Nothing makes us feel better after a long day like coming home, kicking off our shoes, popping an inordinate amount of popcorn and turning on our TV to watch the latest episode of whatever show just so happens to be our new reason to get excited this week. We mean, don't get us wrong, there are definitely other better ways to unwind. Some people take lavender baths. Some people do yoga. Some people take up handicrafts or indulge in their favorite hobbies or do literally anything constructive. But, nope. Not us!
No siree, Bob! None of that "being useful" business for us! We would much rather ignore our responsibilities for a few hours while lounging on the couch with some junk food and catching up on our fave new show, and, know what? We don't think that we're alone on that. The fact of the matter is, TV is relaxing. It's a good way to flip that switch in the brain off of "reality" and onto "relaxation". Look, we're not saying television will solve all of our problems, but taking our mind off of them for a little while can help. So! Quiz time! Pick the better TV show, and we'll guess everyone's sign.
The Office or Parks and Recreation?
Two hilarious shows, both about a half-hour long, both with tremendously funny, relatable characters who find themselves in strange, yet, again, relatable situations. The Office and Parks and Recreation have a whole lot to offer, and both of these programs have contributed so much to our culture—heck, just look at the memes that have been produced thanks to these two shows! It's amazing! In one corner, you've got Jim Halpert, Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott, but in that corner, you've got Leslie Knope, Andy Dwyer and Ron Swanson. It's a tough choice.
Scrubs or Grey's Anatomy?
Just in case anyone didn't know, Scrubs and Grey's Anatomy are both shows that take place in hospitals. But there are differences between the two, and the biggest one is that Scrubs is mainly a comedy, and Grey's Anatomy is mainly a drama—even though, at times, Scrubs sees some drama, and Grey's Anatomy sees some comedy. Both have lovable and memorable characters. But, the question is, can you choose between J.D. and Turk and Derek Shepherd, Cristina Yang and Meredith Grey? Because we can't.
Arrow or The Flash?
Arrow is a show about a superhero guy. The Flash is also a show about a superhero guy, but it's a spinoff of Arrow. Obviously, there are a few differences in there, enough to make these two separate shows, well, separate. For instance, Arrow is about Oliver Queen, a guy who was found on an island after being shipwrecked, and who's now tasked with fending off a bad guy from said island. The Flash is about a guy who gains super speed, which is hecka cool.
Bob's Burgers or Family Guy ?
Bob Belcher owns a restaurant called Bob's Burgers, and he has a heck of a time trying to run the place with his wacky family members, including his wife, Linda, his daughters, Tina and Louise, and his son, Gene. Family Guy, on the other hand, follows the various hilarious goings on with the Griffin family, particularly the title Family Guy, Peter. Both shows are chock full of gut-bustingly hilarious one-liners. Heck, both shows are chock full of gut-bustingly characters, too. We can't pick a fave, so you do it for us.
Girls or Westworld?
Okay, okay, we know that these two shows literally could NOT be more different. Girls tells the story of Hannah, who has the rug ripped out from underneath her when her parents inform her that they have cut her off financially. Hannah, and her friends, struggle to cope with adulthood (hey, don't we all?). Westworld, on the other hand, is about a wild west-themed amusement park with android hosts who don't know they're androids. The common denominator between these two shows? They're both on HBO. But, really, that's about it. Anyway, pick the better one.
The Big Bang Theory or Young Sheldon?
Young Sheldon is a spin off of The Big Bang Theory, and it follows the story of, well...Young Sheldon. No big surprise there. Meanwhile, The Big Bang Theory tells the story of not young Sheldon, rather it tells the story of adult Sheldon, as well as the stories of his friends and roommates. Both shows have their fair share of hilariousness, both shows have their fair share of making the viewer feel intellectually inferior, since they're both about geniuses and prodigies and whatnot. But, still. Two great shows.
Stranger Things or Rugrats?
Stranger Things and Rugrats? That's not exactly an apples to apples comparison, is it? But, hey, we figure these two seemingly completely different shows have enough in common to make you choose between them. We mean, they're both about a group of kids, and both groups of kids have their own sets of obstacles to deal with, their own life lessons to learn. Oh, sure, Stranger Things has that whole science fiction aspect going on, and we guess that's the deal breaker here. Do you prefer the sci-fi? Or do you prefer the cartoon? 'Cause we could go either way.
Game of Thrones or Vikings?
Oh, come on! Does Game of Thrones really need an introduction at this point? Even people who have never seen the show know what it's about: the nine Great Houses of Westeros duke it out, members from each clan all vying, tooth and nail, for the Iron Throne. Of course, Game of Thrones is all fictional (or...IS IT?!?! No, wait, it is). Vikings is historical fiction, and follows the life and times of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking chieftain who lived during the 13th century. Which show do you favor?
Riverdale or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?
Riverdale is such a delight, but in a dark, edgy way. It's a grittier take on the old Archie Comics, but it explores the darker side of the seemingly squeaky clean small town of Riverdale, and the not always on the up and up dealings of the series's protagonist, Archie Andrews. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina also happens to be a dark, edgy, grittier take on an old classic, AKA Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which was ALSO based on Archie Comics. Small world, right? So, which show is better? You decide.
Criminal Minds or NCIS
Just looking at the summaries, these two shows sound pretty similar. They both deal with crimes, but they both approach the crimes in a different way. Criminal Minds, for instance, follows a group of experts who investigate crimes by profiling the criminals who perpetrated them, which, in turn, helps them find their perp. NCIS, on the other hand, follows a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Here you've got two amazing shows. Both entertaining, both thought-provoking, but only one can win. Choose wisely!
Elementary or Blue Bloods?
Elementary is a modern day re-telling of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, the brainy, highly intelligent Sherlock Holmes. Along with his partner, Joan Watson, Holmes investigates complex crimes throughout the city of New York, profiling masterminds and helping to solve some of the most complicated cases around. Likewise, Blue Bloods also takes place in New York City, but it follows the Reagans, a family of police officers solving crimes and kicking criminal backside throughout the town and surrounding areas. Which of these two shows is your jam?
Better Call Saul or Breaking Bad?
Because Better Call Saul is a spin off series of Breaking Bad, there are a lot of the same characters. Though Breaking Bad is a real corker of a show—it's got it all, complex story lines, stellar plot twists, complicated characters, a hard to like protagonist—Better Call Saul has plenty to offer, too. In fact, you could argue that you can't watch one without watching the other, since one (Better Call Saul) provides the backstory for the real story (Breaking Bad). Either way, they're both great, but which show is better?
Supernatural or The Vampire Diaries?
Sam and Dean drive around the country in their '67 Chevy Impala, "saving people" and "hunting things", as the old adage within the show goes. With the help of both angels and demons, as well as a few other people along the way, the brothers protect the world from all of those things that go bump in the night. The Vampire Diaries, another show on the good ole CW, also follows the story of two brothers. Stefan and Damon Salvatore, who are in a love triangle with a girl named Elena Gilbert. Both good shows, but only one can win.
Mr. Robot or Black Mirror?
Here we've got two drama thrillers, but the problem is, you can only choose one. Good luck picking between these two, though. Mr. Robot follows a vigilante hacker named Elliot who works as a cybersecurity engineer by day, and tries to take down the company he works for in his spare time. Black Mirror, on the other hand, explores modern society as well as our relationship with the ever changing technology industry. Both shows will keep you on the edge of your seat, but which one is your fave?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Once Upon a Time?
Ah, we just love the fantasy genre, don't you? It's a toss up between these two shows, if you ask us, and you've got both of the major contenders of the fantasy world—comic book superheroes and magical fairy tales. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. follows the various cases of a group of spy agents who strive to keep the peace in the world of superheroes and super villains. Once Upon a Time, on the other hand, is a...well, the details are really hard to explain, but it's kind of like a live-action Disney type thing with more fleshed-out characters and heavier plot lines.
True Detective or Mindhunter?
An anthology crime series with stars like Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams, each season of True Detective follows a different crime, each unsettling in its own way. Mindhunter, on the other hand, is set in the 1970's and follows a group of criminal profilers who track down lawbreakers in what was the start of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. Both detective shows, each with their own twist. Question is, which of the two do you prefer? 'Cause we can't make up our minds.
13 Reasons Why or Pretty Little Liars?
13 Reasons Why is a teen drama (who can't get enough of those, eh?) following the life of Clay Jensen, a 17-year-old high school student, and the aftermath of the self-inflicted offing of his best friend, Hannah Baker, who, through a series of cassette tapes, reveals the 13 reasons why she decided to do what she did. Pretty Little Liars, another teen drama, follows the lives of four girls whose lives fall to pieces when their clique loses it's leader. Which teen drama can't you live without?
Ozark or Narcos?
Here we have two Netflix original series, both binge-worthy, both super intense, both about criminals doing their criminal thing. Ozark tells the story of Marty Byrd, who relocates his family from Chicago to the Ozarks, where he launders money from a criminal outfit, and gets entangled in even more criminal dealings in the process. Narcos is based on the true story of substance lord icon Pablo, and his definitely NOT legal activities, as well as his dealings with the DEA. Two good options, but which are you going with?
This Is Us or A Million Little Things?
By now, we're pretty sure that everybody knows what This Is Us about. This tear-jerker of a show follows the lives of three siblings, and tells the story of their parents via flashbacks. Meanwhile, A Million Little Things follows a group of close friends in Boston whose foundations are shaken when one of their number ends his life. Look, we're not going to lie, both of these shows are going to tug at your heartstrings. You're gonna need tissues. But we're still asking you to pick one.
Supergirl or Legends of Tomorrow?
Supergirl takes place in the Arrowverse, as the kids like to call it. That is, the same world as Arrow and The Flash, and we think that's pretty cool. We also think it's pretty cool that this show follows Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, who fights off aliens and super villains. DC's Legends of Tomorrow follows a group of time-traveling superheroes who inadvertently make a small problem much bigger, and then have to try and fix it. Question now is, which superhero show do you think is better?
The Good Place or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?
After her untimely demise, Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself living in The Good Place, and quite by accident, too. See, Eleanor was mistaken for somebody else, somebody who actually deserved a place in The Good Place, and now, she struggles with her morality and tries to be a decent person—all in the afterlife. Meanwhile, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows the story of the title girl who, after being kept in a bunker for 15 years, must enter the real world and try to find her way, all with a smile on her face and rapid fire funniness.
The Alienist or Maniac?
The Alienist takes place in 1890's New York, where three people—Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist; John Schuyler Moore, a cartoonist; and Sara Howard, the first woman employed by the NYPD—team up to track down a criminal who has been offing street children. Maniac is a Netflix original series in which two strangers seek to participate in a clinical trial which promises to solve all of their problems, but things quickly prove to be not all that they seem. Now, step right up and pick the show, people!
Modern Family or The Goldbergs?
Modern Family is hi-larious, and it follows the day-to-day lives of Jay Pritchard, his second wife and their son, as well as his two children from his first marriage, Claire and Mitchell, and their families. The Goldbergs is equally hi-larious (and we know that for a fact because we checked), an is semi-autobiographical, as it's loosely based on its creator's (Adam F. Goldberg) childhood, which took place in the 1980's. So, deliberate, ponder both of these fun shows, and when you're ready, pick one.
Sherlock or Dexter?
Yet another series based on Arthur Conan Doyle's master detective, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock is yet another modern retelling of that skilled investigator as he, along with his partner, John Watson, take up cases throughout London and occasionally team up with the police to solve intricate, dastardly crimes. Dexter is the direct opposite of Sherlock— like if Sherlock were in an alternate dimension, where Sherlock was not "on the side of the angels". Dexter, another genius, solves crimes, too, but instead of bringing criminals to justice, he comes up with a more...permanent solution for them, if ya get our drift.
The Mindy Project or New Girl?
We don't know about you guys, but we just can't get enough of Mindy Kaling, and that's why we're big fans of The Mindy Project, which follows the title Mindy, a OB/GYN who tries to balance her personal life with her work life with humor and hilarity. New Girl, likewise, is equally enjoyable (or is it? That's for you to decide!), and follows Jess, a 30-something teacher who decides to start a new life after finding her live-in boyfriend with another woman.
Peaky Blinders or Boardwalk Empire?
Peaky Blinders and Boardwalk Empire are both period dramas, which is just one more reason to love both of them even more, in our book. Peaky Blinders begins just a few months after the end of World War I, and follows the Shelby family, a clan of gangsters who attract the unwanted attention of rival gangs and the law. Boardwalk Empire takes place during Prohibition, and focuses on warring gangsters who also happen to be bootleggers, all trying to best each other. Another couple of great shows, but which one do you think is better?
Lucifer or Preacher?
Lucifer owns a club and consults with the LAPD, helping them solve crimes. Okay, so, the synopsis for Lucifer is, admittedly, a little bit out there, but it is a great show. So, too, is Preacher, a show about a preacher (no big surprise there) who struggles with his inner demons and, in the midst of a spiritual crisis, obtains incredible power, and uses his newfound abilities to find God—quite literally. Another pair of good shows, big difference in premises, though. Which one wins?
Friends or Seinfeld?
Hmm...which show to go with? The show about a group of friends trying to make it in New York, or the show about a group of friends trying to make it in New York? You know, both shows sounds pretty similar, but they're actually quite different. While both shows deal with every day problems and personal relationships with humor, Friends focuses more on the personal relationships aspect, and Seinfeld focuses more on the every day problems aspect. But, as different as they are, they're both enjoyable. However, which is better?
30 Rock or Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
30 Rock centers around Liz Lemon, portrayed by the wonderfully funny Tina Fey. Liz works as the head writer for The Girly Show, and she has a lot of sitcom-ish drama when dealing with her best friend, the star of The Girly Show, Jenna Mulroney, as well as her coworkers and her oddball boss, Jack Donaghy. Alternatively, Brooklyn Nine-Nine focuses on Brooklyn's fictional 99th precinct, full of lovable characters, one immature, but capable detective and their ambitious chief. Two more great shows, but which will you pick?
Daredevil or Jessica Jones?
Matt Murdock is Daredevil, a lawyer by day, and a masked crime fighter by night who, by the way, has managed to turn his blindness into as superpower. His inability to see has left him with heightened senses, making the baddies no match for him. Jessica Jones is just as skilled when it comes to fending off her foes. After her superhero stint ends badly, Jessica Jones makes her living as a private eye, and confronts her past and rebuilds her life along the way.
House or Monk?
House is a no-nonsense kind of doctor whose precision when it comes to diagnosing his patience is impressive, bordering on petrifyingly accurate. Monk's accuracy when it comes to solving cases is also petrifyingly accurate, and that, coupled with this show's undertones of comedy and drama, not to mention Monk's eccentric and lovable fastidiousness, makes this show another fave with crime drama fans. And even though it's going to be hard to chose between the two, that's exactly what we're asking you guys to do now.
Outlander or Downton Abbey?
Based on the book series of the same name, Outlander follows Claire Randall, a former World War II nurse who visits Scotland with her husband, and finds herself transported back in time to the year 1743, where she falls in love and becomes entangled in the political happenings of the time. Downton Abbey, gorgeously lavish and always classy, doesn't take place in the 1700's, but rather, the early 1900's, and follows the life and times of the Crawley family, as well as the lives of their staff.
Gossip Girl or Glee?
Another teen drama! Oh, we love those! Gossip Girl is based on a series of novels with the same name, and it's narrated by an omniscient blogger (voiced by Kristen Bell), who tells the tales of privileged young adults in Manhattan. Glee is even MORE teen drama (hip hip hooray!), only this time, it's mixed with music and comedy, which means there's even more to love. Another two stellar shows, both with plenty of checks in the pros column. Which one wins your heart?
Big Mouth or BoJack Horseman?
Bit Mouth is an animated TV series based on the childhoods of co-creators, Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg. This cartoonized sitcom features so many funny people, from Fred Armisen to Jordan Peele to Maya Rudolph to John Mulaney, and that is just one of the many reasons to give Big Mouth a watch. But, you know what? BoJack Horseman is another great animated adult series that's worth a few laughs. It follows along with BoJack, as he grapples with human issues, like addiction and depression.
Orange is the New Black or Glow?
Whew! Gurrrl, we are so glad we are not in your shoes right now, because we don't think we could pick between these two shows. Here, you've got Orange is the New Black, which is based on a true story and centers around Piper Kerman, who was incarcerated in a minimum security women's facility for transporting illegal substance money. Glow, on the other hand, takes place in the 1980's, and centers around a women's professional wrestling circuit—the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. You know the drill by now! Pick your preference.