Rated I for Influential

2018 has not exactly been the easiest year for our country. It has morphed into a time of intense controversy. The one thing that has helped everyone through a time like this is TV and movies. Here is a list of some of the most influential TV shows and movies of this year.

The Handmaid’s Tale, TV

The Handmaid’s Tale is a Hulu TV show based off the novel by Margaret Atwood. The series portrays a misogynistic, dystopian society that many view as a relatable piece given the current state of our country. It stays relevant to our political climate by presenting this legal system that is built on the continuous rape of their servant women. The show feeds on some of America’s worst fears, by having an anti-homosexual government who kill and torture lesbian women. It is an eye opening show that prevails over any other through its prevalence of today’s world.

Crazy Rich Asians, Movie

This movie is influential due to the fact that it is the first full Asian cast in 25 years and one of the generation’s first fully representative Asian films. The film features an authentic showcase of the social class and its structure. It represents all sides by showing the struggling second generation of hard-working Asian women. The levity of this new and essential rom-com has shown that the movie industry is in desperate need of more cultural representation.

Pose, TV

Ryan Murphy’s new FX TV show has hit big in its influential impact on the world. The show follows several characters in the LGBTQ community of 80s New York and focuses on community and creating your own family. The characters are real examples of people who are searching for a place where they could feel safe and lovedmany of the characters experiencing being disowned by their own family and friends. It shows the journey of finding and creating a new family who truly accepts the person they are. It is an enlightening show that makes a person truly learn the importance of correct pronouns and gender fluid bathrooms.

Love, Simon, Movie

Based off the young adult novel by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon follows the story of a boy named Simon who is forced to come out as gay. It may seem to be a typical high school coming of age story, but there are many layers. This storyline allows the LGBTQIA+ community to have a non-heterosexual character to look up to, allowing their stories to be heard. Simon’s story shows that being yourself is not impossible.

The rest of the influential…

To All the Boys I Loved Before

Black Panther

A Quiet Place

Atypical (Season Two)

13 Reasons Why

Queer Eye

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Judith Arendall, a Nashville native, is a Junior english major with a Writing, Rhetoric and Publication emphasis. In Judith’s free time, aside from writing for CisternYard, she interns at Blue Bicycle Books.


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