As the weeks on lockdown turn into months, binge-watching has never been more popular. Cinemas will remain closed for the foreseeable future so streaming services are the only way to go. With so many options available to us it can be hard to know where to start. Below are some of our picks for the best shows out there… and some guilty pleasures.
Netflix has absolutely no shortage of great shows to watch, and while ‘The Tiger King’ is perhaps the most obvious choice for a recommendation we’ve decided to go with ‘Ozark’. Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, ‘Ozark’ is a cross between ‘Breaking Bad’ and the good seasons of ‘House of Cards’. Anchored by incredibly strong performances by it’s two leads, the show is intelligently written, beautifully shot and annoyingly well paced, with gripping cliffhangers that could lead you to finish all three seasons in one sitting.
We were all thrilled when Disney announced it was bringing back Star Wars but lets face it, no matter what side of fence you are on with the sequel trilogy we can all agree that it divided the fanbase. Thankfully Disney has learned from their cinematic endeavours and delivered a Star Wars TV show which has ticked all the boxes by giving the fans something they never knew they wanted - a bounty hunter and a baby Yoda. Much like how Star Wars was originally conceived as a way to pay homage to the movie serials of the 1930’s, this show pays respect to the Western genre as well as Samurai movies like ‘Shogun Assassin’. It’s a very cool new take on the Star Wars universe and while I’m sure everyone has seen it by now, it’s the kind of the show that certainly merits a rewatch no matter how quickly you binged it the first time around!
Who here remembers the 1994 Robocop live-action TV series? Chances are you have blocked it from your memory or you were one of the lucky ones who never knew it existed. This watered down series is based on the ultra-violent 1987 sci-fi classic and was aimed at the widest possible family audience. It’s quite bizarre to see such an infamous character like Robocop be reduced to such a low budget show with cheesy acting and dodgy special effects. It’s a world away from the gritty, meta, gorey, satirical original movie but despite all of its flaws (and there are many) it’s entertaining in a ‘so bad it’s good’ kind of way. It’s a silly way to pass 40 minutes and because each episode is quite terrible it helps make sure that you don’t waste the hours away binging on it. One episode a month is probably good enough.
Young Indiana Jones
A show that really should be on Disney Plus but seems to have been forgotten about and disowned by all involved is the Young Indiana Jones TV series from the early 90’s. Put into production shortly after the cinematic series wrapped after ‘The Last Crusade’, this show followed the adventures of Indy as a young boy right through to young adult. While it lacks the action, excitement, and budget of the movies it is a solid, charming show with Indy dropping into the middle of major events throughout the early years of the 20th century and working alongside famous historical figures. The show was made to educate more so than simply entertain, but in my opinion it does both. One episode of interest has got to be when young Indy arrives in Dublin