Top TV Picks for 2013
Having trouble finding what to watch during your downtime between classes? Let the Scene staff guide you in picking some of the most titillating shows currently on TV and the Web and give you the scoop on the seasons that are coming soon.
Duck Dynasty - A&E, 7-9p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays
Currently on hiatus until March, A&E’s reality series “Duck Dynasty” is one of TV’s best ways to waste an afternoon.
“Duck Dynasty” follows the adventures of the Robertsons, owners of the multimillion dollar Duck Commander duck call and hunting gear business. The show chronicles the family famous for their long beards and “redneck” antics, as they fight and work with each other.
Much like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” “Duck Dynasty” seems to be about laughing at the Robertsons, but quickly turns into laughing with them. By the time the episode ends with a big family dinner, you’re wishing you were part of the family, too.
Girls - 9p.m. on Sundays on HBO
Writer, director, producer and actress Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”) is a force to be reckoned with.
The HBO series, which has already scooped up two Golden Globes and an Emmy, takes a look at four girls living their not-so-dream life in Brooklyn.
The show has been a bit polarizing due to its serious lack of diversity and the fact that its core cast is made up of the children of famous people (Dunham is the daughter of famous artists Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons).
And yet, it finds a way to be relatable and entertain the viewer. Dunham shines as a young girl with a refreshingly odd sense of humor. She might not be the voice of this generation, but she certainly has a voice.
The Most Popular Girls In School - YouTube channel TheMostPopularGirls
“The Most Popular Girls In School” is a miniseries on YouTube that’s so ridiculously funny, it’s become an online sensation. Each episode is about 10-15 minutes long, with season 2 currently in preproduction.
In this stop-motion series, creators Carlo Moss and Mark Cope create a teen drama where the main characters are all played by different Barbie dolls.
The series follows new student Deandra as she is caught in the middle of a never-ending dispute between the elite Van Buren sisters and the most popular cheerleaders at Overland Park High School.
It’s the shock of seeing animated childhood dolls spewing obscenities that’s made this web series so popular.
Game of Thrones - Premieres March 31 at 10 p.m. on HBO
After nearly nine months off the air, “Game of Thrones” returns to televisions this March. Season 3 of the epic fantasy series, based on the first half of George R.R. Martin’s masterful book, “A Storm of Swords,” is sure to be the most shocking and glorious season of “Game of Thrones” yet.
Along with old favorites, we see a whole cast of new characters, such as the infamous wildling king Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) and the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer). But don’t worry about the cast getting too overloaded. Considering the show’s tendency toward death and violence, most of them probably won’t last through the season finale.
The Real Husbands of Hollywood - Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on BET
Watching Kevin Hart (“Think like a Man”) act can be exhausting merely because he can speak with such a sustained burst of scatological phrases.
But is acting style is never tiring in the show “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which also stars J.B. Smoove (“We Bought a Zoo”), Robin Thicke (“Growing Pains” actor Alan Thicke’s son), Nick Cannon (“Drumline”), Boris Kodjoe (“Resident Evil” series) and Duane Martin (“Any Given Sunday”) as they squabble and riff off of each other.
Hart’s success is due to his effervescent brand of self-deprecating humor and constant digressions about his Napoleon complex. The first episode that aired was consistently enjoyable and shows promise.