Contemporary Cult Classic TV Shows You Need For Upping Your Pop Culture Reference Game
While The Simpsons, Friends, Sex and the City, and so on may be the television heavyweights of the previous decade, a lot has changed for millennials with respect to what defines pop culture in contemporary times. To get up to speed with modern media happenings, and be a true blue millennial with pop culture references on point, here’s our definitive list of top 10 T.V shows you need to watch to keep up with dining room conversations…
1)How I Met Your Mother:
The show, which is nicknamed “Friends for Millennials” should be on your watch-list just for this. With memorable characters and hilarious dialogue, the show gives you a quirky ensemble cast of typical sitcom characters who you eventually grow to love as the seasons go by.
Pop culture stand out: Barney Stinson’s quips and the gang’s running gags like the slap bet, the pineapple, Robin Sparkles, and so on.
2)Modern Family:With one of the most sought after ensemble sitcom casts and some of the best comedic writing in television, Modern Family is a mockumentary style laugh riot that has slowly taken over our hearts and become a favourite with audiences of all ages.
Pop culture stand out: The quintessential American suburban dad, Phil and his quirky wisecracks compiled into an actual book – “Phil’s Osophy”, The loveable Columbian trophy wife, Gloria and her constant pursuit of fitting in.The gay couple – Mitch and Cam and their struggle with parenting, and so on.
A modern adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary anthology about genius detective, Sherlock Holmes and sidekick, John Watson, has created ripples in the television world and has steadily made its place in the top spot in the ratings domain. Even with just three episodes per season and a long wait between each session, the show has managed to make audiences all over the world yearn for more, every time.
Pop culture stand out: Sherlock and John’s friendship which is often mistaken for a romantic relationship, Sherlock’s “mind palace”, Twitter going berserk after each episode, and so on. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock.
4)Orange Is the New Black:
With an all-female primary cast in a show about prison, the show is a head-turner to begin with. The compelling characters make for a great drama that proves naysayers, who think women can’t carry a show on their shoulders, wrong…
Pop culture stand out: If you’re wondering how the phrase “Can I get an Amen?” got so popular, here’s where it came from.
The animated series that parodies everything and portrays a whimsical American middle-class family soon, became a cult favourite and many soon started comparing it to the erstwhile animated juggernaut, The Simpsons. If you’re into adult comedy and in-your-face satire this show is for you.
Pop culture stand out: Evil baby Stewie’s hilariously menacing presence and adult voice, anthropomorphic pet dog Brian’s extraordinary genius and overtly human traits, and so on. Also, “Giggity!”
One of the biggest pop culture phenomenon’s of our time, the show quickly became one of the highest rated series ever. The story about a chemistry teacher and his student, who partner up to make ends meet by cooking meth and creating their own little drug empire, has become a fan favourite of our generation and it most certainly should not be missed…
Pop culture stand out: Jesse Pinkman’s signature foul mouth, the famous yellow body suit, and so on.
7)The Walking Dead:
One of the most graphic portrayals of a zombie apocalypse, the show is known for its unique approach to the horror genre and dystopian future it narrates. Unlike other surreal portrayals, this show’s real-life setting makes the thought of a zombie outbreak even more horrifying.
Pop culture stand out: Reclaiming zombies and giving them a new avatar as violent “walkers”.
8)The Big Bang Theory:
You don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy this show about nerds. After a successful run of multiple seasons and running plotlines, the show has collected a cult following and the characters have become household names.
Pop culture stand out: Meta pop culture reference within reference of each character’s penchant for superheroes, fantasy, and comic books.
A show about the thriving ad agencies in the 1960s, Mad Men gives us a sneak peak into the world of advertising industry and the beginnings of an insane world of drama, cut-throat competition, and sexism.
Pop culture stand out: Don Draper’s signature misogyny and the shows on point 1960’s sartorial portrayal.
10)Game of Thrones:
The massive popularity of this epic medieval drama series. which is a clear heavyweight in the T.V world, proves that this show will be and remain a cult for years to come. For the sake of being part of the annual mania that occurs every year with each season, and just feeling a sense of belonging with the huge fandom, you must catch up with all seasons until now. If you haven’t already, that is.
Pop culture stand out: Quotable quotes like “You know nothing, Jon Snow”, and words from fictional languages made from scratch and used in everyday conversation, texts, and memes. MOTHER OF DRAGONS!