Personally, I’m not much of a watcher of films. I love going to the cinema, but when I’m at home it just doesn’t seem like I can muster the attention span it would require for me to sit and watch an entire feature-length film.
TV series on the other hand, are an entirely different matter. I am a serious TV show addict, and once I get on a roll I can have watched an entire series within days (and living with someone with Netflix has only fuelled my TV series mania!). In some ways it’s odd that I find watching a film too time consuming when committing to a TV series is more so, but I find with TV shows they tend to hook you in with long-running stories and mysteries, and if they end on a cliffhanger…well then you just have to watch another episode don’t you?
So here’s a pick of some of my absolute favourites, and if you haven’t yet watched any of these, I would seriously recommend them!
1. Game of Thrones
Anyone’s who has read my blog for any length of time probably knew this one was coming (like Winter!) – one of my all time favourite book series is George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, and I love the TV show almost as much (which is surprising, seen as I don’t generally like TV/film adaptations of books!). I just love how the TV show has made fantasy something that can be enjoyed by everyone (even my Mum watches Game of Thrones!), as opposed to simply being that genre of fiction that only the real book nerds venture into. I imagine when HBO commissioned the first series they had no idea it would become one of the biggest TV shows in the world, but I can easily see why it has – it’s complex, full of interesting characters, and absolutely compelling viewing.
2. Pretty Little Liars
My housemates and I are actually ADDICTED to this show. Seriously, we’ve flown through all six series on Netflix at an astonishing rate, whilst trying to avoid the huge spoilers which are rife all over the internet. Finally we have the answer to THAT question (fans, you know what I mean!), and are now anxiously awaiting the start of the new season which is set 5 years after the events of the first six series.
I only actually watched this for the first time a few years ago, but absolutely loved it and have rewatched the whole series a few times now. Each time I forget just how funny it is, and how much I love the characters, and it is such a shame they never got to make more than the one series (although the film is definitely worth a watch). It’s essentially about cowboys in space, so what’s not to love?
Lost was one of my original TV show addictions, and is still a firm favourite even years after its conclusion. It was undoubtedly a show that kept you watching through its mysteries and compelling characters, and it definitely went into places you wouldn’t have expected when you started watching a show about people plane-wrecked on a desert island. Personally I feel the show peaked around Season 5, and whilst I wasn’t as fussed with Season 6 (or 100% satisfied with that ending), I think Lost is definitely worth a watch.
If you haven’t already watched Sherlock then I seriously suggest that you do so! This modernised version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective stories (which I only recently read) is very cleverly done, interpretating Sherlock and Watson as they would be had they existed in modern-day London. The winning combination of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the leading roles just works, and whilst the mysteries are incredibly compelling, the characters and their friendships are more so.
6. Black Books
Why when Bernard Black is such an unpleasant man is he so likeable and hilarious to watch? If you haven’t seen Black Books it basically revolves around a book shop run by a grumpy, heavy-drinking, chain-smoking owner alongside his positive and sociable assistant Manny. Along with Bernard’s oldest (and only) friend Fran they find themselves in a variety of hilarious situations, and the number of GIFs you can find on the internet of this show just goes to show how insanely quotable it is (one of my favourites quotes being: ‘Manny: You think I should wash my beard? Bernard: Yes, I think you should wash it. Then you should shave it off, nail it to a frisbee, and fling it over a rainbow.’).
Honourable mentions: Breaking Bad (I”m only two series in, hence why it isn’t on the main list. So far it’s good!), Sons of Anarchy, Orange Is The New Black, Homeland.
So what are some of your favourite TV shows? Any suggestions for me?