TV shows I'm loving right now

Sunday, May 15, 2016

In no particular order, here are the best shows on TV right now (in my own opinion):

1. Game of Thrones - 18+
Game of Thrones is my favourite show by far. I'm a tad obsessed, and I've been trying to tackle the books too but I've only managed to read A Game of Thrones so far - I put A Clash of Kings on hold when I went to uni and haven't picked it up since, whoops. I spend far too much time trawling through the ASoIaF forums and I am utterly in love with the world building, character development, and history that George R. R. Martin has created. This show is pretty much my life. Never get me talking about Game of Thrones because I will never shut up.

Recommended for: Fans of the fantasy and medieval genre, dragons, and general badassery. Make note that the show is definitely not for young 'uns or the faint hearted. Lots of gore, sex, violence, bad language, and basically everything horrific you can think of.

2. Brooklyn Nine Nine - 14+
B99 is the show that never fails to cheer me up. It's a little bit like Friends because I can watch every episode 400 times over and it's still funny and it's still entertaining. It's a shame the episodes are so short because I want a million hours of this show to stream directly to my TV. You can even watch B99 season 1 and 2 on Netflix right now, which is what I suggest you do right this second if you want plenty of laughs and to fall in love with some of the best characters on TV.

Recommended for: Fans of slapstick comedy, Andy Samberg, and cop shows. OK for teens.

3. Jane the Virgin - 15+
Jane the Virgin is light, funny, intriguing, loveable, emotional, and just plain awesome. I may have developed a massive obsession with Gina Rodriguez thanks to this show. She is probably one of the most energetic actors I've ever seen on screen, she exudes charisma and passion and I adore everything about her. I aspire to be like Gina Rodriguez every day of my life. But yeah, JtV is one hell of a ride. I couldn't even begin to explain the show to you so I suggest you give the premise a read and watch it because you'll fall in love immediately. There's literally nothing to dislike about this show.

Recommended for: Fans of dramadies, soap operas, and complex plots. This show strikes the perfect balance between being both character- and plot-driven. Worth a watch.

4. The Hollow Crown - 12+
The first series of The Hollow Crown was incredible, and not just because of Tom Hiddleston (I mean, it sure helped). I enjoy Shakespeare, especially visually. People always say Shakespeare shouldn't be read it should be performed, and I agree. It's a million times more captivating when it's acted. This BBC show is beautifully shot, cast, and edited, and I think even if you're not a lover of Shakespeare, this show is worth a watch just for the performances.

Recommended for: Fans of Shakespeare (obvs), history, and theatre. It can be violent and gory, and although the series 1 DVD box has the 12 certificate, I'd suggest maybe 14+.

5. Peaky Blinders - 18+
Peaky Blinders is one of those shows I have to be in a certain mood to watch. It's gritty, violent, and requires every ounce of your attention otherwise you'll most certainly miss something important. I'm really into it at the moment, I missed the Shelby family a lot. This show may also have the best soundtrack out of all of my picks - lots of Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, and Nick Cave. Guitar-heavy rock tunes set to a murky Birmingham setting is a match made in heaven.

Recommended for: Fans of the crime genre and early 20th century dramas.

All certifications, except for The Hollow Crown, were taken from Common Sense Media.

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