There are many things we have to be thankful for in the modern world. Apart from sliced bread and the internet, one of the greatest inventions of mankind is video-on-demand.
Gone are the days when we had to wait a week for new episodes of our favorite shows. Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, iflix, HOOQ, Viu and more, binge-watching several episodes a day is the norm. You can go an entire weekend just snuggled up on the couch while watching episode after episode, am I right?
While I do, of course, enjoy watching some family-friendly flicks with Chard and Zion, sometimes there are series that have got me hooked and I love watching by myself. Here are my TV series recommendations based on what I have been watching.
I don’t know why, but the life of Queen Elizabeth is truly fascinating. This award-winning series dramatizes the life of Queen Elizabeth during the earlier years of her reign. Besides the fact that the show is full of drama and intrigue, it shows the Queen as a formidable, strong woman. I know it comes as no surprise but strong women really inspire me. The Crown will hook you from the first episode, as will Claire Foy’s brilliant acting. I should also mention that one of the other things that hooked me was Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret. Her acting is equally superb, as is the beautiful, princess-worthy coiffed looks she has on the show. It’s rumored that Queen Elizabeth herself watches it! Two seasons are up on Netflix, and season three will feature a new, older cast to signify the passage of time.
Raise your hand if you watch Riverdale! This gritty take on the well-loved Archie comics series puts the gang in the modern world with modern problems. There’s the usual teenage angst and romance, but instead of it being the usual cheesy plotline, there are bigger mysteries to uncover. Riverdale shows so much more depth in all the characters: Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, Josie, and many more. Their stories and struggles play out vis-a-vis all the serious stuff happening in their town. One thing I like about it is that it’s not all about Archie, and other characters get to shine. And as a side note: Have you fallen in love with Cole Sprouse’s dreaminess yet? 😉
Billions is a serious crime drama series involving insider trading, corruption, politics and more. The main characters are rivals who make use of their incredible intelligence, and of course power play, in order to edge the other out for billions of dollars. It’s a bit heavier than my other TV series recommendations, but if you like shows like House of Cards, then this may be interesting to you.
Netflix has really been killing it with their original shows, and Atypical is right up there. This is a coming-of-age show about a boy, Sam, who is on the autism spectrum. Sometimes serious and sometimes funny, this show is a peek into the lives of those who live with autism. It also dispels many of the negative notions that people have towards those who are on the autism spectrum. There are only eight episodes so far, but they will draw you into Sam’s life completely and will make you wish for season 2 to be available faster.
Look, I’m probably one of the few hundreds of people you know who rave about this show, but it comes with good reason. This suspenseful show will take you through the strange things happening in Hawkins, Indiana, starting with the disappearance of young Will Byers. Besides the great story, this show has made my list of TV series recommendations because of its references to the ‘80s. I’m sure many viewers are filled with nostalgia whenever they watch episode after episode. One of the greatest things to come out of the success of this show is Millie Bobby Brown, who is the kind of teenager you wished you were and still want to be.
There are some sci-fi shows that have such great stories, and Sense 8 is one of them. This show is about eight people from different parts of the world, who are complete strangers. Inexplicably, they become sensates: people who are mentally and emotionally connected. Imagine being able to share your thoughts, feelings, skills and more with more people? It could be a huge help or a huge nightmare. Notably, Sense 8 portrayed topics like love and gender equality. The show stressed the importance of accepting differences in culture and relationships with other people. This is what the series delves into. I am really sad that Netflix chose to cancel the series due to the high cost of producing such a top-notch quality show, but hopefully, they revive it in the future.
I can’t believe one of my favorite shows is coming to an end! Scandal is an interesting look into the PR and crisis management firm headed by Olivia Pope, and the close relationships they have with key members of the White House. It’s equal parts drama and mystery. Each episode is thrilling and inspiring in the way Olivia Pope handles the challenges thrown her way. She is arguably one of the strongest female characters on TV as of late, being a smart boss lady who can come out on top. The effect that Olivia Pope has had on modern pop culture is insane. Part of the most iconic scenes from the show is the way she relaxes at home after a long day: with a large glass of really good wine in one hand, and a bowl of popcorn in the other. It’s so refined yet unpretentious. I just might binge-watch the entire series again when I get the time (yes, with some wine).
I suppose this list of my TV series recommendations tells you quite a bit about the shows that interest me! Did you love any of these series? Let me know if there are some shows you think I should check out. I’m always on my toes for the next good one!