Dear White People (2017 – present)
Don’t be dissuaded by the provocative title. This sharp, poignant show not only shines a light on current race relations in America, it is immensely entertaining and funny. Even after the Obama administration, the United States is proving to be anything but a post-racial society. Nowhere is this more evident than on the Ivy League campus of Wellington University. Biracial film major, Samantha White, causes quite a stir with her college radio show aimed at white people’s ignorance towards racism. When a group of white students throw a black-face party, the school becomes is a powder keg of racial tension. The show follows Samantha and her fellow black classmates as they struggle thru joy and trauma to define what it means to be a black person in the #BlackLivesMatter era.
Chill time: One season, five hours
he Handmaid’s Tale (2017 – present)
Based on the Margaret Atwood classic, this tale of a totalitarian government in the not-so-distant future will give you chills. In the new world order, pollution had caused a drastic drop in birthrate. In order to rectify the situation, the newly empowered government of Christian fundamentalists has forced all women of child-bearing age into a sexual servitude to childless couples. Told through the eyes on one such “handmaid” named Offred (Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss) as she adjusts to her new life. Unnervingly relevant in the Trump era, the show is scathing comment on religious fundamentalism and women’s reproductive rights.
Chill time: One season, 10 hours