So one thing I hear all the time about life post children is that you no longer have time for television. I can’t say I agree. I no longer watch the 10 or more shows at a time that I used to… Heck, I don’t even have cable anymore, but I’ve found that just means you are more selective with what you watch. But when you have a newborn that won’t be put down and a toddler that takes 3 hour naps, you watch many hours of television. F guy naps the same time as Rocco now, so I eat lunch and watch my programs. I’ve found so many amazing shows via Netflix, Amazon, etc. Ummmm and hello, why didn’t anyone tell me Netflix and Chill meant to have a bootycall!?!? Am I seriously the only person that had no idea!? Any who, I love a good crime thriller as you can see and you’ll quickly catch on to the fact that a good deal of my “must watch shows” are courtesy of the BBC or about Brits. I LOVE me some British shows.
Marcella. Netflix. This one gave me nightmares, but I couldn’t stop watching. DCI (detective in British speak, you’ll see this a lot in my list) Marcella Backland is back to work after a long hiatus when a long dormant serial killer comes back to town. It’s. So. Good.
Luther. Netflix. DCI John Luther has a serious anger problem. He solves all the worst crimes in London, think like Dexter style baddies, all while his marriage falls apart and he seemingly loses all reason. Not only is the acting amazing, Idiris Elba is GORGEOUS. Hey boy, heyyyyy.
Broadchurch. Netflix. You guys. You. Guys. This is the best show you aren’t watching. The small seaside town of Broadchurch is crushed when a young boy is found dead. It is unbelievably good. Twists and turns. And David Tenant (yes, Dr. Who) and Olivia Colman as DCI Hardy and Miller are literally brilliant. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll gasp. Like seriously, you’ll be all like OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL?!?! NOOOOOO. That kinda good.
Call the Midwife. Netflix. Dudes. So it’s not secret I’m obsessed with childbirth. This show is a peak into the lives of midwives at Nonnatus House. It’s based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and it’s just crazy to see what was normal for childbirth in the 50s-60s among the lower class British.Santa Clarita Diet. Netflix. Soooooo I was bored one afternoon and didn’t want to be productive, hello story of my life… So I saw this was on Netflix and guys, I like love-love Timothy Olyphant. It’s been a long standing love spanning many years. The Captain was not always a fan, but it is safe to say he has a man crush on him now. He’s one of the most talented and funny actors in the biz. Check out his interviews on Conan, here and here and here and this one too. You too will love him. So good looking, so funny. I remembered seeing him doing press and discussing SCD and was super intrigued by the ambiguity of it’s story. Well, I’m not going to spoil a damn thing for you. It is hilarious. Laugh out loud hilarious. The cast is so on point. The 28 minute episodes fly by, so beware it is easy to binge on, no pun intended. *rim shot*
The Night Manager. Amazon Prime. This award winning thriller is def worth a watch. And when I say thriller I mean hold your breath, pee your pants, edge of your seat thriller. The story follows the night manager of a Cairo hotel, Johnathon Pine and his dealings with a super super baddie who murdered his lover. When Pine is asked by the MI6 to go undercover to bring him down, it’s on! It’s so amazingly acted. Plus, Tom Hiddleston (hello gorgeous), Hugh Laurie, and Olivia Colman (my favorite from Broadchurch) all earned their Golden Globes. Top notch old boy.
Fortitude. Amazon Prime. This one was a dark horse for me. I threw it on because The Kettering Project was wayyyy too creepy for me and I’m glad I did. This one took off reallllllly quickly. It follows the inhabitants of Fortitude, a small community located in the Arctic Circle, after a local is murdered and made to look like a polar bear attack. You. Guys. It’s crazy good. Tons of misdirection, wooly mammoths, scandal, polar bears, and voodoo!?!?!? Oh, and did we mention it stars Stanley Tucci (as a DCI, haha, seriously) AND Michael Gambon… and they happen to be brilliant. Some crazy shit is going on.
Mr. Robot. Amazon Prime. Currently watching. Rami Malik is, like, genius levels good. This show, as The Captain and I always suspected, is AMAZEBALLS. Malik plays Elliot a, dare I say, mentally unstable software engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night bringing down all kinds of weirdos by hacking them. When approached by a man, Mr. Robot to use his insider knowledge to bring down the big bad conglomerate that killed his father he reluctantly agrees and MADDNESS ensues.
Justified. Amazon Prime. This show is amaze. Timothy Olyphant (yes, more of him) is amazing. Like, brilliant and attractive… and so attractive. As US Marshall Raylan Givens he serves up justice with a shoot first, ask questions later kinda ‘tude. After an incident in Miami he finds himself transferred back to his hometown of Harlen Kentucky and this place is cray. It’s so good. Great characters and man looks seriously fine in a cowboy hat.
The Man in the High Castle. Amazon Prime. So just in case you ever wondered what would happen if the Nazis won. Amazon has got you covered. Based on a Philip K Dick novel this puppy will thoroughly eff your mind. What’s going on?! Is it time travel?! Is it an alternate universe!? It’s straight cray, is what it is and Rufus Sewell as Obergruppenführer John Smith (say that 10 times fast) is nothing short of brilliant. Like man, he’s good. You feel so bad for him and then you’re like, “wait a second, you’re an effin Nazi.” It’s complicated.
WestWorld. HBOnow. So I was talked into watching this and holy bananas it is fantastic. WestWorld is a virtual reality play park created for the wealthy to go and live out their wildest, eh weirdest, and most perverse dreams. All of the “employees” inside the park are AI and crazy realistic. And well, some start gaining consciousness and damn. Damn!! Robots. Western Robots. Coming alive. It is nuts. So good. Like whooaaa. Like see!? I can’t even use full sentences. It’s worth it to get HBOnow for this and GOT.