Top 5 Fridays: Binge-Worthy Television Series

Its been a while since I’ve written about some of my favourite television shows (its been a while since I’ve written about anything, to be honest), so I decided to go through 5 of my favourites lately.

Rick and Morty
If you haven’t heard of this show by now, then you must have been living in some kind of underground bunker with no contact from the outside world for the last 3.5 years. This show is huge, with ratings in the high 90’s across the internet. Created by Dan Harmon (Community, The Sarah Silverman Program) and Justin Roiland, this animated series from Adult Swim focuses on teenager Morty and his inter-dimensional hopping grandfather, Rick. Hilariously funny, tongue-in-cheek, and never taking itself seriously, this show is one that every comedy fan must watch. I’ve tried to describe this show to family members, and i cant compare it to any other show on television. Its completely unique, a joy to watch, and completely re-watchable. I’ve watched the two seasons that are on Netflix multiple times, and each time I find something new to laugh at, or catch a reference that I missed the first two times.

Bates Motel
I was a little cautious of this series at first, being a fan of the original Psycho film (the 1960 one, not the 1998 shot-for-shot remake starring Vince Vaughn (yes, such a film exists)). However after the pilot, my cautiousness eased a little. Set in the modern day, and focussing on the life of Norma and Norman Bates leading up to the events in Psycho, it gives the characters a lot more depth and dimension. I don’t want to spoil any of the show for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but murder and coverups are plenty from the off. Its a very enjoyable show, and although I didn’t see much after the first season (Kayla couldn’t wait for me to watch the rest), but what I saw of the remaining seasons never felt tired or like the writers had run out of ideas. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good drama with healthy amount of suspense from episode to episode.

Broadchurch
Another series that has taken the world by storm. This British drama focusses on the fictional seaside village of Broadchurch in the west-country of England. The first season focusses on the murder of young(ish, he’s like 12, thats young) boy and the detectives investigating the case. Starring David Tennant, Jodie Whitaker, and Olivia Colman, this series will keep you guessing. I’m not going to say anything about the plot of the first season, as it really is a fantastic mystery, and the final outcome is as big a shock as it comes. The only 3 words I have for Broadchurch are: WATCH THIS SHOW!

Arrested Development
Now, everyone visiting my blog today has likely heard of Arrested Development. Originally making its appearance on Fox way back in 2003, its development was arrested (heh heh) when Fox cancelled the series in 2006. After building a HUGE cult following in the interim, Netflix announced that it would be reviving the series in 2013. The oldest show on this list, the reason I include it is because production begins on the 5th season next week. Even though we have to wait a year to see season five, in the meantime, what better excuse to re-watch one of the smartest, funniest, and most quotable show in recent memory.

Steven Universe
This Cartoon Network original is a hidden gem. Set in fictional Beach City, Steven Universe lives with the remains of a rebellion of humanoid crystals, known as the Crystal Gems. The Crystal Gems defend Earth from interstellar threats that could destroy the entire planet. While this is a kids show, it really is for everyone. Its got a huge following of people from every age, race, and gender. Its a show about inclusion, and supporting each other, and love. I cant recommend this show highly enough, and given that each episode is only 11 minutes, its perfect for little attention-spans. Every child and their parent should get heavily invested in this show, with fun characters, an incredible soundtrack, and plenty of hidden references and jokes for the grown ups, this show is sure to please everyone.

So there we have it, 5 shows that should keep you busy until the fall season starts back up. Any of these you love? Hate? Let me know in the comments below, we’ll discuss it there.

Thanks for reading,

Be Kind

Jason

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9 thoughts on “Top 5 Fridays: Binge-Worthy Television Series

  1. Sarah | Digital Motherhood

    My husband watches Rick & Morty, I really don’t get it! I did get addicted to Broadchurch though! #KCACOLS

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  2. Life as Mum

    I’ve heard Broadchurch is really good. I’ve not heard about the others though! #KCACOLS

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    1. tassiedad

      Broadchurch is amazing! I think it’s on Netflix (it is here in Australia anyway) so I highly recommend it. Even if you don’t have Netflix, you get a free month on sign-up, which is more than enough time to binge the series.

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  3. Rachel

    I’ve not watched any of these but rick and morro sounds like a fun programme to watch 🙂 #kcacols

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  4. Lydia C. Lee

    I adore arrested development. It’s such a great show. I can’t believe the axed it with they did. Still new season to look forward to now! #KALCOLS

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  5. Amy

    I’ve not watched any of these, will certainly be trying Bates Motel, sounds fascinating #kcacols

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  6. Kerry

    Broadchurch was amazing! Definitely one to watch. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back again next time.

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  7. Mrs Jibril

    I haven’t heard about Bates Motel but it sounds like a show I would enjoy might give it a try over the weekend #KCACOLS

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  8. Bread // Queer Little Family

    We love Steven Universe! Every time there is a new Stevenbomb out we basically watch the entire show over again. Must be on our sixth or seventh rewatch by now. And there is a rumour they’re making more Arrested Development. #kcacols

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