Some of these shows will be available streaming for the first few seasons and then be continuing on television (ie: Orphan Black). I will try to alert you to those! I watch a lot of TV. Yes, I work, Yes, I have a life but damn, I do love television and it's honestly never been better than now! My TWO FAVORITE are at the very end so, keep reading!
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NOTE: Most British Binges are 6 episodes a season. I have left off HBO series because they are only available if you subscribe to HBO. I don't get Showtime or Starz.
Currently watching or just finished. I'll get to the descriptions as soon as I can.
The Young Pope--HBO (awesome)
Lemony Snicket -Amazon Prime
Sneaky Pete--New Fave Amazon Prime
Spotless-- Netflix just about perfect
The Night Of: A+--Netflix
Good Behavior A+ -- TNT
Currently watching: The Paradise --Netflix
1. Stranger Things: (Netflix; one season) Such a great new series from Netflix. People are talking about it all over social media. Starring Wynona Ryder and a cast of adorable kids plus Matthew Modine as a baddie. Nostalgic, and also spooky! There are a lot of Easter Eggs to find --espeically homage to old movies like "Stand By Me". A lot of sci fi mixed with straight up good feels, it's just a great summer watch.
2. Bloodline (Netflix; 2 seasons). I am currently into season 2 of this show starring Kyle Chandler and Sissy Spacek. What is great about this show is that it combines good soapy drama with deep, deep character development. While the series starts out slow, stick with it because there's a reason for that-- it's dreamy way to introduce you to this family before hitting you over the head with unbelievable twists and turns. I seriously had to stop the show a couple of times in season 2 to have a panic attack before I could resume watching.
3. Orange Is The New Black: (Netflix; 4 seasons) I finished binging the latest season and fell for this show all over again. The acting is top-notch and you never know where the story is going. This season is particularly moving, highlighting racial tensions and the failing jail system in America. It's the ladies that will grab you however, especially watching the back stories about how they ended up in Litchfield in the first place.
4. Orphan Black: (Netflix -seasons 1-3 Netflix, season 4 currently on BBCA on demand). I am obsessed with this show. REALLY obsessed! I even call myself part of the 'clone club' !! Tatiana Maslany is a revelation. She plays multiple roles that fit together seamlessly. Very Sci-Fi savvy, each main character is a clone of the other but they all have their own personalities. I seriously don't think of them as one actress. They are people. Can't explain it until you see it! Good soapy intrigue, villains around every corner and humor mixed on in. Just a JOY to watch. For those of you that know the show, I bet you can guess my fave clone. Hint: She's slavic and loves donuts!
5. Happy Valley: (Netflix; 2 seasons) I have been into British crime/police shows for awhile and was recommended to watch this by a friend that knows just what I like! A story of 2 sisters, one a police officer in a small Yorkshire town, the other recovering from drug use. A serial killer is in town (one with connections to the officer) and he's played by James Norton. Norton is brilliant in this part (those of you that have seen Grantchester won't believe your eyes!). Don't be turned off by the accents, after an episode or 2 you can catch the drift.
6. River: (Netfix; one season) Another British Police show that surrounds a detective that starts to see the dead. Some of my friends have found it a bit slow but I really enjoyed the whole thing.
9. The Night Manager: (Currently BBCA on Demand and Amazon Prime; one season only). This was actually a show on BBCA this spring and I watched it by the week. (hard to get used to when things are available in chunks!) Tom Hiddleson is a guy that gets involved with a meanie mobster (Hugh Laurie) and must save everyone! The scenery is gorgeous and the story is tight and exciting. This one season is a stand alone because it's based on a nove by John Le Carre.
10. Call The Midwife: (Yet another BBC transplant that usually airs on PBS. You can stream from PBS or Amazon Prime; 6 seasons) This show is about midwives in 1960s London. They pay a lot of attention to atmosphere and history. Very moving and chock full of soapy moments. I usually end up crying every episode!
11. Doc Martin: (Netflix (comes and goes) Amazon Acorn TV; 7 seasons) I love my "quirky town" shows. This reminds me of Northern Exposure and a bit of Gilmore Girls. Doctor Martin comes to a sleepy town in Cornwall and the drama follows him all over. Has a nice love story that develops over time.
12: Black Mirror: (Netflix; 3 seasons) Holy Moly...hang on to your hat with this anthology series! This is a modern twist on The Twilight Zone. Of course it's British (what isn't!?) -and it's just funky amazing. My favorite episodes are in 2013; Be Right Back and White Bear. Watch those first. You'll thank me! Note: the first episode "National Anthem" in 2011 turns a lot of people off, I'd skip it. I liked it but it's pretty disturbing.
13: Better Call Saul: (Netflix; 2 seasons, started AMC) Even if you didn't watch Breaking Bad, this is a pretty damn fine show. Great acting and twisty plots. Jonathan Banks is amazing to watch as Mike the ex-cop struggle with just about everything in life. Saul is a lawyer who's brother has put him down his whole life. Great watch. Note: Prequel to Breaking Bad.
14. Skins UK (not on Netflix now, but pops up, you can watch full episodes on You Tube or Amazon Video; 7 seasons; last season a 'pick up' of the future) This British show (not to be confused with the MTV series) is such revelation, I can't explain it. Following teens in the UK as they dabble into sex and drugs is just fascinating. Great soapy-goodness. Every season is a stand-alone, you really don't have to watch one to get into the other. Seasons 2-4 are my faves.
15. Lilyhammer: (Netflix; 3 seasons, series has ended) This is a quirky little show that just had me roaring with laughter...in a mobular sort of way. Stevie VanZandt (yes, that Stevie VanZandt) is a mobster in witness protection in Norway. It was actually filmed in Norway with some awesome Norwegian actors. "Good Fella" out of water. As the series rolls on it gets more humorous and the references to past gangster movies/shows add up. Some of my friends couldn't get into the series, I'm glad I stuck with it.
16. House of Cards: (Netflix; 4 seasons). Based on the British show (of course!) of the same name, The American House of cards takes the notion of a narcissistic politician to the limit! Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are fantastic as the evil duo Frank and Claire. I personally count how many times Frank makes and cuts sandwiches. Not sure why...but he does it a LOT. I love when they break the 4th wall--makes you feel all 'insider important'! Season 3 was a bit of a let down but don't give up because 4 will rock you!
17. UnReal: (Hulu --season one, season 2 up in a bit; 2 seasons) Just finished watching the finale of Season 2 an WHOOP! If you like dark shows that are morally bankrupt, well, pull up a chair!! The main characters, Rachel and Quinn are so devious that well, you just have to root for them. A take on the Bachelor shows (which I hate and never watch), Unreal looks at the making of a reality show and was written by a former Bach producer. It's yummy pop-corn good.
THESE ARE MY TWO FAVORITE WATCHES
Breaking Bad: (I don't see it right now on Netflix but it has been; you can watch on AMC on demand and AMC.com ; 6 EPIC Seasons). SO much has been written about this show that I'm sure you don't need my input. Just know that it's my favorite show of all time and it stands alone in the writing and storytelling that unfolded. Just perfection.