Winter is here. The nights are getting longer and longer, and there’s a chill in the air. This is the perfect time of year to pick up a new series to watch, ideally wrapped in a blanket on the sofa while a takeaway is en route. Below is a list of a few of the best shows that have come out, or continued, this year so far.
Euphoria (2019 Now TV)
Euphoria has been touted as Gen Z’s answer to Skins. The comparison is understandable, sure, but it’s kind of reductive. Euphoria goes in deep- showing us the terrifying underbelly of tech-savvy and saturated teenage existence. The way the show is cut is brilliant. The cast is fantastic and the content is highly addictive: everyone I know who’s watched it did so within one weekend whether they planned to or not.
Workin’ Moms (2017- Netflix)
The second series of this came out on Netflix this year, The show is funny and silly but with well realised and thoroughly plotted storylines, The show makes interesting and important statements about women in the workforce using cleverly dark humour. Episodes are only 20 minutes (or so) long, making Workin’ Moms very accessible and very bingable.
Marvellous Mrs Maisel (2017- Amazon Prime)
Amy Sherman Palladino’s most recent offering is this gloriously warm, nostalgic, elegant show. The dialogue is as fast and clippy as you’d expect from Sherman-Palladino, who honed her craft on Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, which is glorious to watch. Every character is a pleasure to see on screen and every episode is a cosy blanket of friendly holiday cheer that will wrap you up and immerse you in the world of Mrs Maisel.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018- Netflix)
Full disclosure: I love Halloween and mild spookiness and I love teen dramas so I didn’t exactly approach this series expecting to have anything critical to say about it… and I don’t really. ‘Brina is a very stylish and stylised. It projects an instagrammable goth-y vibe that is both sexy and comforting at once and the storylines aren’t bad either. My only issue is that Salem doesn’t talk in the reboot and his sassy commentary is sorely missed (by me).
Killing Eve (2018- BBC iPlayer)
The BBC drama that took the world by storm. This is the first of PW-B’s creations to feature on this list. Starring the seemingly limitlessly talented Jodie Comer and my long-time personal favorite, Sandra Oh, Killing Eve is smart, exciting and very very watchable. The plot is fascinating, the fashion is mesmerising and the action is brilliantly choreographed. There’s a reason why Killing Eve has done so well around the world.
Years and Years (2019 BBC iPlayer)
Dystopic and frightening, Years and Years holds a mirror to our own potential. The show explores the very near future, riffing off of the current political, technological, environmental and economic climate. Years and Years is terrifying but it’s compelling.
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019 Netflix)
I can’t remember how I came across this show but I am so glad I did. I have recommended it to so many people. Its a sketch show but it embodies the kind of absurdist, brave, free wheeling humour that is infectiously funny. That’s not to say that every scene or character is perfect but the episodes are extremely short and easy to watch, and any less-hilarious sketches are soon forgotten in favour of the brilliant weirdness of the rest of the show.
Dead To Me (2019 Netflix)
This TV show stars Linda Cardelini AKA Lindsay Weir from Freaks and Geeks and Christina Applegate AKA Courtney Rockcliffe from The Sweetest Thing. Two very good reasons to binge the whole series right there. Bonus features include: a brilliant plot that is very poignant and funny, fantastic, infuriating characters and a very twisty twist or two that I didn’t see coming at all.
Sex Education (2019 Netflix)
When this came out earlier this year, everyone I know was talking about it.
Sex Education is shocking and funny and it is very cleverly styled, evoking powerful mid Atlantic American highschool vibes. There is some nice depth of character and, special mention goes to Gillian Anderson who is obviously fabulous as a sex therapist with an awkward teenage son.
Fleabag (2016- BBC iPlayer)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge strikes again! You have heard of Fleabag and probably watched it already- if so, you know how brilliant and easily binge-able it is; 12 half hour episodes over 2 series AKA a nice weekend afternoon. PW-B has a brilliantly clever way of giving words to thoughts and feelings that makes Fleabag very relatable for lots of people and though it has received a fair bit of criticism for its unwavering middle class-ness, it has received far more praise and for very good reason.
Tales of the City (2019 Netflix)
Based on Armistead Maupin’s novels and the TV series that was originally aired in 1993 (and has been rebooted more than once), Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprise their original roles in this cosy yet edgy adaptation. Tales of the City is nowhere near long enough: I need more! (Anyone know where I can find the original series?)
Big Little Lies (2017- NowTV)
BLL shows us a grainy, fractured version of wealthy Californian life which is a very welcome change. The female cast is breathtaking; the big mystery is kinda… irrelevant actually. This is because all the backstories, interlinking plots, character development and expert acting is so watchable. I binged series 1 of this in an evening but I had to wait each week to watch series 2 which was tough; BLL had me hooked.