Oh what a fun series this is to write!
In case you missed it last year, I randomly decide to start sharing the TV shows that I’d been watching recently and it has gone down a storm with you all which I am very grateful for.
So grab your popcorn because I’ve got some brilliant recommendations for you.
Synopsis: What would you do for love? For a brilliant male bookstore manager who crosses paths with an aspiring female writer, this question is put to the test. A charming yet awkward crush becomes something even more sinister when the writer becomes the manager’s obsession. Using social media and the internet, he uses every tool at his disposal to become close to her, even going so far as to remove any obstacle –including people — that stands in his way of getting to her.
Verdict: Twitter is the entire reason why I watched this show and now, I’m looking at my social media in a whole new light because yes, this does in fact happen in real life. Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley aka. Dan from Gossip Girl) is the definition of a creep – he owns a bookstore, he quickly sets his sights on Beck and he will do anything to have her in his life. Oh and believe me, he does absolutely anything and everything to have her all to himself which is very creepy indeed.
The TV Show is addictive – the pace is quick, the setting of New York is predictable but kinda fun and it isn’t just all about Joe and his desire to have Beck. The plot does show a softer side to Joe which I really enjoyed seeing.
Synopsis: Luther is a brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective who is tormented by the dark side of humanity while hunting down murderers. Once the self-destructive detective knows the killer’s identity, it becomes a psychological duel between predator and prey.
Verdict: I am very, very late to the party on this one and it was because of my Dad that I eventually started watching it. Oh wow – I am very much in love with Idris Elba as an actor. What can I say about this show without spoiling it? For starters: it is very addictive, the main plot line about Luther is strong throughout all five seasons, season two was probably my favourite and it is just fantastic.
There is a lot of talk about the latest season on Twitter which was released on New Year’s so be aware of spoilers as there are a few vocal people lurking. What I will say is that if you have a fear of masks like I do then be aware of season five. Apart from that and the ever so disappointing ending of the last episode, I absolutely loved it.
Synopsis: Socially awkward high school student Otis may not have much experience in the lovemaking department, but he gets good guidance on the topic in his personal sex ed course — living with mum Jean, who is a sex therapist. Being surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis has become a reluctant expert on the subject. When his classmates learn about his home life, Otis decides to use his insider knowledge to improve his status at school, so he teams with whip-smart bad girl Maeve to set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their classmates’ problems. But through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realizes that he may need some therapy of his own.
Verdict: Holy Dumbledore, this is utterly brilliant and I desperately need another season. I honestly thought that the eight episodes would be full of awkward sexual moments with a dull plot but I was very, very wrong.
The three main characters; Otis, Maeve and Eric are scripted to utter perfection and I did nothing but howl with laughter at some of their scenarios. It isn’t just all about sex – there are some deep issues within the plot as well such as pregnancy, peer pressure and sexuality. Each episode begins with a person who is in need of help from Otis and the way in which he handles each problem is just fantastic.
I could happily re-watch this.
The Good Place
Synopsis: When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place. But it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the Good Place’s architect Michael and his all-knowing assistant Janet. Her seemingly perfect neighbours; Tahani and Jianyu and open-hearted soul mate Chidi help her realize that it’s never too late. With the help of her new friends — and a few enemies — Eleanor becomes determined to shed her old way of life in hopes of discovering a new one in the afterlife.
Verdict: You know you enjoy a TV show when you manage to watch an entire season in a single day. I’ve been told to watch The Good Place by a lot of people on Instagram and now that I’ve finally watched the first season, I understand the hype completely.
It’s a light hearted show all about whether or not Eleanor deserves to stay in The Good Place or not and with the aid of her friends and a handful of flashbacks to when she was alive. It’s absolutely brilliant and I’ll have probably watched season two and three by the time this post goes live.