It’s been a busy time lately. The end of the college year is fast approaching, so work is piling up and deadlines need to be met. And weekends are usually taken up with working at my part-time job (groan). So it’s fair to say, I haven’t had a whole lot of free time over the last while. But I’ve also had some exciting news as well in the past week, about potential internship opportunities in Dublin over the summer. I won’t go into it yet until I have it all ironed out, but I’m happy and excited to be making more steps along the road in this journalism career.
When I do have a bit of time to chill out and unwind, I love having a TV show to get lost in. Here are five favourites that I’ve been watching recently.
This Is Us
I stumbled across this show by accident a few months ago. I was a big Heroes fan back in the day (before it started to lose its way during the third season and descended into farce in the fourth and final one), and one of my favourite characters was Peter Petrelli, played by Milo Ventimiglia. Episode 1 of This Is Us was just starting when I clicked into it by mistake, and I saw him and thought: ‘hmm, wonder what this is’. I’m so glad I found it because I’ve got completely sucked into it. The series jumps between two time periods. Ventimiglia stars alongside Mandy Moore as a husband and wife raising triplets and dealing with various challenges back in the 80’s, while we also follow the goings on of their family thirty years later in the present day. It’s just one of those really well written, heart-warming family dramas with a really superb cast, and I always look forward to catching up on it when I can. Plus, it was recently renewed until at least season three, so at least it will be around for a while.
The Walking Dead
So, obviously I didn’t just discover this one recently. The Walking Dead is currently in its seventh season. And it is fair to say that it has been a little slow since starting back after its mid-season break, although it was always going to be hard to maintain the insane level of drama and tension of the season’s first episode, which saw two major characters brutally killed off. I’ve watched the show since the beginning, and am still a huge fan (I even started reading the comics as a result, because I was curious to see how similar they were to the show), so I still love tuning in. I must say though, the cast has gotten a little bloated. It is definitely in need of trimming. This has also been renewed for an eight season, so for now, it appears that there is still no end in sight for the zombie apocalypse.
I’ve only managed to catch the first two episodes of Legion thus far, but I am definitely excited to dive in a bit more. Mind you I think I will have to re-watch those two episodes again because going off them, it is one of those shows that you have to be tuned in when watching it, or it can be a bit of a head f**k. The series tells the story of David Haller, a mutant character from the X-Men comics, played by Dan Stevens. Haller was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, and spent time in various psychiatric hospitals, one of which is the place we first meet him. Through his encounters with other patients and doctors, he begins to realise that there is more to him than just mental illness, as his powers start to manifest. I’m a big fan of the X-Men film series (despite some flaws, the series has produced some of the best comic book movies ever), so I can’t wait to see how this one develops and if they will try to link it to the films.
Big Little Lies
This seven part mini-series started mid February in the States on HBO, but it has only just arrived this side of the world this week on Sky Atlantic. Having caught the first episode, it’s easy to see why there is a buzz around it. It’s based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, and tells the story of a mysterious murder during a school fundraising evening in a picturesque Californian town. The series appears to be a bit like How To Get Away With Murder (another favourite of mine I’m now realising that I must catch up on again soon as I type), in that it shows that a murder has taken place, but doesn’t reveal who it was or who the perpetrator is, before flashing back to the beginning of the school term and the start of what led to that night. So it sounds like a pretty juicy story to sink your teeth into. And the cast is incredible, comprised of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz. Definitely one to series link, and possibly binge watch when you have the time.
Celebs Go Dating
I’m almost cringing writing this, but this is a complete guilty pleasure. I had seen this being talked about on the various news and entertainment websites and wondered what it was all about so I gave it a look in. Basically, it follows a group of “celebrities” as they sign up to a dating agency in the hopes of finding love with members of the public. It is likely all staged, and the dates are probably not just your average joes, but people looking for a quick 15 minutes of fame. But it is actually pretty funny to watch. It’s perfect if you are looking for a trashy reality show to pass the time and just unwind without having to concentrate too much. The series features the likes of Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton, Perri Kiely from dance act Diversity, Kim K’s best friend Jonathan Cheban, and Ferne McCann from The Only Way is Essex, amongst others. Keep an eye out for the episode where one of Ferne’s dates tells her he likes her “f**cking big legs”, because her reaction is priceless. The show has recently finished its run on E4, but you can find it on demand at the Channel 4 website, or I’m sure it is available somewhere else online if you can’t access it there.
So those are just a few of the shows that I’ve been catching up on in my spare time recently. If you’ve got any suggestions for other shows to look out for, let me know in the comments. Have a great weekend.