What media are like caffeine for your hustle?
April 12, 2016 11:50 AM   Subscribe

Two years ago I started working really hard. I was an underemployed dishwasher and broke and depressed and I decided I was done with all of that. Now I'm doubling down and getting ready for the LSAT. Being a good husband and advocate is a huge motivation for me, but I want to keep the pep in my step so I can keep kicking ass. What should I watch to keep my drive going?

I love Hamilton, The West Wing, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington , and Mountains Beyond Mountains. They all help me hear stories of people fighting hard for what they believe in and overcoming fear to help others. Watching an episode of the West Wing always helps me buck up and study harder. What else should I watch, listen to or read to keep me inspired? It doesn't have to involve law or politics, but it can't be cynical! Thanks so much!
posted by skookumsaurus rex to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Parks and Recreation.
posted by maybeandroid at 11:57 AM on April 12, 2016 [5 favorites]

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, the recent version. I cant reccomend it highly enough.
posted by WalkerWestridge at 12:03 PM on April 12, 2016 [5 favorites]

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix; Season 2 available Friday) is the opposite of cynical.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 12:23 PM on April 12, 2016 [3 favorites]

Maybe some episodes of The Moth Radio Hour podcast?
posted by wenestvedt at 12:24 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

The first couple seasons of Buffy!

And The Shawshank Redemption, but only if you like crying a lot at the (happy) end of movies.
posted by praemunire at 12:26 PM on April 12, 2016 [2 favorites]

The Good Wife
posted by matildaben at 12:37 PM on April 12, 2016 [3 favorites]

Janelle Monae, Q.U.E.E.N.
posted by thetortoise at 1:06 PM on April 12, 2016

The English Surgeon - think it should still be on Amazon video. Amazing and makes me want to go out there and kick ass at whatever I'm trying to get good at - if Henry Marsh can do it, under those conditions, then I god damn as well can too.
posted by un petit cadeau at 1:31 PM on April 12, 2016

The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith - based on a true story!
posted by Shadow Boxer at 1:59 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

Madame Secretary
posted by slidell at 1:59 PM on April 12, 2016

I've often used American Movie to recharge my passion.
posted by rlk at 2:11 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

ER! Early seasons.
posted by telegraph at 2:20 PM on April 12, 2016

The Newsroom
posted by unknowncommand at 3:42 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

DailyVee - A video log of Gary Vaynerchuk, following him on his regular 18 hours work days.
posted by Sonic_Molson at 3:52 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

The Martian. If that guy can drive across mars, I can fill out a few damn forms, or do a few dishes.
posted by gregglind at 7:00 PM on April 12, 2016 [3 favorites]

This is all great, guys! I marked the ones I haven't seen/listened to as the best answers but yes, Parks & Rec, The Martian, and The Newsroom are all right on the money. Keep 'em coming if you have more!
posted by skookumsaurus rex at 10:34 PM on April 12, 2016

Better Call Saul, The Paper Chase, and Michael Clayton come to mind, given your legal inclinations. Cynical but heroic.
posted by banishedimmortal at 4:07 AM on April 13, 2016

Naruto, if you're into anime. It's all about how hard work and never giving up pay off big time for some young ninjas.
posted by J. Wilson at 4:37 AM on April 13, 2016

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