5 Shows You Should be Watching Right Now

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:

THE CROWN

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.

BROOKLYN 99

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.

STRANGER THINGS

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!

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6 thoughts

  1. The Crown – superb. We’re hooked right now. The Walking Dead – long time fans. No spoilers please as we’re a season behind. Stranger Things – possibly the best series EVER! Love your picks, Sarah. Will get onto the others during the down time. You’re so right, life is too short for crap TV!

  2. I LOVE The Walking Dead! It took me watching the first episode, vowing never to watch it again – then returning to it after a year and watching a few seasons all at once. Such an amazing show with great character development. It always makes me think about what I would do if I was in their survival situation.

    I started watching Stranger Things, but got interrupted mid-first episode. I need to go back and watch it, because I have heard they are soo good.

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