One of the reasons I’m always looking forward to summer despite the unbearable heat is that on those too-hot-to-go-outside-afternoons, I can stay under the cool air and catch up on some TV series. I consider myself a big TV show enthusiast so today I decided to share with you all some of the best series to watch right now, in my humble opinion.
Unlike watching an approximately 2 hour movie, series require a certain commitment; you have to be invested enough in the story to go back and watch it week after week and season after season. Thus, starting a TV series takes time and hopefully I will be able to help you decide which ones are worth your time. P.S. These are all still in production but not necessarily came out with new seasons in 2018. Also they are in no particular order.
Game of Thrones
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
Game of Thrones surely doesn’t need any introductions; it’s one of the most hyped and talked about series (so unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to not get anything spoiled) and with good reason. The plot will keep you hooked and the casts’ brilliant performance ensures you will get attached to the characters… although this is Game of Thrones so that probably won’t end so well. Even though the first few episodes can be a little confusing and it might seem impossible to remember all the names and families, the story really picks up after a few episodes and it’s one of the best series you can watch right now. Plus some scenes are filmed in Malta, even featuring the now collapsed Azure Window in Gozo, so that scores some extra points in my book. The last season is set to air in the first half of 2019, which can’t seem to come soon enough.
Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.
Talking about confusing TV series, Westworld takes us to an amusement park populated by android hosts, whose sole purpose is to satisfy the wants of the guests without being able to hurt them. As one may expect this tends to revolve around sex and violence. It deals with morality and ethics; they are robots, yet they are made to look like humans and programmed to feel pain to the extent that guests often have to ask whether they are real. The amazing performance of the cast makes it feel all the more real, encouraging us to feel sympathy for the hosts. While the whole cast gives us an impressive performance, Anthony Hopkins (playing Robert Ford) deserves an extra mention cause he’s THAT good. If you’re planning on watching Westworld you should know that it requires your full attention and it is quite slow paced. But it’s worth it!
When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.
Another super hyped about series that focuses on a group of children as they try to solve the suspicious occurrences that are happening in their otherwise uneventful town of Hawkins. The story is fast paced and sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The performance of the young cast is also surprisingly good, particularly Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) and Noah Schnapp (Will). Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer for season 3.
An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.
Two words – Dark and addictive. Black Mirror is raw and contemporary and it explores our dependency on technology in a terrifying near future where technology controls every aspect of out lives. But worse than our complete reliance on technology, is the way Black Mirror portraits us. The lack of humanity, feeding of the pain of others, which to us is nothing more than entertainment and the absolute lack of empathy are all perfectly depicted throughout the episodes. Probably, the scariest part is that it often feels all too real and not like a work of fiction. A must watch.
Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker, becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he and his shadowy allies try to take down the corrupt corporation he works for.
Warning: Might make you question everything around you. Another technology-centered series, this time not a science fiction but a brilliantly scripted psychological thriller that tells the story of a socially anxious guy who hacks people to connect with them. The story starts out a little slow and can be quite confusing since it is seen from Elliot’s point of view, who suffers from paranoia and delusion. It’s real and raw; from the way it portraits mental illness to the way it perceives society. It has some incredibly powerful and meaningful speeches that will make you rethink everything, even your own existence.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
By far the most disturbing TV series I have ever seen. To think that that the story was inspired from real life events and is still very relevant today is beyond alarming. The show goes from one horrifying scene to the other and just when you think it can’t get any more unsettling, it surprises you. The colour aesthetic and cinematography helps set the gruesome tone of the story. One also has to appreciate the brilliant performance of the cast.
A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
This adaptation brings this timeless character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to life in the present day. The result is a witty and clever story that is sure to keep you hooked. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) does an amazing job portraying the arrogantly brilliant Sherlock and the chemistry between him and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) help bring this iconic duo to life. Add to that an incredible villain, and you’re got a marvelous series.
Better Call Saul
The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Lastly, I couldn’t not mention the prequel to the most critically acclaimed TV show, Breaking Bad. As one might have guessed from the title, the story follows Saul Goodman when he was only Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer trying to make ends meet. Various characters from Breaking Bad make an appearance on the show, including Mike Ehrmantraut who is another main character who throughout the series transitions into the beloved character. There are various easter eggs and clever touches that make Better Call Saul not only an amazing series but a worthy prequel.