Television is more complicated than it’s ever been. A couple generations ago, the only TV you could get was broadcast over the airways. Now, we have broadcast, cable, and streaming. There are so many great options for television that it can be hard to navigate.
However, streaming services are getting all the buzz. The top winners at every television awards show come from services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
What if you don’t want to pay for television or internet? Are you cast out into the desert, wandering through the wilderness of sub-par sitcoms? No way. You don’t even have to sacrifice high definition tv with great HD antennas.
The Good Place
The Good Place starts with Eleanor Shellstrop when she wakes up in the afterlife. Michael appears, and he tells her that she is in “the good place.” She finds out that they confused her with a different Eleanor Shellstrop, who was a great person. Eleanor has to find a way to hid her immoral past.
The Good Place has received critical acclaim and won the Critics’ Choice Award, a Hugo award, and a TCA award. The good place is free on NBC.
This Is Us
This Is Us is the story of the Pearson family. The show follows them through the decades as they navigate life, trying to find happiness. We watch the family as the parents in the 1980’s through the years to their adult children. The show describes itself as a “dramedy” that shows how small events can make a big impact on life.
This Is Us won several awards including a 2018 Golden Globe, a 2018 Emmy, and a 2017 Emmy, and they’ve received several other awards and nominations. You can find This Is Us on NBC.
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is one of the most iconic shows on television which debuted in 1975. It’s a 90 minute sketch comedy show that skewers culture, politics, and every silly aspect of our society. In the last few years, they have become especially famous for their political comedy.
Saturday Night Live has won countless awards including Emmy’s, WGA awards, and Critics Choice Awards. You can find Saturday Night Live on NBC.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical comedy show that chronicles stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch. Bunch faces a career crisis, and she decides to move to West Covina, California to follow a boyfriend, Josh, that she dated for a summer at camp. Her obsession grows while she tries to convince Josh that she’s the right girl for him. The musical numbers make the show excellent.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend won a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 2016, and you can find it on the CW.
If you haven’t heard of The Simpsons, you must not have a TV, or friends. Why? Because The Simpsons has been on television since 1987 when it aired shorts on the Tracey Ullman show. The Simpsons became a a half-hour show in 1989, and it has been running ever since.
One of the longest-running television shows, The Simpsons is in its 30th year and has over 650 episodes. Aside from being iconic and hilarious, The Simpsons has won countless awards over the years. You can find it on Fox.
You don’t need to have streaming TV to get the best television with a high definition screen. While broadcast TV might not get the most hype, it’s still a great option. All you need is a great antenna, and you can get some of the best shows for free.