Having reached the point in my life where my evenings are no longer spent propping up the bar or dancing around my handbag in my finest white stilettos (I joke they were black), I have found myself appreciating my Sky Plus box much more than I had ever imagined. It’s not so much the issue of being so busy that I miss my favourite programmes but more the fact that I am so impatient that I cannot wait a whole week to watch the next episode of my favourite television series.
So what are you recording? I hear you cry. Well, mind your own business. I’m joking, of course I am. Instead please find below a list of my favourite television series, so you can also become fans, buy the box sets and not have to wait for the next episode.
So here it is; the top ten television series to ever have graced my screen (well the ones I can remember). I’m not going to beat about the bush here, you are getting one paragraph max. of why you should watch these fantastic programmes and if you need more visit IMDB.
1. The Inbetweeners (2008 – 2010) four British teenage boys explore life after their G.C.S.E.s. The boys aren’t exactly the cream of the crop so when they experience things such as parties, girls, sex, holidays, drugs, work experience and so much more, not everything goes as smoothly as they’d hoped. Watch all three series, then the film, then thank god you are not one of these guys.
2. Sex & The City (1998 – 2004) four girls living in the Big Apple who talk openly about sex, fashion and everything in between, what more could you want? There’s Carrie – fashion addict and narrator of the story, Miranda – career woman, Charlotte – traditional girl who wants to meet ‘the one’ and Samantha – serial man eater. You’ll want to be all four ladies at once, love Carrie’s endless inspirational quotes and have to watch the entire box set with copious amounts of chocolate and wine.
3. Walking Dead (2010 – ) I love everything zombie so when I first heard about this programme I literally squealed. It has a great storyline that involves a lot of characters but isn’t too complicated at the same time. The regression of human nature is shown brilliantly in the characters (particularly Shane and Carl) and the whole apocalyptic topic of the series is terrifyingly real. Also, if you think like me, don’t worry the zombies can’t run.
4. Gavin & Stacey (2007 – ) a brilliant comedy showing the meeting of two families from opposite sides of the UK. It’s not so much Wales Vs Essex as a combination of the two, lets call it Wessex, ah no ok Essles then. Every character in the series has their own humourous qualities but Nessa and Smithy are by far the best. If you don’t find yourself in tears of laughter after watching this then you are not human. Buy the box set, watch all three series (not forgetting the Christmas specials) and you will be crossing your fingers that James Corden and Ruth Jones bring out another series soon.
5. Mistresses (2013 – ) These four sassy ladies keep me tuning in week after week and I hope this programme doesn’t become a one series wonder because I never want it to end. The women all have successful careers and modern lives but they are also all complicated in their own ways that leave you wondering if any of them will ever get their happy ending. There’s Savannah who just cheated on her amazing husband, Jocelyn who is the Samantha Jones of the group, April who discovers a sordid secret about her dead husband and Karen a psychiatrist who has risked her career by sleeping with a patient. It’s sexy, sassy and realistic, in my eyes the perfect series.
6. Plebs (2013 – ) I turned my nose up at this comedy set in Ancient Rome when it was first advertised, it didn’t exactly sound like the Inbetweeners/Gavin & Stacey humour I like but when it was reshown recently I decided to give it a try. I’m not often wrong but I was definitely wrong about this, it is hilarious. The characters are brilliant, the premise is unique and I was laughing from start to end. The programme shows three young men; two scriptorium workers and their slave try and climb the social ladder of the big city. I have heard that ITV are promising us a second series soon so if you haven’t seen the first yet please do.
7. Game of Thrones (2011 – ) If you haven’t heard of this series, where on earth have you been? Not on earth, that’s where. This fantasy series tells of Seven noble families who are all fighting for control of the mythical land of Westeros. The programme is incredibly complicated, there are several plotlines entwined and there’s mention of dragons and wolves so it’s not something I would have ever watched had it not of been for the overwhelming amount of fans this programme has attracted. It’s easy to see why so many people love the show though, the programme covers so many issues including social hierarchy, war, religion, loyalty and sexuality and is so well made, I think the budget is in the region of 6 million an episode and the cast list reads like an award ceremony invite list so it would shock me if they even could make a dud episode.
8. House (2001 – 2012) For a series to last eleven years you know it is going to be a gooden and House is no exception. The programme revolves around Dr House who is a doctor (surprisingly) who only deals with all the complicated patients that no other doctors can diagnose, so you get to see numerous unusual illness, which if used correctly can make you sound incredibly intelligent at dinner parties but also leaves you wondering if that headache really is just a headache or actually Lupus. Dr House however has issues of his own; he is emotionally detached, addicted to pills and a great cynic. Humorous, educational and easy to watch. Oh and did I mention Dr House (Hugh Laurie) is also hot as hell?
9. Dexter (2006 – ) now this is a clever series. There’s a blood analyst called Dexter who works for the Miami police department but he is also a murderer. Interesting concept, I hear you cry. And yes, you would be right it is quite an interesting concept, but what is more interesting is the reasoning behind his killings and this shocks the viewer because you start approving his actions. Every murderer is a ‘baddy’ leaving you questioning your morals at the end of each episode. What doesn’t help Dexter is that the ghost of his father appears to be mentoring him along the way and he experiences a constant battle between being a father, keeping his job and fulfilling his killing needs.
10. Shameless (The American Version) (2011 – ) I was the first to admit that when I heard that the Americans had got hold of another of our British series I cried a little. I wasn’t sure the Americans were capable of the subtle humour, disgraceful squalor or realistic characters that our Shameless had provided us with. I was wrong. So I have been wrong twice in this blog, not good I know, but seriously they have done a great job with this series. The programme revolves around an alcoholic father, Frank and his six children who have to cope without him. Even though the yanks have made a few alterations to the plot and it’s not quite as scummy as the original I actually think it is better (sorry) and rather than just watching the programme as something to do late at night I would actually buy the boxset and have a shameless binge with a six pack of own brand beer.
So there we go, my top ten television series. Judge me, love me, hate me, follow me; whatever you choose to do I’m off to series link anything and everything I can find in case any of it is half as good as this lot.