Six Unawakened TV Shows You Can Watch Now – OutKick

It happens all the time. You are watching a popular TV show, then suddenly a moment of awakening erupts. It could be an unannounced lecture, a slam against a GOP politician, or simply an attack on the patriarchy.

Many shows today are dipping a toe into woke storytelling or going all-in. And, unfortunately, the quality of broadcasts often suffers as a result. There’s a reason shows like “First Kill,” the “Party of Five” reboot, and “Y: The Last Man” got an early hook.

Other TV shows, however, resist the woke siren song. They rely on tried-and-true storytelling tics, knowing that audiences appreciate these stories the most. The following shows aren’t perfect, but they do provide welcome respite from the wiggling Hollywood fingers.

“Irish Frank”

This under-the-radar gem follows a 30-something slacker with delusions of rock star grandeur. Brian Gleeson, who co-created the series with his busy brother Domhnall Gleeson (“Star Wars” and “Peter Rabbit” franchises) plays the titular character.

The six-episode series is hilarious from the jump, and little effort is made to make Frank likable from a distance. He’s a self-centered fool who exists for his own man-child pleasures. No apologies necessary.

Frank’s behavior sets the comedy in motion, and it’s how the world reacts to his antics that matters.

“Beavis and Butthead”

Mike Judge’s ’90s creation is back, courtesy of Paramount Plus, and those morons haven’t changed a bit. Same heavy metal t-shirts, same approach to life.

‘Beavis and Butthead’. (Getty Images)

The culture around them, however, changed dramatically during their absence. So to see these morons reject PC groupthink and behave like hormone-laden teenagers is… refreshing, even daring.

Judge showed us that the characters wouldn’t wake up to the recent “Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe,” which poked fun at so-called white privilege. The first two episodes of the rebooted series offer more of the same. Juvenile yuks peppered with plenty of chuckles from the not-so-dynamic duo.

“The Ranch”

Star Ashton Kutcher directed the Netflix series with Red State audiences in mind. And, for the most part, this traditional sitcom delivered on that premise. The series followed two Texas brothers, their rancher daddy (Sam Elliott, of course) and their feisty mom, Maggie (Debra Winger).

Here’s how the left-leaning Decider.com described the characters in question.

They hate government, pride themselves on hard work, and shake their heads at changing weather…

The later episodes of the TV show showed Maggie leaning into a gun control message and dating as a lesbian, so the unwoke DNA couldn’t last forever.

Reach

Tom Cruise stepped down as the much taller Alan Ritchson took over as folk hero Lee Child. The casting is much better for Hollywood’s second attempt to bring mountain dweller Jack Reacher to life. This isn’t the only upgrade in the two-movie franchise featuring Mr. Maverick himself.

The show celebrates masculinity, strength, and the ability to get the job done without wringing your hand too much. Ritchson’s Reacher literally doesn’t fire any shots. He is aware of his strengths and has no problem using them to save the day or solve a crime.

The list of terminals

Woke critics raced to their safe spaces after screening Chris Pratt’s military thriller, based on Jack Carr’s novels. It’s chauvinistic, right-wing and too pro-American, they cried.

Pratt and co. touched a sensitive chord. Hard.

The show proved an instant hit with fans, much like Prime Video’s “Reacher,” and Pratt went so far as to tease critics for hating a show that so many fans love.

Carr disputes that the series is not at all political. He’s right, but being apolitical in 2022 can be downright political now.

The Outlaws

The Prime Video series comes from “The Office” co-creator, Stephen Merchant. It’s a good sign, but so is the presence of Christopher Walken in this intelligent overall story. Six Britons and an American (Walken) must perform community service to make amends for their lowly crimes.

The characters are expertly portrayed, and every episode of Season 1 (#2 just went live) features enough laughs to make it worthwhile. The most intriguing part, however, comes with two of the seven souls cleaning up old buildings under orders from the police.

Darren Boyd (John Halloran) is a prototypical Republican, the one overseeing the potential demise of the family business. Myrna Okeke (Clare Perkins) is a BLM enthusiast who constantly speaks out against systemic racism.

Yet Darren enjoys significant sympathy while Myrna’s flaws are big, bold, and unavoidable.

This balance is rare in pop culture today, and more than welcome. And while Myrna’s proclamations are heart-wrenching, they stem directly from her character, not the show’s eagerness to speak truth to power.

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