It is that time of the year when all the western shows are on a break and while all the good shows take a nap time, many of us sit idly thinking what to watch next. Whereas awesome shows like Game of Thrones, The Flash, The Walking Dead, House of Cards, The Big Bang Theory are taking a not-so-short break, other saviours have arisen. Here are some shows that are a definite watch. You can watch these shows in a binge, or individually one by one; it is up to you.
Number 5: Suits
Status: Season 5 ongoing
Category: Legal, Drama
Suits is an American legal drama television series created and written by Aaron Korsh. It is funny in a DAMN SERIOUS sort of way and has a lot going on. While the premise of the show is based on daily Lawsuits and the workings of a prestigious law firm-based lawyer, it is easy to understand and a delight to watch.
Even though you might not understand many of the ‘legal’ terms used in the show, the palpable tension between Mike and Rachel, the charm and suaveness of Harvey Specter and the ‘dickiness’ of Louis Litt is worth a watch. Also, it airs in the Summer (i.e. June onwards) and has completed four seasons (ongoing fifth season) so you have plenty to watch.
Number 4: 12 Monkeys
Status: Season 1 completed; on a break
Category: Science Fiction, Mystery
12 Monkeys is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. It is based on the movie of the same name. It follows a Time traveler James Cole who travels from the year 2043 to the present day to stop the release of a deadly virus by the enigmatic organization known as “The Army of the Twelve Monkeys”. Sounds cool right?
It is well directed according to me and drips with urgency from the post apocalypse. It involves realism, simple time travelling mechanics and a gripping story. The mystery element simply adds to the punch.
This show is definitely a must watch. Preferably, one should BINGE WATCH this one.
Number 3: Coupling
Category: Sitcom, British Comedy
On the first glance, it might seem to be a British copy of FRIENDS but it is anything but. A little more adultish, it is made by the same guy who made Sherlock and is currently helming Doctor Who.
It lasted 4 seasons and involves a group of six friends (three guys and three girls) and how each gender interprets a situation differently. A complex storyline is embedded into each episode and it is just perfect to look at the relationships portrayed in this show!
Number 2: Arrow
Status: Season 3 completed; on a break
Category: Superhero, Drama, Mystery, Action, Science Fiction, Fantasy
If you have heard about The Flash, its predecessor is Arrow. Arrow is an American television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. It is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp.
It centres around Arrow (before he became the Green Arrow superhero) who, with the help of his companions Diggle and Felicity (and more!), stop evil goings in Starling City.
If you read the Category section, you will see how many types of elements there are in this show. Superhero fan? CHECK! Drama needed? CHECK! Like Mystery and action? CHECK!
THE BEST part about this show is that it always ends on a cliffhanger and is also the best at knitting complex storylines that come together in the final episode in a perfect arc.
Although majorly science fiction, the recent episodes have delved lightly into the fantasy realms too.
Number 1: How to Get Away With Murder
Status: Season 1 completed; on a break
Category: Legal Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) is an American television series that premiered on ABC on September 25, 2014. The series was created by Peter Nowalk, produced by Shonda Rhimes and distributed by ABC Studios. Viola Davis* stars as a law professor at a prestigious Philadelphia university who, with five of her students, becomes entwined in a murder plot.
Okay, just watch the pilot episode. Just…listen to me. It has so much of mystery, so much of thriller, A WHOLE LOT OF ASS-KICKERY! Actors are fantastic, the drama is not your usual boring drama, the story is exquisitely handled, the direction is one of the best, and the music used complements every situation perfectly…
This show is one of my FAVOURITE shows ever! Murder, mystery and thriller are a perfect combination and every show ends on a cliffhanger, just like with Arrow.
Caution: Sexual Nudity shown openly so watch it with care.
This is a list of my favourite shows that I watch when all the major shows have ended. While some of these shows are known to the masses, others are not so well known, hence the inclusion in this list. I have added those shows that are either perfect to binge on, or are perfect to watch from anywhere and elsewhere. If that made sense. I love story, acting and complexity so I have chosen those shows.
As always, this is my personal opinion so if yours differs from mine, please comment down YOUR list. We will see whose is better 😉
The part 2 post is still in works. If anyone cares, it will be up soon, Sorry for the delay!
*Viola Davis rocks and she is one of my favourite television actresses. You might have heard of her recent casting as ‘Amanda Waller’ in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad.
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