalty. You will learn that siblings have the closest bonds, no matter how much they fight and that your parents will always do anything for you — no matter how much it hurts them.
Did you ever expect you could learn this much from watching TV shows? Now you can watch them without feeling too guilty — as long as you’ve finished all your college prep and assignments that is. Enjoy!
P.S. What other TV shows do you enjoy watching? Let us know in the comments section below.