Nuggets of Wisdom We Get from Binge Watching
by Erika Lagunzad, March 19, 2019 4:00pm
photo courtesy of Netflix
Whoever said watching TV is such productivity-killer must’ve been binge-watching wrong when there are a lot of TV series that inspire us to do the grind. Seeking motivation can come in the form of a solid TV binge! Don't believe us? Check these shows that highlight different careers and nuggets of wisdom we’d like to keep notes on:
"It gets easier. Every day it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day—that’s the hard part. But it does get easier" - Jogging Baboon (Season 2, Finale)
For a show that is animated and fronted by humanoid animals with a few human characters among them, Bojack Horseman triggers our existential crisis more often than not. The show tackles relatable problems and bittersweet truths of human behavior through its complex protagonist, Bojack. The ongoing five-season series tells us the unglamorous bits of the showbiz industry, through its quirky (and complex) characters, witty one-liners, and a lot of way too real advice.
“It’s like all my life everyone’s told me, ‘you’re a shoe! You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe!’ Well, what if I don’t want to be a shoe? What if I wanna be a purse or a hat?” —Rachel Green (Season 1, episode 1)
rachel Green is the ultimate example of career persistence with her fair share of career difficulties. She started out as a waitress at Central Perk where she can’t make a decent cup of coffee or remember orders, to begin with. With sheer persistence (and of course, support from her FRIENDS), Rachel eventually clinches her dream job as a buyer for Ralph Lauren—even without experience. She inspires women everywhere to reach for the stars and not to be afraid to start at the bottom.
Bonus quote: “I can handle this. Handle is my middle name. Actually, handle is the middle of my first name.” —Chandler Bing, on shifting careers as a copywriter despite being a successful Data Analytics Transporter
"If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and start demanding more." - Cristina Yang (Season 2, episode 19)
Cristina Yang’s sass, skills, and one-liners make her an easy favorite. And her sheer determination to fight up for what she thinks she deserves—in love, career, and in life. So we leave it to Cristina Yang to give no filter advice on keeping your life together
There is always a heartwarming human connection to every story and character in Grey's Anatomy, probably one reason why the medical drama is on its 15th season and still counting.
“People will never be replaced by machines. In the end, life and business are about human connections. And computers are about trying to murder you in a lake. And to me the choice is easy." Michael Scott (Season 4, Episode 3)
The Office teaches us the human side of the corporate jungle through its hilarious antics and feel-good mockumentary style. Contrary to popular belief, corporate drones are not heartless robots, and The Office schools us on how it’s about finding the balance between being liked and respected—the true makings of a great person in the workforce.
Bonus quote: "You may look around and see two groups here: white collar, blue collar. But I don't see it that way, and you know why not? Because I am collar-blind." Michael Scott, on dividing the teams for a basketball competition
“I don’t think anyone wants to be one of a hundred colors in a box.” – Peggy Olson (Season 1, Episode 6)
A statement so simple yet it holds so much power coming from Peggy Olson, a secretary turned the first and only female writer in the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency. Set in the 1960s, an era of male dominance and rampant sexism in the workforce, Mad Men shows us the life (if there is such) in an advertising agency. Peggy struggled to fit in and did everything without question. Only when she spoke up against gender double standards and be herself did she get what she rightfully deserves—a place among the ranks of their agency’s greatest.
“Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place.” —Captain Ray Holt (Season 5, Episode 10)
Beneath the action and comedy of Brooklyn Nine-Nine lie bits of awww-worthy moments. This statement resonates to people who are struggling to be who they are, whether it’s speaking their ideas out or being open about one’s gender orientation. This heartwarming piece of advice from Captain Holt rings true to anyone in any situation.
RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race
"If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else!" RuPaul (literally every season and episode)
RuPaul’s Drag Race is more than just drag queens and elaborate wigs, gowns, and make up—it's all about empowerment and carrying one’s self with confidence. In flaunting charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent RuPaul’s Drag Race is the show that definitely deserves your “Yasss!”
Got other quotable quotes from your favorite TV show? Share in the comments section below. Happy binge-ing!