Holiday drama? Not going to happen – unless it’s on TV. ‘Tis the season to binge-watch some telly!
Just because it’s the long Christmas break, it doesn’t mean you have to stay at home eating Christmas food, listening to Christmas songs and watching all the typical Christmas movies, so we’ve got you a list of TV shows to binge-watch while you’re sprawled on the sofa eating some leftover cold cuts… that’s the life.
Who doesn’t wonder what goes on behind the scenes with the British royal family? Think of The Crown as a sneak peek into the lives of the royals, fictionalised for TV of course (but based on true events). Follow the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and what she had to go through with that love rat of a husband. Netflix’s most expensive and ambitious production is quite the period masterpiece and an indulgent one too. Season two is out now…
The Netflix series chronicles the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia and revered drug kingpins of the late ’80s. Dig in as the law enforcements battle in on the rampant drug situation in South America, targeting notorious and powerful figures that including the drug lord Pablo Escobar. Stellar acting, gripping drama (remember this is all based on true events!), stay home this Christmas to tune in to the war on drugs.
If spooky stories are your thing, and you devoured the entire season of Stranger Things in days, the German supernatural thriller should be next on your list. Dark is set in the small German town of Winden in the year 2019 where there is a controversial nuclear power plant, some fairly ominous caves, and a bunch of families with intertwining back-stories that are every bit as tangled as the plot… only thing left to do is to watch the entire damn TV series!
Bright is set in a world where humans and fantasy creatures coexist. Will Smith plays an LAPD officer who is partnered with an Orc when they find a very powerful magic wand that has the potential to change the world. If you like your fantasy fix, here’s a gritty one to get into over the holidays.
The Good Place
The premise for this TV sitcom is simple: a woman dies and finds herself in The Good Place, except that she hasn’t exactly been a good person when she was alive. You could be forgiven for thinking it is a hollow, gimmicky and laugh-out-loud sort of show but The Good Place actually goes beyond that and is quite a heavenly show about death and morality. Is it not the best time of the year to reflect?
Big Little Lies
This dark comedy that covers murder, mischief and moms in the tranquil Californian beachfront town of Monterey is no Desperate Housewives. Based on the book of the same name, the TV series of the same name is told through the eyes of three mothers, Madeline, Celeste and Jane, and explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticisation of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship.
It’s been 27 years since we were all freaked out by Laura Palmer being wrapped in plastic, a dancing dwarf in a red room, and BOB… and we’ve been wondering what Agent Dale Cooper has been up to since that ending… (By the way, if you’ve never found the time to catch up with this cult TV favourite, the time is now.) This surreal, murder-mystery, dark series was pure David Lynch. If you had a major crush on Kyle McLachlan, this ain’t no spoiler alert, but Agent Cooper HAS aged.
This juicy series is a reboot of the 80s drama series and boy, is it a binge-worthy pick. Just like the original run, this fun-ride has family scandals, secret affairs, murders and more to keep you glued to the screen till the next episode, and the next, and the next.