It’s still the depths of winter, despite all the fun of the festive season being over. So, I don’t think you can judge me for the amount of time I’ve spent curating this list of TV shows to binge. It’s been an indoor month, okay?
This will probably be a long one since I’ve written a little summary/review of my own under each ‘official’ summary of the show. Hopefully some of you will discover a new favourite!
Grace & Frankie
‘Finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last 20 years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.’ IMDB
If you love Modern Family, you will adore Grrace and Frankie. I honestly can’t recommend this show enough. Two women in their 70s, chalk and cheese, forced to live together because their husbands are in love and have been having a homosexual affair for twenty years. Even if you take Grace and Frankie out of the equation, the ‘supporting cast’ is incredible and genuinely hilarious. It’s one of the only currently running shows which makes me laugh every episode.
‘After the death of one of the rich and popular Blossom twins on the 4th of July, the small town of Riverdale investigates the murder. The series starts in September, the beginning of a new school year, that brings with it new students, relationships, and reveals the mysteries of the past 4th of July.’ IMDB
This is a guilty pleasure, I will admit. The writing is questionable, acting is even more questionable, but I’m obsessed. A large part of my obsession comes in the form of Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) who is this angsty ball of sex appeal. I’m not ashamed to be a huge fan of this show because it’s easy, comforting and pretty weird. Give it a go, just ignore some of the cheese if you can.
The Good Place
‘The Good Place is a town where those who have been good throughout their lives go once they have passed away. Michael is the architect who oversees the town. Eleanor arrives at the Good Place and realises she doesn’t deserve to be there. With the help of Chidi, Eleanor tries to right her wrongs seeking to finally earn her spot in the Good Place.’ IMDB
10/10, incredible show. Just watch it. Watch it. I watched the first episode and was like ‘huh, this might be cool.’ – I was very, very right. I am Michael, Michael is me, he’s amazing. Chidi will melt your heart. Also, the show is surprisingly interesting in terms of ethical and moral conundrums. Does doing good things make you a good person if you’re only doing them in order to reach paradise? Moral dessert theory. It’s fascinating and hilarious.
‘ Yorkshire police sergeant Catherine Cawood pursues the man who assaulted her late daughter, unaware he is now part of a secret kidnapping plot.’ Netflix
Hooray for British crime dramas which are dark, intelligent, and feature a strong female lead. Sarah Lancashire will always have my heart and she absolutely excels in this show. It’s creepy and genuinely frightening at times but also tugs at your heartstrings quite a bit.
Line of Duty
‘A drama about the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit.’ BBC
Line of Duty is one of those shows where all the episodes stand alone nicely, but then you watch the whole thing and make a billion new discoveries and connections about the plot that you didn’t see on the way. Basically, it’s police investigating police. Police officers obviously know how to get away with things, so it’s really entertaining to watch.
‘A woman suspects her husband of having an affair. After following several lines of inquiry far more unravels including a streak of violence below the surface.’ IMDB
*evil laughter* If you like women: crazy, intelligent, fierce women, then watch this fucking show. I’ve never screeched so much at a screen. You can’t watch this without being unbelievably invested in every minute. The summary doesn’t do it justice; this isn’t just a woman scorned. Doctor Foster is about a gender imbalance, betrayal, secret battles and some seriously sick tricks played on each other. Watch it.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
‘Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin explore extraordinary homes built in mountain, forest, coast and underground locations around the world.’ BBC
Okay, so this is a bit of a change of pace. I adore houses and interior design and gardens and home improvement, so this show is kinda porn for me. Caroline Quentin brings a much needed slice of humour to the whole thing, so it’s not just an architect looking around some nice houses, it’s actually entertaining to watch.
The End of the F***ing World
‘James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a road trip in search of her real father.’
This one hurt my freaking heart. I fell deeply in love with James and his relationship with Alyssa. There’s something really beautiful about this show, despite its dark elements. This is dark, British humour at its very best and I will watch it over and over until I die. (If you’ve seen it, didn’t the “I don’t wanna hold your hand” moment just break your heart into splinters??)
Stalked: Someone’s Watching
‘Watch as everyday people become victims of relentless stalkers in Stalked: Someone’s Watching. From an emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, to a “friendly” new neighbour, to a harmless crush gone awry, hear from the victims themselves, if they were lucky enough to survive.’ IMDB
Another change of pace, this show does what it says on the tin – but in a very cheesy and American way. It’s basically telling the stories of people who have experienced stalking. I really enjoy this because I’m twisted, but also because I’m interested in stalking cases and the different laws in place to protect victims around the world. I find it horrifying that in most cases police/officials can’t step in until there’s an act of physical violence.
‘Follow the misadventures of sassy property managers and their troublesome renters in this reality series filmed in New Zealand.’
One more home show, just for luck. I honestly think it’s the New Zealanders which sell this programme. It follows a much of property managers around the island while they deal with the mess some renters have left behind. Suffice to say, there’s usually some really weird shit left in the abandoned homes.
‘After thirteen years held captive by her kidnapper, Ivy Moxam escapes.’ BBC
This BBC drama is fabulous. Ivy escapes from her captor in the first episode and the series (5 episodes) follows her re-integration into her family and society. It’s fascinating and kinda creepy at times.
Stacey Dooley Investigates
‘Stacey Dooley investigates current affairs issues affecting young people around the world.’ BBC
This set of series is really interesting because Stacey is investigating relatively different topics. I really enjoyed (/ wanted to scream in anger at) the episode about female treatment in Russia – Russia’s War on Women.
‘Crime drama series. DI Kip Glaspie leads the investigation into the unexplained shooting of Abdullah Asif, a pizza delivery driver and Syrian refugee.’ BBC
This is just a four-part series and only the first episode is out right now. But, I have a feeling it’s going to be really good. It’s also a small Doctor Who reunion since Billy Piper and The Master (yeah, I don’t know his human name) are ex-partners in it. Give it a go if you’re into crime and murder and such.
Love & Hate Crime
‘Documentary series about hate crime in the US told through murders.’ BBC
I bloody love this documentary series. So far we’ve had gang related murder (sort of..), racially motivated murder and a murder captured on camera by a lunatic stalker. Each episode will surprise you with its detail and the violence it portrays.
Inside No.9 (seasons 1&2 available on Prime, recent season 4 episodes available on iPlayer)
Just the one suggestion for Prime, since I’m not an avid watcher. Outlander and Vikings are pretty good, but I haven’t watched either for a long time. Anyway, Inside No.9 is easily the best thing the BBC has produced in a while. The first two series are available on Prime and I binged them in a day. Some episodes actually scared me, embarrassed as I am to say that! Think Black Mirror meets The Wrong Mans. It’s a new idea each episode, but the cast remains the same – just in new characters. An example of an episode: a group of people play sardines at an engagement party and chaos ensues. Waaaaatch it!
That’s all for now! I hope your February warms up a little; but if not, let me know which shows you binge.
If you’ve made it this far, I hope you enjoy these pics of beautiful, broody Juggy