16 Oct The A-List: The Top Ten TV Shows You Should Be Watching
The Top Ten TV Shows you should be watching
It’s not summer just yet, so before the sunshine stretches well into the night make the most of the unpredictable spring weather with a little binge viewing. Sometimes all you need is a quality program to binge watch and a glass of wine in hand, regardless of the weather. So with that in mind, we’ve compiled our top ten TV shows to give you some viewing inspiration! Enjoy, but don’t forget to get some sun too!
‘Rita’ is a Danish comedy-drama series available on Netflix. Rita is a headstrong and unconventional schoolteacher in Denmark who has an amazing relationship with her students, while her relationship with her own children is falling apart. Don’t let the subtitles put you off – this is an intensely moving and entertaining series, no one does television quite like the Danes. Actress Mille Dinesen plays Rita and won Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the Monte Carlo Film Festival in 2014. There are only three seasons, but the show is witty and real, with characters you can relate to.
You’re The Worst
An American rom-com series based on selfish and insensitive writer Jimmy, cynical and self-destructive PR executive Gretchen and the relationship they attempt to form – which quickly turns toxic, albeit entertaining. A bit of a modern and dark twist on the traditional rom-com, the lead characters are just as bad as each other. ‘You’re the Worst’ is hilarious and will make you see the world with new and more appreciative eyes, although you may have a slightly more sarcastic tone – these things do rub off.
Although the only season only has 5 episodes, this intense British drama will have you on the edge of your seat with baited breath the whole time. Doctor Gemma Foster who is happily married to property developer Simon, suspects her husband of having an affair after finding a lone blonde hair on his scarf. She delves into her own investigation and as the story unravels she may have bitten off more than she can chew. A gripping story of a marriage being poisoned, five episodes is definitely doable in one evening!
Orange Is The New Black
If you haven’t heard of, seen or recently become addicted to ‘Orange is the New Black’, then you probably will be now… With three seasons already aired and a fourth hopefully on the way in 2016 (fingers crossed!), OITNB is Netflix’s most watched series – which definitely says something about the calibre and quality of the show. Based on the 30-year-old Piper Chapman’s 15-month prison sentence for drug smuggling a decade ago, you’ll be laughing out loud one minute and quite possibly in tears the next.
Based on the 1996 film of the same name, ‘Fargo’ is a black comedy-crime American drama series, available on Netflix. What contributes to making Fargo considerably different from your typical crime shows, is the anthology format, where each season is set in a different era and follows a different storyline with a new set of characters. This keeps the show fresh and entertaining every season, although it can be heartbreaking to have to leave certain characters. The first season won a whole bunch of awards including an Emmy for Outstanding Directing. The second series is due for release this week!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is an ingenious American sitcom created by the hilarious Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, available on Netflix. This series is based on Kimmy Schmidt (go figure!) who is rescued from a doomsday cult after being trapped for 15 years and gets to start life again in New York. Hilarious, light hearted and bound to give you a fresh look at the world.
So bad it’s so good ‘The Royals’ is E! networks first scripted series – a drama about a modern-day royal family in London and the trials and tribulations of their everyday life. The family experiences all of the typical dramas in life, along with a few most of us would never have to go through. Like watching a Jackie Collins bonkbuster novel, the first season came out earlier this year, with a second season in the works.
When Seattle medical Resident Liv Moore is turned into a zombie, she finds there are some perks. If you ignore the insatiable desire to eat brains and pale skin, she uses her newly acquired ‘skills’ to solve the murders of the bodies in the hospital morgue – whose brains she may or may not be snacking on. This comedy meets drama meets crime series is entertaining fusion of today’s popular genres. The first season premiered in March this year, with a second – potentially longer season – on the cards.
Similar to award winning, obsession inducing series ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Vikings’ is based on the sagas of ancient Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok. An interesting historical adaptation that is engaging and addictive. The Irish countryside provides a picturesque backdrop for the Viking raids and quests. The first season debuted in 2013 and the fourth season is due for release in early 2016.
‘Nashville’ is an American musical drama series based on the lives of country music queen Rayna Jaymes – who is slowly being outshone by the young star Juliette Barnes. Full of country music and drama, this is sure to become your next guilty pleasure. The first season premiered in 2012 and the fourth season came out last month.