Thursday, January 14, 2016

TV Junkie - The Shows I've Been Binge Watching

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It's cold outside, it's January and many of our wallets are still feeling quite thin after Christmas... You know what that means - it's a great time to tuck into some TV binge watching!

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I am not at all a fan of most comic book inspired films or television shows. I'll take a good version of Batman or Spiderman any day of the week, but I could quite happily let the others pass me by. That said, I'm a sucker for a strong female lead and Jessica Jones on Netflix is really doing it for me! Starring Krysten Ritter, who stole my heart years ago as Lucy on Gilmore Girls, this is a dark, dramatic show about a former super hero who becomes a private investigator in order to escape her dark past. I'm a fan!

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I had no idea what I was in for when I started watching Making a Murderer on Netflix. It had simply been recommended to me by a lawyer friend who had also not yet seen it, but was planning to start. Making a Murderer follows the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey with events, trial footage and interviews filmed over a 10 year period. If you are a legal or crime drama junkie, then this is the real life version and it's totally for you. My eyes were glued to the screen and I finished all 10 episodes in just 2 days. Without giving too much away, I would compare this to seeing a train wreck... It's impossible to stop staring at it, but the closer you look, the more you see and the worse it gets. All around, it's a wonderful documentary series that highlights injustices that occur in the legal system and it really got me thinking. Well worth a watch, but don't be surprised if you find yourself screaming at the television...

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Someone said to me a while ago that if I enjoyed Bloodline, that Ray Donovan should be next on my list. As a fan of Liev Schreiber, I had no problem signing myself up for that and it is an excellent show. Jon Voight gives a brilliant performance as the convict patriarch of the Donovan family, a group of tough boys from South Boston who are now living in Los Angeles and are for lack of a better word, quite wounded. Ray, the most successful of the brothers is a fixer with plenty of problems of his own. It's a great show and reminds me a little of The Sopranos.

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I saw a trailer for The Man in the High Castle (an Amazon original series) in the cinema and I was immediately intrigued. Based on a 1960's book of the same name, this show paints a picture of what it would be like had the allies not won WWII. It's suspenseful, interesting and beautifully shot. Anyone who loves a historical drama or has an interest in WWII would love this show.

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I have been a big fan of Viola Davis practically forever, so I'll pretty much watch anything she does. How to Get Away With Murder is a dark, disturbing thriller about a law school professor played by Davis who may not be as put together as she initially seems. Manipulative, calculating and controlling, Davis gives an amazing performance in this show that keeps me on the edge of my seat.

That's what's been keeping me occupied... What have you been binge watching lately? 
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