How to Get Away with Murder (2014 – )

‘How to Get Away with Murder’ is one of the most addictive shows. Anything can happen, anything could happen – it’s addictive with thrilling twists and turns. It is inappropriate for younger ages, there’s a lot of murder, if you couldn’t tell from the title, also quite a lot of sex scenes – so definitely not appropriate for younger ages. The show is scandalous, crazy and full of madness.

First of all, plots. Set at Middleton Law School in a Criminal Law class, Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) begins a new year with a new lecture of students. Every new episode has a new case to be solved in court, led by Annalise and involving some of the students. The students are pinned against each other, all desperate for a case, as they compete to win defences and be chosen to work with Annalise. 

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Next, structure. The show jumps and plays with time throughout the series. We see more and more snippets of the future, as it becomes one month before, to three weeks, to two weeks, to knowing more and more with one week in the future, and so on. But we don’t know everything, we actually know quite little, but more and more is slowly revealed, but still you don’t know everything until the end. In the first series, as we are brought into the future a particular group is brought together when they are the ones involved with a case of their own and they must be the ones to get away with murder. This element of structure is so clever as it just forces you to keep watching.

Thirdly, the lawyers. Annalise Keating – she’s harsh, she’s brutal, she would do anything to win a case. Absolutely anything to solve a case, if not legal, it’s creative. Then there’s the two flanking her side, Bonnie (Liza Weil – Paris Geller from ‘Gilmore Girls’) and Frank (Charlie Weber). Bonnie is such a vulnerable and desperate character, she’s so interesting. Frank, again, is one that is discovered more and more about as we go on. But we know he would do anything Annalise asks him to, he is her henchman, as such.

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Now, the students. Wes (Alfred Enoch – Dean Thomas from ‘Harry Potter’), the one that seems to have an unusual connection to Annalise. Connor (Jack Falahee), sex-driven to get what he wants, but also is probably the one with the biggest character growth. Michaela (Aja Naomi King), very driven, opinionated and determined in her own mind. Laurel (Karla Souza), the one that is underestimated at the beginning, but equally as driven as the others. Asher (Matt McGorry – John Bennett from ‘Orange is the New Black’), who maybe an outsider at the beginning, but becomes a character loved and appreciated as series go on.

The characters are some deep, complex people in this show. All with complicated backgrounds, many of them extremely difficult. This just makes it so much more interesting as we never know the potentials of the characters and the limits they would go to and trust me they are pushed up to boundaries and beyond. They are all played phenomenally well, obviously this includes the brilliance of Viola Davis in this series.

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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ is a magnificent show. I became obsessed with it, it is so addictive. It has the fun lawyer court scenes with such an intense underlining plot arc that only gets crazier and crazier. Then we’re thrown to a future that is utter madness and we don’t know the full story, begging to know more, you just have to continue to watch and watch and watch. It’s a show thrilling and exciting, worth a watch.

Finally, as the original trailer states: “Sex, Lies and Murder” – this is what underlines this show quite accurately.

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Killing Eve (2018 – )

New BBC show based on the Villanelle books by Luke Jennings. After all the hype died down over this show, I finally decided to watch it. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO WATCH? It was amazing. Twenty minutes into the first episode and I was hooked, absorbed into this MI5 life.

The two main characters are magnificent. They are both complicated, yet so interesting, women: Eve (Sandra Oh) and Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Both actresses play their characters phenomenally, you become absorbed into their lives, wanting to know more and more about each character. So to begin with, Villanelle, the psychopath. She’s brilliant, unpredictable and ruthless. But somehow she becomes a character to adore watching. You want to know more and more about her, her past is a mystery. She has no emotions, or that’s what she wants us to think. Her comments and outrageous behaviour are brilliantly portrayed, even funny at times. Even the hilarity in her bluntness of honesty.

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Secondly, Eve, the woman tracking her. Eve feels very real and relatable, rather than relating to the psychopath on screen. At her job in MI5, she is the only one that believes a string of murders are done by the same person, a woman, which is one thing she is clear on. Eve, with an obsession with female psychopaths, becomes addicted to knowing more about this supposed woman. A woman we’ve already met and know, Villanelle.

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The show is serious, thrilling at times, and deathly frightening for all characters. You become worried for every character, especially with the unpredictability of Villanelle. However, it’s also amusing, there are times I found myself actually giggling which in a show such as this I didn’t expect. ‘Killing Eve’ feels very human, relatable in some way, it just feels realistic. We travel around the world, flipping from Eve’s life to Villanelle’s. We seem to know most on screen in that moment, but at the same time we know so little to everything in the background. There are also some other characters to love on screen from each life, new characters to delve into.

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It was a great new binge-watch and I can’t wait for season two. It’ll definitely be top on my list to watch when it is released. If you haven’t watched it, I would definitely give a watch!

The IT Crowd (2006-2013)

‘The IT Crowd’ is a brilliantly British show, one that is hilarious and one that I always return to for a quick easy watch that guarantees to make me giggle. The show is set in the middle of London, in one of the top industries, Reynholm Industries, right down in the Basement into the IT Department. We hysterically follow the unfortunate lives of Roy (Chris O’Dowd), Moss (Richard Ayoade) and Jen (Katherine Parkinson). Who constantly have hilarious, yet odd things happen to them on a day-to-day basis.

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Over five series we get to know these brilliant characters. The boss in episode one, describes our beloved characters as “standard nerds”. So here we go. Firstly, Roy, who, lazy and pretty much angry at everything, helps the staff of Reynholm Industries by asking one simple question: “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”. Secondly, Moss who doesn’t quite understand social situations. He’s awkward but by far the best character. Whether it’s his panic that he’s late or going to be told off, or even his complete misunderstanding of a lot of situations. His knowledge excels in electronics and computers, overly technical when helping customers of the industry. If you’ve ever seen the comedian Richard Ayoade then you’ll understand exactly his blunt comedy. Finally, the last of the trio, Jen, the “Relationship Manager”. After the boys discover she’s their new manager having no knowledge of computers, she is designated as the People Manager to make Roy and Moss more “people people”, whether this is successful is a different question… Usually not, hilariously unsuccessful.

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There are some classically, hilarious, memorable scenes of this television programme. Ones that always stick in mind is the change in Emergency Services, the ironic humour is brilliant. Or the episode where Roy is petrified of balloons. Even the episode where Roy is told exactly when he is going to die, down to the second. Maybe the episode where Moss finally stands up to his bullies. I could name so many more! All episodes are equally as great as each other. They all bring something different yet cannot not make you laugh with this excellent trio. The humour is witty, ironic, classic. ‘The IT Crowd’ is just an easy watching show, that puts a smile on faces.

Single Parents (2018 – )

To be honest, I was first drawn in with this new show because of Leighton Meester, the one and only Blair Waldorf from ‘Gossip Girl’! Then once I watched the trailer, it looked fun and easy-going. I started watching the first episode and I found out that one of the creators is Elizabeth Meriwether, which is the same creator as ‘New Girl’. I knew this would be a new show for me to enjoy!

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The cast is brilliant. The children are hilarious and all so different, same as the parents, they all bring something new and refreshing to the show. Firstly, there’s the new dad, Will Cooper (Taran Killam), the one who has fallen down the parent vortex as they say. He is a very hands-on, full-on dad, with whisper singing Moana and dancing to his daughter’s embarrassment. To say the least, he’s very emotional. He’s lost himself as a man and stands as a father to his daughter and that’s all. This is where the group of other single parents decide to jump in and help. However, once accepted into the group, all Will wants is to jump onto the “friendship train”!

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Ok, so the rest of the group…. Angie (Leighton Meester) is a single mother who claims “mush” is unnecessary, aka feelings. She has serious commitment issues, but one commitment to her son whose commitment to his mum is extremely strong. She is very protective of her son and would do anything for him. Poppy (Kimrie Lewis) owns her own wine business, she is a character who is very head-strong and gives out advice left, right and centre. Her son is brilliant and fun as he claims he has multiple costume changes at a sleepover. This dramatic over-the-top attitude is fab. They are a family strongly true to themselves. Miggy (Jake Choi), a newly young single father, who still hasn’t grasped what he is doing. He lives next door to Poppy as he forms into the group with the only one not having a child in the same class. Finally, Douglas (Brad Garrett), the older father of twin girls, who are found “shawshanking their way to the neighbours” and cleaning cars. He’s the one who tries to get out of all babysitting and all he wants to do is be the stereotypical older man, drinking whisky and eating steak with others like him. He’s not one to talk emotions or show weakness.

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The characters are fun, and the whole show feels fresh and modern. Very relatable as it covers all angles amongst the different characters. It is based around Hilltop Elementary School and babysitting priorities. But also tells the lives of the adults without their children. Each new episode is revolved around something different and ends in a conclusive circle as all sitcoms do. It makes me chuckle and is a great little escapism for 20 minutes. ‘Single Parents’ is probably one deemed as just another American sitcom, but it’s still great! It’s funny and such an easy watch! If you’re looking for a new show, why not try this one?

2 Broke Girls (2011-2017)

I personally think this comedy show is fabulous. It tells the story of an odd, crazy family at a diner. Well not a real family, a work family. Where insults are thrown around and they all hate their jobs. At the centre of this family are two broke girls, if you couldn’t have guessed. They become unlikely friends and decide a dream to open up a cupcake business is what is going to get them out of the underbelly of Brooklyn.

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Max Black (Kat Dennings) is, as she says so many times, dead inside. She doesn’t feel emotions and what mostly comes out of her mouth is insults, or sexual innuendos. She is hilarious! To say she hated her childhood would be an understatement, she’s always using her mother’s alcoholism and her runaway unknown father as a joke butt. She tells it how it is, hilariously but truthfully, and extremely opinionated. She is an extremely strong character, standing up for everything she believes in. Amongst it all, she is caring in her own way and is a great character. She’s the cupcake baker and Caroline uses this to her advantage with a business mind, it’s her idea to create Max’s Homemade Cupcakes and try to bring it to their reality.
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Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs) is a posh socialite turned ex-billionaire. When Caroline’s father is discovered for embezzling a lot of money, she loses all her fortune, her mansion, her friends, her rich life. She ends up in a small diner in a sketchy neighbourhood, the one that Max works at. Desperate to not hit rock bottom, she is constantly surprised by little things, like having to do things for herself, waitressing, finding somewhere to live. In an act of kindness, Max lets Caroline move in with her and the unlikely friendship begins. Caroline constantly strives for the best, for working her way up again despite losing everything, but learns so much on the way. But she always does it in high heels and a horse in the garden, literally.

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Then there’s four other characters to make up this bizarre diner family. Firstly the overly sexual chef, Oleg (Jonathan Kite). Anything he says is sexual, literally everything. Then there’s Earl (Garrett Morris), who is the cool suave cashier. He’s just great! Thirdly, Han Lee (Matthew Moy) the boss of the diner and the punch line of so many of Max’s jokes. He tries to assert this authority but it never really works. Lastly, the late comer to the series, Sophie (Jennifer Coolidge), the upstairs neighbour of Max and Caroline, who comes down every day to get her cupcake treat. All the characters are so different that they bring something each to the show which is a breath of fresh air and always comical.

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As you can probably tell this is definitely a comedy for older ages, it’s a 15 for a reason. But regardless, it is hilarious. If you think it would be your comedy (and I do get that it is a comedy of particular taste) then I would definitely recommend. It’s an easy watch 20 minute episodes, that will make you chuckle but also wish for the girls to succeed. Watch as these two broke girls struggle through real life yet odd situations as they try and build their own cupcake business.

The Innocents (2018 – )

A new Netflix Original television show, and once again Netflix does know how to advertise and to advertise to the max. Through a recommendation made by them, I thought the trailer didn’t look too bad, so why not? Half a day later and I had watched all eight episodes, the whole of season one, oops. And so far, that’s all the episodes there are. It is an extremely addictive show, you’re just caught constantly wanting to know more.

First off, this isn’t a programme everyone would love. It is one of certain taste. To begin with, it is supernatural, it is the whole basis of this show. However, it doesn’t shove the supernatural unknown in your face, it’s cleverly done as the teenagers don’t understand, we don’t understand. We learn what powers, a gift or a curse, this young woman has while she struggles through it too. She’s from our world, yet is different to normal humans, and that’s how the supernatural is embedded into our society and doesn’t become unrealistic (when it is). The graphics are brilliant too, it’s almost as the supernatural element seems to come natural into our world, almost believable. Secondly, it’s a programme heavily based on young romance and drama, the love between two teen first lovers. Although, somehow it doesn’t become soppy or cheesy, it’s just what it is, it’s sweet. Finally, there are a few inappropriate scenes, links to sex, drugs etc etc, so it is a 15 for a reason.

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When two sixteen-year olds run away, one of them discovers she might not be who she always believed to be, instead she inherited something genetically from her run-away mother. June (Sorcha Groundsell) finally snaps when the rules of her father become too intense and he persists her leaving her life behind and moving away. Harry (Percelle Ascott) wants to escape responsibilities, and he deeply loves June. They just want to live a different life, away, together. Along the way, a man hunts June down, claiming her mother has sent him. But instead this triggers something in June she never thought possible, she can “shift”.

Meanwhile, we jump from England to Norway. In a remote area, in the middle of a lake are a few houses, one man and three women. Called the Sanctum, Dr Halvorson (Guy Pierce) spends his life trying to treat “shifters”, trying to understand their triggers. Throughout the series, there are so many secrets, so much unknown. Along the crazy, unfortunate adventure for June and Harry they meet strangers and try come to grips with what is happening to June. Their love is tested and their trust is played with constantly. We think we know everything as we jump from Norway to England but we don’t.

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This isn’t a show of big names or well-known stars, in fact I hadn’t heard of any of them. Well only one I recognised, Mr Tom Clarkson from the ‘Waterloo Road’ days. All the others, I didn’t know, but that is not to say it shouldn’t be watched! Far from it. They all become the characters so well, and they are brilliant. Having them actors I didn’t know probably made it more likable for me, it made it seem that much newer and refreshing.

‘The Innocents’ also does deal with other issues too, it’s clever and eye-opening, even if supernatural elements hold the basis. For example, a young man dealing with severe anxiety, afraid to step outside. Or a father who never fully recovered from a coma and is in need of constant care. There are so many elements to this television programme.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this show, it is eventful, chaotic, busy and interesting. Mystery full, thrilling in some places of the unknown, and hopeful in the young love. Not to forget the brilliant soundtrack! I was so caught up in ‘The Innocents’ wanting to know more and uncover all the secrets, and it’s been left with even more uncertainty begging and pleading for a second series. It has to be a good’un if I could watch it that quickly, right?

The Blacklist (2013 -)

So I needed a new show, and this one ticked a few boxes. Recommended by my dad, I’ve never heard of it before, I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen any advertising or heard of anyone else that’s watching this. But I gave it a shot anyway, and I’m glad I did. I was hooked from the very beginning, obsessed with my new show, those that know me know I get into TV shows and watch them non-stop. So let the binge-watch begin, this one’s a good’un.

Ok, first off: this is a programme for older ages. There are gory scenes, thrilling ones and crime mysteries. Also, there could be considered some scarier scenes, especially for younger ages. You do need to pay attention, all things mentioned add to the mystery. It’s not the easiest watch ever.

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‘The Blacklist’ is another FBI show, but don’t be so quick to presume it’s like the others. Because this one has a major difference. The first ten minutes of the first episode: one of the most wanted fugitives hand himself in to the FBI. Introducing Raymond Reddington (James Spader), a criminal who has managed to escape FBI custody for twenty years, but suddenly he hands himself in, and he’s got demands. Reddington has a blacklist, as he calls it, a list of criminals who he claims aren’t even on FBI radar, and he is willing to hand them over. But there’s one clause, he only will speak to one Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), an agent new on the job. Although, no one knows why she was chosen, neither does she. Agent Keen is brought in, and this is when her life changes. A new task force is created, one where Reddington hands over the criminals to the FBI in complete secrecy. This is where solving crime mysteries become exciting in thrilling action.

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Reddington is a great character. He brings in unreliability and unpredictability into the show. As he says he will never tell the full truth, and you spend the episodes never knowing why he handed himself in. He constantly holds the shock-factor as you never know what he’s thinking or what he’s going to do next. Elizabeth Keen is another great character, as she’s confused by this fugitive’s connection to her, but also lost in her own unknown past which he knows something about. She becomes more and more drawn in, but with constant hatred of his criminal ways. Then there’s the trusting leader of the task force, Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix) and Keen’s new partner, Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) who’s a stickler for the rules down to a T. Finally, we cannot forget a great tech guy, Aram (Amir Arison). Of course there are other characters, and they are all fantastic, all add something to the programme.

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‘The Blacklist’ is a very addictive show. There are minor and major story arcs throughout the series; each new episode brings in a new criminal to hunt and a new mystery to solve (not always solve). If you’re a fan of these shows, I would definitely recommend this one, it’s got all the FBI qualities with a criminal mastermind at the centre.