I’ll open this up by saying I’m not a huge TV watcher. I very rarely watch anything on broadcast TV, perhaps because most of it tends to be reality shows now. I’m typically just as happy to read a book (typically non-fiction though), or even play Forza on my Xbox.
Sometimes though, even I acknowledge that a bit of TV is a good way to relax. When I do choose to watch TV, I want to be sure it’s something worth watching. I hate, with a passion, channel flicking or watching stuff ‘for the sake of it’. For the same reason, I don’t watch and use my phone at the same time either – if it doesn’t warrant my attention, it gets switched off.
So, with that in mind – here are a few shows that I feel have been worthy of watching without distraction;
The Haunting of Hill House
I’m currently 2 episodes from the end of this as I write. I’m told the penultimate episode is one I won’t be able to leave ‘hanging’, and I should, therefore, allow enough time to watch both back-to-back. I plan to do that this evening if by some miracle the children go to bed when they should.
As with many of the big shows these days, The Haunting of Hill House is on Netflix. It’s based on the Shirley Jackson novel of 1959, though set in the modern day. The series moves between modern day and flashbacks to the families time at Hill House.
There are some ‘jump out of your skin’ moments, but I wouldn’t say they are frequent. It’s a chilling, scary series but has an intriguing storyline to it too, which I find distracts from the terror somewhat.
If you have Netflix, I’d recommend watching it.
This is a show that has largely gone under the radar over here. Most likely because it’s only available on ‘Starzplay‘, an Amazon Prime Video Channel.
Stateside however, it’s a popular show that has been very well received. Courtesy of IMDb – “Counterpart is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross – where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. ”
Season 2 has just started now, and I haven’t yet watched it – but season one was gripping. I suspect not many people subscribe to Starzplay, so it’s a tricky one to find otherwise – but if you’re already a prime subscriber, you can get a 7-day free trial of the Starzplay channel, which would allow you to binge watch it.
Another show that doesn’t get much attention over here, but thankfully another one of the many that can be found on Netflix. Now into it’s 3rd series, Travelers is a relatively new take on the time-travel sci-fi genre. Travelers is a new concept in so much as it’s not the people themselves that travel back in time (from a future hundreds of years ahead), but their consciousness. Armed with the precise time and cause of death of their ‘host’ bodies, the travelers are able to place their consciousness into the host body moments before. They then assume the life of their host, while simultaneously performing missions aimed at preventing the destruction of mankind.
I’m a sucker for time-travel shows, and although 99% of this show is set in the current day, it’s gripping viewing.
So, that’s my three choices at the moment. Are there any other current shows you’d recommend too?