For a lot of people, staying in, chilling on the sofa, eating snacks and binge-watching their favourite show on the weekends or free days can be very exciting.
If you’re one of these people, we’ve curated a list of interesting shows you should be watching right now. They are perfect to binge-watch, and they make up great topics for discussion with friends.
P.S: Game of Thrones is not on this list (You probably watch – or watched – that already)
1. This is Us
This captivating show tells the story of the Pearson family, made up of loving parents- Jack and Rebecca, along with their triplets Randall, Kate and Kevin popularly known as “The Big Three”. It chronicles their journey as they go through each phase of their lives, chase their dreams and deal with the aftermath of a severe family tragedy.
The show often oscillates between the present and the past, with the past providing a backstory to explain the current complex situations faced by the characters. The show addresses a number of themes like mental health, racism, adoption amongst others.
The multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated TV show draws in millions of viewers per episode and is known for being a tearjerker. It stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, and a host of other incredible actors. It recently wrapped up its third season and has been renewed for three more.
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2. Big Little Lies
This critically acclaimed show follows the lives of some mothers in Monterey, California, who face certain emotional troubles and become entangled in a murder investigation. It unravels the seemingly ‘little’ lies and secrets shared by different members of the community and how they often backfire. The show touches on several themes like domestic violence, rape and mental health.
Big Little Lies is a multiple award-winning show, racking up numerous accolades in the writing, directing and acting categories at the Emmy Awards, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, amongst others.
It boasts stellar performances from its cast: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and others. Season Two premieres on the 9th of June with a new character played by the one and only Meryl Streep! It’s definitely going to be an intriguing season, so if you haven’t watched Season One yet, you know what to do!
HBO has done an incredible job churning out quality shows with great storylines, and Barry is one of them.
Barry is a dark comedy that follows the life of Barry Berkman, a former marine who works as a hitman in the Midwest. He isn’t particularly happy with his life and reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an actor but ends up joining a group of budding actors within the Los Angeles theatre scene to pursue his acting dreams. Now, that’s an unusual storyline, isn’t it? Sounds like a bunch of random crazy ideas put together but, somehow, the showrunners are able to make it work excellently, striking a balance between ‘incredibly funny’ and ‘emotionally gripping’.
It stars Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, Stephen Root and Sarah Goldberg, amongst others, who all give amazing performances. This multiple Emmy-nominated show is currently in its second season and has received overwhelming critical acclaim.
4. The Chi
The Chi seeks to tell the rich story of the South-side of Chicago and does so, intricately, with each episode.
This showtime series is a coming-of-age drama that follows the lives of four African-American males and their families as they connect and move through life and its challenges.
The show is built around a couple of shootings in the neighbourhood and its effects on the members of the communities. It touches on several issues and features great performances from the predominantly black cast – Jason Mitchell, Yolanda Ross, Alex Hibbert, Jacob Latimore and others. It was created by Lena Waithe, the first black woman to win a Primetime Emmy for writing for a comedy series. The show has received favourable reviews from critics and is currently in its second season.
Have you watched any of these award-winning series? If you haven’t, get on with it and let’s have a chat!