So it’s nearly October! Where did Summer go? I’m not completely convinced we even had a Summer but there you go. The most important thing is that the television drought is coming to an end. Football is back on. The X Factor is on Saturday nights so it must be nearly Christmas. And more importantly the US TV season has kicked off again and all our favourites are returning. That’ll be happening over the next month or so, so what am I watching at the moment?
With approximately one billion channels on Sky currently, subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon and my guilty pleasure of the WWE Network, I’ve got more TV options than I could ever fit into my lifetime. If you’re still looking for a few things to watch while you wait for your shows to come back from their breaks then here’s a few options to keep you going.
Master of None (Netflix)
Literally the only way I could get over Parks and Recreation finishing was to shift my comedy love Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. As Tom Haverford in Parks Aziz was one of my highlights. Oh, who am I kidding? The entire CAST was a highlight. Obviously Ron Swanson was THE highlight but I just absolutely adored that show. Master of None is such a different beast but features all the charm and smarts that Aziz is known for, and the second season really hits an emotional high. I won’t give too much away but it’s well worth checking out if you haven’t already. It’s one of the most clever and varied comedies out there.
This is already a few episodes in, so make sure you catch up first before watching it on TV. You don’t want to miss anything! I’d watch Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd in pretty much anything they do. I consider them to be two of the best on our TV screens. Yes, I even loved Ioan in Fantastic Four and you can’t change my mind on those movies. Liar is a complex and surprising thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you coming back for more every week. A date goes well but the aftermath the following day involves a rape accusation and both of their worlds come crashing down. But who’s in the wrong? It’s a gripping story you won’t want to end. Good news is it’s even coming back for a second season so why aren’t you watching right now?
Impractical Jokers (Comedy Central)
I know. Shows like these are very much like Marmite. I personally absolutely hate Marmite but I think Impractical Jokers is hilarious. It’s not highbrow and it’s not clever but there’s just something about the relationship between the guys that feels completely genuine. They’ll all be forced into awkward situations with the general public and make each other do and say ridiculous things. It’s such a great show to watch when you just want to switch off and have an easy half an hour without having to think about anything. It’s much like Friends, another Comedy Central staple. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen an episode, I’ll still find it funny.
The Crown (Netflix)
While everyone binge watched this ages ago, I’ll admit that it never quite got me when I first started watching. Yes, it looked absolutely stunning and felt like a really special piece of television, but there wasn’t anything that made me want to sit there all weekend and finish it. So I saved it for when things were a little quieter and now I’ve been slowly working my way through it. I’m definitely appreciating it a lot more now away from all the hype. The cast are incredible – Matt Smith, Claire Foy, Jared Harris and John Lithgow to name but a few. It’s a fascinating piece of historical drama and one of Netflix’s best offerings.
W1A (BBC Two)
It’s hard to put into words exactly what W1A does so well. It’s probably the most awkward show on TV but that’s part of its charm. It has an amazing cast with a host of huge names like Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Sarah Parish, and I could go on all day. With David Tennant narrating, W1A offers a comedic look at the BBC and their television developments. You have to wonder just how close it all is to reality. I like to think working at the BBC is exactly like W1A and I really want a job there now. I’ll be disappointed if it’s not.