If there’s one thing to know about my entertainment-watching habits, it’s that I haven’t watched live TV regularly since approximately early 2014. At first I was just watching recorded programmes from the TV planner, and then we got Netflix too, and then I got Amazon Student Prime, and of course there’s YouTube…
Either way, I tend to pick one show at a time to binge-watch, often as background noise while I do other things (like write this blog post, for instance). In no particular order, here’s some of the shows I’ve been loving recently!
Z: The Beginning of Everything
Amazon Prime Video
If you love everything 1920s New York, this is for you. Z was released last year, and so far only has one season – though I believe they’re bringing out the second soon. It focuses on the tale of the ‘original flapper’, Zelda Sayre, who married F. Scott Fitzgerald: the man behind The Great Gatsby.
This show is great because it’s just so fascinating as a modern-day viewer. I think it’s difficult not to be enthralled by the idea of the Prohibition era, and all the extravagance and splendour it’s known for. But with all that comes something sinister, and that’s explored brilliantly in Z.
13 Reasons Why
This one has been getting around recently, but I hadn’t actually seen anything about it online until after I watched it. It’s based on the book of the same name, written by Jay Asher in 2007, and was produced by Selena Gomez. I haven’t read the book, but the show is one that gets you so invested that you just need to know how it ends.
Essentially, Hannah Baker has committed suicide, and left behind 13 tapes she recorded to explain her reasons for doing it. At the point where the show picks up, the tapes are given to Clay Jensen, who brings us through the narrative. This programme touches on some really important topics, like cyberbullying and mental health, and I haven’t seen anything that’s tackled these issues in this way before.
I had heard of Riverdale before I started watching it, and I only jumped on the bandwagon earlier this week. It’s set in a high school in the US, in a small town (because small towns are sinister towns, we should all know this by now). A student at the school has died, and now the town is left with the question of how.
I’ll admit, the main reason I started watching was because I found out Cole Sprouse is on it (y’know, Cody from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody back in the day), but it’s actually turned out to be pretty cool. If you like detective-type shows, and don’t mind the high school setting, you should give this a shot.
This is sort of in a different category to the others, as it’s vlogs rather than TV shows. The SacconeJolys are an Irish family living in England, and they’ve just had their third child (literally – she was only born on 30th March!). I’ve been watching them for a couple of years now, I think, and they’re just so cute! They vlog every day, post the videos at 6pm, and it’s just so heartwarming. I’m a sucker for an Irish accent anyway, so I always like to make time to watch their videos.
And that’s it! Let me know if you’ve watched any of these – comment below or talk to me on Twitter – and if you’ve got any recommendations, please share them!