Enjoy watching TV shows but feel like you are wasting your precious time? Well, there is good news – this articles features top 5 brilliant TV shows to watch that’ll boost your intelligence.
Yes, you hear that right; there are in fact some TV series that will make you smarter. Whether they consist of historical accurate facts or intriguing knowledge, or even just intellectual humour, you can actually increase your brainpower and expand your horizons. Who knows? They might change the way you perceive things (at least that’s what we want to believe).
Well, check out the list of TV shows below and bookmark it. Treat them as your homework and start binge watching them over the weekend!
1) Sherlock Holmes
IMDB rating: 9.2
First in our list would be ‘Sherlock Holmes‘. This is kind of to be expected, right? How can we miss out this piece of gem? I believe the story is not unfamiliar to most of you.
Sherlock Holmes (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch) and Doctor Watson (portrayed by Martin Freeman) team up and solve various mysteries in London. But this time, it is not set in the olden days, but in the early 21st century.
In this TV show, the concept of ‘the science of deduction’ is introduced by our protagonist. It is indeed an interesting concept in which one can make deductions based on facts gotten from keen observation. Other than that, the ‘memory palace’, aka ‘the method of loci’ is also introduced in the show where Sherlock shows his extraordinary memory using the technique. These techniques are somewhat exaggerated to make the show more interesting. However, they are totally practical and can be mastered through constant practices.
IMDB rating: 8.6
Hannibal tells a story about a gifted criminal profiler called Will Graham. His unique way of thinking allows him to empathize with anyone including the psychopaths. Using his gifted talent, he helps the FBI to pursue criminals. While pursuing a particularly complicated and twisted killer, he decides to use some help from the brilliant psychiatrist in the country – Hannibal Lecter. The partnership is unstoppable and it seems that there is no criminal that they cannot catch.
However, Hannibal Lecter harbours a dark secret – he has gone to the dark side. He is fascinated by his partner’s talent to empathize with psychopathic criminals. He then tries to push Graham’s boundaries with the purpose of turning him into a murderer himself. The main reason this show is on the list is due to the brilliant mind games between the characters and also the twists and turns of events.
3) The Mentalist
IMDB rating: 8.1
Have you thought of having the ability to read other people’s mind? This show will tell you how. Patrick Jane is a consultant for California Bureau of Investigation. Along with other agents, he helps to solve various mysterious cases using his experience as a ‘psychic’. By using techniques like autosuggestion and hypnosis, coupled with his keen observation skill, Patrick Jane is able to set up traps to lure the suspects to reveal the truth behind intriguing cases.
The main technique used by the protagonist includes cold reading in which information is obtained by observing and analysing a person’s details, body languages, verbal cues and etc. Then, educated judgement is made to obtain vast information about a person. Cold reading is actually a practical skill that you can learn and apply to our daily life. Of course, you would need dedication and it takes years of practice to really master it.
4) Lie to me
IMDB rating: 8
‘Lie to me’ tells the story of Dr. Cal Lightman who is the world’s leading authority on deception. He studies facial expression, tone of voice and also body languages to identify deception. He runs a private consulting company that assists law enforcement agencies to solve various crimes, mysteries and even investigate public figure in order to uncover the truth.
This show is especially interesting as the protagonist is based on an actual person called Dr. Paul Ekman. He is a leading expert in body language and also facial recognition. Most of the tips and tricks shown in the show are actually based on actual area of study and they are widely used in various agencies including the FBI. Similar to ‘The Mentalist’, please note that the skill to identify deception is acquired through practices and dedication. Still, it is definitely a show worth watching and it will give you some insight on identifying liars.
5) Prison Break
IMDB rating: 8.5
Michael Scofield is the main protagonist in this show. He is a brilliant engineer who helped design Fox River State Penitentiary. His brother is wrongly accused and convicted of a murder he did not commit. In order to save his brother, Michael deliberately gets himself incarcerated by holding up a bank. He plans to break his brother out of the prison and prove his innocence. However, the task seems to be harder than he thought as there is a massive political conspiracy behind it. The reason this show is in the list is mainly because the protagonist’s genius and elaborate plans. You will never know what’s going to happen next and that’s the best part of the show.
Well there you go – top 5 brilliant TV shows to watch that’ll boost your intelligence. These shows are undoubtedly some of the better shows and they are entertaining and mind stimulating at the same time. So why not give them a try?
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