“A medical resident finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.”
I’m going to start with my favourite, as I am so hyped about this show right now. I watched this show about 8 months ago, and I instantly became hooked. I had avoided zombie shows for a while as I thought that the subject had become dull and boring, but this show is far from it. The first time I watched this I actually watched 10 episodes, and finished the first season by the second day. I hadn’t heard anything about the show, or anyone talk about the show before and I was surprised. I’ve recently recommended it to my sister and boyfriend, which has resulted in me watching it for a second time. My sister has also watched about 14 episodes in a couple of days. I never watch shows through a second time as I feel I could be watching something new, but this one is definitely worth it. I had actually forgotten a lot of the episodes, so the show still captivates me and I can’t wait for the new series later this year. I’m not sure whether it’s down to the jokes, storyline or actors that make me love this show so much, but I genuinely can’t get enough. Also, I dare you to try to not fall in love with Ravi because of his humor.
2. Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23
“Chloe is a New York party girl with the morals of a pirate who bullies and causes trouble for her naive small town roommate June.“
This is an American comedy that used to air on E4. I really liked it when it was on TV, but somehow missed out on episodes and it ended up not being shown anymore. I was delighted to see it had been made available on Netflix so I could watch all of the episodes from start to end. If you like comedies that feature a bitchy, self absorbed girl being mean to people for humour then this show is for you. I realise that might not sell the show, but honestly Krysten Ritter (seen in Breaking Bad) is an amazing actress, who plays the part so well and you will soon fall in love with Chloe’s no-care attitude. Paired with Dreama Walker as June, these two make an excellent easy to watch comedy. I wouldn’t say that the storyline is gripping, but it’s one of those shows to watch when you have half an hour to kill.
3. Jessica Jones
“A former superhero decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator.”
Speaking of Krysten Ritter, she also kills it in this Netflix original based on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Jessica is a former superhero with superhuman strength suffering from PTSD, who opens her own detective agency entitled Alias Investigations, She attempts to solve cases while dealing with her own terrible past. This is a much darker series for marvel that definitely isn’t written for the kids. The show covers abuse, sexual assault and rape from the outset, while portraying women as powerful and able to take control of their lives. It’s delightful to see women interpreted in this way, particularly in a comic book subtext and has me routing for Jones throughout. I am not a huge fan of superhero shows or movies, but the psychological violence rather than a bloodbath makes this show a lot more interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“A group of British teens trying to grow up and learn about love and life, with little adult supervision (and lots of partying)“
Although I have many favourite shows, this will always be an all time favourite. I love films and shows that depict teenage life and all the struggles they face. This show does contains a lot of swearing, sex, drug use, mental health and possibly more that could potentially be a sensitive subject, but its kind of what makes it so good. The cast changes every 2 series, and although the show became pretty popular when series 3 & 4 were released, 1 & 2 will forever be my favourite. 5 & 6 gets rather disappointing, but if you like the film style and storylines used in Skins then it is still enjoyable. All of the series are available on Netflix including series 7, which consists of 6 episodes, catching up with some of the old characters in their current lives, known as Skins Fire, Pure and Rise.(click episode title to read my reviews on these episodes, #spoilers). One of my favourite things about Skins is that it was filmed in Bristol, which makes it feel very close to home. It’s a great British drama with typical British comedy and great storylines. It’ll have you laughing, crying and continuously pressing the net episode button throughout.
5. How To Get Away With Murder
“A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.“
Ever wanted to know how to get away with murder? Sadly, this show won’t tell you how. However, it is a great series to take your mind off killing. I discovered this show a while ago, and after watching the trailer I decided to give it a go. It’s one that unfolds the more episodes you see, with flashbacks and twists, making it hard to stop watching. I love anything to do with crime, from Legally Blonde to Making of a Murderer, so this was pretty interesting for me. I believe that only the first 2 seasons are currently on Netflix sadly, but it’s definitely one to get into.
6. Black Mirror
“A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.”
You may have heard of or seen Black Mirror already as it seemed to blow up a little when the final season came out. There is a total of 13 episodes across the 3 seasons, each not corresponding to any particular story line, containing their own individual narrative. This makes Black Mirror a great one to watch when you don’t have time to keep up with a series. Some of the episodes can be very strange and almost slow at times, but all of the episodes relate to one very interesting concept; taking current phenomena and technology, and speculating how it may shape our future from a pessimistic perspective, including; social media, smartphones, talent shows and virtual reality gaming, as well as futuristic tech that we probably won’t want after watching these episodes. Black Mirror is created in such a way that a lot of the episodes really touched me and made me think deeply about the subjects they were covering. It’s definitely worth a watch but I’d recommend watching one episode at a time, as each episode generally leaves a psychological effect on you, that you’ll probably be thinking about for the next couple of hours or days. Season 3 is definitely my favourite, episode 1 (pictured above) in particular, but they’re all worth a watch and I may even watch them again.
7. Fresh Meat
“A comedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far, university.”
I may have lied a little about not watching shows twice, as I actually watched this whole show again a couple of weeks ago when I was ill, but it doesn’t happen often. This is another great British comedy, focusing on the lives of students. I personally studied from home while doing my degree so I haven’t experienced this type of University life, but somehow I still find it rather accurate. This show features such a great cast, including comedian Jack Whitehall, Joe Thomas (Inbetweeners), Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife), Kimberely Nixon (Wildchild) and Tony Gardener (My Parents are Aliens!). This show is practically a mix of Inbetweeners and Skins and definitely worth a watch.
“A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.”
You had me at crime drama. I was first introduced to this show when I saw the cast of Gogglebox watching it and became intrigued. I ended up watching it with my boyfriend and we became hooked as Idris Elba plays the role of ‘detective more into his job than personal life’ brilliantly. The storylines were interesting and the show managed to keep our interest enough to keep wanting to watch the next episode. I do think that Elba makes this show for what it is, and makes the show a lot more gripping. It’s a pretty typical British crime drama, but a very good one at that.
9. The People vs O.J. Simpson
“A limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide.”
This one might not be for everyone, but will most likely be enjoyed by fans of Making Of Murderer as it is a recreation of the very long O.J. case. Starring an excellent cast, this remake feels realistic and very gripping. I like to watch real life cases, and I personally hadn’t known many details about this case before viewing it (probably the only one right?) but this enabled me to enjoy the show more and kept me watching. This reenactment is non biased leaving you to make your own opinion of the case. Guilty or not guilty, make your decision.
10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
“A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.”
Finishing on a high note, we have Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I discovered this show when I started using Netflix. After being rescued from an underground bunker in which she lived the past 15 years, Kimmy Schmidt decided to move to New York to have a normal life. She makes the best of her new life with a positive attitude towards everything, overcoming obstacles and adapting to the new modern world she has been shut away from. This show isn’t for everyone and is the typical comedy I could imagine on e4. It’s a feel good comedy, and while not having a particularly gripping storyline, it leaves you giggling and feeling a little bit more positive.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you discover something new that you love. I’m always looking for some new shows to watch so recommend any you like below. April