So, I’ve already discussed my favourite songs, I thought it would be fun to list some of my favourite TV shows! It might make me seem like a bit of a lazy bum but binge-watching Netflix is definitely one of my hobbies, I’ll admit that unashamedly (ok, there might be a little bit of shame there…) Some of these shows mean a great deal to me and in their own way have helped me through some difficult times (and even if they haven’t they’ve done a pretty darn good job of keeping me entertained!). I was debating adding synopses but I’m sure you guys know most of these shows (and if you don’t just drop a comment and I’ll be happy to explain).
This show will always hold a special place in my heart. In spite of all its flaws, I love it deeply. It’s just so warm and fuzzy and happy. There are few shows that I’ve watched that are genuinely as heartwarming as Gilmore Girls. I also love that it celebrates the relationship between a mother and a daughter who are pretty much best friends…we need more shows that celebrate the familial relationship. Did I mention that this show is so. damn. funny. No? Well, it is! It’s hilarious, and so quotable too. I mean, the ‘cynicism’ in my blog name is partly inspired by Lorelai’s ‘coffee, please, and a shot of cynicism.’ And that’s just one quote among many. It’s cute and quirky and full of ‘characters.’ The dialogue is pretty awesome too, they all talk so fast (intentionally, apparently they had super thick scripts because the speed at which they spoke meant there was way more speech included in the script), which makes for some sparkling wit. If you haven’t watched it yet I urge you to get on to Netflix and hit play, you won’t regret it! (Or at least I like to think you won’t).
Where to start. I’m currently OBSESSED with this show. The sass. The shade. Ru’s catch phrases. The looks (their make up skills constantly amaze me, if only I were half as good!). The dance moves (how do they death drop so flawlessly without dislocating their hips or snapping their ankles???). I remember watching the first episode of season 9 with my sister (we’ve watched it in such a weird order) and only a few minutes in we had to pause it and sit down because we were laughing so unbelievably hard we were almost incapable of functioning. That’s not even an exaggeration.
What I love most about this show is the way each character is so vivid in their own personality and individuality, and how they have all have a back story that provides an explanation for their behaviour and the more unpleasant sides of their character. There are many characters in OITNB, but few that I genuinely dislike, which is a pretty huge thing considering that I’m easily irritated and always find that there are a couple of characters that get on my nerves. I also feel like the show has perfected the balance between humour and dark drama, so it’s gripping but is also punctuated by moments of brightness that prevent it from getting too depressing (I mean, a show set in a women’s prison was never going to be all sunshine and rainbows).
I started watching this a couple of years earlier, got to episode 6 and, for some reason, stopped. Actually, I know the reason. I just started at university and wanted something lighter to watch, and just ever got round to picking it up until recently. I’m damn glad I did though! It may not be the most joyful of programmes, but it’s fantastically gripping and so fast paced. in fact, when it comes to pacing I think Breaking Bad got it spot on, giving the plot enough time to fully unfold but also ending where it needed to end. And, because it ended when appropriate, it went out on a real high. Plus, the climax of the series is so exciting.
I just love watching how they solve all their cases and fight their legal battles, it always makes me want to dash out, get a law degree and train to be a lawyer. Though I’d probably end up disappointed that it being a lawyer is nothing lie how it’s portrayed on Suits. You get my drift. I hope. I think the dynamic between the characters is pretty awesome too, especially the whole Donna-Harvey relationship (Donna’s so sassy, I love it).
I just love the relationship between all the ‘sestras,’ it’s so damn sweet. Like they all stick together and support one another because, y’know, they’re all in the clone boat together and it’s honestly just too cute. it’s also super dramatic and full of suspense and stuff. Funnily enough, I never saw Orphan Black as the type of show that I’d get into as I’d heard it described as ‘sci-fi’ as well as having an idea of what it was about, but the Netflix description made it sound intriguing so I thought it couldn’t hurt to check it out and was surprised to find that I thoroughly enjoyed it, in spite of the ‘sci-fi’ influences. Also, Tatiana Maslany is a fantastic actress, she’s so underrated! It’s like each clone is being played by a different person, that’s how well she managed to capture their unique personalities- they all really feel like distinct characters!
I’m not the type of person why watched many animated shows but Bob’s Burgers is the one show that truly won me over. I think it’s a little bit of an acquired taste, but it’s so funny. What I especially enjoy about it is the way this humour is executed. There’s the typical silliness one would expect of a cartoon, but it doesn’t resort to cheap, crude innuendos or downright offensiveness disguised as a joke. Actually, on the whole Bob’s Burgers generally avoid falling into the trap of reducing their characters to walking stereotypes. Considering the fact that there are many shows that I’ve watched that do this, it’s refreshing to have a show that doesn’t!
This show is insane! But it is also hilarious. I started watching it when I was preparing to sit a uni exam last year and I ended up pretty much letting myself become totally distracted by it. All their lives are a total mess (I mean, with an alcoholic father and a mostly absent mother could you expect any different?), which makes it so entertaining in a totally outrageous way. It’s crude, rude, slightly offensive and majorly shocking and you should definitely watch it because it’s crazy!
This show is so damn over the top and dramatic you just can’t make it up… but who doesn’t love a bit of a bitch-fest??? I’ve watched a fair few ‘teen’ shows but I don’t really seem to properly get into them and end up stopping watching them after some time. However, Gossip Girl is most definitely the exception! Perhaps it’s the opulent, luxurious lifestyles the characters lead, having experiences that are way beyond that of your average teenager. Yes, it’s not realistic, but when is TV ever really realistic? I also like to live vicariously through the characters… their lives are just so much more exciting than mine!
Why did they take this show off Netflix UK? WHY DID THEY TAKE THIS SHOW OFF NETFLIX UK??? As you may or may not have guesses I am very upset about this because this The Office, in my opinion, is one of the best sitcoms out there! And I can’t rewatch it. This was the show that I turned to in university when I was so miserable (yes, it is also the show I abandoned Breaking Bad for) and it really helped brighten up some very dark days. It really helped me get through a pretty difficult period. Hopefully that tells you all you need to know about how entertaining and hilarious a show it is!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Have you watched any of these shows? Do you like them? What’s your favourite (or shows), and what should I watch next?