What Shakespeare Play To Check Out, Based On Your Favorite TV Show

Sure, a new TV season has kicked off and you’re sampling which shows are binge-worthy and water-cooler convo requirements. But, really, don’t you want to look back a few months from now and feel a little more cultured? A little more prepared for your office trivia night? A little more confident in what “wherefore art thou?” actually means? Wading through the complete works of Shakespeare can be daunting. Luckily, your DVR has invaluable insight into which of the Bard’s works you should tackle first.

If you watch Game of Thrones, try Julius Caesar

Like Game of Thrones, Julius Caesar is all about power— who deserves to have it, who can handle it, and how it should be wielded it once it’s won. There’s also overlap in how you’ll root for certain characters. Those who seem like classic villains can be humanized over the course of the play.

If you watch The Fosters, try Romeo and Juliet

Beyond the obvious star-crossed lovers parallels (and the truly excellent Romeo and Juliet musical the show staged) the two share the drama and earnestness only narratives driven by teens can have. Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest love stories ever told, and a great example of well-written adolescent angst.

If you watch American Horror Story: Coven, try Macbeth

If you were the kid who loved Hocus Pocus and The Craft, Macbeth will satisfy your need for fictional witches. But Macbeth, like Coven, also examines how someone can become twisted in their grab for power, and even more twisted in their desperation to keep it.

If you watch Grey‘s Anatomy, try The Winter’s Tale

There are no surgeons in The Winter’s Tale or vengeful kings in Grey’s Anatomy (yet, give them time). But both are filled with domino deaths, unknown familial connections that are suddenly brought to light, and love connections that only get more tangled as time goes on. Play a Snow Patrol album as you read for the full effect.

If You Watch The Mindy Project, try Much Ado About Nothing

Mindy Kaling has always talked about how her love of rom-coms influences her show, and Much Ado About Nothing is a classic rom-com—people in love with obstacles thrown in their way to create conflict, but who, in the end, you know will be together forever. Plus, fun banter.

If You Watch Unreal, try A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Because you like to know about the story behind the story, to watch the puppet masters create the illusion of love where there is none and to break up young love just as it starts. The comically ridiculous side characters help to move the story along.

If You Watch Lost, try The Tempest

Both stories are giant bottle episodes told with seemingly endless combinations of characters marooned on the same island. Each mess around with perceptions,  the characters’ and the audiences’. One does, however, have a more satisfying ending than the other (and any true Lost fan can guess which is which).