Here are 5 reasons why you should watch one of Netflix's most-controversial, most-talked about and must-watch shows in recent years...
Black led television series are becoming more and more popular. They also have been producing great ratings for TV networks in recent years. However, there are still just a handful on television and streaming services. So when we get one (especially one that is good), we have to support it. We are quick to support the black reality shows so the masses should strive to support the black scripted series as well.
Of course we know Dear White People was a movie first. It starred Tessa Thompson (Sam) and Tyler James Williams (Lionel). While those two characters did not return for the series, the show managed to bring back some of the original cast (Brandon Bell, Marque Robinson etc). They also made good casting decisions with bringing on Logan Browning as Sam and DeRon Horton as Lionel. The cast is diverse. Each characters brings you a different vibe and represents a different type of black person. There is also plenty eye candy for both men and women to enjoy.
The show is a really easy watch. The first season is only ten episodes. Most Netflix originals' episodes are nearly an hour. The longest episode on Dear White People is 33 minutes; most of them are around 23 minutes. The episodes are shorter and more effective that way. Things are not drawn out just to be drawn out. While each episode is connected, they all serve a solo purpose and delivers that to you in a timely fashion.
"At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a diverse group of students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination" is how IMDb describes Dear White People. Winchester University in a smaller form represents America today. The issues these minority students are facing at this university are issues many minorities are facing in the real world. The show touches on white privilege, interracial dating, homosexuality and a plethora of other topics. Some of them you see clearly and some you have to focus deeper to grasp. One of the best qualities of the show and its story line is that it is thought-provoking. The episodes will have your mind wondering while and after watching.
While the show is titled Dear White People, I believe this show's underlying message is for black people. A lot of the messages throughout the show are things WE need to see. We see a lot of internal conflict from the black characters in the show concerning their own race. In each episode you get a different member of the cast's point of view and each one has an internal issue that someone viewing might be able to relate to. From the episodes I have seen, I have connected to several characters. I believe this is the show's gem and will benefit and wake something up in viewers.
Made for TV!