Some nights, there’s nothing I love more than a glass of red wine, dinner delivered (or whipped up by Boy – I’m a lucky gal), and some Netflix. I often end up in deep discussion about what my friends and I are currently watching, new shows and what I feel people MUST WATCH. Yes, I’m highly opinionated about how you spend your hours on the couch.
We watch a range of different things, some we’ve stumbled upon ourselves, and things that we’ve been recommended, even if it’s just one episode in the entire series (like when I was told to watch Jeong Kwan – Episode 1 Season 3 of Chef’s Table – MIND-BLOWING).
We get bored quickly, and not every show sticks, no matter how hard we tried. For example, Breaking Bad. There were so many rave reviews and such a cult following that we tried our hardest to get into it. I feel like you have to like or relate to a character in a show, and I just hated every single character in that!
Here’s a few picks that I’m likely to talk about if we ever got into a discussion about shows. Things I’m currently obsessed with, and that I have been obsessed with in the past. Basically, everything you MUST WATCH!
I seriously don’t know what I’d do without Netflix in my life anymore.
Riverdale is my current obsession. My sister Ming and I grew up reading Archie Comics, and it was basically our first ever addiction (now it’s vegan food and cute branding). So the fact that they made a show based on the characters meant that we were destined to fall in love with it.
I’m so happy with how well they’ve done the show. Of course, they’ve created a highly-addictive storyline and a more diverse cast, but the resemblances and references in the show really hit back to my childhood, whilst the script pleases my 20-something self. I’ve watched every single episode released, but now Netflix are doing that annoying one-a-week thing instead of releasing the whole series at once. Probably for the best so I’m not a wide-eyed monster in trackies getting all my meals delivered.
Potentially one of the hardest shows to explain to someone who has no idea about it. Ming was dying to watch Stranger Things, and I had an empty afternoon, so we sat down and watched Episode 1. Big mistake or best idea ever? We watched about 6 or 7 episodes, then squeezed more in whenever we had a spare hour or two.
It’s set in the 80’s, and it’s a sci-fi mystery thriller kind of thing. If you haven’t heard of it, you’ve been living under a rock. If you haven’t watched it, WATCH IT NOW!
THE GOOD WIFE
The Good Wife is possibly one of the most underrated shows out there. My cousin Jolene made us watch it when we visited her in Melbourne, and holy hell, we were obsessed. We started watching it when it was about 4 seasons in, and we caught up embarrassingly quickly. You’ll start feeling like a lawyer (a bit like when you watch Suits, which I also love).
Just a warning – although it is one of my all-time favourite shows, the last 2 or 3 seasons get awful. The storyline completely changes, and I found it so dull that I struggled through the second last season, just because I’d been so loyal in the past. I stopped watching it completely a few episodes into the final season, which says a lot. I may just watch the final episode and see what I’ve missed.
They have a new series called The Good Fight, which picks up one year after the events of The Good Wife. I’m curious about it – I might check it out when I have a free night at one point.
The episodes on Netflix aren’t up-to-date, so I watch it elsewhere. But it’s such an easy watch, and the characters and script is so good. Schmidt may be my favourite character EVER.
MAKING A MURDERER
It blows my mind that some people haven’t seen this. Like my sister. Possibly because I told her that when my mum, Boy and I sat down at 5 or 6pm one evening to start it, we didn’t go to bed until the early hours of the morning once it was finished.
It’s a documentary, and you change your mind so much about the events it’s crazy, and it’ll make you scream LET ME BE A LAWYER halfway through (put those skills you’ve gained from The Good Wife to the test).
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
Okay, you caught me. This isn’t a show, it’s a documentary, but I had to sneak this one into the list somehow. If you watch one thing this evening, please let this be it! It’s an absolutely insane story about Rodriguez, an American musician who never made it big in the US and only sold a handful of albums. However, in South Africa, Rodriguez is an absolute legend – bigger than Elvis and The Rolling Stones.
No one in SA really knows who he is, and there are so many different rumours about how he died. The documentary is all about these guys from SA looking for him and trying to find answers. The most INSANE story. Boy and I have his records at home and his songs are in so many of our Spotify playlists – basically, the music is also awesome.
Everyone needs a little trash in their lives. It’s great after a long day when you want to switch off and think of nothing.
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS
My current American Trash TV obsession. I initially started watching this Real Housewives because of the great cast, and now I’m loyal to them.
BASICALLY ALL BRITISH TRASH TV
I’m not a fan of the really scripted stuff (Made In Chelsea, The Only Way Is Essex) although I have friends that love the shows. Boy and I were big Geordie Shore fans, but the last few seasons were just a bit too much and we didn’t enjoy the cast as much.
HOWEVER, Ex On The Beach, Love Island, Celebrity Big Brother (the celebrity one, not the normal one – I like when there are some people I know on it!), I’m A Celeb Get Me Out Of Here, are all GREAT. Ex On The Beach and Love Island in particular are the BEST trash TV out there!
We’re also big fans of Ant & Dec Saturday Night Takeaway, which you can’t even call trash. It’s just so feel-good and so funny.
The shows you can watch over and over again. I put it on in the background when cooking, and we fall asleep to a lot of them.
THAT 70’S SHOW
I know this has been around since I was little, but I didn’t start watching it until last year. I absolutely love it, there are such great actors in it too!
I fully judged Peep Show before I watched it. It looked weird (since the camera shots are supposed to be characters looking at each other), but Boy loved it and so I put up with it. Putting up with it turned into absolutely loving it. The script is amazing, and it’s true that a lot of humour is not in dialogue, but in people’s thoughts, which is also scripted.
THE OFFICE (US)
Another show I fully judged until Boy showed me the error of my ways, and is now one of my favourite shows of all time. The actors and characters in this show are SO well done. I tried watching the UK version, and it’s just not for me.
The ultimate classic. I never watched it when it was on TV, because my Mum wouldn’t let us watch it. However, when I was older, I got the boxset of every single series. In my teens, I’d have trouble sleeping a lot, and I’d put it on and fall asleep to it (Ming HATED it when she slept in my room with me).
Do you have any favourites? Let me know if there’s anything I should add to my must-watch list!