Mental illness in 2017 is like a horrible pun — either you get it or you don’t. It reflects on all the media we binge. As revolutionary Netflix is by giving us life with shows like Sense8, shows like Thirteen Reasons Why and To the Bone proves that we still have a long way to go. But don’t be like “literally done” with this misrepresentations just yet. We might have missed Mental Health Awareness Day yesterday, but luckily, we have five shows that hadn’t miss the deal with mental health. —by Rogin Warhol
Vulture compares Skam (Shame) to the hit teen drama Gossip Girl but with kinder people or Skins but with softer lighting and better interior. But its aesthetics isn’t the real highlight of the show. The fact that they gave a major F.U. to shows that says mentally people will never get the happy ending. Not to give any mega spoilers, but the show boils down the message to this – you’re not alone on this.
YOU WANTED A TWIST EH?: Be on the look out for Isak and Even when binging. They’re the couple that’ll make you go Troy Barnes (My emotions! My emotioons!)
What is there to say with this whiskey drinking, cynical bad ass? Maybe that her dark humor and cold, distant personality served as her way to cope. Netflix’s Jessica Jones has the biggest villain of them all, trauma. Rarely do people discuss how sexual assault leads to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in a show that’s a huge part of pop culture. What’s so beautiful about it is they don’t subtly hint it. Jessica dealing with her PTSD serves as one of the biggest plot points in its first season. It’s heartbreaking to watch, but very well represented.
AKA MORE THAN A BAD-ASS: Having a slew of brooding anti-heroes (here’s looking at you, Bruce Wayne), Jessica Jones is a breath of fresh air that we needed. She’s not a bad ass just for the sake of the “sexy”. She’s no femme fatale. She’s troubled, she’s darkly funny, and she’s real.
Crazy Ex Girlfiend
This musical show got a lot of flack for their title when they first aired. They said that the title itself feeds the misogynistic notion of girlfriends. But the thing that people seemed to miss —Rebecca Bunch is literally crazy. The title is a way of reclaiming the word. She suffers from depression and anxiety that brewed during her teen years. She’s prone to self-sabotage due to her impulsive decisions. But although this show has its drama, it’s so hilarious! You can sing, dance, and empathize with her struggle to better herself.
THE YOU SHOULD BINGE IT NOW BLURB: Just do it. You won’t regret it. It’s nothing that we had ever seen before. Season 3 is starting soon and if you need a mental health day break, this is what you need to get into.
Back in the 90s, there was a trouble horse named Bojack that came from an emotional abusive household and subsequently made worse decisions for himself due to the temptations of fame. Regardless of Bojack being a cartoon, it’s a massive tear jerker. Crazy Ex Girlfriend could get you singing away the blues. But with this show, you will need a 3 ply pack of tissue rolls.
MORE OF A STATEMENT THAN A SHOW: One of the genius lines is this show is by Todd Chavez: “You can’t keep doing shitty things and then feel bad about yourself like that makes it okay!” Pointing out that your mental health isn’t an excuse to apologize for the shitty things it might push you to do.
Please Like Me
This Australian TV show is so underrated. With the catchy theme song by Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, pastel set design, and the aloof attitude of the main character Josh —the major plot of it revolving around his mother’s depression would be a shocker. But it’s not out there to make you feel depress, it’s more of a day in a life dealing with love ones who have mental illness. And the thing is it’s someone’s new normal.
MAKE YOUR MAMA TURN ANOTHER BLIND EYE: This show’s 100 on Rotten Tomatoes, is fun all around, and it’ll make you hang on every episode. It’s a must. Get ready for emotions, bad jokes, and food porn episodes!