Ho ho ho! It’s the time of year every TV buff looks forward to – the Christmas sales when all boxsets go down in price and become, to quote Chandler Bing, a friggin steal. If you missed it, I’ve already rounded up on my top 16 albums of 2015, but what shows have I been binge watching and obsessed with this year? I’ve got seven must-watch shows for you, and if you haven’t seen them already, what are you playing at? Sort your life out. Get your bum off the couch and grab a copy and then put your bum back on the couch for the foreseeable future.
If you’re a fan of rap, hip-hop and life on the streets then this is definitely a show to watch. The music is relevant and happens to have made it into the Billboard top 100 on numerous occasions this year – including the radio stations that were featured on my flight to and from New York this summer. This is a show about music but it’s not a musical, so don’t go thinking you’ll be watching a modern day African American High School Musical type of thing. This is about the racial struggle in the employment world and how music helps close that barrier. But if you’re not interested in the drama, or the characters, then at least stay for the music. It’ll have you hooked.
Who doesn’t love a good FBI drama? There are many police dramas that have resurged in recent years – Chicago PD, Rizzoli and Isles and Blue Bloods for example – that to have an FBI show on the scene is refreshing. The plot of the first season has been strong so far. Without going into detail one of the trainees has infiltrated the FBI, havoc unfolds and innocents are captured as guilty. For you Americans, the ABC network has just made your Sunday nights enjoyable, for anyone else, we have a fantastic new show to watch first thing Monday morning in the gym before work.
I was late to the game on this show but damn, it’s now one of my favourite shows. How this had been on the air for three years and I hadn’t watched it yet is beyond me. It’s got country music, it’s set in the Music City of the world, and the cast sing everything themselves. Each individual character has their own thing going own but there is a sense of this quaint idealistic American rock ’n’ roll lifestyle we all secretly wish we had. I was able to binge watch three seasons of this two weeks before the fourth began it was that addictive.
Mad About You
Have you ever wondered what Phoebe’s sister Ursula’s back story was on Friends? Well a few years before Friends hit the small screen, Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser took over NBC in the 90s with this sitcom that has the same feel as Seinfeld, Fraiser and Friends. All about married life in New York City the comedy is light hearted and easy to watch and if you need a Friends fix but want something new, Mad About You could help you out.
Orange Is the New Black
Back in the day when I first had Netflix some five years ago there was nothing new and exciting to watch. The movies were dated and TV was somewhat sparse. Enter Orange Is the New Black and suddenly the whole word has gone crazy for incarcerated women in jumpsuits. The third season had mixed reviews – less Piper, not enough Alex, and Justin Bieber’s twin Ruby Rose – but overall we saw character development elsewhere that made the show succeed where it failed in other areas. Even if you don’t want to spend £6 on a Netflix subscription, binge watch it all during your free trial and then cancel it. Win win for you.
Another show that I’ve been behind the times with. It was actually my mum that got me into Suits – so pat on the back for you mother. There’s drama, lies, deception, fraud and a whole bunch of legal mumble jumble that makes a subdural hematoma on Grey’s Anatomy sound like a doable procedure. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that one reason I stuck around the binge watch when things tailed off during season three and four was Meghan Markle – but just watch the show and you’ll find more than her as a reason to keep you hooked.
Will & Grace
Similar to Mad About You, Will and Grace will give you that warm 90s feel you’re craving for. I’d written his show off so many times in the past but once you get a few episodes in it’s hard not to watch another episode. 20 minutes flies by so it’s a great show to watch when you’re in one of those “I don’t have anything to watch, but I have everything to watch, but I don’t want to watch any of it” kind of moods. Though the comedy can be a little flamboyant and over-the-top at times, who can resist a sitcom set in New York? It seemed to be the thing that made 90s sitcoms so special.
I’ve watched so many shows this year that these seven aren’t even a true representation of the abuse my iTunes and Apple TV have suffered this year. I hope they’re ready for what 2016 has in store for the small screen because I sure am. Shonda Rimes – lets see what damage you can do this year.