Every so often Ryan and I find ourselves wondering which of the plethora of TV series to dive into next. We like to mix it up and watch series from different networks and genres. I’m a sucker for a good comedy, because let’s face it….the real world can be depressing enough.
So I decided to put together a list of our favorite series past and present and in no particular order. I’m not going to make the mistake and assume that just because its older that everyone has seen it!
I’d love to hear what you all are loving as well. Leave your favorites in the comments below!
House of Cards (Netflix)
Francis Underwood will stop at nothing to reach the top. Watch as he manipulates and bully’s his way up the political food chain. As the seasons go by, I do miss him talking to the camera as much, as that was one of the things I loved about the first. Getting to hear his thoughts and commentary about what happened or was about to happen.
Two words. Tom. Hardy. But seriously, although one of my favorite actors, he isn’t the only reason I was so captivated by the show. From the acting to the star studded cast, the very first episode leaves you hooked and wanting to find out more. Every dark little secret that is James Delaney. While there are parts of the show that are well, disturbing and gruesome, they are a necessary evil of the show. Those 8 episodes went by way too quickly and I’m dying to find out when Season 2 will be released.
When your hubby is a Finance guy, the stock market and business world definitely intrigues him. Bobby Axelrod is a hero to so many, but to Chuck Rhodes he is nothing but another Wall Street fraud that needs to be taken down. The story gets complicated knowing that Chuck’s wife is the psychologist who keeps Axe Capital together. A definite conflict of interest. But you have to love Bobby’s ability to be a favorite and use his f you money in the best ways. I’m very curious to see how this one turns out!
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
After Piper’s past catches up with her, with no thanks to gal-pal and lover Alex, prison is the next stop. Piper navigates the complex world behind bars and often times takes things way too far. Some seasons are better than others, but it’s always an entertaining way to watch some TV. Oh and they need to ditch the intro….mute it every time.
Season 1 is by far the best and I wish the series could have kept on par more with Team Pope and Associates and their cases rather than the affairs and drawn out unrealistic storyline that followed. Although we find the show annoying at times, we continue to watch since we are so vested now.
The Blacklist (NBC)
The bad acting (excluding James Spader) and CGI effects aside, the storyline is rather good. Each week a new target is introduced and FBI special task force works to bring them down. These targets are a win for the FBI and it helps Reddington with his own personal agenda.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Four friends, all super smart and your stereotypical nerds, as they journey through life and women. My all-time favorite comedy. I’ve seen every episode multiple times, not really sure if I should be bragging about that one, and always find myself laughing.
Looking for a good laugh and a pretty good storyline? A peek into the world of NFL football players? Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson you will see the world of financial management for athletes and the consequences that old injuries, drugs, and the past can have in the lives of the rich and famous.
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Can I just say how much I hated the first couple of episodes? There was a lot to take in, and I didn’t find it very gripping. But as with many series, you need to give it a chance 3 episodes minimum, before you can make a good decision. Walter White and crazy, insane journey that ensued is one that I don’t believe could ever be matched. All the way down to the very last episode I was anxious for more. I also found it interesting how my perspective of the characters changed drastically throughout the seasons.
Mad Men (AMC)
Follow Don Draper, one of NYC’s best ad executives and a very mysterious man, from the 1960s onward. You’ll often times be left wondering how he’s managed to keep so many secrets, but they do catch up with him.
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westerns. All while a forgotten race returns after being dominate for thousands of years. The show can be hard to follow at times, especially when you are switching between different families and subplots. So much heartbreak on this show. Just when you think things are going well for the Stark family, a plot twist so unbelievable happens and leaves you wondering how it’s all going to work out.
The Grand Tour (Amazon)
If you love cars and the antics of Clarkson, Hammond, and May then buckle up! Borrowing and refreshing different aspects of Top Gear, the gents are back and with a slightly different format. Expect more talking, not just cars (boats, dune buggys, motorcycles, and more), and an annoying hill-billy American version of “The Stig” that should not be allowed to speak.
Big Little Lies (HBO)
While I was a HUGE fan of the book, the TV series is getting off to a super slow start. I’m hoping that as we get past introducing the large number of characters and setting up the plot, we can get into why this was such a great read.
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