The best things to watch on TV right now

As an unashamed lover of TV it seems so remiss of me never to have broached the subject of my favourite shows.

I’ve always loved good telly and simply don’t know what to do when I meet a new person at a party who proudly tells me, ‘I don’t own a TV.’ I believe that these strange creatures must watch stuff on other types of screen, surely?!

Anyway, I have no use for them.  If we can’t talk about how hilarious Frank’s ‘rum ham,’ is in It’s Always Sunny or how weird Anna Friel’s lips look in Marcella ( not to mention how freaking amazing her wardrobe is,) then I don’t want to know. At this point and I will go off to stand by the crisps.

British and scandi crime dramas, dark British and American comedy , big shiny HBO/Netflix originals and UK comedy classics from the late 1990’s to early 2000’s are what really tickle my pickle. Love a British Drama too – Olivia Coleman, Sarah Lancashire and Suranne Jones complete me.

If I’m feeling sad or ill or hungover then I’ll get in the bath with Peep Show, the IT Crowd, Alan Partridge, Spaced, or Black Books. Doesn’t matter that I’ve seen each episode a gazillion times, they’re like a sweary, dated and hilarious comfort blanket.

I frequently judge a show, based on shoddy criteria before I’ve actually watched it. Having written it off, I’ll hear that it’s actually fantastic and then jump on the bandwagon really late. Sopranos I’m looking at you.

Anyway, you might have already seen these shows as I’m so late to the party, but if not then check them out, they’re available on Netflix/ Now TV and other various streaming services right now, just have a dig about.

It does all look rather Now TV heavy, I reckon that you can get all these if you have Sky too. Now TV was a revelation- it’s so cheap and includes all the stuff that I’d want to watch on Sky (basically Sky Atlantic and STV drama type things) for about £7 a month.

Divorce ( HBO, I watched it on Now TV)

Written by Sharon Horgan who also wrote the excellent UK comedy Catastrophe, I was a little sceptical on first watch. Sarah Jessica Parker initially comes across as a privileged annoying type but I soon grew to appreciate her and forget about Carrie, plus she has a killer winter wardrobe.

The star of the show is her husband Robert, who has an excellent accent and provides the laughs.

The full first series is available to watch now on Now TV.

Insecure ( HBO, I watched it on Now TV)

When Divorced finished I looked up the reviews as I thought it was great but hadn’t heard much chat about it. Some of the reviews said that it lost out to the popularity of Insecure and so I thought I’d give that a bash too.

It’s not really comparable to Divorce  as they’re just very different shows but I enjoyed it all the same, devouring it in over 2 days.

This is about a younger crew based in LA,  said to cover the black female experience on a range of topics like relationships and work. It’s funny and also a bit sad and feels fresh and different.

The full first series is available to watch now on Now TV.

Jane the Virgin ( Netflix)

I scrolled past this for months as I thought it looked shit and the name looked shit. I then read an article in The Pool that said actually it’s really good and so I got involved.

There’s heaps of episodes and it’s silly but also properly funny and and perfect for when you’re a little tired and don’t want anything too challenging.

It’s about a virgin who is artificially inseminated by accident, there’s romance,  crime and telenovelas set against a sun drenched Miami.Give it a chance.

I’m gagging to watch season 2 but heard a terrible rumour that it won’t be shown on Netflix.

The full first series is available to watch now on Netflix. ( I also really recommend Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which I approached in exactly the same way and it’s hilarious.)

Scott and Bailey ( I watched on Now TV)

I know, I know, it’s not new. This first episode aired in 2011 but I only discovered it recently and watched all 6 series in quick succession. Having just done a bit of research I see that it was written by Sally Lindsay, who also wrote Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax so no wonder it’s on my list.

This is a fab crime drama but what makes it great is the dynamic between the three lead women, Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey plus their boss Gill. That’s right all ladies. All ladies deftly solving  brutal crimes, guzzling too much wine and coming out with cracking one-liners.

All seasons are available to watch on Now TV.

The Night Of ( I watched on Now TV)

This is bloody brilliant. Recommended to me by a friend, I’d have totally missed it if it wasn’t for her. It’s a shiny crime drama set in New York that follows the plight of doe eyed and seemingly innocent, Nasir Khan, who is accused of murder.

Over 8 episodes we see his brutal transformation as the story slowly unravels.  It’s gripping! For me, the star is his eczema plagued lawyer Jon Stone played by John Turturro, he provides the light relief, plus there’s a cat.

The first series is available to watch now on Now TV.

Veep (HBO, I watched on Now TV)

One of my favourite shows ever. Season 6 aired last year and if you haven’t watched yet then I insist that you do.

Created by Armando Iannucci, it’s as an adaptation of the excellent British sitcom The Thick of It.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, aka Vice President is just dreamy. So so rude and so wrong.

Watch all episodes on Now TV.

Olive Ketteridge ( I watched on Now TV)

Now TV kindly suggested that I watch this last week and I’m so glad that I did. I was slightly hormonal and there was much, much sobbing.

This is Emmy award winning and poignant and heartbreaking and funny and just great. Put simply it’s about a middle-school math teacher Olive and her marriage with Henry which spans 25 years. Bill Murray’s in it.

Watch all episodes on Now TV.

And the rest

The Affair season 2 (I’m not loving season 3 at all, actually I think I’ll just patch it) GOT, obviously, West World (adore Thandie Newton) The Missing, The Tunnel, Frankie and Grace, Stranger Things, Fleabag, Happy Valley, The Mart ( for Scottish viewers – my uncle produced it!)

How do I find the time to watch all this TV you may ask? I prioritise!

Happy watching bitches x

P.S If you have any other recommendations then please share.

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “The best things to watch on TV right now

  1. Love this. We’ve started the Good Wife…. also late to the party but hooked. In addition…. Nashville…. Rhine stones, country music, plaid shirts and sordid relationships… win! xx

  2. The only thing I am watching just now is Elementary. Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes, with some Rhys Ifans thrown in……delightful! I’m also very late to this party but catching up. Hope you are well Felicity xx

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