1. American Horror Story
I’m not sure why it took me so long to get round to watching American Horror Story because it is, on paper, exactly my sort of thing. Spooky? Check. Weird? Check. On Netflix? Check. I think AHS is the kind of show that definitely benefits from binge watching as you quickly start to get sucked in and even though it’s not scary (well, not for me anyway) it definitely does have you on the edge of your seat. Of the two seasons I’ve watched so far (hurry up and add the third please Netflix!) I definitely preferred the first “Murder House” series rather than the second “Asylum”. I like the fact that each season is a completely seaparate story, yet many of the actors are the same – something a bit different and I can’t really think of any other TV shows which do something similar. I’ve heard that season three isn’t that great (which is a shame as Covens are definitely my kinda thaaang) but I’m looking forward to watching it soon anyway.
2. The Other Guys
I went to see The Other Guys at the cinema when it came out a few years ago, and from what I remember I enjoyed it. When looking for something to watch the other night, I came across this again and gave it another watch – and in fact it was quite funny, better than I had been expecting! Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play a couple of mismatched police officers in the NYPD who, for various reasons, are the laughing stock of their department. They accidentally become involved in a big case and have to try and work together to prove to the rest of the cops that they’re not completely useless. It’s not the best film I’ve ever seen, but great for a Sunday evening comedy when you want something easy to watch.
3. The IT Crowd
I used to be a big fan of The IT Crowd back in the day and so I decided to watch it all again from the start. I had kind of forgotten just how good it was, there were several occasions where I found myself cackling away on my own. If you’ve never watched it before, the show centers on Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade), two nerdy employees of the IT department of Reynholm Industries, as they are joined by new department head Jen (Katherine Parkinson) who knows absolutely nothing about comp-u-ters. As you would expect, there are plenty of geeky references, awkward situations and general comedy in and out of the workplace. It’s hard to choose a favourite bit, however the episode where they go to see the gay musical and Roy has to pretend to be disabled is a personal highlight.
Whitechapel is another one I watched years ago, however I had no idea there was more than one series of this. I spotted it on Netflix a couple of weeks ago so gave the first series a rewatch, and then started on the second (and there’s another one waiting to be watched soon). The first series focuses on a copycat killer recreating the murders of Jack the Ripper in modern day Whitechapel and it’s up to DI Joseph Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones) and his new team of policemen, headed up by DS Ray Miles (Philip Davis), to catch the killer. I’m fascinated by all things to do with serial killers, as well as things with historical references, so I loved this. Although I wasn’t quite so keen on the second series, which was based on a re-doing of the Krays’ crimes, I still thought it was well done and pretty gripping for an ITV drama.
5. Breaking Bad
If you know me at all, you’ll know that I LOVE Breaking Bad. I had been thinking about rewatching it soon anyway, so when Laura mentioned she hadn’t made it past the first couple of episodes I knew it was time to educate her in the ways of Walter White. I won’t say too much as I’ve already mentioned Breaking Bad in a previous Watching Lately post, but I think it was even better the second time around. I like slow-burning shows which focus on character progression, but even if you’re more into fast paced things it’s worth persevering with the earlier episodes as by the final couple of seasons you’ll be unable to step away from the “play next episode button”. SO TENSE. SO BRILLIANT.
6. I’m Alan Partidge
I’ve caught a few episodes of Alan Partidge things here and there over the years, but I’d never properly sat down and watched it all. I’m Alan Partridge kept coming up in my Netflix recommendations so I thought this was as good a time as any to give it a go. There’s definitely a reason this is a cult classic and you just can’t help but laugh at Steve Coogan’s disgraced TV presenter character and his painfully awkward attempts to get back on TV, all the while insulting and annoying just about everyone. Definitely worth a watch if you’re a fan of classic British comedy, and I’ll just leave you with this scene with had me crying with laughter the other day.
What have you been watching lately?