The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of August 4, 2014

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.


Chasing Life: S1E9

Chasing Life

Tuesday at 9pm on ABC Family

Why: April's preparing for her hospitalization and aggressive chemo treatment, and there's obviously going to be some drama before she checks herself in.

Prepare to talk about: How April's handling her impending chemo treatment, and whether Sara, Beth, and Leo are kind of awful sometimes.




Top Chef Duels: S1E1

Top Chef Duels (Series Premiere)

Wednesday at 10pm on Bravo

Why: People love Top Chef. People love Iron Chef. This is like a mashup of the two with its combination of head-to-head challenges and beloved (and hated) former TC contestants!

Prepare to talk about: Whether this show is really necessary when we already have Top Chef AND Top Chef: Masters, whether the food tastes better/worse than it looks, and which contestant is just the worst.




Outlander: S1E1

Outlander (Series Premiere)

Saturday at 9pm on Starz

Why: The Outlander book series has a crazy rabid following, and the plot involves involuntary time travel, bodice ripping, and the Scottish Highlands.

Prepare to talk about: Whether it can compete with premium cable's other prestige fantasy dramas Penny Dreadful and Game of Thrones, how many people will want to have Outlander-themed costume parties this year, and how you've been inspired to plan a trip to Scotland.



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Aug 5, 2014 10:03AM EDT

We don't have Starz but if we did, "The Outlander" would be right up there at the top of our list! I'm still reading (and re-reading) this series. It is just magnificent and I KNOW this show will have a tremendous following and be a huge winner! We can only hope later on it comes out on Netflix (that we do have).

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Aug 5, 2014 5:38PM EDT

Everyone seems to be super excited about Outlander!

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