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It’s not all dragons, but as a heads up, there are quite a lot of them. The fantasy drama series is set in a medieval-era world, where overlapping and interlinked sets of families fight to the death (literally) in a bid to sit on the so-called ‘Iron Throne’. It’s very violent and there’s a lot of nudity (and sometimes there’s violence and nudity at the same time), but it’s all quite exciting. Also, the female characters are just ace.
Girls is back for one last series in 2017, but if you haven’t caught up on the rest, then now’s the time. The show’s sometimes raw portrayal of surviving and finding yourself in your mid twenties made it one of the most identifiable series on TV, as Shoshanna, Hannah, Marnie and Jessa’s mostly messy attempts to navigate adulthood made us all sit up and go ‘oh thank God it’s not just me’.
Categorically one of the most heartwarming, hilarious series to date, this is perfect hangover TV. Hunker on down under a duvet and travel to the Stars Hollow – a fictional sleepy town on the east coast of America – and follow the lives and loves of Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory. As a heads up, you’ll want to stock up on junk food before starting this – there’s a lot of eating involved.
Sex and the City never failed to get down to the nitty gritty – it put the many nuances of modern love, friendship and (of course) sex under the microscope and became the most defining sitcom of the 90s as a result. Obviously, there was comedy too – Samantha’s one-liners still get us every time. And while we’ll never quite understand how Carrie was supposed to have made a living off just one column a week, we’re willing to overlook it for her fabulous wardrobe.
We followed Seth, Ryan, Marissa and Summer from high school to university in The OC, and we’re still completely gutted that it’s over. Relive the days of bootcut jeans and furry shrug tops, gaze at Sandy Cohen’s eyebrows, and vicariously experience adolescence in one of America’s richest (and most dramatic) communities.
The city dweller’s equivalent of The OC, Gossip Girl is all privilege and perfect hairstyles. As the original scene queen, Blair Waldorf, negotiates life in the shadows of her extravagantly free-spirited best friend Serena, and scholarship kid Dan Humphries finds his feet in the poshest school on the Upper East Side, the real question on everyone’s lips is who’s running the anonymous gossip website that’s spilling all their social secrets? XOXO.
Over the course of six emotional seasons, Downton Abbey had us corset-hooked on the lives of the Grantham family and their servants. Weaving together 1920s’ history, family drama and a few totally traumatic storylines, Downton is as good as period dramas get. Plus, it’s scored Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and is beloved Stateside – proof that if you haven’t seen it already, you need to catch up now.
If you like ET, you’ll love this. And if you like the Blair Witch Project and ET, then you’ll really, really love this. Starring Winona Ryder, the Netflix series follows a group of 12-year-olds following the mysterious and uncomfortably eery disappearance of one of their friends.
The ultimate superhero in everyone’s book (or, er, TV), Buffy was a fast-moving series of quick witted one liners, high school friendships and improbably terrifying vampires. Whether you were all about Angel or more into Spike, Buffy was way ahead of its time – in everything except for the CGI, that is. And it’s worth watching for the ’90s hairstyles alone.
The most unflappable person in PR, Olivia Pope knows how to make any scandal disappear. Which is probably why she’s employed by the White House. With her team of ‘white hats’ on hand to help her get to the bottom of every bit of dodgy dealing in Washington (and a collection of beautiful long-stemmed wine glasses to help her when she goes home), she’s exactly who we want to be when we grow up.
When Piper is sentenced to jail for a crime she committed 10 years earlier, she’s forced to leave her fiancé and move to a minimum-security prison in Connecticut. Four seasons and several orange jumpsuits later, and she’s still there – and the show is grittier than ever. While Piper provides the over-arching storyline, each episode focuses on one inmate’s personal life and explores what led them to life behind bars. And it’s really, really, really good.
Ten years of Edina and Patsy’s outrageous behaviour wasn’t enough to satisfy fans, so they’ve made a comeback with a movie in 2016. So, what better excuse to rewatch the Ab Fab back catalogue? The cult series follows the self-obsessed BFFs drinking, snorting and blagging their way through their fashion careers, watched over by Eddie’s ever-disapproving daughter Saffron.
The finale aired 12 years ago, but we can still watch Friends on repeat. Probably the most quoted show of all time, Friends nailed it with each and every episode about the mishaps of the six unlkely 20-something mates living in New York. We’re still convinced that everyone is a Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Ross, Chandler or a Joey. And importantly, it taught us exactly what it means to be on a break.
Following CIA agent Carrie Mathison as she attempts to uncover a series of terror plots against the United States, this series is more nuanced than it sounds. Confronting PTSD, post-natal depression and mental health issues at the same time as a few (OK, a lot) of terrorist take-downs, it?s fast-paced, exciting and emotional.
Forcing everyone to question the motives behind your friend who suddenly decided to study chemistry at university, Breaking Bad follows middle-aged downtrodden teacher Walter White. After a cancer diagnosis makes him panic about money, he finds the most logical solution: manufacturing crystal meth. In a campervan.
After curating a massive cult following on the internet, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer took their webseries to Comedy Central ? and their fans followed. Sweary and slightly-dishevelled, the comedians play two 30 somethings in NYC, throwing themselves into awkward-situation after awkward-situation to varying degrees of success. Oh, and Amy Poehler is an executive producer.
In one of the most gripping series to ever hit British TV, The Fall follows detective Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson in her best role since the X Files) as she attempts to catch a local serial killer (Jamie Dornan in his best role ever) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Think Tom and Jerry ? just with more chilling music and some very dramatic cliffhangers.
If you were a teenager in the ?90s, then this is going to be like watching your own life dissected into 19 47-minute-long episodes. If you weren?t a teenager in the ?90s, well ? it?s also like watching your own life dissected into 19 47-minute episodes. Angela (Claire Danes) is 15-years-old and completely unsure of herself. She?s also completely in love with Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto). And so are we.
Idris Elba plays Luther ? a supercharged detective with the brain of Sherlock Holmes and the ruthlessness of? ach, we might as well admit it ? there?s nobody else quite like him. Determined to hunt down murderers in London, Luther pushes himself to the limit in order to catch them ? tracking them down and using all kinds of psychological torture to make them crack. And if you haven?t guessed, it?s pretty intense.
Hands up who wants to be President of the United States? Now, hands up who?s willing to kill to be President of the United States? Francis Underwood, you can put your hand down now.
Together with his equally driven wife, Claire, and the ?help? of his loyal bodyguard Edward Meechum, watch Francis stop at nothing to get to the Oval Office.
Nine series in, and we still can’t get enough of Peep Show. Following the dysfunctional lives of Mark and Jezz, two 30 something men in Croydon, this is a depressingly familiar insight into growing up ? as seen through the eyes of two guys who resemble every man you ever dated at university.
Based on a group of geeky physicist friends and their attractive neighbour, The Big Bang Theory is perfect easy viewing when you?re tired after work. That doesn?t mean it?s not good though ?
the series has some of the most memorable characters on TV (who doesn?t secretly love Sheldon?) and it?s popularity has made all the cast members into multi-millionaires.
One of the cleverest American comedies we?ve seen, Curb Your Enthusiasm is the semi-fictionalized story of Larry David?s life as a partially-retired television writer and producer in LA. Brimming with the most amazing celebrity guest stars playing themselves, it?s cringe-inducing comedy at its best.
There?s been loads of Sherlock Holmes adaptations over the years, but this one starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as our favourite Baker Street boys has to be the best. Sure, there?s only ever a few episodes per season, but the clever mix of the traditional tales with a modern setting make it worth the painfully long waits between each series.
Yes, we know it goes against every single piece of television logic, but The Office (US) is much better than The Office UK. Beautifully awkward and incredibly heart-warming, it’s laugh-out-loud hilarious – and you’ll be quoting it for years to come.
Written by and starring the hilarious Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project follows a talented by slightly neurotic doctor on her quest to find true love in New York. Think of it as the modern-day, American version of Bridget Jones?s Diary and you?ll get the idea.
After going through a rough break-up, kooky Jess (a.k.a Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three single guys who together form a kind of dysfunctional family. Think of it like Friends for millennials, but with a modern-day Phoebe as the main character. Sold? We were.
One for all the vampire lovers out there, True Blood is a sultrier, sexier version of all the other supernatural teen dramas. Set in modern day Louisiana, its raunchy, deep South-inspired opening credits were some of the most catchy we?ve ever seen.
Following the fate of a New York advertising agency during the Fifties and Sixties, Mad Men is more like art than TV. Exceptional acting, gorgeous costumes and one of the most thought-provoking scripts on television make it loved by small-screen aficionados and discerning viewers alike.
After Michael Scofields brother is convicted of a crime he didnt commit and put on death row, he decides the only way to get him out is to get in himself. After holding up a bank in a bid to get locked up alongside his sibling, so begins the most extreme attempt at escaping prison youll ever see. Also there are some very, ahem, intricate tattoos.
An Essex boy falls for a Welsh girl in this sweet BBC comedy. As well as making stars out of James Corden and Ruth Jones, it also spawned some of the most quotable lines since Bridget Joness Diary. After all, who hasnt said Whats occurin? once in a while
One of the best shows to come out of Canada, this sci-fi thriller about street-wise Sarah who, after witnessing a womens suicide, takes on her identity (as well as her money and boyfriend) in a bid to improve her and her daughters life. But it turns out this woman killed herself for a reason and its about to catch up with Sarah. Trust us, youll be on the edge of your seat.
Tom Hiddleston set hearts aflutter across the nation when he played Jonathan Pine, an former British soldier turned hotel manager who gets embroiled in an MI5 investigation into entrepreneur with a criminal alliance. Based on the novel by John le Carré, its completely and utterly gripping.
The brilliant Amy Poehler stars as a mid-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope, who works at the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. Trying to improve her town by turning an abandoned construction site into a community park, Leslie attempts to navigate the politics in place, providing pure comedy gold.
If you were to ask us to name one thing that annoys us on a level that equates to Brexit and/or Donald Trump, its probably the fact that Freaks and Geeks was cancelled after one season. Directed by Judd Apatow and starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segal, Martin Starr, John Francis Daley and Linda Cardellini as teenagers in the eighties, the series is all awkwardness and adolescent rebellion within the confines of middle class America. If youve ever wondered why James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segal always seem to appear in films together, this series will answer all your questions. (Now can we campaign to bring it back, please?)
Set in the time of, yep you guessed it the Vikings, this series is kind of like Game of Thrones. Without the dragons. Following the life of Ragnar Lothbrak a farmer whos frustrated by the policies of local chieftain Earl Haraldson, this is all epic battles, epic conquests, epic love affairs, and epic helmets.