Thanh Le is a rising star in ONE Championship.
The Vietnamese-American has three consecutive knockout victories in The Home Of Martial Arts and could get a crack at the ONE Featherweight World Title very soon.
Like the rest of the athletes on the promotion’s talent-rich roster, the 34-year-old constantly works hard to improve his fitness and mixed martial arts skills.
Even though the COVID-19 global pandemic has affected his normal routine, he has continued to find ways to sharpen his tools and get his workout in.
After a long day of working out, however, the featherweight contender likes to relax and binge-watch some of his favorite shows. These programs help brighten up his day and satisfy his thirst for entertainment.
So if you are looking for some good recommendations, then check out Le’s favorite TV shows and learn why you should binge-watch them on your downtime.
One of the most popular shows over the past decade is the American version of The Office, and just like millions of fans across the globe, Le can’t get enough of it.
The mockumentary sitcom follows the lives of the employees at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and all of the peculiar situations they encounter on a daily basis.
Le’s favorite character is Jim Halpert, one of the main pranksters on the show. However, he doesn’t necessarily connect with John Krasinski’s portrayal of the sales executive because of his jokes. The Vietnamese-American loves the relationship between the character and his girlfriend/future wife, Pam Beesly.
“I always watch the show with my wife, so watching Jim and Pam interact is really cool, and it reminds me a little bit of how we met because we met at work,” Le reveals.
“Some of the things carry over as far as keeping things about the relationship quiet and then being out in the open, and leaving the office where you met.
“It’s cool to see that take on it. I just kind of fell in love with those characters, so it was cool to follow along with them all through the seasons.”
The “go-to” show for the Vietnamese-American is the animated classic, Family Guy.
Seth MacFarlane’s television program about the Griffin family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island, USA, is still going strong after 18 seasons. It provides comfort for the featherweight contender.
“I’ll just put that on, and it just plays in the background as I get ready to go to bed,” Le says.
The cast of unique characters makes it easy for most fans to fall in love with the show, but the Vietnamese-American’s favorite character happens to be Stewie, the family’s genius baby who speaks in an English accent and often plots fairly elaborate schemes.
This animated comedy provides Le with a relaxing way to end his evenings after a long day of training.
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Another one of Le’s favorite programs is the business reality television series, Shark Tank.
The show features a panel of the world’s most successful business titans – including Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner, and Barbara Corcoran – who act as the “sharks.”
These sharks hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs and must decide if they want to invest in those companies.
As a former business school attendee, Le loves watching how the negotiations between the sharks and the entrepreneurial hopefuls play out.
“I like the whole ‘trying to sell you my business, trying to sell you my product, trying to sell you on my work ethic’ angle,” the featherweight says.
“I like the shark’s side of it, where they’re trying to make a business decision in a short period of time – and they’re not dealing with small amounts of money either.
“It’s cool to see everybody’s questions and answers, and how some of the participants run into roadblocks. Like, how do they get past them? How do they talk their way out of it? Or do they have the right answers, and are they really prepared and have a solid business plan?
“That’s always been an interest for me – as far as building a business, looking at the marketing and advertising side of things, and where to put your money.”
One more program the featherweight athlete is hooked on is Schitt’s Creek, which stars the show’s creators Eugene Levy of American Pie fame, and his son, Daniel.
The critically-acclaimed Canadian sitcom wrapped up its sixth and final season earlier this month, but Le hasn’t entirely caught up yet.
“Schitt’s Creek is a good one. My wife put me on to that, and I’ve been watching it with her,” he explains. “I’ve seen everything all the way up to the first three episodes of the final season. I’ve watched everything else that’s been out.”
The show follows the Rose family’s fall from grace.
When former video rental chain owner Johnny Rose and his famous wife, Moira, lose their fortune, they move with their adult children, David and Alexis, to Schitt’s Creek – a small town they once bought as a joke – to restart their life.
Throughout the course of the series, these superficial characters slowly adjust to their new lifestyle and gain an appreciation for their rural surroundings. However, there are plenty of shenanigans along the way.
“I like it because it doesn’t take itself too seriously,” Le says. “It’s just a lot of funny stuff thrown into a hectic show. I think that’s very similar to my life.”