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BEST TV SERIES TO WATCH IN 2018

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.

Westworld

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!

Stranger Things

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.

Black Mirror

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.

Mr. Robot

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.

Sherlock

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.

-A ♡

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15 Comments

  1. I don’t watch a lot of TV because I am more into music (and older shows and also things are limited here in Japan. Netflix and Hulu aren’t the same as back home). But, everyone at work like Game of Thrones.

  2. Rachael Eberhardt says:

    Nice list of TV series to be watch. I haven’t tried to watch them because I am so busy of being a mother and doing my work everyday and when I have time my kids always love to watch their favorite show so I don’t really have a chance to watch TV but I will try to do that this weekends.

    1. Angelica says:

      That’s understandable. You should definitely give them a try if you ever have the time tho

  3. I hardly have the time to watch anything more, but I found the time to watch The Handmaid’s Tale over the summer and really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to another season of it!

  4. I am a self confessed tv addict, so this list is pretty interesting to me. I’ve never got into game of Thrones even if the whole world seems to be watching it! My kids love Stranger Things, and I’ll definitely have to check out Better Call Saul.

    1. Angelica says:

      I guess it’s not for everyone then:) You definitely should!

  5. All of these are on my to watch list now! Some already were but a few of these I have never heard of before!

  6. I enjoyed the Handmaiden’s Tale. I liked the storyline and I thought the acting was excellent. I’ve read good things about Better Call Saul. I think that will be the next series I watch on Netflix. I just finished the latest season of Wentworth, which is prison drama based in an Australia women’s prison. I think the characters are well developed, and I enjoy the storylines.

    1. Angelica says:

      You definitely should especially if you’ve watched Breaking Bad (Better Call Saul is slower and you can really enjoy the character development of the characters). I’ve heard about Wentworth but haven’t got around to watch it yet

  7. I love all the series in here. Westworls is probably my favorite but others are fab too. I just finished Sherlock and I think it was a miss on my part as I have never seen it before. I will be checking Mr/ Robot definitely because it’s the only you listed I totally missed.

    1. Angelica says:

      If you like Fight Club, you will like Mr.Robot for sure

  8. All of these are on my watching list now. Game of thrones is everyone`s favorite. Thanks for sharing this.
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  9. What a great list. I love watching series but haven’t done as much as I like lately due to being busy. I also rarely watch a series more than once!

  10. Game of Thrones is my favorite one. some of them i have missed , will catch up , thanks for the list it reminds me to watch them.

  11. With thanks! Valuable information!

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