Hit TV Shows Reviewed For Non-Watchers
We all know what it feels like to be the only person in the world to have not seen a popular hit TV show. It really does seem to always be me – I seem to spend half of my life catching up things on Netflix. I always get to the party after season 5 or 6 has aired. So, here is my brief explanation for people who have never seen the shows. Let’s find out which ones are worth spending half your life watching! My main source of viewing is Netflix, but if you have different platforms you’d like to share with us then let us know @EatMoreCakeUK!
This show is intense, yo. If you’re looking for stellar acting then this is the show for you. This is a cast without a weak link, headed by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. It’s about a normal bloke going through hell in the most dramatic way possible. The writing is brilliant, but the seasons do sometimes go quite slowly. I personally think that it’s worth pushing through. It’s a great drama with a lotta wit and a winning cast. If you finish Breaking Bad and are sad it’s gone, you then have the bonus of starting Better Call Saul. It’s top simply because of the high risk of spoilers (and because it’s amazing).
What you need to know before you start: It might take over your little life for a while, then subdue, then take it over again, then subdue.
Where you can find it: Netflix
Game of Thrones
Well. This show will destroy your soul. It will make you fall in love with people and then rip them away from you. This is probably the most spoiled show in the world, so all your friends who have seen Game of Thrones have probably already told you all about it. Game of Thrones is like a mythical but sexy other-worldly type show, and you really end up caring about the people and their relationships with each other. The first episode is a bit of a struggle but I promise it gets good. If you want to be immersed in another amazing gruesome world, this is the show for you. It’s not ended yet, so if you want to catch up in time for the next series I would get cracking!
What you need to know before you start: It might take you a little while to get started, and you may end up with a broken heart.
Where you can find it: It’s not easy, I’ll be honest. Now TV is supposed to offer it to watch but I’m told it’s a bit hit and miss. If you are one of these clever people who can trick your computer into thinking you’re in America, you can watch it on HBO Now (which is basically HBO’s Netflix). These are the official sources, however who am I to stop you from finding your own *ahem* platforms *ahem* through certain search engines?
Boy I love this show. The writing is just so damn good. You will fall in love with these characters over and over again. I found the first season really really slow. But god it gets better. It’s a vintage type drama about an advertising agency on Madison Avenue and the people that work there, and the writing is so clever and sharp and witty. I am refusing to watch the final season because I don’t want it to be the end. I love this show.
What you need to know before you start: It begins in the sixties, so don’t expect the female, black, gay, (etc) characters to be treated well.
Where you can find it: American Netflix. It’s really easy to access the American Netflix site (you can find out how on Google) and you don’t have to pay any more for it.
Parks and Recreation
I’ve only just started watching this show, but I’m already absolutely hooked. The characters are just so freaking loveable. It’s not as high a priority as some others simply because it’s not as spoiled, and even if it was, it would still be hilarious. It’s sort of a fake fly-on-the-wall documentary. This is a great show to watch if you need cheering up.
What you need to know before you start: The outtakes and behind the scenes footage is almost as good as the show itself, so keep an eye on it. Also, I thought it was nice to know that a lot of the script is improvised. Furthermore, Amy Poehler wrote a lovely chapter in her book “Yes Please!” about her fellow actors on the show, so if you get a chance to read that then do. Ugh, so many things!
Where you can find it: American Netflix. Although I’m told the last season isn’t up yet and I don’t know when it will be.
Sherlock is on so infrequently and for such a short a short period of time that you can pretty much catch up at any speed you like. They’re like a small series of films. It’s pretty awesome, and you’ll quickly get hooked. The cast is great, and if you like crime type stuff then this is probably the one for you.
What you need to know before you start: Some of the plot is quite intricate so if you’re tired and need something easy to grasp this maybe isn’t the one to start with.
Where you can find it: Netflix
Skins kind of died a long time ago, so no-one’s really talking about it anymore. The first two seasons are pretty good, but it kind of stops being as sharp and witty after that and borders on a teenage cliche, so you could probably be forgiven for not watching it all (I didn’t). It’s about a group of late teens going through their lives. They’re sort of presented as typical teens, but I think it’s pretty extreme in comparison to the people I went to school with. Also I imagine it becomes more and more boring the older you get, so you may want to pass it altogether.
What you need to know before you start: You may fade out watching this after a little while. But if you’ve watched everything else I’ve listed and have some spare time, you might find the early episodes interesting.
Where you can find it: Netflix
House Of Cards
I’ve literally watched the first episode of this, but I have high hopes for what’s to come having seen it. Kevin Spacey is a genius in it, and the writing is very funny and dark and just all good things. In the current political climate I have found that this is a great time to start watching it (if you care about that sort of thing), as it’s about American politicians and who it is that actually holds all the power.
What you need to know before you start: I found a couple of the characters looked quite similar so I couldn’t quite grasp at first who was who. But other than that just enjoy it.
Where you can find it: Netflix. There are two different shows called House of Cards on there, I’m referring to the American one (it has a flag on the poster.)
The Thick of It
This is another fly on the wall comedy, again about politicians, but this one is set in London, and Peter Capaldi plays a spin doctor (the person that makes parliament look good in the media). It’s very funny and he’s very good in it. It’s a dip in and out kind of show. There’s no catching up to do as such, so I just kind of watch it as and when I remember that I started it. Probably an episode every couple of weeks. If that.
What you need to know before you start: If you care about catching up with everything, this is not one to prioritize. More one to have on standby when there isn’t anything else on.
Where you can find it: Netflix.
How I Met Your Mother
This for me is something I watch when there is absolutely nothing else on. And that’s mainly because I’m a Neil Patrick Harris fan. The trouble is that the first time you watch an episode, it’s really funny and good and stuff. The second time you see it, the writing’s lost it’s shine, and the third time, some of the characters start to grate on you and it starts to spoil it for you. I find Robin and Ted particularly irritating when I’ve been exposed to too much of them (and I can’t even put my finger on why that is, because it’s not that they’re played by bad actors).
What you need to know before you start: If you actually care about the mother, then watch til the end by all means, but you may find that you stop caring after the fourth season or so. So after that it’s more a dip in and out kind of deal.
Where you can find it: I’ve never looked for it online (I believe it’s now on a version of Netflix, possibly American?) but you don’t have to look far, it’s on E4 pretty much all the time.
Now I know what I’m about to say will be slightly controversial with some fans (and I’m pretty scared of Doctor Who fans because they are so passionate about the show. Good for you fans) but I gave up on Doctor Who after the Ecclestone/Tennant years. It’s got nothing to do with Matt Smith or Peter Capaldi because I think they’re both good. I just think the show started to become a bit convoluted and clever for its own sake. Also the assistants get more and more annoying as the series go on. Actually that might be jealousy, I’d quite like to play an assistant one day. Actually no, sod that. I want to play the damn Doctor. Why not regenerate into a woman? DOWN WITH THE PATRIARCHY!
Anyway, If Sci-fi is your thing, then you’ll probably love it. I just didn’t like the sciency stuff enough to keep caring about it.
What you need to know before you start: They get through a lot of different story lines and villains and stuff in one season so it can be quite easy to forget who people are when they pop up again.
Where you can find it: Everything from Ecclestone onwards is on Netflix. Before that? I haven’t the faintest. Also it’s still on BBC1 when a new series is aired. So some may still crop up on BBC Iplayer from time to time.
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