Last week I shared some of the films I’ve seen recently, and today I thought I’d share the TV shows I’ve been watching during the past few months. With most of the country confined to their houses for the rest of the month, you’re probably looking for a new series to binge watch, so hopefully this post will give you some inspiration!
1. Little Voice
This series wasn’t actually on my list, but when I read that it is about a singer in New York and features song written by Sara Bareilles, I had to watch it. Little Voice stars Brittany O’Grady as a singer called Bess who is trying to make it in New York whilst dealing with her autistic brother and alcoholic father. Bess describes her music as “Alessia Cara meets Carole King” and is compelled to take on the problems of everyone around her. Bess is such a likeable character, and she has a fantastic relationship with her best friend Prisha (who is worried about coming out to her close-minded parents) and brother. Little Voice has only 9 episodes that are each around 30 minutes long, so you could easily binge it in a couple of days. I hope there’s a second season!
2. One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time is definitely one of my fave Netflix original series and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who is missing Jane the Virgin and Fuller House. It centres on a newly divorced ex-military mother who lives with her mum and 2 children in Los Angeles. I love all the characters in One Day at Time (especially Penelope, Elena and Lydia) and how the show deals with important issues such as feminism, consent and coming out. Unfortunately, only the first 3 seasons are available on Netflix as the fourth season was picked up by Pop TV. Hopefully it will become available on streaming services in the UK soon.
3. Good Witch
Although I love witchy things, I don’t actually watch many TV shows about witches, but Good Witch is a series that has been on my radar for a while. I finally started Good Witch in September, and I’m going to start Season 3 in the next few weeks. Good Witch is a cute series that is much lighter than I expected, and the mother-daughter relationship between Cassie and Grace reminds me of that between Lorelai and Rory in Gilmore Girls, while the small town setting and magical element fives me major Once Upon a Time vibes.
4. Degrassi: The Next Generation
Degrassi: The Next Generation has been on my watchlist for YEARS, and with 13 Reasons Why over for good, now seemed like the perfect time to finally start it. Degrassi does feel like it’s aimed at a younger audience than 13 Reasons Why, and it did take a while to get into, but it does get better around Season 2/3. Degrassi centres on a group of teenagers who attend the fictional Degrassi Community School in Canada. The characters all have different personalities and deal with common issues teenagers face such as eating disorders, rape and bullying. I finished Season 5 not too long ago, and I’d say that my fave characters are definitely Manny and Ellie.
5. Emily in Paris
This series was released at the beginning of October and everyone on Twitter still seems to be talking about it non-stop! Emily in Paris has received quite a bit of criticism, since it is unrealistic and full of stereotypes, but as I love Lily Collins and needed a new show about fashion to watch after Katy Keene was rudely cancelled, I had to see what the fuss was about. Emily in Paris is such a fun show, and I don’t understand why so many people have complained about it! Lily Collins is brilliant as the main character, who is trying to fit in in Paris despite the language barrier and her snotty manager. Fans of Gossip Girl and Katy Keene are bound to love Emily in Paris.
6. American Horror Story: Coven
While I’m not overly keen on horror flicks, I was drawn to American Horror Story: Coven due to the fact that it is about witches and stars Emma Roberts, who has been one of my favourite actresses for well over a decade. The Coven season of American Horror Story consists of 13 episodes and centres on a teenage girl (played by Taissa Farmiga) who finds out she’s a witch and is a sent to a special school for witches. During her time at Miss Robichaux’s Academy, Zoey deals with zombies and the resurrection of serial killers Delphine LaLaurie and the Axeman.
Coven is a fun miniseries to watch if you’re into witches (and aren’t too squeamish) but don’t like full-on horror. Whilst Coven is very dark and has some jump scares, it’s more creepy and gruesome than “scary”. It also stars some big names alongside Emma Roberts and Taissa Farmiga, such as Sarah Paulson, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Robe, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters and Angela Bassett. Although I did enjoy Coven, I’m not sure if I’ll be watching any of the other American Horror Story seasons as I’ve heard that they’re much scarier. However, I might watch Apocalypse at some point as the witches from Coven return.
7. Sabrina the Teenage Witch
As Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is over until the end of December, I thought I’d finally watch the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch show. I did watch a few episodes when it was on TV years ago, but I never got round to watching the full series. I found the first season on Amazon for just under £5 so I had to buy it! While Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is more of a dark horror, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a light-hearted comedy, with short episodes that are only around 25 minutes. Melissa Joan Hart plays the titular character who finds out that she is a witch on her 16th birthday and has to juggle her new supernatural powers while attending a normal high school. Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a thoroughly entertaining show that will make you laugh out loud and wish you had magic powers and a talking cat!
8. The Haunting of Bly Manor
I’m sure you’ve all watched The Haunting of Bly Manor already, and if you haven’t you’ve at least heard of it. The Haunting of Bly Manor has been raved about all over the blogosphere since it was released at the beginning of October. While so many bloggers loved the series, others thought it was too slow and not as scary as its predecessor The Haunting of Hill House. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of horror, but I do like ghost stories and Gothic tales, and The Haunting of Bly Manor was a beautiful series that gripped me right from the start. I adored the two children and the romance between the two main characters was perfectly splendid. I also cried a lot during the last couple of episodes, which I was not expecting at all.
I’ve also seen Cursed and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 this Autumn, and just started Trinkets earlier this week. Shows that I’m planning to watch next include Looking For Alaska, His Dark Materials, The Queen’s Gambit, The Great, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Dash & Lily and Merry Happy Whatever.
What series are you currently watching? Have you seen any of the shows I’ve mentioned?