Monday, February 13, 2017

Binge-worthy & cringe-worthy ep. 2

We watch quite a bit of TV around here. I'm not ashamed of it; I try to keep a healthy balance. We watch very little when the kids are up, but when I get into a show, I really get into a show. It's a big way that I unwind, especially because it's hard to me to find the patience to read books all of the time, and even then, sometimes it's easier to follow along in the book when I can put a face to the characters (because I've already seen the movie).

Here on my thoughts on what's been on our "Recently watched" list...

Man in the High Castle: Binge-worthy (Amazon Prime)
I was a little hesitant to get started on this one, but about halfway through the pilot I was sold. The show is based on a 1960's novel about what could have happened has the Allies lost WWII. There are a few story lines going on at the same time, so it's definitely one you'll need to pay close attention to. I love the complex characters and the constant cliffhangers and surprises. Warning: it does have some pretty graphic/realistic violence, but nothing like The Walking Dead or anything like that. Still highly recommend.
You might like this if you also liked: Mad Men, Lost, Sherlock

Hart of Dixie: Cringe-worthy
...unless you're looking for something light to have on in the background. It's a typical CW show, with quirky, stereotypical characters (that all have likable qualities) and a spider web of relationships between most of the main characters. It's predictable, but entertaining and still cute. I wouldn't watch it for the quality, but it was still fun.
You might like this if you also liked: Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars

The Crown: Binge-worthy
I definitely Googled different members of the British royal family (and their staff) way more than I'd like to admit as I was working through this one. I have no idea how much is actually historically accurate or Queen Elizabeth II's thoughts on the epic, but all of the acting is amazing. This show is very raw and regal, if there's any way to put the two of those together seamlessly. My only complaint is that any time Matt Smith was on screen, I was just waiting for him to stop pretending to be the Duke and all of a sudden be the Doctor again.
You might like this if you also liked: Downton Abbey, Mad Men, The Bletchley Circle

Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life: Binge-worthy
...if you were into the original series, which is also on Netflix right now. I really enjoyed revisiting the town of Stars Hollow, but I was a little disappointed in where most of the characters were in their lives after ten whole years since the series finale. However, if you've missed the fast-talking, pop culture referencing, and homey small town drama, it's definitely worth picking up again. It made me want to revisit the whole series, which will probably take me forever at this point. 
You might like this if you also liked: Gilmore Girls, Hart of Dixie

The Bletchley Circle: Binge-worthy
Post WWII England (I've been on a kick, apparently), these brilliant women who served the Allies in secret are teaming up again and solving mysteries. I love the girl power (who can't get behind women working together and using their brains. Rock on, ladies!), I love the intricate and detailed story lines, and the style. It has a little bit of a thriller element, so if that sort of thing gets you worked up, you might not want to watch right before bed. All in all, I've already gone through it twice and I strongly recommend to whoever is in charge that the series be revived.
You might like this if you also liked: Sherlock, Law & Order, Man in the High Castle, Death Comes to Pemberly (movie)

Is it unfair of me to cross-reference shows in the same post for the "you might like this if you also liked" recommendations? It's a question I get a lot when talking TV shows and I want to give the best reference points I can. 

To check out my first list of recommendations, click here.

What has been on your watch list recently? Anything worth checking out? Let me know what you think! Happy watching! :)

1 comment:

  1. My favorite is The Crown. Now I'm deffinately into watching Victoria. :D