The other day someone asked me if I’d seen a particularly amusing TV advertisement. I had to plead ignorance and explain that due to the wonderful world of Foxtel and online streaming, I no longer watch commercial television!
As we wind down to the end of the year, hopefully you’re scheduling some “me” time amongst all the hustle and bustle.
Here’s some things you should be watching, because life’s too short to watch crap tv:
This Netflix series focuses on the ascension to the crown and early reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The production values are off the charts, the characters well-developed and the acting first-rate. I’m particularly enjoying John Lithgow’s Churchill.
At first glance this may seem like just another cop comedy but somehow this Andy Sambag-led ensemble cast elevates the show into something a bit special. Hilarious and at times very touching, watch for Terry Crews being Terry Crews, lots of cop jokes and a little romance.
THE WALKING DEAD
Now in its seventh season, the post-apocalyptic zombie show that has become a cultural phenomenon goes from strength to strength. Every time it looks like foundering or getting boring the cast and crew produce some screen magic. There is some absolutely cracker acting on this series, and I beg you to reconsider if you’ve previously passed on it because you don’t like “gory stuff”. Trust me, it’s got so much more to offer. It’s even got a post-show talk show – “The Talking Dead” is one of the highest rating late-night shows in America, and celebrities are clamouring to get on it.
GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE-OFF
Yes, it’s a baking competition show. Why does this twee bit of reality television make the list? Quite simply, because it’s the nicest show on television. In fact, watch its British progenitor as well because they’re equally lovely. There is absolutely zero drama beyond the occasional stolen ingredient or dropped sponge and the contestants, judges and hosts are all clearly having a ball. Just beware the dreaded soggy bottom.
Another Netflix triumph, and possibly this year’s “thing”, this creepy 80s-set series about a small-town boy going missing and the weird stuff that happens after is compelling TV. It also heralds the return of Queen Winona to our screens. Just don’t watch it alone at night, trust me on that one.
So what have I missed? What’s good on the box or on your laptop lately? Let me know in the comments!