Its January. January is kind of a miserable month. Its quiet compared to the festiveness of December and way too cold to go out. Right now, new years resolutions lie broken, its so far from the weekend and quite frankly, all a bit grim.
So i’ve compiled the best box sets to binge on list, because how else do you spend a cold January evening? I’ve watched a lot of box sets, I don’t watch actual TV all that much, instead preferring the ability to watch 8 solid hours of the same programme…. What a way to spend free time eh?!
So anyway, I’m forever seeing posts up on my Facebook asking for Netflix/Boxset recommendations. So I thought I would share my very own. Time to prepare the snacks and get your Netflix ‘n chill on.
The walking dead :
“The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after the apocalypse.”
I’ve started with my favourite TV series of ALL time. As much as I want to tell you all the amazing things that happen. I can’t… I won’t spoil it for you. I will say, watch it and be prepared to have your mind blown. Also, it is kind of gory, be prepared for that if you don’t like blood & guts and stuff. I’m not a zombie lover, but the characters, the relationships, the emotions, the ‘What on earth would you do if you was in that situation?’ keeps me coming back every single series. Valentines day 2016 has been officially renamed : The day the walking dead series 6 starts.
The Office: An American workplace.
“The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. To simulate the look of an actual documentary.”
The Office. I’m not a big fan of the English version. The American version however is hilarious! The Jim & Pam – Why won’t you two just get together and live happily ever after?! and Dwight Schrute the beet farmer, who is just amazing! I’ve seen them all a trillion times and it just doesn’t stop being funny. FYI- Netflix recently took this off (I’m still fuming!).
“Set in Seattle, Washington, this season follows the investigation into the murder of local teenager Rosie Larsen. The first season covers the first two weeks of the investigation and has three main storylines: the police investigation into Rosie’s murder, the attempts of her family to deal with their grief, and the fluctuating electoral fortunes of a political campaign that becomes embroiled in the case.”
This is a kind of heavy series, but its also incredible. From the get go I was hooked, the first episode having me in tears by the end. If you want something cheery – this is not the series for you. Its gripping, addictive and completely heartbreaking.
“In this British historical drama, the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families.”
I know the synopsis doesn’t sound amazing, but trust me. It is. Also, it has Ray Stevenson playing Titus Pullo (If you don’t know who he is, google him *Swoon*). I love the insight into Cleopatra and Marc Anthony’s relationship. Its kind of gruesome at times, but all in all an fascinating and super entertaining watch.
“When the Pritchett, Delgado and Dunphy families agree to be interviewed by a documentary crew, they have no idea just how much they’re about to reveal about themselves. This engaging new comedy offers a mockumentary view into the complicated, messy, loving life of three unique families. “
Such an easy watch! And if you’re married (or even live with a significant other) You’ll laugh out loud at those little things that happen with Clare and Phil, that happen in your house too.
“John Luther is a Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) working for the Serious Crime Unit. A dedicated police officer, Luther is obsessive, possessed, and sometimes violent. However, Luther has paid a heavy price for his dedication; he has never been able to prevent himself from being consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals. For Luther, the job always comes first.”
Oh, John Luther. You miserable yet brilliant man. No one solves a case like Luther – Apart from Dr. Gregory house, but i’ll get to that later-. Its gripping, its dark, its entertainment in its finest form. Series one episode four, is a particularly amazing one, Nicola Walker gives the most incredible performance, to the point you don’t even want to blink incase you miss something she does. Btw, i’m totally on board with this whole Idris for Bond thing.
“The FBI teams up with a formerly-institutionalized scientist – who was performing experiments on the fringe of real science – and his son to investigate weird crimes that are seemingly part of a larger pattern, and may be connected with a global company called Massive Dynamic.”
I’m not really a Sci-fi lover at all, I wasn’t actually that interested in watching this, Sam put it on regardless after hearing great reviews and I carried on doing whatever I was doing… Until I caught a bit of the opening scene. I physically couldn’t stop watching it until we had watched them ALL – Yep, all 100 episodes-. Its all kind of a bit mad, but in a completely believable way. John Noble who plays Dr. Walter Bishop is fantastic from start to finish.
House of cards.
“Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood. The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, and power.”
I won’t lie, the first time I tried watching this I was so bored. BUT… I tried again and I loved it! Kevin Spacey is fantastic, he’s ruthless as Frank underwood, and Robin Wright as Claire his equally crazy wife. Its all a bit grown up, but honestly a must watch.
“The series follows Elliot Alderson, a young man living in New York City.Constantly struggling with social anxiety disorder and clinical depression, Elliot’s thought process seems heavily influenced by paranoia and delusion. He connects to people by hacking them, which often leads him to act as a cyber-vigilante. He is recruited by a mysterious insurrectionary anarchist known as “Mr. Robot”, and joins his team of hacktivists known as “fsociety”. One of their missions is to cancel all debts by taking down one of the largest corporations in the world, E Corp. “
Mr. Robot was one of Sams choices, I hadn’t even heard of it. As much as I wanted to see how the whole ‘cancelling all of the worlds debts’ would pan out, really I wanted to give Elliot a hug, make him a cup of tea and tell him to stop doing stupid things with his friends. He’s a messed up guy, and that just follows on through the series. I’m really looking forward to seeing it hopefully all work out for him in the next series. *Note: Yes, I get very emotionally attached to TV people*
“The series follows a team of diagnosticians at “Princeton Plainsboro teaching hospital” led by misanthrope medical genius, Greg House, MD. Dealing with drug addiction and poor people skills House is tasked with diagnosing the undiagnosable.”
Dr. Gregory house. One of my top TV people EVER! I loved the show so much, I avoided watching the last half of the final series for three years. I literally couldn’t let go. Last year I finally did it, finally watched it and it was SO GOOD!! Try it and I promise, you’ll love it.
I could go on for longer, add another five or so to the list, but I think ten is enough for today. It probably seems like all I do is watch TV, you’d be right. Once the children are in bed and I’ve completed all of my tasks for the day, I make a cup of tea (Or glass of wine if it’s a weekend) and settle down for an evening of box sets. Its winter, its cold out and really… what better way to relax than by throwing yourself into the fictional world of random people?!
Let me know what you think if you do try any on the list.
The little woman pretends.