Psych (2006-2014)

This show has to be one of my favourites, however I feel it’s extremely underappreciated. It’s no longer showing, but people don’t even seem to know it even existed and trust me it’s a good’un. A detective show solving crimes, oh but not serious as ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Psych’ is a comedy. Because the main character, Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is hyper-observant, he notices things that people usually don’t pick up, he uses this gift to then pretend he is psychic. Teaming up with the police, Shawn and his partner-in-crime, literally, and long-life friend, Burton Guster, otherwise known as Gus (Dulé Hill), help solve crimes. The police detectives who get lumped with this witty fake psychic and his know-it-all best friend are Carlton Lassiter, ie. Lassie (Timothy Omundson) and his junior detective, Juliet O’Hara aka Jules (Maggie Lawson). Then there’s only Shawn’s ex-cop father, Henry (Corbin Bernsen) and the Chief of Santa Barbara Police Department, Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson) to introduce.

Psych - Shawn and Gus

If you think it’s boring solving homicide cases over and over again, then you won’t be bored with this show. Shawn and Gus’ private detective psychic agency cases are all different, there’s been a murderer back from the past, a death of a sealion, a dinosaur involved, and a mummy walking out of a museum. There’s been a slasher movie episode and a ghostly haunted ‘Shining’ episode. All of them unique and great! The reveals of the killer are always fun as Shawn is always hilariously over the top in his pretend psychic ways. Every episode begins with a flashback of Shawn’s life, usually with his father involved – the first few series from 1987 of a young Shawn played by Liam James, who is a brilliant choice. But there are still the great familiarities that are loved from episode to episode. Henry and Gus are the only two that know of Shawn’s fake abilities. Shawn’s flirty banter with Jules and her constant knocking him back down; I love this as they’re the hope of the golden couple, but never happening. Shawn’s constant witty comebacks and Lassiter’s insults and hatred of Shawn. Shawn repeatedly changing Gus’ name to clients. And finally Shawn and Gus’ fist bumps, stealth mode and angry whispers. Then there’s always some quotes that seem to keep coming back, Gus’: “I’m going to kill you Shawn”, “I hear that” and “you know that’s right”; and Shawn’s: “wait for iiiiiiiit”, “I’ve heard it both ways” and “I can’t do this with you right now” when squabbling with Gus, I can hear them both saying it. Plus, there’s always a pineapple somewhere…


So more detail of the characters… Shawn, my favourite. He is brilliant. He’s immature, not a stickler for the rules, never discrete, always has a mocking tone and an opinion on everything. Shawn always has to be right, he’s a smart-ass and loves the sound of his own voice. He just has a way with words and is so easily distracted. But those words are usually mocking or in reference to some old tv or film. His extremely high-pitched screams are constant and comical. Hilariously played and a great main protagonist. His life-long best friend, Gus… Gus’ main job is a pharmaceutical rep but he is always dragged into Shawn’s stupid ideas. He has a super sniffer, a magic head and is a sympathetic cryer. He calls himself a “player”, but he’s petrified of blood always running out of the morgue from looking at a dead body. He’s logical and full of the knowledge Shawn doesn’t know any thing of. He has the constant love of reality shows that Shawn constantly mocks him about among other things. And food is always on his mind. Charming and always chasing after the wrong girls. Next Lassie. The detective whose job is everything to him, seriousness is down to a T with police procedure and protocol. He’s stuck in his ways and hates Shawn’s influence in the police department. You can always expect his angry outrages at Shawn. Juliet is great, she’s extremely trusting and a hard-worker in what she does. When she goes undercover, she goes down deep. She always trusts Shawn and believes his psychic ability like there’s no tomorrow. You can always rely on her sympathetic looks. Henry, Shawn’s father. He is the reason Shawn is the way he is, as when he was younger he constant tested Shawn on what is in the room and what he can see and hear. He’s a brilliant character, stubborn, prideful and controlling. But he is always loyal to helping Shawn when he needs it, even if they have to make a deal or even if he protests. Finally, Karen Vick. Head boss of everyone, chief of police. She’s blunt but keeps returning to Shawn and keeps hiring him, having blind faith in what he does. No one will dare question her, her looks are ones that make people hold their tongue. All the characters are amazing, they all bring so much to the table. They all have their own hilarity and they all must be appreciated.


‘Psych’ is addictive and fun. As all episodes are different, you can watch them continuously. There’s eight series and I could watch them over and over again. If you think you would like this show, I would 100% recommend. You don’t even have to watch episodes in order, they all have a different case therefore can be watched whenever. Shawn’s witty comebacks are hilarious, Gus’ loyalty and continuous want to kill Shawn for getting him in the situations he does is always comical. Even got to appreciate the mystery of the programmes, some are more serious than others, but they all have a classic Shawn with his psychic observant ways.


Don’t Trust The B**** In Apartment 23 (2012-2013)

Ok, so this show didn’t run for very long, two series. But I wish it lasted a bit longer, but then again, if it did Krysten Ritter may have not been Jessica Jones and that would be devastating, so this show ended and she found her new role. Nevertheless, she’s fab in this, the blunt, rude bitch, who “may or may not be a psychopath”. Chloe (Krysten Ritter) the roommate who hates human emotion vs June (Dreama Walker), the one who sees good in everyone, the optimistic, small town girl who is way too trusting.

Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23 - Chloe and June

When June moves to New York in the first episode, everything goes wrong. She loses her Wall Street job, she loses her apartment and worst off, she loses her fiancé who she caught sleeping with her new roommate Chloe on her birthday cake. June’s life is then completely turned upside down, especially when Chloe’s plan to con June out of Apartment 23 doesn’t work and Chloe has to accept her as a new roommate.

There are also many other characters. Introducing the creepy guy who lives opposite, Eli (Michael Blaiklock). The girl who lives down the hall, Robin (Liza Lapira). Additionally, Chloe’s best friend, James Van Der Beek as himself, the ‘Dawson’s Creek’ actor. Then there’s June’s friend at her new job at the coffee shop, Mark (Eric André). Finally, James Van Der Beek’s assistant, Luther (Ray Ford). Eli, hard to explain, he’s very sexual in his language and his mind. Robin is obsessed with Chloe, to say the least, she would do anything to be Chloe, or the very least, be her friend. No matter how hard she tries she’s never successful in getting into Chloe’s life, she’s always that neighbour obsessed. James Van Der Beek is determined in making his career life great again, by trying whatever he can to be in the paparazzi’s eye. This includes, teaching, Dancing with the Stars, being mentor etc etc etc. Mark, like June, lost his job on Wall Street and became manager at the coffee shop, thanks to him, June was able to get a job after losing hers in the first episode. Luther dedicated to his job and his love to make everything perfect for James. As you can see all the characters are so different and they bring different elements to the programme.

Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23 - Chloe and James

Chloe drawn to inappropriate men, always partying and drinking. James’ one and only best wing man. A girl who goes to extremes that you would never expect, surprises that are just hilarious. She’s rude and blunt, someone who always tells it as it is, but also a con artist and a liar. She is the best character in the programme, and brings the humour. She’s all about the spontaneity and fun. Everything is about Chloe.

This is a programme for older ages, due to all the sex references, mentioning of drugs, the alcohol, partying and the very occasional swear word. Just a by the way.

‘Don’t Trust The B In Apartment In 23’ is an easy watching programme, it makes me laugh. I guess it’s one of those programmes that you either love or hate, but it’s such an easy watch. Watch as June changes into a completely different person as Chloe has her effect, but also as Chloe understands what it is to have a female friend. Although, of course Chloe never changes from her partying, drunken life. (And all the episodes are on Netflix.)

Friends (1994 – 2004)

If there is a generation today who haven’t seen at least one of the ‘Friends’ episodes then something is sincerely wrong, at minimum they are missing out! This sitcom is a classic! The all-time watch whenever, the all-time watch repeats, the all-time hilarious sitcom. It is hands down one of the best programmes out there. All ten seasons are appreciated by millions and are still watched repeatedly. I am hoping that everyone has seen at least one episode. I know how much of a success this show was, but I still wanted to do a review, just highlighting my reasons for my love of this show.

Friends - all

Every episode is great and I don’t think there is one that I dislike, actually I know there isn’t. I can’t explain every episode, all I’ll say is they’re all different so a binge-watch is easy, very time-consuming, but easy! So instead I’ll explain our amazing ‘Friends’ characters, by listing great aspects shown throughout the numerous episodes. THIS LIST IS NOT IN ANY PARTICUALR ORDER.

Six friends; three male, Ross (David Schwimmer), Chandler (Matthew Perry), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc); three female, Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston). There will be some spoilers in this, so read at your own risk.

So firstly, Ross. The doctor of dinosaurs. The one who is always fine. The one in love with Rachel since college. Three divorce guy. The one who owned a monkey named Marcel. His worst New Years’ Revolution was putting on leather trousers, but at least he is unagi, oh sorry has unagi. He married a lesbian. He counts Mississippi-ly, cannot play the bagpipes and has hand gestures for asking someone to quieten down. As a child, he used to have a recurring dream that Monica was going to eat him. He’s considered as his parent’s favourite. Overall, he is adamant they were on a break.

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Secondly, Chandler, the joker of the group. Jokes when he’s uncomfortable, when he thinks it’s appropriate and when it’s not. He’s got a defence mechanism of jokes. He’s not the serious one of the group. He’s lonely and desperate until he finds love. His job is unknown, the closest to it is a transponster, if you know what that is. Oh my god, you cannot forget Janice. I guess he’s going to Yemen. He’s the creator of the game ‘Cups’, and he puts too much emphasis on the word ‘be’. He lived in a box and gum would be perfection for him. He has an awkward dance and a third nipple. He is the one who hates thanksgiving but loves baths.

Friends - Chandler

Lastly of the guys, Joey. Two words describes Joey best: food and sex. As he says it’s too difficult to choose between the two, but we know Joey doesn’t share food. He has a chair called Rosita, a TV called Stevie and a cuddly penguin called Hugsy. He cannot speak French and he’s the worst player of the game ‘Pyramid’. He knows everything about pizza toppings or the burning sensation when you pee. He’s a sandwich protector who got a turkey stuck on his head. He’s an actor who accidentally brought a boat. He even eats in the shower. He sleeps with girls and doesn’t call them back.

Friends - Joey

To start off the girls, Monica, the younger sister of Ross. The clean freak. The control freak. The competitive chef. A sore loser to say the least. She’s organised and things cannot be out of place. She’s excitable and bossy. She wins the award for the best bad massage and humidity turns her hair huge. She’s an obvious drunk but loves presents to an extreme that she cannot control herself. She even considers money as more important than friends. She’s the one who couldn’t tell time until she was thirteen. She’s the one with the fat childhood and her favourite game at the arcade was the vending machine, but don’t worry she always won.

Friends - Monica

Next, Phoebe. Phoebe’s the spiritual one, with voices in her head, with her dead mother’s spirit in a cat. She’s the most truthful, especially in her songs. Her songs about a smelly cat or a love triangle. She’s scared of a pigeon, but don’t worry it apologises for it’s wrong-doing. She’s vain but has back-up husbands. She’s tough, but she fought with a fire alarm. She’s the maker of Gladys. She can’t run but doesn’t care what people think about her. She fell in love with a gay ice dancer. She snaps at peak points to extremes. She doesn’t know the difference between Ralph Lauren and the copy guy. She gives birth to her brother’s triplets and has a family of baby rats. She’s the one with a secret roommate, because who is Denise?

Friends - Phoebe

Finally, Rachel. Rachel is the daddy’s girl trying to make it on her own after leaving a man at the altar. Her passion is fashion, but she returns all gifts given to her. She’s extremely loyal. She takes ages to get ready and is petrified of the swings at a playground. She can’t make a trifle, discovering it doesn’t contain meat. She’s a gossip and can’t keep a secret. She was the one who owned the cat (not cat), Mrs Whiskerson. She’s got an admirer who loves her from day one, introducing Gunther. Rachel’s the one who lives in all the apartments, and invites herself to live with Monica in the first episode. And happily she got off the plane.

Friends - Rachel

I think that gives the basics of the characters, but what I didn’t mention, is that they’re all hilarious, they are all brilliant. There are also many guest stars in this brilliant sitcom. Here’s my top 20 (not in order): Bruce Willis, Winona Ryder, Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and George Clooney, Paul Rudd, Anna Faris, Reese Witherspoon and Christina Applegate, Gary Oldman, Helen Hunt, Alec Baldwin, Charlie Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Paget Brewster, Christine Taylor, oh and so many more! Just shows how great the show is if you can get brilliant stars such as these on it!

Watch this show! It is never a let-down and a good laugh. The characters are amazing, the stories are great, the whole show is classic. Watch ‘Friends’ to hear stories of Ugly Naked Guy, to meet Mr Heckles from downstairs, to see Central Perk, to witness flashbacks into the character’s past lives and to clap every time during ‘I’ll Be There For You’.

Shadowhunters (2016 -)

I love ‘Shadowhunters’. It’s addictive, and happily it is still currently running, all episodes on Netflix too. If you like the supernatural, fantasy kind of shows then this one should be at the top of your list. It is full of action, adventure and romance. You may have heard it from elsewhere as it’s loosely based on the novel ‘The Mortal Instruments’ by Cassandra Clare, and there is also a film of the same name as the book, starring Lily Collins. Personally, I prefer the TV programme to the film. Maybe that’s just because there’s more detail and it lasts longer.

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So if you don’t know what it’s about or you’ve never even heard of it, then here is plot. On Clary’s (Katherine McNamara) 18th birthday, she thought all she needed to worry about was whether she was good enough to get into the Brooklyn Academy of Art, but that changes all in eight hours. Her birthday kicks off and ends with a bang and a change in person, she had no idea how important it was that she was no longer a child. To keep her daughter from harm, Clary’s mother, Jocelyn (Maxim Roy) , removed memories and secrets were made. Dangerous secrets. Jocelyn hid the true self Clary was, and on her 18th birthday, Clary’s “sight” was beginning to return, and this is where everything changes. On a quest to find her mother, who was taken that very day, Clary has to discover who she is as a Shadowhunter and on the way meets, to say the least, a few demons. Demons are introduced to us pretty quickly in this programme. Here we meet a load of other Shadowhunters, including Jace (my favourite person in the whole show – played by Dominic Sherwood). There there’s the Lightwood siblings, Alec (Matthew Daddario) and Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia). Then there’s the downworlders, the warlocks (such as Magnus Bane, played by Harry Shum Jr. – recognisable playing a very different character in ‘Glee’), vampires (for example Raphael, played by David Castro), werewolves (Luke, played by Isaiah Mustafa), and finally, seelies (like faeries who can’t lie). Oh and I can’t forget, Clary’s loyal best friend, Simon (Alberto Rosende), who ends up wrapped in Clary’s life as well.

Shadowhunters - Magnus, Clary, Jace

So a bit more detail about the characters. The main protagonist is Clary, her personality is determined and strong. She holds as a good main character, but of course there are the others to stand there strong too. Firstly, Jace. His character is great, he’s mysterious but his strength is brutal and he’s big-headed. Most importantly his loyalty and love is silent but powerful. Then there’s Alec, a confusion in his life to who he is, it’s beautifully done. Alec comes across as tough and blunt, but deep down he is protective as anything. His skills shown through the archery. The final key Shadowhunter, Isabelle. The fierce and confident one, the one to be honest, I wouldn’t quite mind looking like. She’s the one to calm Alec down, brother and sister as close friends. Lastly, Simon, who aspires to be a singer. Who from the beginning you know he has a deep love for his best friend, but he has stereotypically been friend-zoned from a young age. Unfortunately, he’s a mundane, which means he cannot see any of the shadow world that Clary has just fallen into. All the characters are different in their own way, but they all bring so much to the programme.


A lot happens in this show, and there never really seems to be a moment where nothing is happening. Something always leads onto something else, seasons ending in cliff-hangers, never fully completing a task they’ve been set. There is a lot of romance in this show as well, I actually get so invested in this part, with will they won’t they, do they ever finally get together? It is definitely played well and keeps you hooked. This is also a programme of a lot of secrets, secret after secret and you’re shocked or left thinking it could be false. ‘Shadowhunters’ covers a lot of plots at once, a lot does happen in an episode, I don’t think I’ve watched a boring one yet. The first episode is intriguing, jumping from Clary’s unknown mind to the institute of fighting demons. Therefore, you’re immediately drawn in wanting to know everything Clary needs to know. You do discover a lot in the first episode, for example the enemy, the main antagonist, but don’t worry there are many unanswered questions left behind.

Shadowhunters - Clary and Alec

I would definitely recommend that you watch this TV programme, especially if you like the supernatural types, if not then stay clear from this one. The whole programme revolves around the supernatural, the shadow world. It’s cleverly directed, some episodes directed by Paul Wesley himself (Stefan from ‘The Vampire Diaries’ if you didn’t know). You get warped into this fantasy life pretty quickly, just like Clary does and she is a brilliant character to watch things from.

New Girl (2011 -)

‘New Girl’ is a great sitcom, one of those comedy shows you can watch any episode and understand what is happening, just alike to ‘Friends’ or ‘Scrubs’, or any other American sitcom to be honest. It has to be one of my favourite sitcoms. I recently just binge-watched the whole six series. It is currently still going but the seventh series will be the final. Around 20 minutes per episode, they’re easy, hilarious and enjoyable.

This is definitely a programme you get invested into all the characters. They are all great, one episode I know my favourite, next episode it’s someone completely different, they are all fantastic, and they all make me laugh. But if you force me to choose, Nick, Nick, Nick. There are five main characters, Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel), Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris) and Cece (Hannah Simone). There’s of course other characters who appear more than once, one of the most important being Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), and also Megan Fox appears in the series five and six as Reagan when Zooey Deschanel is on maternity leave – just so you are aware that sadly Jess is not present for all episodes, but happily everyone else is. Luckily, there isn’t many without Jess, as is ‘New Girl’ ‘New Girl’ without the new girl Jess?


So as there is a different plot per episode, I have to explain the brilliance of these characters. Ok so starting with Jess. Jess is the new girl from the beginning; she moves into 4D (the loft) with three other guys, and this where is all begins. Just a side-note, she moves in with Nick, Schmidt and Coach in the first episode, but by the second Coach is replaced by Winston, but don’t worry Coach comes back in later series. Anyway, back to Jess. She’s a bright, bubbly character, first introduced to us heart-broken and obsessed with ‘Dirty Dancing’. She spends many of the episodes doing whatever she can to please everyone. Her life is full of knitting with yarn, positivity and teaching. She is hilarious with random singing, and her new appearance in the loft is the discovery to new great relationships.

New Girl - Jess

Secondly, is Nick Miller. “Nick Miller, Nick Miller from the streets of Chicago”, “he pores a hundred drinks and none have ever spill, unless he’s super high on a bunch of pain pills”, “he’s got a hairy chest because he eats a balanced meal”, “Nick Miller, Nick Miller, never does anything”. Just a snippet of a random rap in a random episode to explain a little bit about Nick. Nick is such a great character, he’s described so many times as a grumpy old man with a turtle face. His negativity and hatred of technology and anything modern is hilarious as he lives his life as a law student drop out, now bartender. With his awkward moonwalk or his bad analogies, his alias Julius Pepperwood, his turn to alcohol, or my favourite his relationship with Tran (some random guy he found on a bench in a park), Nick is always welcomed onto my screen.

New Girl - Nick

Thirdly (and these are definitely not in order – because I honestly don’t think I could do one), is Schmidt. This man is controlled by a douchebag jar, suits, tight jeans, and his teased past life as a fat kid. Yet he is hilarious. He is over-loving, he aspires to be an original Cece’s boy from the beginning, and he will do anything for his friends. His mispronounces way too many common words and he is petrified of one little spider. Schmidt aims to fly higher in a job I have no idea what he does, maybe a transponster like Chandler? The things he comes out with is both stupid and hilarious – hence the douchebag jar. ‘New Girl’ wouldn’t be nearly as funny without Schmidt.

New Girl - Schmidt

Next, Winston Bishop. Winnie the Bish. The man who loves his cat Ferguson more than anything. The man who owns way too many bird shirts. The man whose dedication to puzzles is admirable, even if he is terrible at them. The man with “kind eyes”, the man who is awful at pranking, either too way small or way too big. The man who is colour-blind. The basketball player who was forced to leave Latvia because he wasn’t good enough. The one who doesn’t quite understand everything that is happening. Winston brings so much comedy to the show. Both Winston and Schmidt I’d have to say make me laugh the most – and obviously that is crucial for a sitcom.

New Girl - Winston

Finally, Cece. Cece is the childhood best friend of Jess. The one who doesn’t actually live in the loft. The one marked as perfect and out of everyone’s league. She’s the model of the group. She’s fierce and loyal. She’s definitely a character that becomes more involved in the later series, for reasons I will not say. She is a great friend and a great addition.

New Girl - Cece

If you’re looking for an easy-watching, hilarious sitcom, then this one has to be near at the top of your list. It is inappropriate for younger ages, as the humour is adult, but this isn’t extreme at all, it’s on par with ‘Friends’ in that sense. All episodes are great, I don’t think I can say I’ve disliked any. You become so invested in the characters, in the relationships, in the friendships. It is a brilliant programme created by Elizabeth Meriwether and I recommend all to watch it. Plus there’s an episode with ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and it is so great! It’s at the loft of 4D with Jess, Nick, Schmidt and Winston. At least, I urge you to try and understand what the drinking game True American actually is, because I have no idea.

Bitten (2014-)

So when I finished ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ I needed a new programme. Then I saw this one, as a fan of supernatural programmes, I thought I’d give this a go. New to Netflix, and only series one available, and honestly, I finished it in one day. I was hooked. To begin with, I wasn’t impressed, yet half an hour in, and I was more intrigued, I needed to know what was happening at Stonehaven, who was Elena, why were people dying? You get warped in pretty quickly.

Elena’s (Laura Vandervoort) life was simple and happy in Toronto with her new boyfriend Philip (Paul Greene) and her new life. However, she can’t keep her past life away for too long, especially when Jeremy (Greg Bryk) calls everyone home, including Elena, when a tragedy strikes. This is when we discover they’re all werewolves, and the family, well the family is Jeremy’s pack. All of them, Antonio (Paulino Nunes), his son Nick (Steve Lund), Pete (Joel Keller), Logan (Michael Xavier), and not forgetting Clay (Greyston Holt). All men, Elena only woman, coincidence? I’m not saying anything. Anyway, Elena’s reluctance to coming back home is soon figured out through the tension between her and Clay.


I guess you either hate or love this programme. But personally, I was absorbed into wanting to know what was going on. Everything was so fast pace and nothing seemed to ever fully answer the questions, so I had to watch and find out. I was hooked. Just want to mention, this is a show for older ages, the amount of sex there is in this programme means it’s definitely a show unsuitable for young audiences. Disregarding that, the tension and supernatural mystery with the werewolves is what it’s watched for. The audience is absorbed into wanting to know what will happen as Elena tries to solve issues at Stonehaven quickly, trying to get back to her human boyfriend who knows nothing. As lies grow and more issues arrive, Elena finds herself stuck in her past while present deaths create more tensions. No one is safe in this programme.


So even though Elena seems to be the main protagonist, we learn a lot about other characters as well. She does not carry the show, significantly, we learn a lot about Clay, a cleverly complicated, yet favourite character of mine. We get to know the whole pack of North America, who I’ve already stated. Also we get to know some villains of the programme, or otherwise known as the mutts, which basically, are disregarded werewolves that are not in the pack, alone in the world and unable to stay in the same place for a long time. We soon learn all about Pack Law and all the background knowledge we just want to invest in more. Just like any great show, it leaves the audience wanting to know more. But in this show, there is always more than one thing going on, we want to know everything. Can’t find that out unless you watch it. It’s a new world to get to know.


You have to be a fan of the supernatural if you want to watch this, obviously. But honestly, I was absorbed into it and wanted to know everything soon enough. Ok so maybe, it wasn’t right away I was hooked, because I turned it off half way through the first episode, but strangely something was pulling me back to it and after watching the first episode and when Elena was finally back at Stonehaven, things started to kick in and that was it. Maybe, I’m just a person who gets too involved into programmes way too quickly, I don’t know. But I am a fan of this show and I can’t wait to watch the next few series. Plus, it helps all the actors are great.

Once Upon A Time (2011-)

So maybe I was a bit slow on this one, but as this show is still running and episodes are still brilliant, I thought a review on this excellent TV programme was needed. Series six now, but just in case people haven’t seen any series, I will stick to series one (recently in my mind as I started to re-watch with my brother), and like I’ve promised before, nothing will be ruined.

Once Upon A Time in the human land is a place called Storybrooke. This is a place quite unlike to others surrounding, people who live there have forgotten who they truly are; Fairy Tales. Ok, if I lose you here stay with me, it’s not actually cheesy or stupid, it’s a great programme which combines these Fairy Tales we all know (don’t deny it!) into one town. All our children fantasy dreams come to life in actors and actresses playing them brilliantly, only they don’t remember who they are, and only one can bring back their memories; the saviour (yes of course there is a hero! They’re Fairy Tales!). But these Fairy Tales take a different twist to the ones we know, making them enjoyable and creative, but also they are still recognisable to the audience, the first series being a game of guess who is who (or is that just me?).


Jennifer Morrison plays Emma Swan, the one and only Saviour of Storybrooke, the one told to bring back the memories, even if she doesn’t believe a single word. I love how this is done at the beginning, because Emma doesn’t believe poor little Henry (Jared Gilmore) in his stories, the audience is brought along the storyline with her. But cleverly, the audience is more in the know, we are brought back from the human reality to the Fairy Tale world constantly. There are flashbacks for the audience to build up the background stories of the characters in Storybrooke, the parts they have forgotten. A new character is brought in and we are confused by who they are, until their story unfolds in the other dimension, where fantasy worlds come alive for the audience, whether it be the Enchanted Forest, Camelot, Oz, Netherworld, Sherwood Forest, Wonderland, and so many more!

So many of the characters interweave with each other, unlikely friends or obvious enemies, they are enjoyable for the audience and also creates so much depth into the frequent characters. So who are these? I’ve already mentioned Emma and Henry, but linking more significantly to Fairy Tales are the four main characters from series one. The beginning revolves a lot around the Fairy Tale ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ so the main characters here are Snow White and Prince Charming (who Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas play and are adorably married in real life; like it’s fate…), but also the Evil Queen, Regina (Lana Parrilla). Another very important character has to be Mr Gold, or most famously called Rumpelstiltskin, played amazingly by Robert Carlyle, seriously he plays this creepy all-knowing powerful character brilliantly, but one you should never trust. As there is so many series, so many stories have taken place, therefore many characters have been introduced, all of them should be recognised and known through this Fairy Tale world we all love (yes I said love now, everyone must love at least one Fairy Tale!). We meet characters in Fairy Tales such as, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Pinocchio’, ‘101 Dalmatians’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Frozen’ (yes, even recent ones!), ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ahh I should probably stop there, there are way too many! Because of this massive selection, everyone must at least know one! There’s loads! Some of them loved and some of them hated, a lot love to hate, or some just growing to love; trust me there’s some characters in series one you’d never think you’d love in the later series.


So there are six series of this show, it must be good! Who is going to be paying for a TV programme to run if it’s a load of crap? So obviously it isn’t, and you can probably tell I love it! It is such an addictive show, to want to know all the different stories of these well-known Fairy Tales or to just learn about who is who (this is still happens later on, not just series one). Even now watching it, they still have great storylines, it doesn’t feel overplayed or repetitive; it is done very well.

As you can tell, I would definitely recommend this programme. Probably don’t try to watch it all in one sitting, you need to give yourself some breaks, otherwise maybe you’ll start thinking you’re trapped in a world where you used to be a Fairy Tale… Maybe you are? But always remember “all magic comes with a price”.