Television series are now one of the dominant themes of television schedules, especially because of the influence they have on young audiences who watch serial products very carefully.
College students, of course, do not escape the norm and, indeed, can draw more than a few interesting insights for their studies from the great series broadcast on generalist television or satellite channels. TV series act as the glue within every college student’s day: sharing the same passion (or fixation) for a TV series will make you bond more with both your roommates (by the way, we recommend you read this guide to test how the cohabitation with your roommate) than with the people in your major
Indeed, we can say that every college student has his or her own favorite series, just based on his or her particular field of study.
As for Physics students, there really can be no doubt: the favorite series will definitely be The Big Bang Theory. The drama centers on the events of a group of Pasadena nerds working at the California Institute of Technology, and indeed succeeds in bringing together abstruse science concepts and healthy doses of humor, particularly that which emanates from every word of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), the theoretical physicist who seems to conceive of his life only as a function of the former. Between appearances by Stephen Hawking, scientific theories and often scathing jokes, physics becomes a real must-see show.
The Chemistry and Pharmacy students Instead, they cannot disregard Breaking Bad – Collateral Reactions, the series aired between 2008 and 2013 in which a chemistry professor, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), partners with a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), to exploit his skills in dealing methamphetamine. The advice, of course, is not to do the same thing in case the degree earned does not provide the desired satisfaction.
For psychology students, the doubt is between Lie to Me and Perception. In the former, the story revolves around the investigations of Cal Lightmann, a resounding Tim Roth, while in the latter it is Eric McCormack, as Doctor Daniel Pierce, who monopolizes the scene. Two very different ways of approaching the subject: while Lightmann studies body and facial language and exhibits ruthless aggression, Pierce is a shy neuroscientist closed in on himself because of a schizophrenia that has radically altered the course of his life. Two totally different characters, but both able to make an often-discussed figure like the psychologist fascinating.
In contrast, there can be no doubt about the ideal series for political science students. Indeed, who could compete with House of Cards, the drama set in Washington, DC, in a White House occupied by Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), a couple willing to do practically anything to retain their usurped power through machinations? The BBC-produced series is now the subject of study by many political scientists, driven by an attempt to understand whether the situations often taken to extremes during the narrated events are reflected in reality. The palaces of power depicted in House of Cards seem to be the subject of a hostage-less gang war, peppered with back-and-forth scandals, tampering with basic rights, more or less mysterious deaths, and anything else that seems to clash with an ethical conception of politics. Absolutely must see, hoping that political science undergraduates will not resemble Frank Underwood in the future.
Much more complicated to determine instead the most viewed series by law students. Competing for the top spot in this case are The Good Wife, The Perfect Murder Rules and Better Call Saul. The good wife chronicles the judicial adventures of a group of lawyers led by Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), struggling not only for economic affirmation but also for ethical and political values.
A totally different picture from the one told in The rules of the perfect crime, in which around Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), a charismatic criminal law professor and successful lawyer, an increasingly complex intrigue comes to form in which those who are supposed to be lawmen find themselves breaking it again and again. Better Call Saul, on the other hand, is a spin-off of Breaking Bad, in which the steps that led Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) to fame are told. Three totally different ways of being a lawyer, but a veritable treasure trove of court cases for law students to practice on.
Even for medical students, the choice is very difficult, if one only thinks of television series such as Dr. House and Grey’s Anatomy. While it’s hard not to love the roughness of Hugh Laurie, the great romance and incredible medical stories of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and the other doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital have literally been tearing hearts out over the years, even outranking a cult series like E.R., which even today is still considered a true standard to study for those who intend to make a career in a broken health care system like the nation’s.
For the Anthropology and Biology students, the challenge is between Bones e The Walking Dead, extremely diverse series, but capable of stimulating in no small measure those who intend to know not only the structure of human beings, but also the contexts in which it moves and carries on its existence. Bones features a fascinating forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), whose analysis of deteriorated remains succeeds in steering the investigation of a special FBI task force toward a natural solution. Instead, The Walking Dead describes the apocalypse brought about by a virus that resurrects the dead prompting them to attack the living. Two ways to learn more about the human body, provided one has the strong stomach necessary to witness with the proper detachment the disembowelments that characterize both dramas.
Also regarding the history students, the choice is not the easiest, if you think about how a now highly successful drama like Game of Thrones over the past year has been contrasted by an event such as 22.11.63, the mini-series based on a novel by Stephen King reenacting the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, which has been able to make a killing by mixing history and romance in full force. Both series for many history students, however, are no match for Downtown Abbey, the series set in early 20th-century England, which succeeds in impressing with perfect period reconstructions.
No doubt, on the other hand, for economics students, where a TV series like Billions stands out, in which a hedge fund trader, Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), duels with a district attorney, Chuck Rhoades (a spectacular Paul Giamatti), who would like to stop him for good. Between stock market raids and espionage operations, the plot does not let up for a moment, resulting in a clash of high finance and justice in which it is difficult to glimpse the good guys.
Finally, Computer Science students, for whom the choice basically narrows down to two series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Mr. Robot. In the first, one of the key figures is a charming young hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet), who uses her knowledge within a team of super-agents to thwart the forces of evil that threaten the life of the planet. Instead, Mr. Robot describes the events of Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a programmer with a double life: during the day he lends his services as a software engineer within Allsafe Security, while at night he monitors everything that happens on the Web as a hacker. Oppressed by sociophobia, he cannot find a way to lead a normal life and consequently accepts the offers of an underground group, the Fsociety, that is, to destroy the very company he works for from within. Both series pose no small number of questions about the often distorted use of information technology that endangers people’s lives and violates the boundary with law and ethics.
While these are the dramas that should certainly be watched by those conducting undergraduate studies, the advice remains, of course, not to over-view, to the detriment of exams!!!
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