Hayley’s TV Recommendations

Looking for a new tv shows? Here are my recommendations.


Big Brother 

Big Brother is on CBS on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. The new season of Big Brother is premiering on June 24 and 25.

The concept of Big Brother is that certain amount of houseguest live in a house and compete for power. The most powerful position is the Head of Household (HOH). The HOH nominates two people for eviction. Then six people, the HOH, the two nominees, and three people selected by random draw, play for the Power of Veto (POV). POV allows someone to veto one of the HOH’s nominations, which forces for HOH to put up someone as a replacement nominee. Then the houseguest who are not nominated/the HOH, vote to evict one of the nominees.

Big Brother is a strategical game both mental and physical. The houseguest are cut off from the outside world for three months. They are followed by 75 cameras and the American public has the opportunity to watch them for 24/7. In the end you have the opportunity to win $500,000.


First off, I am in love with Survivor. There are total of 30 aired seasons of Survivor. The premise of Survivor is about 18 to 20 contestants are brought to a remote location and are divided into (2, 3, or 4) tribes. Each week the tribes compete for rewards and immunity. If your tribe loses the immunity challenge, then you are sent to tribal council. After a certain amount of people have been voted out, then the tribes merge into one (and the jury begins to form). Each week the contestants compete for individual immunity. At either the final 3 or final 2, the jury then decides who should be awarded the title of Sole Survivor and the winner of one million dollars.

I started watching Survivor in 2013. The first season I watched was Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Since then I have watched Survivor: Cagayan (Brawn vs. Brain vs. Beauty), Survivor: San Juan del Sur (Blood vs. Water 2), and Survivor: Worlds Apart live. I have also watched Survivor: Panama (Exile Island), Survivor: Micronesia, and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. Each season has its own twist, which just like Big Brother, forces the participants to reconsider their strategy, because the twist usually changes the way they thought they were going to be playing the game. I’m so excited for the 31st season. Each season of Survivor is available to watch on CBS.com for $5.99 each month. Or you can wait to watch the 31st season when it premieres in September.

These shows have already aired and the full series is on Netflix. 
Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl is about five young adults plus their family members living on the Upper East Side in New York City. There are total of six seasons. It’s definitely filled with drama, but it’s really interesting story line. You don’t see most TV shows taking place in New York City that are actually filmed in the city. If you love NYC and love drama, Gossip Girl is the show for you.

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill is by far one of my favorite tv shows ever. It’s about the lives of two-half brothers, Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan (James Lafferty), and their lives intertwined with their family, friends-Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz), Peyton (Hilarie Burton), and Brooke (Sophia Bush)-, and well of course basketball. It has a total of nine seasons. The first four seasons are about the five in high school, which is filled with drama and basketball. Then there is a time hop-four years later. I will be completely honest the first few episodes of season five I couldn’t get into because it felt so different, all the character’s lives had changed. However, season 5,6,7,8, and 9 were phenomenal. One Tree Hill can very relatable and I love the monologues at the beginning of the episode and the end of the episode. Trust me this isn’t just a silly teen tv show.

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls is about a single mother, Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory Gilmore. It begins when Rory gets accepted into Chilton, a private high school, and follows Rory through her graduation from college. I wrote an extensive blog post about Gilmore Girlsif you need more of a reason to watch it.

The Office

First off, I love The Office. How can you not love Michael Scott, Dwight, Jim and Pam, and everyone else? I don’t think you can’t watch an episode without laughing. Obviously the first few seasons are the best, then it starts to go downhill, but the last few episodes of the last season are just amazing. I know I cried watching the finale for the first time even though I hadn’t watched the full series.

I have some more recommendation that are still airing on TV but earlier seasons are on Netflix. 


First, Parenthood is complete, however the last season is not on Netflix. I haven’t finished watching Parenthood because I’m waiting to watch the sixth season when it is put on Netflix. So far I LOVE this show. It is so real to me. The show is about the Braverman family, which includes three generations. Zeek Braverman and Camilla had four kids, Adam, Sarah, Crosby, and Julia. The show is focused on the different families. I like that it shows all the different types of families and how parents have a different roles within their respective family. I reallllllyyyyyyyy recommend this show. You won’t regret watching it.

The Fosters

In June of 2013, ABC Family debuted the groundbreaking television drama The Fosters. The Fosters centers around an interracial, lesbian couple and their biological, adopted, and foster children. Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a police officer, and her partner, Lena Adams (Sherri Saum) are the parents of five children. Brandon (David Lambert) is the biological son of Stef and her ex-husband Mike Foster (Danny Nucci). Jesus (Jake T. Austin) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) are Hispanic twins who were adopted by the Adams Foster household. In the pilot, the first episode, Callie Jacobs (Maia Mitchell) and her younger brother, Jude, are rescued from their absuive foster home and brought to live with the Adams Fosters. Currently, the third season of The Fosters is airing on ABC Family on Mondays. I think this TV show is covering topics that you aren’t seeing on any other television show and it makes it so different. I wrote an article in the spring about The Fosters and you can click this link if you want to read about the different storylines that are being explored.

Pretty Little Liars

I’ve watched PLL since it first premiered. I’m going to take a different stance on all my recommendations I have done before this one and I’m going to say-wait. Wait to watch this until all the seasons are on Netflix then binge watch it. I hate the waiting every week and I think you will be able to connect all the pieces if you were to binge watch the showg. Honestly, I’m still waiting on answers to questions that were brought up during the FIRST episode. That being said it’s a really interesting and filled with drama and I recommended it.


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