I’m Bethan Shuff, I’m 20 years old, and I’m addicted to binge watching TV series. I can’t help it. If the first episode gets me hooked, I can’t stop until I’ve finished. It will literally take over my life. Here are some series that I’ve binge watched and LOVED (~I’ll try and keep it spoiler free~).
Game of Thrones – This is taking me the longest, because Jake and I are watching it together. Whilst I’ve watched the odd episode without him, I’m not allowed to just crack on and binge like I normally would. It’s probably a good thing though, as Game of Thrones can be a lot of information to take in in one sitting. When I’ve watched episodes without Jake, I’ll re-watch them again with him which is helpful because I can process the information better. I’m a bit late to the party on this series, but I’m loving it so far! I love how it flits from place to place and character to character, each with a different story, problem or claim to the throne. It just doesn’t get boring! Tip: don’t become emotionally invested in any characters because George RR Martin kills everyone you love.
Stranger Things – Anya told me to watch this on Saturday night, I told her I’d have finished it by Wednesday. I started it Monday and was in fact, finished by Wednesday. Eleven is an absolute badass. I have no idea why I didn’t watch this sooner! Well, actually, I thought I’d finished it on Wednesday, not realising Season Two had an episode 9??? Yeah??? What??? So, I actually finished it on Saturday! But it was still amazing and that last episode was insane.
Peaky Blinders – I binged the first 3 seasons on Netflix and fell in love with Tommy Shelby. It was so painful to wait for season 4 and then watch them weekly! However, season 4 really stepped it up with the storyline! I love the feel of the series, set in 1919/1920 Birmingham, fabulous dress sense, smoking indoors; the full shebang. They’ve hit the nail on the head with the set, with every detail accounted for. Season 4 had some major shockers, so I’m really looking forward to the next series being announced.
Dexter – Probably one of the first series I watched. It’s about a blood-splatter analyst working for the police, who’s also a serial killer – but he only kills people who deserve to be killed, like murders and rapists – and the police are looking for the serial killer not realising it’s Dexter because he’s just so clever about it.
Derek – This show will make you laugh and cry your heart out. Ricky Gervais plays an autistic care home worker and he’s the most loveable, naïve character ever and fits right in with all the little old people. It with melt your heart. I also highly recommend watching the blooper reels on YouTube, because they are bloody hilarious.
Supernatural – I feel like I’ve invested half of my life in Supernatural. Season 13 is about to air in the UK and I am buzzing. Sam and Dean are brothers who hunt evil Supernatural entities, which developed into a storyline featuring angels, demons, God and Lucifer and it gets messy. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan in The Walking Dead) plays Sam and Dean’s dad, which is just one of the reasons you need to watch this.
The Walking Dead – Well the last season left us on a bi of a cliff hanger ay? I’m not one for Zombies, but The Walking Dead makes it less about the zombies and more about the people and the survival, which is something I love. I’ve loved following the characters and the other groups Rick and the gang have had to face, but Negan is definitely my fave villain.
Girl Boss – I watched this overnight one night. There are only 13 episodes. It follows Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, and how she built up her empire. It’s motivating and empowering and I feel any woman who wants to be her own boss should watch it and learn from it.
This Is England – No words will do this series justice. The characters are played so well it’s unreal. The series tackles some serious, hard-hitting issues that can be difficult to watch, such as rape and racism. However, there is some light-heartedness. It takes you back to the 80’s and 90’s with skinhead culture, fashion and music, if that’s your bag, you’ll love it.
MisFits – MisFits is a comedy-drama about young offenders who acquire bizarre superpowers in a storm. They get themselves into tonnes of trouble, meeting other people with powers along the way. Joe Gilgun (also in This Is England) makes an appearance as not one, not two, but three separate characters, and Iwan Rheon (also plays Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones) plays a very intriguing character. It’s very strange watching Misfits then watching Game of Thrones!
So there we have it, my 10 fave series that took over, and changed my life.
What series have you watched and loved?