Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you something a little bit different. I know this is a book blog, but today I want to talk about television. I watch a lot of TV. Now, when I say that to people they usually cringe, but it’s true; I watch a lot of TV. This doesn’t mean that I watch a lot of Jeremy Kyle or Real Housewives – though there’s nothing wrong with that – but that I like to watch all kinds of shows. I love books which shows how much I love stories and television is just another format for people to tell a story. For some reason it isn’t given the acclaim that books and film do, but I think that it definitely deserves it and there are some incredible TV shows out there.
So in this post I will be talking about my top 10 favourite TV shows that are actually good and you should definitely watch. I will be adding the trailer to the first season of each show plus a link to where you can watch this show. All of the streaming services do have a free trail available but you can also buy the box sets of these shows or find your own way to watch them.
1. Game of Thrones
Where to watch: Now TV
So I thought I’d get the most obvious one out of the way to begin with. If you’re on the internet and you haven’t heard of Game of Thrones I’d be baffled. I’m sure you’re all aware of the hype surrounding this show but I can assure you that it is well deserved.
Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama based of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, Game of Thrones has several plot lines and a large ensemble cast and centers on three primary story arcs.
The first few episodes can be quite difficult to get into and it took me 2 attempts to watch this show. There are so many characters in different places with so much going on with each plot line it’s difficult to keep track when you don’t know who’s who or what’s going on. But once you get the hang of it you will get sucked into this magical world of gore and politics and you will never turn back.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy is a show that was huge for me growing up. Once again, I’m sure you’re all aware of this show even if you have not watched it and it has definitely become part of the sci-fi canon. Buffy is about a teenage girl who one day discovers she is a vampire slayer. This is not a fate she can escape and the show follows her trying to juggle school, a teenage life and the fact that vampires are constantly trying to kill her and other people.
Buffy was huge for me, and other people, as it is often thought to have revolutionised feminism in the way it was portrayed in television. Buffy is not only physically strong – and badass – but she is a complex and deep female character who is never over sexualised. She was someone I looked up to and this show means a lot to me. On top of that it’s actually well written with good story lines and characters.
3. Orphan Black
Where do I begin with Orphan Black? I love this show. It’s one of my favourite shows of all time. Orphan Black follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah. After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes the identity of the stranger — who happens to look just like her. When Sarah gets caught up in Beth’s life she discovers that this is much bigger than just the two of them, meeting several other identical women.
If you need any reason to watch this show, watch it for Tatiana Maslany alone. She is incredible and steals the show and deserves so many awards for her roles in this show. This stole my heart from the very beginning and I never lost interest, even after the show has ended. I don’t think I have a bad word to say about this show. Please watch it.
You know Doctor Who, right? Well meet its big brother, Torchwood. This show follows John Barrowman’s character Captain Jack Harkness and his life in 20th century Earth after he is abandoned at the end of the first season of ‘New Who’. This is everything Doctor Who is but with sex and swearing – it’s Doctor Who for adults. It’s awesome and it’s set in Cardiff which just makes me love it even more.
I watched this show a lot as a teenager and I probably love it even more than I love Doctor Who. I love the characters, I love the cast, I love the books and audio dramas that accompany the show. I even love the fourth season which has a bit of a divide from the fans. This show is awesome and if you like Doctor Who – or just sci-fi – you should definitely check it out.
5. American Crime Story
American Crime Story is a series that dramatises different crime stories of America. Pretty self explanatory. Now, I will admit that I have only seen the first season so far, but it was incredible. Season one – The People Vs. OJ Simpson – looks at the trial surround the death of Nicole Brown Simpson. For me I really enjoyed this show not only because it is incredibly written and the acting is amazing, but because it taught me about something that happened in our immediate past. I don’t know a lot about what happened twenty years ago, thirty years ago, eighty years ago, and so shows like this teach me about something people often refer to or talk about.
What I found most enticing about this show was how I found myself rooting both for and against both sides of the trial. I found myself wanting both of them to win, I wanted justice for the side I though was right, but I also hated both sides. At the same time, this writing has you cheering for the bad guy and against the ‘good guys’ and has you doubting what’s going to happen even though you know exactly what’s coming.
6. Black Mirror
7. The Crown
Where to watch: Netflix
The Crown follows a dramatised version of Queen Elizabeth II’s life from the moment she took the crown. Like American Crime Story, for me I loved this show as it teaches me about the immediate past. I say the immediate past because there are people still alive who lived through this – of course there are – but that’s what I mean. I could get up and go and talk to someone about where they were when all of this was happening – I couldn’t do that with the battle of Hastings or the French Revolution.
Claire Foy is incredible in this show and I am so sad I won’t get to see more of her (though I am excited to see Olivia Coleman.) I thought this show was going to be so dull but I don’t think I can press how interesting and entertaining it actually is. Give it a try, you might surprise yourself with how much you enjoy it.
Where to watch: Netflix
I don’t know where to begin with explaining what Sense8 is about. Like Game of Thrones, this is a show that took me a while to get into because I just did not understand what was going on. In fact, it took me three attempts to watch the first episode alone. But trust me, when I did, it was well worth it to discover one of the most intricate, well thought out, complex, deep, thought provoking TV shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. It is filled with vibrant colour and culture, with people from all around the world coming together.
Wikipedia explains the plot as ‘The story of Sense8 begins when the psychic connection of eight strangers from different cultures and parts of the world is “birthed” by a woman called Angelica, who kills herself to avoid capture by a man named “Whispers”.
I cannot press how incredible this show is. Please give it a go. You will not regret it.
9. Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies is what inspired me to write this post. I think I finished watching it about 20 minutes before I opened my document so I think that tells you that it’s good. Inspired by Liane Moriarty’s book, Big Little Lies follows the lives of the mums of first graders and how their lives quickly unravel leading to murder. I had only heard good things about this show so it was only a matter of time before I watched it. I admit I was hesitant at the beginning. I am not a huge fan of Shailene Woodley but I do love Reese Witherspoon. This show had me hooked from the end of the first episode and with only seven gifts minute episodes I devoured this show and I cannot wait for the next season.
Few shows have been compared to having the same kind of feel as Game of Thrones, but this is one of them. Again, this was a very confusing beginning for me and it took me a few episodes to get into it. About three or four episodes in I thought I knew what was going on but boy was I wrong. This show is shocking with so many twists and turns, but is also really thought provoking. I am so looking forward to where the next season takes the show (I haven’t watched the second season yet) but I’m sure it’s going to be just as intriguing and complex as the first.
IMDb describes the show as:
“Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park allows its visitors to live out their most primal fantasies with the robotic “hosts.” However, the robotic hosts have evolved an artificial consciousness that is similar to, yet diverges from, human consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged; but there is a price to be paid.”
So those are the 10 shows that I think are well written, deep and deserve to be held to the same esteem as Oscar worthy movies, and man booker novels. Everyone should watch these shows – or at least give them a go.
But there are still shows out there that I need to watch that I know are going to be incredible. Next on my list is:
Synopsis according to IMDb:
Eve is a bored, whip-smart security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfil her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle, is a talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. These two fierce women, equally obsessed with each other, will go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse, toppling the typical spy-action thriller.
If you liked this list, let me know if you would be interested in a list of my top 10 favourite comedy shows that I think are actually funny.
Have you watched any of these TV shows? Which is your favourite? Are there any shows you would include? What show are you most likely to watch from my recommendation?
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