Now that Breaking Bad, True Blood
, three of my most beloved shows of the last decade (despite the descent into mediocrity of the latter two) have concluded, I need some more shows to fangirl over.
These are the shows that are currently dear to my heart:
The Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
American Horror Story
Paul and I actually gave up on the last few episodes of AHS: Coven
, but a lot of people are saying it had an awesome ending, so I'm tempted to revisit it before AHS: Freak Show
Bonkers British dystopian thriller about a group of nerds who meet online, find a comic book manuscript that reveals a secret conspiracy, and are then pursued by psychotic assassins. I kid you not, the most violent TV show I've ever watched. You watch it thinking, "Oh no, surely they won't go there... Oh fuck me, they just did. They gang-raped that turtle." Except they don't actually rape a turtle, I made that shit up.Inside Number 9
The League of Gentlemen's take on the Twilight Zone
-style anthology series. God, there were some moments in the first season that were among the best stuff I've EVER seen on TV. It's hilarious and scary and off-the-wall and I can't recommend it enough.Black Mirror
Charlie Brooker's technical sci-fi anthology series. It's so disturbing that I've had one episode saved to Sky Plus for about a year now because I'm too nervous to watch it.Broadchurch
British cop drama about a murder investigation in a small seaside town. There's an American re-make coming, and both star David Tennant, AKA the tenth incarnation of Doctor Who. You know, the sexy Doctor.
These are the ones I'm planning on investigating:
This is the British remake of Scandinavian cop drama The Bridge
, which was also remade in America. Stannis from Game of Thrones
is in the British one, and apparently he actually smiles and everything.Outlander
Time travel! Scotland! Castles! MEN! I've seen one episode so far and I'm enjoying the tone, the lovely music and scenery, and the no-nonsense female lead. I confess, I have quite a weakness for Scottish accents too. And this has actual Scottish Gaelic dialogue, which sounds like a sexed-up version of Elvish! I have high hopes for this one.Peaky Blinders
British period crime drama with Cillian Murphy. Fun fact: The show's name comes from the delightful practice of hiding a razorblade in the peak of a cap and headbutting people in the eyeballs with it.The Hollow Crown
This is the history of the Medieval Kings of England, told through Shakespeare's historical plays, with an all star cast. Season two is gonna feature Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III, in some sort of history nerd-girl's ultimate wet dream.
These are the ones I've tried and dismissed, or given up on:The Last Ship
Alarm bells should have rung when the words "Executive Producer: Michael Bay" appeared at the start of the credits. The premise is interesting - a US naval ship carrying a group of shifty scientists is on a top secret mission in Antarctica. When they finally break radio silence after three months, they find that over 80% of the world's population has been killed by a super-virus and they're forced to fight evil Russian stereotype villains like it's 1987 all over again. But explosions and boat-porn can't make up for the ridiculous dialogue, boring characters, and "Team America - Fuck Yeah!"-style patriotism.Vikings
On paper this sounds awesome - It has Vikings, sex, bloodshed, and one of Alexander Skarsgard's multitude of obscenely handsome brothers! But somehow it just seemed tedious. The dialogue was stilted and the acting as wooden as an axe haft.The Hundred
Again, an interesting premise - Earth is rendered uninhabitable by radiation, so all of mankind is forced to live on a big-ass space ship for generations. Eventually they decide to send 100 supermodel teenagers to check things out down below. I've never seen so much exposition in the opening of a show. It was like, "Oh hey, check it out, that's the girl who was secretly smuggled onto the ship, no one knows who her parents are!" or "I know you were imprisoned for killing your father, a crime you say you didn't commit, but don't take it out on me, your ex-boyfriend!"Arrow
Yet again, a promising outlook - it's based on a really cool DC comics character that hadn't thus far been explored on screen. Green Arrow is a billionaire playboy douchebag who is stranded on an island for five years and emerges a badass vigilante warrior with archery skills that would make Robin Hood ejaculate. But yet again, it's a potentially good concept for a show ruined by overblown music, badly written, unlikable characters, horrible dialogue and shitty acting. I knew I was going to hate it when Green Arrow returned home to his mansion for the first time, a girl ran down the stairs, and he said, "Hey, sis!" like we the viewers wouldn't have figured out she was his sister some other way. Oh, and it's another show where every single person looks like a supermodel, which I loathe.In The Flesh
Now, this is an odd one, because I really liked the first mini-season of this show. It's a gritty British zombie apocalypse drama that focuses on the zombies who are cured and then forced to return to their families and communities, who despise them because of all the bad shit they did when they were zombies. The cast is amazing, the characters endearing and multi-faceted, and it's heart breaking stuff. But maybe that's the problem - it's just a little TOO bloody grim to the point where it depresses me to watch it.Once Upon a Time
We really persevered with this one - two whole seasons, each over twenty episodes long!! I really think that ten-twelve episodes is the optimum length for a season. Hell, a lot of British shows are only six or eight and they still manage to cram in all the necessary awesomeness. Anyway, the absurdly long seasons, child-friendly Disney tone, insane over-acting (especially the Evil Queen), tacky FX and lack of compelling storylines were really beginning to grate. It's a shame to abandon it after this long, because there were a few characters I was really attached to, like Rumpelstiltskin and Belle, but I just can't bear it any more.Legends
We watched the first episode, and it's basically a very derivative, far-fetched cross between 24 and The Bourne Identity, which has been utterly decimated by critics. The thing is though, Sean Bean plays the lead, and he's AMAZING in it, so my shallow side is half-tempted to watch it anyway, just for the Beanster.