by Brandy D. Anderson
Chatting about your favourite television shows is one of the most fun things to do on Twitter. While many shows have an online presence these days, some are much more engaging than others. The best Twitter accounts will offer a plethora of interesting content, as they engage with fans, and just provide an all-around fun atmosphere. These five (six) official Twitter tv show accounts do all of that and more:
About: “Official Twitter account for Reign, airing Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW!”
If you’re not up to speed on Reign, it’s an angsty historical drama about Mary, the Queen of Scotland, and her betrothal, and subsequent marriage to, Francis, the Dauphin of France. The Twitter site for this show is updated constantly, and all of the posts are really fun, too. For instance, they have a series of embedded costume videos, where Meredith Markworth-Pollack, the costume designer, gives you a detailed look inside the making of the luxurious wardrobes. The latest feature focuses on Queen Catherine, played by Megan Follows, and Markworth-Pollack shows you the costumes up close. Then you get to see an accompanying clip of the actor wearing the clothes, with Markworth-Pollack providing tidbits about the production of each piece. It’s really neat. Many of the cast and crew members are actively involved on Twitter, and this official account retweets many posts, particularly from star Torrance Coombs (Bash) and principle writer and show creator Laurie McCarthy, who loves to give away little teasing tidbits about upcoming story lines.
About: “The official Twitter account of #BatesMotel. Seasons 1 & 2 available on iTunes & Netflix. Season 3 premieres Mondays at 9/8c on@AETV.”
Bates Motel is a moody neo-noir pre-quel to the famous Hitchcockian classic, Psycho. The show’s official Twitter is sure to please any fan, and is updated incessantly with wonderful material like embedded videos, memes, quotes, and teasers. There are frequent retweets from cast and crew members (particularly from Nestor Carbonell, who plays Sheriff Romero, and Vera Farmigia, “mother”, aka Norma Bates), as well as a lot of retweets from fans. Keeping the dark (very dark) comedic tone, the tweets on this page tease the story lines in a tantalizing fashion, like last night’s tweet “Beware of Mother’s words. #BatesMotel” and the sickly pathetic “Is he losing her? #BatesMotel” with wonderful gifs for each post. A number of the actors “live tweet” with fans, and their comments and answers are always tongue-in-cheek, which fits right in with the show’s dark irony.
About: “The official Twitter for ABC’s Scandal.”
This is a Shonda Rhimes show, so if you like the drama of Grey’s Anatomy, you’ll probably enjoy this one, too. Instead of taking place within the sterile white walls of a hospital, the action of Scandal moves inside the hallowed halls of Washington, D.C. The official Twitter page for this show is full of embedded video recaps, of course, but it also has a lot of funny little bits full of specific jokes for fans. Yesterday’s tweet: “Oh snap! Mellie #BossLady Grant! Here is a great reason to turn on the DVR and watch this great episode of #Scandal”. There are a lot of fun retweets of artwork created by fans. There are neat photos of the cast, both on-set and off, you’ll find links to clips of the show on YouTube, and they even throw out the occasional character quote for good measure.
About: “The official Twitter for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, a Netflix original series. Season 3 premieres June 12, exclusively on@Netflix. #OITNB”
This is a quirky Netflix original dramedy about a middle-class woman who gets arrested, and subsequently incarcerated, for a crime she committed ten years previously. The humour is befitting of a prison comedy, and it translates well to their official Twitter account. There are loads of funny show memes, like last night’s “You got any of those oatmeal pies that leave the oily residue? #OITNB” and “I’m not an alcoholic, I’m an Australian.” There are also tweets with hiliarous inside jokes like “Snatch sisters for life, yo #OITNB”, “Spinach over diamonds any day. #SaidNoWomanEver #OITNB”, and “Sorry we’re picking all the peaches, Boo. We’re tryin’ to make a cobbler. #OITNB”. There’s even “SOSO SING-A-LONG” animated graphic art.
About: “The official Twitter profile for#ParksandRec. “
Parks and Rec is a funny NBC comedy done in a similar mockmentary format as The Office. It follows the silly exploits of Parks and Rec deputy director Leslie Knope, nurse Ann, and their doofy acquaintances. The official Twitter account maintains the show’s oddball sense of humour with hilarious embedded video clips, memes, and quotes. Today’s clip reminds you to “Just keep swiveling #March31isReal #ParksandRec”. There’s also some scary “You know what day it is…” pics with closeups of the back of a bright blue speedo. However, some of the most fun tweets are the ones where they caption a screen cap with a character quote, such as the one featuring Leslie with the caption: “Guys love it when you can show them you’re better than they are at something they love” with the added “Questionable” on top of the photo. The account also celebrates important holidays, like last week’s National Waffle Day, with an appropriate picture and crudely drawn asides (“Yes – No – Waffles”). I’ll leave you with this recent meme: “I tried to make ramen in the coffee pot and I broke everything.”
About: “Official Psych page.”
Psych is a USA network crime comedy which aired from 2006 – 2014. It focused on a funny, crazy, lovable “psychic” detective who really isn’t psychic at all, he merely passes off his brilliant Sherlockian powers of deduction as a supernatural power. He’s silly and his bromance with best friend Guster form the cornerstone of this original show. Even though the show is over, it still had to be included in this list because, up until the show’s recent end, this Twitter account was, without a doubt, the most engaging and interactive official tv show account out there. Constantly interacting with fans, this account always retweeted posts indicative of the enthusiasm and love held by fans, the cast, and the crew. They held massive slumber parties around the world (parties in which fans, cast, and crew all participated) during Psych marathons, they retweeted fan photos of homemade forts and pineapple art. Psych was just a fun, friendly, and entertaining show, and its Twitter counterpart perfectly captured its fun spirit. The show may be over (for now…), but the Twitter account still posts the occasional retweet and shout-out.
‘With six you get pineapple!’