TV Shows I’ve Been Watching Recently

tv shows I've been watching recently

Hey guys!

Now we’re in October and it’s getting cold again, chances are you’ll be watching TV more frequently. There are few things better than cosy nights in with a mug of hot chocolate, your fave guilty snack, and a great series on. If you’re bored of rewatching the same shows and are looking for something new to watch, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some of the series I’ve enjoyed watching recently (most are available with either a Netflix, Sky or Starzplay subscription):

 

  1. You

After hearing a lot of great things about You, I finally decided to watch it last month, and let me tell you, it was well worth the wait. Penn Badgley (a.k.a Dan in Gossip Girl) stars in this psychological thriller about a bookstore manager called Joe who seems like a normal guy on the outside but is actually really creepy. After meeting Beck, an aspiring writer, Joe starts inserting himself into her life, stopping at nothing to get what he wants…

You is truly unsettling and will make you think twice before posting on social media. Penn Badgley is superb as Joe, and Shay Mitchell is great as Beck’s friend Peach, who suspects that there’s something shady about Joe right from the start. You is the kind of show that hooks you right from the start and you’ll spend the rest of the season wondering how much Joe can get away with before people realise the truth.

(Available on Netflix)

  1. Sweetbitter

With only two very short seasons so far, Sweetbitter is another series you can easily binge in one day. It is based on Stephanie Danler’s book of the same name and centres on Tess, a 20-something who moves from Ohio to New York and lands a job as a waitress at a top restaurant. Here she learns just how challenging being a waitress is and becomes drawn to Jake and Simone, two fellow employees who have a complex relationship that Tess is eager to find out more about.

(Available on Starzplay)

  1. Black Mirror: Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too

Admittedly, I’ve never been very interested in Black Mirror, but when I heard that Miley Cyrus was going to play a pop sensation in the latest season, I knew I had to watch it. Rachel is a quiet teenager who longs to connect with her favourite pop singer, Ashley O. When Ashley O releases a robotic toy called Ashley O, Rachel can’t wait to get her hands on it and soon becomes obsessed with it, unaware that something creepier is happening to her idol…

White the ‘Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too’ episode has had mixed reviews from critics and regular viewers of Black Mirror, I personally really enjoyed it, and not just because I’m a fan of Miley Cyrus. The ex-Disney star is great as a singer who longs to break away from her squeaky-clean pop image and experiment with her own music. The role was honestly perfect for Miley and I can’t imagine anyone else playing Ashley O. I’d definitely recommend watching ‘Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too’ if you like Miley Cyrus and can’t decide what else to watch on Netflix! It’s an entertaining critique of high tech and the music industry.

(Available on Netflix)

  1. Euphoria

Euphoria is a new HBO show that has received a lot of hype recently and for good reasons. It stars Zendaya as a recovering addict who has to try to settle back into teenage life after spending the summer in rehab. Euphoria has been compared to Skins and 13 Reasons Why due to its plethora of explicit scenes and the fact that the producers were not afraid to shy away from issues such as substance abuse, toxic relationships, social media and bullying. It’s a raw and shocking show, and I was initially put off by all the explicit scenes, but it’s worth sticking around for Zendaya’s fantastic acting, the brilliant soundtrack (‘All For Us’, the song Labrinth wrote for the series which features Zendaya, instantly became one of my favourite songs of this year), and realistic portrayal of what it is like to be a teenager in 21st century America.

(Available on Sky in the UK or HBO in the US)

  1. Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin is one of the best shows I’ve ever watched, and I am devastated that it is over. I love pretty much everything about Jane the Virgin – the independent and relatable protagonist Jane and her love triangle with Rafael and Michael; the never-ending drama, which ranges from Jane’s accidental insemination to finding out the true identity of ‘Sin Rostro’ to Jane’s father returning to her life; and Jane’s relationship with her mother and grandma. Jane the Virgin is hilarious, compelling and will make you cry on numerous occasions, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

(Available on Netflix)

  1. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

You may find this hard to believe, but I didn’t actually watch the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch series [besides a couple of episodes that just happened to be on TV]. I know, shocking. The latest series was produced by Netflix and stars the fabulous Kiernan Shipka as the young witch. From what I’ve seen and heard, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is much edgier and darker than the original series, and has a more diverse cast, but it also maintains the comedic element that made its predecessor so popular. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina centres on Sabrina Spellman, a teenage girl who is half-mortal and half-witch and has to deal with fulfilling her witch duties while protecting her mortal friends from the imminent danger that is ascending upon the town of Greendale. With its central themes of witchcraft and the supernatural, and abundance of gory scenes, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the perfect show to binge at time of year and is sure to get you in the mood for Halloween.

(Available on Netflix)

  1. 13 Reasons Why

Netflix’s most controversial show 13 Reasons Why returned last month, and while it has received mixed reviews, I personally really enjoyed it. Although like most fans I wasn’t overly keen on the introduction of Ani, and I was disappointed that the season acted like some of the characters didn’t even exist (I’m talking about Marcus, Ryan, Scott and Nina) and tried to make us sympathise with Bryce (a serial rapist), I loved Jessica’s storyline and how she was so keen to make change at Liberty High. I also thought that Tyler matured so much this season and I was so proud of him when he told everyone what had happened to him before the dance the previous year. While Monty is one of the worst characters on the show, I was frustrated with what the incident in the last episode and I hope that it turns out not to be true or the person who harmed him gets punished (although not as severely). Overall, this season of 13 Reasons Why was well worth the wait and I’ll definitely be sticking around for Season 4.

(Available on Netflix)

  1. Derry Girls

Gosh, this show is HILARIOUS! I am so so so glad Twitter recommended it to me. Derry Girls is a quirky comedy-drama set in Londonderry (a.k.a. Derry), in Ireland, and follows a group of teenagers (4 girls and 1 boy) as they get up to mischief during the early 1990s. My only qualm is that the actresses look several years older than the characters they are portraying, but this doesn’t detract from the superb storyline and witty dialogue – and it’s a series that you can enjoy even if you’re not Irish. I binged the two seasons that are currently available in a couple of sittings.

(Season 1 is available on Netflix; Season 2 is available on Channel 4)

  1. Unbelievable

If you watch one show on Netflix this year, it has got to be Unbelievable. This eye-opening crime drama is certainly worth all the praise it has received, and will stick with you long after the last episode. Unbelievable has a captivating storyline and phenomenal acting all around, from Kaitlyn Dever’s portrayal of Marie Adler recounting her rape to the police in the first episode to the detective work from Toni Collette and Merritt Wever in the following episodes. I’ll point out that Unbelievable is not an easy watch – it’s grim, disturbing and frustrating, especially when the police persistently interrogate Marie and make her feel like she is making the whole thing up. Despite being a limited series, Unbelievable is powerful in just 8 episodes and shows that rape cases need to be handled better by the legal system. I’ll expect we’ll be seeing more from Collette and Wever, and possibly Dever, in the near future, either in more episodes or at the next awards season.

(Available on Netflix)

 

Other TV shows I’ve enjoyed watching recently include Clique, Friends, Riverdale, Glee (for some reason I stopped watching it halfway through Season 4 but now that’s it’s available on Netflix, I have no excuse not to finish it) and Orange Is the New Black. I’m planning to finish Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists and start The Act, Sex Education and One Day at a Time in the near future so keep an eye out for my reviews of them.

 

What is your favourite TV show at the moment? Have you seen any of the series mentioned in this post? Did you enjoy them as much as I did?

 

Serena

 

5 Comment

  1. YES! Derry Girls is amazing – so glad Twitter convinced you!

  2. Nancy says: Reply

    You can never go wrong with watching shows when the weather is cooler. I’ve heard so many things about Euphoria. I need to check that out!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  3. Great post! The series you definitely have me questioning myself, “how are you routing for a stalker??”
    I’m going spect something about from your list to bing watch on the weekend

  4. Unbelievable is top of my list I need to watch it

  5. I’m gonna have to catch up with a lot of shows here, I’ve heard of them but have yet to watch. Among your list, my favourite would have to be The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, although I was quite baffled by the Season 2 ending. Have you watched it all?

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