I have done nothing but watch TV since we went into lockdown meaning I have made my way through most of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV, Disney+, BBC IPlayer and the ITV Hub. I am quickly running out of things to watch and I suspect most people are in the same boat so I thought I would start recommending the TV shows that I enjoy the most.
Umbrella Academy – Netflix
When Umbrella Academy first came out it didn’t interest me at all. My Dad and sister then watched it, recommended it and I still didn’t watch it as they don’t have the best track record when it comes to recommending TV shows. Umbrella Academy looked like it was going to be another cringy, over-dramatized science-fiction flop but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I decided to put it on in the background while I did some work and ended up ditching the work and watching the whole series in one sitting. It is a fun, quick paced program with great actors and a brilliant story line and if you haven’t watched it, I strongly recommend you do. Season two came out not to long ago so you have 20 episodes to watch before you get absolutely hooked and have to wait at minimum another year before season three.
After life – Netflix
After Life is something I wanted to watch before it even came out. I enjoy Ricky Gervais and his comedy but the thing that drew me to it most was the premise of the show. A man who has lost the love of his life and has decided to kill himself, before he does that though he is going to act however he wants, doesn’t care about anything and feels he has no consequences because he can just kill himself whenever he wants. The show manages to pull at the heart strings while keeping me comically entertained and tackles serious issues such as death, mental health, suicide, drugs and dementia.
Community – Netflix
Community is just one of those funny, witty and crazy TV shows with unpredictable outcomes and unbelievable story lines that make it so enjoyable. The cast includes Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Chevy Chase, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Yevette Nicole Brown and many more amazing actors. The show is about a bunch of people all different ages and from different backgrounds forming a study group while in community college and it is honestly so good. The show continuously references the fact they are in a TV show and do parodies of block buster movies. Not to mention is was created by Dan Harmon who is a writer for Rick and Morty and is directed by The Russo Brothers who also directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. They promised six seasons and a movie and you bet I’ll be the first in line to see the movie when it ever gets made.
Peaky Blinders – Netflix/BBC IPlayer
I do like a good drama and I especially like gangsters so Peaky Blinders is perfect. Its just a good old-fashioned gangster show with amazing acting and gripping story lines that have me absolutely hooked. I am attached to the characters and like with most gangster shows, you never know who’s safe. The show ends every season with a time jump so they can put their characters into new situations quickly without it feeling forced or unrealistic. Obviously, the show is based on the real gang the Peaky Blinders but doesn’t follow their story or real-life members in any way meaning they can really do whatever they want in the show and explore a lot of different issues with other gangs, police and their characters story lines.
Archer – Netflix
When this show was introduced to me, I had no interest at all. I had never watched an adult cartoon I like (apart from maybe Family Guy) and so I just expected it to be another rude collection of forced comedy and no story line. I was wrong. This was one of the first cartoons I had watched that followed actual story lines and gave consequences to the characters actions. It is about an intelligence agency called ISIS and the crazy antics the staff get up to all focused around the main character, Stirling Archer. He is a playboy, alcoholic, self-centered man who happens to be the worlds best secret agent. Sort of a less elegant James bond.
Chernobyl – HBO/Now TV
I am a sucker for true story TV shows and movies and so I was so excited to watch this show. It came out, got raving reviews and definitely lived up to the hype. The show is so heart-breaking and shocking showing us an insight into what happened and how the disaster actually occurred in the first place. The acting in the show is truly amazing and I honestly had my mouth open in shock finding out how much the Chernobyl disaster was covered up and lied about. The story starts with the disaster and the following episodes deal with trying to fix the problem and cover up what happened to the rest of the world. The characters are based on real people with one woman representing the real-life team that where involved with discovering what had happened. I think it might be one of the best things I’ve ever watched.
I hope these suggestions give you some inspiration of things to watch. I wouldn’t recommend something I don’t genuinely enjoy and I think other people will enjoy these too. I have so many more TV shows I would love to talk about and so I am going to make more posts like this in the future. I am trying not to spend all day and night watching TV but as there is nothing else to do right now, I might as well.
‘We didn’t choose this life. We’re just living in it.’ ~ Number Five, The Umbrella Academy
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