5 Binge Worthy TV Shows

I’m generally slow to the uptake when it comes to TV series, but I do spend a lot of time on planes which gives me an abundance of time to binge once I commit to a show. I tend to download a season before a long flight and plunge my way through. My top picks tend to revolve around the same genre: I loooove a good drama series. If you’re looking for comedies or documentaries, you won’t find any on this list. I do indulge in them from time to time, but they definitely don’t make my binge worthy top 5. The way I see it, the more O-M-G factors, the better!

I vividly remember the good old days where it wasn’t even an option to smash out entire seasons at a time. Home & Away was my first true love, and I remember racing home from gymnastics or piano class to make sure I made it back in time for that 7p.m. start. Yet my challenges were only beginning: next came the ads every other minute, and the feeling of dread that 30 minutes would be up before you knew it! I know, life was tough.

There’s never been more to watch or more ways to watch it. And whilst this can be leave you dangerously in the midst of wasting your whole precious day, it can also leave you deliciously fulfilled. I have strict rules around when I can and can’t indulge, yet when I do, I savour every minute. 

Here are 5 of my favourite binge worthy TV series for your viewing pleasure:

1.     Game of Thrones

Whilst I say I’m generally slow to the uptake, I blew my record out of the water with GOT. I’m sure most of you will have seen this series but if you haven’t, it isn’t too late to start! This could be the most spectacular series to ever hit the airwaves. Anything and everything happens. I mean, who doesn’t want to see incestuous, presumptuous highborns quarrelling for power? 

2.     UnREAL

It’s a scathing satire of reality dating TV, and explores a very unique relationship between two women working behind the scenes to get the dramatic and outrageous footage required to boost the show’s ratings. I love the parallel it draws between the series and reality TV itself. It’s brutal, truthful and downright brilliant.

3.     Orange is the New Blank 

OITNB has brought its viewers through 7 seasons of epic drama, following the lives of women in prison. The series has lots of undercurrents exploring political strands and underrepresented sectors of society. I’m also a huge fan of the Australian prison drama, Wentworth, which portrays perhaps a grittier version of prison life and is also worth devouring.

4.     The Handmaid’s Tale

It’s our worst nightmare, turned TV series. Based on the award winning book by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale explores a futuristic America where infertility rates are high, and society is sectioned out into specific roles, one of which is the Handmaids whose primary purpose is to have babies for upper class families. I am currently addicted!

5.     Vikings

This one is downloaded and ready to go, though I haven’t managed to start it yet! But with so many glowing reviews, it’s one that I am thoroughly looking forward to.

Dara HayesComment