Today’s landscape isn’t the same as before. The TV industry, previously an industry that managed to only tell stories that took place in a different world than ours, now tries its best to convey several messages regarding our modern society, either in a good way or bad. That same industry became a reflection to how our society is nowadays and how it should or shouldn’t be. The following series are the best examples of the social commentary about our society. This is our Top Five Socially Relevant Series! You can check our picks below:
5. Mr. Robot
4. This Is Us
2. The Handmaid's Tale
1. 13 Reasons Why
5. Mr. RobotWe knew, right from the get-go, that our lead protagonist, played by Egyptian actor Rami Malek, might not be so clear minded as we'd hope. However, what he brings with him is a social commentary on our own society that focuses too much on consumption. However, opposing our following entries, this one plays the themes in a more sorrowful, pessimist way. And maybe that's just what we need right now.
4. This Is UsDan Fogelman has struck gold once more, this time with this drama that, rather than focus on a single individual, focuses on a whole family and their problems in a deeply realistic way. From the struggle of obesity or being a person of color in a deeply racist society, there are many themes that the series explores, with gratifying results.
3. Sense8Yesterday, this sci-fi drama series reached its bittersweet finale. And it's a testament to how much the series has impacted modern society. The cast of protagonists are nothing short of wonderful, as they escaped from the "straight white people" trope and embrace people as they truly are outside the norms of skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or even their personal pasts. It's a show that celebrated love as the pure, raw and most powerful feeling in the world.
2. The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid's Tale is currently on its second season and it remains one of the most gripping dramas in modern society, just like it provides a brutal social commentary. As we tune in every week, we can't help but wonder how much it was based in the modern American government, with some ties that, in all due honesty, makes this series a bit more scarier than we expected.
1. 13 Reasons Why13 Reasons Why remains a good exercise of how to make a TV series. However, it is a controversial series as well, as it tackles the dark realm of teenage years. Meaning, it puts its focus on many dark - and real - themes, such as suicide or bullying. It brings a grim reminder that, depending on many factors, teens can be very cruel if they wish to be.