Whenever I have a free day, I pick up a book or a magazine, or park myself in bed to stream movies and TV shows. That wasn’t always the case. When I was younger, I relied on books and TV (as in the actual TV set) for entertainment after school or during weekends. Lately, I’ve been missing the thrill of opening the set and being forced to watch whatever is on, instead of sifting through the content on Netflix and HOOQ. Of course, I can always switch channels, but I would still have to select one and wait for it to finish before going to the next. This may sound primitive to younger generations, but this was a great way to discover new movies and shows.
Recently, I’ve been hit with the nostalgia bug so I decided to spend a few days parked on the couch. One of my new go-to channels was Warner TV, where I found an excellent mix of old and new favorites.
Below are 10 great shows you can catch on Warner TV:
1. The Big Bang Theory
I’ve seen a few seasons of The Big Bang Theory and fell in love with Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, a theoretical physicist researching quantum mechanics and string theory. The show follows his exploits in the normal world, along with his fellow nerds: experimental physicist Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), and particle astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar). For the science nerds out there, don’t worry. A physics and astronomy professor checks the script to make sure all dialogue, equations, and diagrams are scientifically accurate.
2. Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon is the TV adaptation of the hit film series Lethal Weapon, starring Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. The two star as Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) homicide sergeant Roger Murtaugh and Sergeant Martin Riggs, who are paired together despite their opposite personalities. The movies have become action-packed hits packed with a lot of heart, and the laughs, charm, and action were translated well to the small screen. This time, Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford star as the unlikely twosome, and they solve cases on a weekly basis while struggling to keep up with each other.
3. The Flash
I’m a huge fan of Ezra Miller (he was so good in We Need to Talk About Kevin) so I’m excited to see him as the Flash in the upcoming Justice League. In the meantime, I can quench my thirst with the series The Flash, which tells the story of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, a crime scene investigator who develops the ability to move at superhuman speeds. He uses this power to protect Central City from crime, especially after his mother was murdered under supernatural circumstances. In 2014, the show won Favorite New TV Drama at the People’s Choice Awards.
4. Legends of Tomorrow
My inner geek is happy with Legends of Tomorrow, a DC Comics crossover featuring the characters of Arrow and The Flash. The show follows the titular group, which must stop Casper Crump as Vandal Savage, who teams up with Time Masters to take over the world in 2166. The crossover has paid off: critics have lauded the show’s sharp and attention-grabbing storyline, along with its “epic scope” and “fancy effects.”
Warner TV also has another superhero-themed show: Gotham. The show is set in the Batman universe, except the story is told through the perspective of James Gordon, the franchise’s police commissioner. The series starts with Ben McKenzie as Gordon, a recruit in the police department tasked to solve the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Gordon develops a friendship with their young son Bruce (played by David Mazouz), who as we all know, will grow up to be Batman. Fans will love seeing classic villains like Catwoman, the Penguin, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, and Two-Face.
Another gem from the DC universe is Supergirl, which tells the story of Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin. She is tasked to protect the infant Kal-El, but she also ends up protecting National City as Supergirl from the criminals from her home planet Krypton. It was awarded Most Exciting New Series at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards and Favorite New TV Drama at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards.
7. Impractical Jokers
I first heard of Impractical Jokers when my Russian friend from London visited me and we hung out at his Airbnb. He told me about this hilarious show where a group of guys dared each other to do pranks on people. I was hooked. The cast is composed of the comedy troupe The Tenderloins: Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano. The show is similar to gag shows like Just For Laughs, except that the chosen prankster will only know the details of the prank at the last second. The New York Post called it “possibly the funniest, most ridiculous show I’ve seen in years.”
8. The Mentalist
One of my new discoveries on Warner TV is The Mentalist, a show about Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, who uses his keen observational skills from his past as a fake psychic to assist the California Bureau of Investigation. The show was awarded Favorite New TV Drama at the People’s Choice Awards in 2009, and critics have praised Baker’s performance. The show ended in 2015, but thankfully Warner TV is still screening it.
9. The Last Ship
End of the world movies and TV shows are my thing, so I love The Last Ship. In the show, a viral pandemic wipes out 80% of the world’s population, and the 218-strong crew of an unaffected US Navy ship must work together to find a cure. The series is based on a 1988 novel of the same name written by William Brinkley. Since it premiered in 2014, critics have noted its “movie-sized action sequences.”
Who here is not in love with Friends?! One of the highlights of watching Warner TV is catching this TV gem, which follows a group of friends living in New York. There’s spoiled rich kid Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), chef Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), struggling actor Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), businessman Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), musician Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), and paleontologist Ross Geller (David Schwimmer). Together, they navigate the world of love, careers, and friendships. The show became a pop culture phenomenon, and was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards in its 10 year run. The show never gets old.
Warner TV finished 2016 as the fastest growing English channel in the country, and the number two English GE channel among Cable 2+ in Metro Manila. According to ratings provider GfK, the channel also enjoyed a whopping 131% increase in ratings in the last quarter of 2017. It is highly anticipated that WarnerTV will perform just as well this 2017 as they open more shows and add new seasons to the network’s favorites. For more updates on the best in action, comedy and drama, visit Warner TV’s Facebook and Instagram pages.