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With the advance of media and the plethora of streaming, downloading, and subscription services, watching shows that last seasons has completely changed. One no longer has to wait for your beloved show, to see what happens next and then wait an entire week to solve the cliff hanger you have been left with. We all have our “go to’s” for one reason or another and I definitely have mine. Life gets hectic at times, and I have never been the person who can do something every single Tuesday at seven o’clock. It is that afternoon I take for myself where I can binge to my hearts delight.
So…..here you go. My all time top ten binge watchable TV shows. Choose any one of the following list, and you can bet I have watched them through, from beginning to end, more than once.
(2010) 16 Episodes (thus far)
A British cop show that my sister asked me to watch after several reminders! I’m so glad she won this battle! Idris Elba plays an emotionally impulsive detective that is tormented by a past and choices he has made which result in a cascade of consequences. You immediately fall in love with this detective as he is as human as can be and adds surprises around every corner. This is one cop show that you will never figure out, which makes it very addictive to watch.
#9 DOWNTON ABBEY
(2011) Six Seasons
A British drama series featuring the Aristocratic Crawley family and their devoted domestic servants This is truly addicting as the character development is done so well The viewer almost takes for granted that the rich would be the bad guys and the poor would be the good guys. But it truly comes down to character, as there is a mix on both sides. You come away feeling very attached and this alone keeps you watching. True historical events of the time are interwoven into the story
#8 THE SINNER
(2017) Six Episodes
This one was the dark horse of my ten. I wasn’t expecting this to be so intriguing but this was one time I truly set an alarm so I wouldn’t miss an episode, as there were only six. The beginning sequence sets the tone for an unbelievable and thought-provoking series. An obviously happy couple, with a young child, on a beach blanket on the shore. The woman, played by Jessica Bell, is carving up a piece of fruit, when al of a sudden she leaps up from the blanket, holding the knife, and attacks an unidentified man on a blanket about 20 feet ahead of them. She killed him. Over and out. Then the story begins There is no doubt who did it. She absolutely did. But the story here is WHY she did it. Intriguing and a very different take on a show such as this.
#7 SHARP OBJECTS
(2018) Eight Episodes
This was just on, and I literally just watched an all day marathon that was repeated on HBO. Wow. This is a total of eight episodes. Amy Adams plays a journalist who is asked by her editor to go back to her home town of Wind Gap Missouri to cover a story of a missing girl. There was a murder of a young girl four years prior and the question was were they connected. She obviously has some dysfunction and an extremely dysfunctional family. Without a spoiler alert, this covers so many important subjects, Mental Health, cutting, psych wards, healing, friendship, manipulation and deceit, the list goes on. You must find this and watch it. It has a lot to say. under a very dark story.
#6 BREAKING BAD
(2001-2013) Five Seasons
Walter White is a high school teacher, married with a disabled son and a baby on the way when he receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer. It is when Walter decides the he has to make as much money as he can to take care of his family before he gets to sick to work and eventually dies. He is a science teacher and hooks up with Jesse Pinkman who is portrayed somewhat as a loser. They decide to cook and sell Meth. This is a journey through right and wrong. The line between rational and irrational. Legal vs Illegal. Conscience and the lack thereof. It takes you on a journey justifying something that is socially unacceptable, but the writers are so good that you feel like you are on the side of the wrong doers. This is definitely worth the journey. Again, many underlying subjects that cause you to think.
(2001-2010) Nine Seasons
Ahhhhh. Jack Bauer. Love him or hate him, Keifer Sutherland was the man in this long running show. This was a political show, a lot of action Jackson kind of stuff, sprinkled with relationships, good guys and bad guys. This show was truly different, as the entire show was in real-time, and each show covered one hour. Different story lines but all falling within the same hour. Was a very interesting way to watch a show. I found watching it when it was on weekly was very frustrating. But fast forward some years later? When I could binge watch it? You bet! I most certainly did.
#4 THE TUDORS
(2002) Four Seasons
This was the first show I have ever binge watched and I watched it with my mum (who I affectionately call my “little British gnome”…….we quickly became obsessed!) The story of King Henry VII who took the throne of England when he as an 18-year-old wild child. The four seasons cover his entire life, all of his wives, a few wars, and a wonderful period piece complete with the language, costumes and castles. I truly loved this and then there’s Jonathon Rhys Myers……..yeah……that.
#3 – LOST
(2004) Six Seasons
This series was in a word, brilliant. The premise of the story was a plane crash occurring on an island and the survivors. Each of them has a past of mistakes or unresolved issues. There is so much hidden in this story it is unbelievable. There are bible references, Mythology, Magic to a mild degree, and so m any questions that linger just below the surface. To try to explain this is absolutely impossible. There have literally been books written about this and what it all. means. Life, death, afterlife, and do we really die at all? Very highly recommend.
#2 – DEREK
(2012) Three Seasons
Ricky Gervais. Love him or hate him, you can’t argue with his creative genius. He created this series from experiences and memories from his own childhood The story is about Derek Noakes, an extremely simple man who works and stays in a nursing home. The staff is small and very connected. Derek loves animals, is nothing but kind all of the time, and his simple ways make very big statements. He thinks or speaks ill of no one, and he literally lives Kindness. This one truly touched my heart, have watched it several times, and highly recommend for any and all ages.
#1 – SONS OF ANARCHY
Number one with a bullet! This is not something for the faint of heart. It can be violent, has sex scenes and definite language. Basically it covers the lives and lifestyle of a Motorcycle Gang in Northern California. The character development is done so well, and you are drawn in so deep to these characters, that you are always on their side, even though when you step away to think about it, they are doing some pretty bad stuff. The hero of the show is Jax Teller, played by Charlie Hunnam, and the main characters are the love of his life, Tara (a Doctor and a love story about two being from opposite side of the tracks) his mother Gemma (don’t mess with Gemma……) and the rest of the gang that you get to know along the way. Jax struggles with the good vs evil. Which one was he? The husband and father trying to do good, or the man embedded in the illegal activities, guns and bodies along the way. It takes seven seasons to answer that question. I won’t give any more away, some of it was difficult to watch, but in the end, it was truly the BEST binge watchable show I have ever seen, And if truth be told, I have watched it through, three times. yes, all seven seasons.
Do you agree? Disagree? What would be on your top ten? Leave your list in the comments!
Until next time…….be kind…….always,