For my first post, it seemed appropriate to list my top five TV shows. As an avid series-watcher, narrowing down a selection of shows out of the 70 that I watch was a difficult task. However within this post I have managed to handpick my favourites and hopefully convince you to watch them as well!
1. Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2015)
The comedy series is set in the fictional town of Pawnee following the government department of Parks and Recreation. Filmed as a mockumentary, we meet Leslie Knope, the deputy head of the department and a range of diverse employees. When I first attempted to watch the show I gave up after the first episode as I was not used to the mockumentary style and found it slightly unsettling. But I did revisit the show a few months later. The first two seasons may be a bit slow-paced, but the characters, the town and their antics are definitely worth the time.
Similar to: The Office
2. Bob’s Burgers (2011 – present)
Would you believe it? Cartoons are not just for children! In this animated comedy, Bob Belcher, a family man is running his own restaurant with the help of his wife Linda and three children: Tina, Louise and Gene. The puns and attention to detail are fun to spot with the ‘Burger of the Day’ board, the store next door that constantly changes and the new van company that appears every episode. There is no doubt you will resonate with at least one of the Belcher family as you follow them on their wild adventures and mishaps in their daily lives. Each episode brings so much joy to my day that I eagerly countdown the days for next episode.
Similar to: The Simpsons
3. Mr Robot (2015 – present)
Drama series, Mr Robot follows Elliot Alderson who is a code programmer at a cyber-security firm by day and a vigilante hacker by night. He comes across an underground group of hackers determined to take down the large corporation, E Corp. If the double agent trope isn’t enough to get you to watch, the many plot twists this show makes you encounter will leave you wanting more. Once you feel as if you’ve got the plot figured out a new twist is revealed resulting in a lot of confusion but you will be left in awe.
Similar to: Black Mirror
4. Sense8 (2015 – present)
The Wachowski siblings, who directed The Matrix, delved into the world of TV with Netflix Original Sense8. The series follows the lives of 8 individuals from Iceland, Nairobi, San Fransisco, Mumbai, Chicago, Berlin, Mexico City and Seoul. The first season follows their journey as they try to figure out who they are whilst stopping those who are trying to neutralise them and see them as a threat to humanity. I recommend watching this sci-fi drama masterpiece before the highly anticipated season two is released on May 5th!
Similar to: Orphan Black
5. Gilmore Girls (2000 – 2007)
Set in fictional town Stars Hollow, we follow the life of single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her teenage daughter Rory Gilmore. Lorelai grew up in a wealthy family but left to raise a child at sixteen. The series tag line ‘Life’s short. Talk fast.’ is put to the test when you are left trying to figure out the infinite pop culture references thrown into the dialogue. It explores a family with generational differences and friendships which are put to the test at various turning points in their lives.
Similar to: One Tree Hill
For the meantime these are the shows I enjoy the most and would rewatch over and over again. If you would like to see the complete list of TV shows I watch click here.
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