TV Shows To Binge-watch Before Lockdown Ends

With the lifting of lockdown in sight and summer almost upon us, soon staying home in front of the TV will be frowned upon. But, before that happens and while we’re still enjoying some cosy weather, why not catch up on some of the top binge-worthy TV shows of the last few years. From fantasy and romance, to reality and true crime – we’ve come up with a list of series to suit every interest, and ones with not too many seasons to get through (there’s no time for a Friends marathon!).

So, before you start leaving the house and enjoying those outdoor activities you’ve missed out on for a year, give some (or all) of these great TV shows a go.

Drama: Line of Duty

BBC’s hit crime show is approaching another tension-laden climax with season six in full swing this year. Will we find out who is ‘H’? Will Ted Hastings ever find all the bent coppers?

Dive in for a tense and gripping ride as Hastings, alongside DS Steve Arnott and DC Kate Fleming, head up AC-12, tackling an organised networked web of corruption within the UK police force.

With six seasons and 33 episodes, there’s plenty of twists and turns to keep you intrigued, if your nerves can handle it! Line of Duty is available on BBC iPlayer and Britbox.

Romance: Bridgerton

If you weren’t one of the 82 million households that watched this show when it was released early 2021, making it Netflix’s most-watched show, there’s still time for you to join the growing fanbase. 

Created by Shondaland and based on the novels by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton is a romantic Regency-era drama that follows the fascinating lives of the Bridgerton family through the lens of Lady Whistledown, the ton’s gossip columnist.

If you’re looking for a whimsical escape full of drama, glamour, scandal and love, then Bridgerton is the perfect choice for you. The first season, with 8 episodes, is available to stream on Netflix.

Fantasy: The Witcher

The Witcher is another one of Netflix’s best-performing TV shows. Starring Henry Cavill (previously known for Superman), this series is based on writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s renowned fantasy books, which the popular video game is also adapted from.  

Monsters, magic and fate are intricately intertwined in this epic show that follows the triumphs and troubles of Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire. Action, mystery and a few comedic moments await you in this spectacular series. Season 1, with 8 episodes, is available to stream on Netflix.

Historical: The Queen’s Gambit

Travel back to the 50s and 60s in The Queen’s Gambit to see how a young, orphaned girl (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) reveals an astonishing talent for chess which begins her unlikely journey to fame within a male-dominated world.

If you’re looking for a compelling, Golden Globe winning drama, with a touch of history and a few lessons in chess, then this limited series is the ideal pick for you. Watch all 7 episodes on Netflix.  

Drama: I May Destroy You

Michaela Coel, British actress, screenwriter, director, producer and singer, turned one night of trauma into an eye-opening series people just can’t get enough of.

This unsettling show is set in London and poses the question of sexual consent in the new landscape of dating and relationships. Provoking, engaging, and dazzling with a mixture of funny, I May Destroy You is a moving masterpiece not to be missed. The 12-episode series is now streaming on HBO.

Thriller: You

Dan Humphrey has left the drama of his gossip website to become a dangerously charming, intensely obsessive stalker in You.

Penn Badgley, who plays the said stalker, does an impressive performance in this psychological thriller – making you cringe in some moments and feeling sorry for him in the next. Watch as secrets, lies and suspense unfold in this binge-worthy series. Seasons 1 and 2, with 10 episodes each, are available to stream on Netflix.      

Dark Comedy: I Hate Suzie

I Hate Suzie is a British dark comedy series created by and starring Billie Piper as the titular character. Suzie is a famous actress whose phone is hacked and compromising photos of her are leaked to the public.

Watch as the consequences of this innate modern problem affects her life and how she tries to keep everything from falling apart. Fascinating character development, suspense, and laughter in between are what makes this series perfect to binge. All 8 episodes are available on Sky Q, non-Sky customers can sign up to NowTV’s Entertainment Pass to watch it.

Reality: Love is Blind

Reality shows are often a guilty pleasure and Love is Blind is no exception. Watch as hopeful strangers look for the ‘one’ in a rather unconventional way.

This dating social experiment tests whether an emotional connection conquers a physical attraction, as contestants fall in love and get engaged before meeting each other face-to-face. Stream season 1’s 10 episodes on Netflix.

Rom-Com: Emily in Paris

If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, grab a beret and head to the city of love with Emily in Paris. Lily Collins, musician Phil Collins’ daughter, plays Emily an American young woman who’s landed her dream job in France.

Juggling work, a new language, friends and romance – this charmingly cliché series will keep your eyes glued to the screen. With roughly 30-minute episodes, this romantic comedy is an easy binge-watch. The first season, with 10 episodes, is available to stream on Netflix.

True Crime: Night Stalker

Love yourself a chilling true crime documentary? Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer may be just the show for you. This eerie limited series looks into the life of Richard Ramirez, a relentlessly evil serial killer who terrorised Southern California and San Francisco in the mid-1980s.

Watch as two detectives search and later catch Ramirez, one of America’s most feared murderers, in this 4-part documentary. Stream it now on Netflix.

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