ByJon Miller, writer at
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Jon Miller

The first time I learned to tie a tie was from watching a video on YouTube. Most of the books I’ve chosen to read were after I read its reviews on Amazon See the connection? Millennials have grown up on social media and pop culture. Much of the decisions we have made as individuals are based on the things we’ve watched and learned from on our favorite TV shows. Our shows cater themselves to our current environment making them much more resonant to us as well as relatable.

10) Mr. Robot: Share, but not too much.

Yes, we all enjoy seeing dozens and dozens of pics of your cats or your Spring Break at Coachella, but sometimes it can be too much. This is a much more recent series, the second season premiering soon, but it has already been deemed an influential and psychologically trippy series (it certainly does not disappoint on that front either). But the show has mostly taught us just how easy it is to find out anything we want about anyone we want. Which is perfectly fine if you want to know more about the person you are dating, but less so since it is digital nirvana for creepy people.

9) Law and Order: The American Justice System is a Little More Complex.

How great it would be if we could establish a formal investigation, catch the culprit, give them their due process, and than thus send them off to jail in less than 45 minutes. However, anyone outside of the television series, whether a victim, legal team, or juror can tell you that it is a long and strenuous process with a lot of politics involved. Sort of the opposite of what the show depicts— in that sense the series is more of an illustration of what not to expect, at least right away.

8) True Detective: The Original Will Always Be Better.

There were a lot of ridiculous criticisms about the first season of True Detective, absurd ones like a terrible ending (the show was always about the lives of the two detectives, not about the murder case) or the lack of good female characters (not every show needs to have them now, but I did find Michelle Monaghan pretty good regardless). But there were many avid fans, such as myself, that thought it was flawless, and we were eagerly anticipating the long awaited second season. What unfolded was a show that we thought we couldn’t have waited for, but instead were more than happy to in order to better the final product.

7) Orange is the New Black: The Simple Things Can Make You the Most Happy.

There’s not much of a glimmer of hope when you’re locked inside of a prison, outside of the fact that you will be released eventually. Piper spends much of the first season not fully comprehending her new welcomed environment and Crazy Eyes, everyone’s favorite, is too attached to the point where many avoid her. At that point it is the simple things that you must rely on when you live a life of routine. Something as simple as Sophia’s fascination with hair and make-up or Nicky’s sexual conquests with other inmates.

6) The Simpsons: Learn to Release Your Emotions.

Homer Simpson will never be seen as other than a reactive person. While Marge and Lisa are more calculated characters, Homer is where the true humor is since he chooses not to acknowledge or apologize, for the most part, his reactive outbursts or even any wrongdoings about them. While all of the other characters are amusing in their own right, this is probably what makes Homer a little more entertaining to watch than the others.

5) The Sopranos: You Are Your Best Friend.

So many characters, so many twists and ulterior motives, but the one person that Tony Soprano can trust is himself. It is a long fall for the person at the top, something that he knows all about, which is why he keeps people at a distance and mostly separates his “work life” from “family life.” Taking care of your own business is the best way to prove own perseverance and worthiness.

4) Twin Peaks: Expect the Unexpected.

The constant dancing, bizarre faces in mirrors, eerily abnormal nightmares— if there’s anything Twin Peaks has taught us it’s that you’ll have some difficulty anticipating what’s to happen next. Although not to the extreme level of a David Lynch mindset, but this does kind of mirror the unforeseen occurrences that life is so obliged to throw at us.

3) Friends: Adult Life is Scary, but Not Always.

From the dating life, relationships, different jobs, the city— we’ve watched the six maneuver their way through adulthood. Often times it is hard to see the difficulties when the show finds any angle of humor about it. Which is why adulthood is not as bad as many make it out to be. If you’re going through one of the many unpleasant attributes synonymous with adulthood, just remember to keep a Chandler-like sense of humor towards any matter.

2) Game of Thrones: Go with Caution.

There are not enough fingers to count off the departed characters of Game of Thrones who have trusted the wrong person and paid the price for it. This is much more than just an analogy of putting too much trust into a person, but definitely about finding the safest ways of guiding yourself through your growth... never know when dragons or greyscale may pose a threat.

1) Breaking Bad: A Makeover is the Best Way to Reemerge.

How does a high school chemistry teacher with a family go from just that to an infamous drug dealer with plenty of money leftover? He acquires some bad news regarding his health and eventually decides to go through a makeover. Shedding off his full head of hair, filling up his goatee quota, and selling a plethora of the best meth money can buy. A drastic makeover like this is not entirely required, but the main point is that if there needs to be a change in your life you need to start with you and your environment.


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