10 TV Series With Conscious Themes – If You’re Looking For Something Good
With a seemingly endless number of streaming platforms there have never been more options when it comes to finding a new series to watch.
The show regularly explores the existential questions that many humans face, including but not limited to: why are we the way that we are, is change/growth possible, and can we heal/forgive past trauma? Best of all, it does it in a very accessible, and often hilarious, way through relatable and down to earth characters. WHERE TO WATCH IT: Amazon With its eight episode first season coming to a close in September of 2019, the relatively new animated fantasy series Undone starring Rosa Salazar (Alita, Bird Box) and Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces) is must-see TV.
The series explores what many millennials are facing: struggles with life, their family relationships, a desire for a deeper connection to themselves, and their belief that there is something more to life. With the show officially being renewed for a second season, now is your perfect chance to begin immersing yourself in what should be a long and unique ride. WHERE TO WATCH IT: Netflix I have never liked cheerleading. Like beauty pageants, it seemed like a weird, unnecessary and sexist vestige of a bygone era. So, Cheer, a Netflix documentary that chronicles the 2019 season of Navarro College’s competitive cheer team, is not a show I’d normally add to my queue. In the end, though, like any good story it’s the characters that make Cheer great television.
The backstories of the featured cheerleaders and their coaches are heartbreaking, elevating, illuminating and inspiring. What seemed a pointless exercise to me, cheerleading, becomes a vehicle for self-redemption, reflection and fulfillment. Cheer is almost a metaphor for life itself. Yes, we are all going to die. But don’t you want to make it “on mat” before you (pun intended) graduate? WHERE TO WATCH IT: Netflix What do you do when you’ve hit the pinnacle of your career, but realize that financial success isn’t everything? If you are Leon Logothetis, you pack a bag, buy a motorcycle and travel across the world surviving on the kindness of strangers. And you make a TV series out of it, of course. Everywhere Leon travels, he connects with kind and generous people, renewing both his and our faith as the viewer that, at our core, human beings are inherently good and eager to make a positive contribution.
The cherry on top of each episode is that Leon repays people’s kindness in unexpected and inspiring ways. WHERE TO WATCH IT: Netflix Green Frontier is a beautifully shot, sexy and supernatural thriller (from Columbia) that celebrates indigenous cultures and spiritual beliefs. Yes, believe it or not, all of these elements are successfully rolled into one series. From the opening scene of the series we are immersed into a world that we rarely see portrayed authentically in American television.
The underlying theme is that we have lost our connection –our interconnection –with nature, and for that we are suffering greatly. WHERE TO WATCH IT: Hulu For the past decade I’ve been a huge Bear Grylls fan. I admire how he is in love with the natural world and how he honors and respects nature and our planet to the highest degree. In Running Wild, he shares that love with well-known public figures such as President Barack Obama while he was in office. In every episode, Bear celebrates how we are all interconnected, including every plant, animal and mineral, and always manages to offer at least one surprise that often makes me crack up, be in disbelief, or be filled with gratitude for his offering. WHERE TO WATCH IT: Apple TV+ Little America is a beautiful collection of true stories of immigrants coming to the United States from all different parts of the globe and walks of life. In each episode, the main character overcomes a challenging situation – most often a lack of belief in themselves – in order to realize their own version of the American dream.
The show has an innate ability to make me laugh and cry in under thirty minutes, all while providing a realization of what I’ve personally taken for granted as being born Caucasian in the United States – the privilege of never knowing life without freedom or liberty or a belief that I can make my dreams come true. WHERE TO WATCH IT: Netflix The first season of the Netflix series The Politician is an acerbic study of emptiness, ambition and the search for validation. In this initial season, the main character, played by Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect), has assembled a trusted team of friends to win his high school student body election for president, presumably the first step on their road to the White House.
The Politician is acidly funny and, at times, quite touching.
The show exists in a kind of hyper reality; the stakes are absurdly high, the characters broadly drawn, the plot lines wildly over the top. In this surreal landscape, the characters thrash about and try to “win” and, in the process, hold up a funhouse mirror to our own travails. If you love conscious cinema as much as I do, but are always struggling to find something to watch, be sure to sign up to receive our Conscious Media Monthly. It’s a FREE mailer that fills you in on what to watch both in theaters and from the comfort of your own home. SIGN UP NOW! And take your conscious media experience to the next level by joining the Conscious Good Creators Network, the biggest online community of conscious media creators. From weekly meditations to online courses to free workshops and job opportunities, there is something for everyone. LEARN MORE JOIN FOR FREE NOW Due to the pressure of mass censorship, we now have our own censorship-free, and ad-free on demand streaming network! You can stream conscious media 24/7 and enjoy mind-expanding interviews, original shows, and documentaries and guided programs. Click here to start a FREE 7-Day Trial and watch 100's of hours of conscious media that you won't see anyw.
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