’I hate binge watching series’ – said NOBODY EVER
Seriously hands up how many of you are guilty of accidentally (on purpose) finishing a whole series in a matter of weeks or sometimes even days (yep that’s me, oops!) So with this in mind – i thought what better topic to write about than some of my favourite series to date, and hopefully i will be able to give anybody who may be endlessly searching Netflix or Sky a little bit of a helping hand.
I can honestly say when i fully immerse myself in to a great series there’s simply no stopping me! And even more so since we’ve been indoors a lot lately because of this horrible cold winter weather which clearly isn’t bladdy letting up! So whether it be a gripping, moving, emotional, thought provoking or just simply undeniably addictive journey you’re looking for, these series’ really know how to get the nation hook a ducked! So brace yourself for a lengthy post, grab a brew or a coffee and relax your little self whilst i waffle on about my love affairs with my favey things to watch!
So going back to my early teenage years i can remember the first epic journey i went on with a series and it was that of LOST. I bloody loved it. Back when Lost began airing it was a case of the family gathering on the sofa with snacks and a cuppa and watching it together which was just the best. It was the first time i experienced that utter need to watch the next episode, which of course was annoying because you had to wait a week inbetween for them to blummin air!
In short the plot is that of an aircraft which crashes on a deserted island and the survivors are faced with what appears at first glance to be a beautiful uninhabited place, but as we later find out, it is in fact filled with dark, weird and wonderful secrets. Each of the suvivors of course have their own stories to tell and reasons for why they were on the flight in the first place. As these stories unravel and tie together, and the plot deepens, you become seriously level 10 invested! LOST is one of those series that has a million twists, turns, utterly confusing moments and truly wonderful revelations. I would highly recommend giving it a try if you haven’t before, because as well as the truly loveable characters, it’s honestly created in a way that’s just as much frustrating as it is brilliant.
Another of my oldest and dearest love affairs with a series has to be with the one and only Prison Break. If you’ve never watched it before then i can only offer my sincere condolences as you really have been missing out! I’m a complete sucker for anything crime related and the journey you travel on with the characters in this series are second to none. You loathe some, you love some, you cringe, you cry and you definitely don’t know what mastermind plan Michael Schofield (the main man) has up his sleeve next! The plot in short without ruining it too much, is that of two brothers, one of which is incarcerated for a crime he may or may not have committed. The other brother commits a crime to simply enable him access in to the prison his brother is held in, in order to break him out. It truly is a rollercoaster of hightened emotion and stomach churning scenes. It originally finished airing in 2009 and then last year they hit us right in the face with series 5, which was an absoloute dream for me! I LOVE IT.
I must admit that i heard a lot of people moaning about how long both Prison Break and LOST went on for, and i think people just gave up and got frustrated with the length of the story lines, but for me they were truly brilliant and so worthwhile investing my time in!
Now it wouldn’t be a blogpost about a multitude of epic series’ if i wasn’t to say those two famous words now would it?! I’m talking about Breaking Bad of course! I think by now most people have taken the plunge and watched it, and more recently the spin off show called Better Call Saul (which i was very undewhelmed by tbh!)
So for anybody who’s been seriously living under a rock, Breaking bad is show based around the relationship of two characters who come together for their own needs, but end up having a real bond. Walter White is a chemistry teacher and Jesse Pinkman is the most loveable junkie you ever did meet. Together they turn an RV in to a meth lab and begin cooking and selling meth to make fast cash, inititally because Walter is in desperate need of money due to recent personal revelations. It truly is an addictive series and one you will never tire of watching and quoting. The characters are just fantastic, the detail and factual side are on point, and basically you will just fall in love with Jesse! I wish so much that i could wipe it from my brain and watch it all over again for the first time!
I have to say credit where credit is due because Netflix has seriously been blessing us lately with their original series section, and my recommendations from their collection would have to be:
- Stranger things (of course!)
- Manhunt – Unabomber
- The OA
- Making A Murderer
- 13 Reasons Why
- Black Mirror
- Sense 8
When i look at the above list i realise that i do love a good weird and wonderful series. Netflix Originals have definitely pulled it out of the bag recently and those are the ones that i’ve watched that have really stood out for me in their own brilliant way. All of these series have concepts within that are super intriguing, and made me want to watch more, which i reckon is what you need in a good series, amiright?!
Other series i absoloutely bloody love are:
- Peaky Blinders
- Pretty Little Liars
- Gossip Girls
- Vampire Diaries
- The Originals
- Sherlock Holmes
This bunch are quite a bit different from each other, but they all give me exactly what i crave in a series, which is strong characters, plot twists, revelations and super intense scenes! To describe a couple;
Suits pulls you in because it’s written and performed in such a funny, witty and charming way, and characters are created just wonderfully. Power just oozes high energy mayhem – the characters are caught up with drugs, gangs, money, guns and basically all of the highly illegal stuff. 50 cent produced it so you can only imagine! Pretty Little Liars is the ultimate mystery-teen-suspence-who done it kinda series. It has the most revelations i’ve ever known in a series. It’s truly addictive.
I just want to quickly mention the TV dramas that have stood out to me from over the past two years. Between the BBC and ITV these are some of my ultimate faves have been:
- Little Boy Blue
- The Moorside
I could go on forever and ever listing anything and everthing i’ve ever watched but everything i’ve mentioned i’ve been invested in fully and would 100% recommend watching. Of course, chosing a series to invest your time in is fully about your own taste and opinion and is completely subjective. I can only hope i’ve helped you along with those evenings where you waste endless amounts of time scrolling and choosing, when you could have been half way through an episode in that time!
If you do watch anything i’ve recommended i’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, and of course i’m always up for being recommended something great to watch too!
Until next time,