What TV shows to watch based on your favourite Queen’s courses

Your best class could be the key to your next TV binge

Scenes from Glee, Veronica Mars and Helix.
Scenes from Glee, Veronica Mars and Helix.

Watching television makes for a great study break, but deciding what to watch can be time consuming. Ironically, your classes may hold the key to your next TV show.

Here are some recommendations for shows you might like based on some of your favourite courses at Queen’s.

If you like BIOL 330 (Cell Biology), watch Helix

Helix follows the lives of a team of scientists from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as they investigate a disease outbreak that could threaten mankind. If you want to see characters struggle to survive or discuss biology, watch this show and try to help these characters save the world through science—clearly, I’m ripe with scientific knowledge.

If you like LLCU 214 (Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myth), watch Bad Blood

This Canadian show is based on the book, Business of Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War, written by Antonio Nicaso—who happens to be one of the professors of LLCU 214.

The six-episode miniseries is about a man who leaves prison after 31 years. We watch him as he exacts revenge on everyone who murdered his family and friends.

If you like CLST 205 (Ancient Humor), watch Shameless

This show about a single father raising six children mixes classic family drama with comedy, and excels in finding the light in dark moments. You'll root for these characters as they navigate their way through Chicago’s south side with the help of their friends and each other.

If you enjoy learning about how stereotypes are exploited for comedy in Ancient Humour, you’ll love Shameless’ way of inverting clichés and finding humour in uncomfortable scenarios.


If you like MUSC 171 (Social History of Popular Music), watch Glee

Glee follows the students of McKinley High School’s glee club as they cope with adolescence through singing. This show takes you on a musical journey through the ages, and lets you find music from multiple decades all within in a single episode. Glee is mostly known for tackling various social issues, but above all else, the series is a six-season love letter to music.

Though Glee has been regularly mocked throughout the years, you will find yourself paying attention and singing along more than you thought.

If you like ENIN 140 (Design Thinking), watch Queer Eye

Design Thinking helps you explore a more artistic side of yourself that you may not have known existed before. The online course teaches different ways of thinking and creativity.

Similarly, Queer Eye’s Fab Five bring out new skill-sets in the men they help—exposing them to a newfound sense of confidence. Bring on the tissues for these emotionally uplifting transformations.


If you like LAW 201 (Introduction to Canadian Law), watch How to Get Away with Murder

Emmy-winner Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating, who has the perfect life as a law school professor, wife, and trusted lawyer—until her husband is pronounced dead.

From then on, How to Get Away with Murder will teach you bits and pieces of the American criminal justice system as it embarks on a thrilling journey to find out who the murderer is and how they got away with their crime with relative ease.

Annaliese’s episodic lectures will teach you just as much about law as the introductory LAW 201—though hopefully her lessons about murder won’t be as applicable to your daily life as the show’s characters.

While generally over-the-top and at times unrealistic, my friends and I still find ourselves unable to look away from this show—and we know you won’t be able to either.

If you like GNDS 125 (Gender, Race and Popular Culture), watch Veronica Mars

In this classic, Kristen Bell—before she became famous for voicing the narrator in Gossip Girl and Anna from Frozen—portrays teenage private eye Veronica Mars. Mars juggles solving crimes with attending high school in the luxurious Neptune, California.

If you love a good mystery that doesn’t shy away from talking about feminism, race, and class divisions, this is the show for you. Watching the show’s characters grapple with these topics is basically another form of studying for GNDS 125.

Hulu also just announced a Veronica Mars revival, so starting this show now gives you the perfect amount of time to catch up before it returns.


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