TV

Suits

Suits is one of my all-time favorite shows.  Well written, smart, witty entertainment.  Set in a top corporate law firm in New York City, this show deals with such finance topics as, corporate accounting and finance, investments, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and many many more.  Once you watch one episode you’ll be hooked.  There are a number of seasons, so binge watch to your hearts content.  You will not be disappointed.

 

Shark Tank

Shark Tank is a reality show where business owners and entrepreneurs come into “the tank” to pitch their business or product idea to a panel of successful business people.  They come seeking an investment in exchange for equity in the business and a partnership with an experienced business owner, the likes of Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Lori Grenier and Robert Herjavec.  If the sharks see value in a deal they fight over it to make an investment.  It’s a great look at entrepreneurship and business in America, how an idea can become a product and then grow into a business.  A great show for anyone interested in the business, investments, venture capital, entrepreneurship and the American Dream.

 

The Profit

The Profit is one of a many CNBC’s original series worth watching.  Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and investor, helps struggling businesses by investing his own money and time to right the ship.  He talks about the 3 P’s, people, process, and profit as the basis for a sound business model.  A great show to see the in’s and out’s of what to do and not to do when it comes to business.

How I made my millions

How I Made My Millions

This show is really fun because its just interviews with people who have made millions with their product or idea.  In most cases they were just average every day people who had a good idea for a product that they wanted and the market responded.  They became millionaires from something simple, and you can too.  What good idea do you have?

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American Greed

This show is interesting in the fact that it profiles, in most cases, really smart people that just got greedy.  They found a way to make a little money and then thought that if they just scammed a few people they could make a lot of money.  Greed is a real motivator and in some cases it causes people to do take advantage of others to get even richer.  It’s like the old adage say, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” This show profiles those that love making money no matter who gets hurt in the process.  Stacy Keech narrates the show which is excellent.

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Flea Market Flip

My wife loves this show.  She refinishes furniture for a living, so this show is kind of a peak into that world.  The premise of the show is giving two teams some seed money to find things at a flea market that they can then turn into something functional, like a chair or a desk, and then sell for a profit at a flea market.  It’s neat to watch the creative transformation process of taking some old junk and turning it into something that a young hipster would buy for their studio loft apartment.  The best part is that you can take the principles from this show and apply them to your own little side hustle of refinishing or repurposing things you find at a flea market, yard sale or even something lying around your own house.

House Flipping Shows

There are a number of house flipping shows out there and I love all of them.  Despite the fact that it’s reality television, and there’s a ton of drama and suspense, you can actually learn quite a bit about the economics of real estate investing.  They are both entertaining and educational.  Check out any of them and you’ll be a fan too.

(Flip this House, Flipping Vegas, Flip or Flop, Fixer Upper, Desert Flippers, Vintage Flip)

The Deed

The concept of this show is very similar to The Profit, with a real estate twist.  Instead of a millionaire business owner, it’s a millionaire real estate developer or investor that helps struggling investors with their fix and flips, or their development projects that have gotten out of hand.  I love it because it deals with real estate and walks through the financing and deal making that takes place to get a real estate project done.  In most cases the investor is able to help by partnering, financing or buying out the project to save the deal.  I highly recommend this show.  It’s a good one.

 

The Apprentice

I remember when the pilot came out for the show, I knew I was gonna like the show.  The original show, before they started doing all the celebrity stuff, was really really good.  Taking super accomplished, highly educated individuals and giving them business tasks week after week was just great television.  Competition, business, big egos and a chance to work for The Donald was what made this one of my favorite shows of all time.

undercover boss

Undercover Boss

I love the concept of this show.  A boss going undercover to work for his/her own company.  Doing the dirty jobs, or the entry level jobs and getting an interesting insight on how their employees really feel about their jobs, the company and management.  In many cases its an eye opening experience and the boss re-commits to doing a better job looking out for their employees since they have walked the proverbial mile in them.  It’s one you can watch and enjoy with the whole family.

Advertising

The Pitch

This show was only on for like one season but I ate it up.  Such a cool concept.  The Pitch is reality show about the advertising and marketing world.  A company like Little Caesars is looking for a new ad campaign, so a few different groups work on a pitch and present it.  The winner gets the contract to be the advertiser for the company.  It shows the planning and strategic process behind the scenes and the creative side of how advertising campaigns are devised and carried out.  If you can find this show on your streaming device or YouTube it is well worth your time.  Like many other shows that have gone away for one reason or another, I wish this one was still around.