Confessions of a binge watcher: 5 Netflix UK series to fill the void

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Now that Game of Thrones has ended and we generally have nothing else to look forward to until Christmas, here are my top picks to help fill that gap in your heart until 2019. 

I want to throw in a little disclaimer here. These are not recommendations based on “good” TV. These are based on pure entertainment value. Some are pretty damn good, some are so bad their good.

Also, a working title for this post was “Netflix shows to watch that aren’t Stranger Things.” So there you go.

Anyway, lets get in to it.

Shameless USA

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This show is huge in America and on Tumblr, but for us Brits getting our head around an American Frank Gallagher is tough initially.  Don’t expect this show to be like the UK version, though it uses the same characters and initially follows the same story it quickly becomes its own. Swapping cheap laughs for actual good TV. I 100% recommend this show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry etc.

The first 5 seasons of the show are on Netflix UK so there is plenty to keep you occupied. As for seasons 6 and 7… well I’ll leave that one up to you.

Season 8 of Shameless USA is due to come out in the US in November.

IMDB synopsis: “An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children with whom he lives cope as best they can.”

Orphan Black

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The fifth and final series of BBC America’s Orphan Black finished airing on Netflix UK last week. Which makes it perfect binge material. Available on Netflix UK in its entirety this show will keep you hooked and keep you guessing.

Spend all 5 seasons being absolutely outstanded by Tatiana Maslany’s acting prowess and forgetting that all the sisters are played by the same damn woman.

Orphan Black is a modern mystery that brings out so many underlying fears of science and evolution. An absolutely must watch.

IMDB synopsis: “A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.”

Shadowhunters

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Do you love a bit of cheese and supernatural teenage melodrama? Me too! Shadowhunters is based off of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and trust me, is way better than that awkward movie version.

Shadowhunter’s is easily accessible by folk who haven’t read the books (like myself) and from what I’ve read online fans of the books don’t mind it either. I love it but it definitely falls under the guilty pleasure category.

The cast are all shockingly pretty and the show is quite visually appealing.  Will it go down in the history books? Probably not. But is it worth binging? Hell yeah!

IMDB synopsis: “After her mother disappears, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting, and embrace her new role among the Shadowhunters.”

Borgia: Faith and Fear

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Now I promised you a real guilty pleasure and I’m going to come through for you with this one. Not to sound cliche but if you looked up “guilty pleasure” in on Wiki there should be a link to watch this series on Netflix.

An alternative version to the over romantisicised Jemery Irons version of the history of the Borgia family, this show is wrong in so many ways.  No one sounds like their from Italy, the accents are a mess and the acting isn’t fantastic either.

This series is a French-German-Czech production brought to our world by the good grace of Netflix. It has longer seasons than the Showtime version which allows for slower plot development, more detail and slightly more historical accuracy.

IMDB synopsis was too bloody long so I’ve linked you to it instead.

Riverdale

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Back on that teenage melodrama hype, the first season of Riverdale, which came out this year, was so good! Based on the Archie comics, that not many of us Brits know, a lot this show offers us something completely different and allows us to meet characters we would otherwise be unfamiliar with.

Also, relive your youth by watching Cody from the Suite Life of Zack and Cody be far too grown up and far too angsty.

Riverdale has a kind of mysticism to it, its visually gorgeous, and the plot will keep you guessing. This show, though centred around a group of high schoolers, offers a lot more that the usual drama and in fact, subverts a lot of stereotypes. And there’s a bit of murder, which is always nice.

IMDB synopsis: “A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.”

Let me know if you plan to check out any of these series, or if you already love them. I’m also open to recommendations myself. Let me know below!

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