Hands up who loves a good boxset! *raises all the hands* There’s nothing quite like settling down on the sofa or, in my case, laying diagonally on a king-sized bed because you don’t have to share it with anyone, getting your favourite snacks out and binging on not only Doritos, but a new series on TV. Yes, I should probably get out more, but actually, I’m quite happy chilling at home, and I have watched some cracking TV programmes lately, so thought I’d share them with you. So here are the TV shows I think you must watch right now!
This show is on Netflix and is billed as a cross between Fargo and Breaking Bad. It’s dark, the writing is brilliant, you become invested in all the characters (the key to a great show) and it’s a really unique storyline. All I’ll say is a financial advisor becomes a drug baron … well, something like that. Jason Bateman, who I’ve only ever seen in comedy roles before, plays one of the main leads (and, I believe, produced the show), stars alongside Laura Linney, who have had a massive girl crush on ever since I saw her in The Big C. There are ten episodes, it’s not suitable for children, and I was absolutely gutted when it ended. Fingers crossed there’s a second series, there is definitely scope for one.
2. TOP OF THE LAKE
I know this series has been around for a while, and the second season has just ended, but a couple of friends recently recommended it, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Plus it features my other girl crush (I do have quite a few), Elisabeth Moss. Set in New Zealand, it follows the story of a pregnant 12-year-old girl who goes missing and Moss is the Detective assigned to her case. Alongside that main story, is the story of Moss herself, and again, the supporting actors are all really important to the overall feel of the show. I’m only on episode 4, season 1, but so far it has got me hooked.
3. THE HANDMAID’S TALE
This book adaptation by Margaret Attwood has just finished on Channel 4, but you will still be able to catch up on All 4 … and OH MY GOD, you really should! The basic premise of the story is that there’s been a war, most women have lost all of their rights and fertile women must now become ‘handmaids’ for barren women and their commander husbands. It is messed up. Very scary. VERY dark. And also, worryingly possible. I know that sounds a little far-fetched but watch it and you’ll see what I mean. Also featuring Elisabeth Moss, this is TV at its best. A fantastic soundtrack, coupled with understated acting (you’d be amazed at how much Moss can convey with just one look), and a storyline that is fairly close to the book (and the additions to the TV series only serve to enhance the overall story in my opinion), it’s a must-see programme. You won’t be disappointed … but you might be a little bit scared.
4. 13 REASONS WHY
I feel I should preface this with a warning – the subject of this series is teenage suicide, and it’s a hard watch, especially towards the end, but I think it’s an important story to tell … that of a young woman who felt she had no way out, other than suicide. Each episode of this show is dedicated to one person in her life who she feels has had an impact on her life, and how they all added up to make her feel the way she did. I’m not usually a fan of American teen programmes, but this is very different.
5. BLACK MIRROR
I watched this programme (there are 3 seasons) ages ago but I keep going back to it. It’s fantastic. They are stand-alone, hour-long dramas and are very dark, with each show set in a Dystopian world, not too far removed from our own. Watch out for San Junipero, a beautiful episode, my favourite. Other episodes, much harder to watch … especially the one where the Prime Minister has to have sex with a pig. I kid you not.
An honorary mention must, of course, go to Love Island (judge all you like), and the shows I always go back to, time and time again – The Office (UK obv), Extras, The Trip and The Inbetweeners … I just never get bored of them! And programmes I still want to watch, Big Little Lies, Glow and I need to catch up on Game of Thrones.
What are your favourite shows right now?