Are you ever sitting on the couch bored out of your mind, and then decide to scroll through Netflix just to realize there is nothing good that you haven't already seen? Does this sound a lot like an infomercial? If you answered yes to the first one, then I have some good news for you! If you answered yes to the second, then I'm sorry I offended you. –Insert shrug emoji here-
This past weekend, as I like most of America, was sitting on the couch I had no Idea what to watch on TV nor Netflix. I mean I could have restarted Friends for the 20th time (that's the actual truth. I used to watch it all the time in college because I was home sick.) Or I could have watched Parks and Recreation for the third time, though I'm a fan of Amy Poehler and she's absolutely amazing as Leslie Knope, Chris Pratt is the one who makes that show in its entirety. (Getting off topic here. But, for real though, if you want some go to shows, there's two of them.) Anyway, as I was scrolling through Netflix I came across the show Eastsiders.
Eastsiders is a show that started off as a mini YouTube series then became available to stream on Logo's website in 2013. Once it got attention Netflix picked it up and began to stream it on their service. The show created by Kit Williamson centers on a gay male named Cal and his boyfriend Thom as they struggle with infidelity, drug abuse and their friendships in Silver Lake, Los Angeles.
Why you should watch the show: Most TV shows portray gay characters at the point that they come out to where it's the entire plot point of the series. This show does not. It portrays the characters in a light the gay culture hasn't been seen in. Its dark yes, but enjoyable to watch, with storylines that could be relatable to anyone. Also, Did I mention the cast? Willam Belli, Kit Williamson, Van Hansis, Constance Wu. If that alone doesn't seem like a well put together cast, then you and I should have a sit-down and talk about a few things.
One thing I'd like to point out about this show that did stick out to me was the writing. Most TV shows that come around try to have these unrealistic conversations that make it seem deep, whereas Eastsiders provides real dialogue that doesn't seem scripted, it doesn't seem like they are reading words off of the page but having genuine conversations. The comebacks are real, the one-liners pack a deeper punch. It's as if you are actually witnessing someone else's life happening right in front of you. The twenty-two minutes per episode flies by and you'll be hitting that next episode button before you realize it.
So, if you do happen to get bored this week or weekend, or just want some good TV, check out Eastsiders.
You can stream seasons 1-3 on Netflix.