We’re all familiar with the feeling of finishing a great TV program on Netflix. The credits start rolling, and you think to yourself: “Well, that’s it. What the hell am I supposed to do with my life now?!”.
Thanks to the rise of instant streaming, it’s more easy than ever to binge-watch an entire series in one night, meaning that although you get the instant gratification of finding out ‘what’s next?’, you power through a great show without giving yourself time to take in and process what you’re watching.
So, what can you do about it? Not a damn thing. This is the world we live in now; a world of great TV at the push of a button, and it’s a great time to be alive. If you’ve found yourself at the end of your latest venture and you’re unsure of what to watch next, read on.
When you want… easy viewing
The Office (U.S)
Obviously, anything staring Steve Carell is bound to be class A comedy, and The Office is no different. Set in an office (surprisingly), it works in a mockumentary format, following the daily grind of the workers. There’s romance, there’s fallout and… there’s Dwight Schrute.
Him & Her
Following the lives of Steve and Becky, Him & Her is set solely in the young couples flat (bar one episode). They’re unbelievably lazy, messy and sarcastic so, y’know, it’s relatable *shrugs*. Although these two crazy kids provide enough entertainment, their regular visitors will have you in bits.
Once you get over the fact that this is about a barely legal tween getting his life absolutely f*cked over by an unplanned pregnancy, this is a really enjoyable, easy series. What with our heroes wacky life and our heroine’s strict family, being young parents has never been more confusing or hilarious.
When you want… something funny
I genuinely believe that Miranda Hart is one of the best comedians of our time, so when I heard that she was getting her own show, I was thrilled. Playing on Miranda’s characters general dopy-ness, the series follows her everyday life, with a focus on her friends and family too.
The Royle Family
Whoever knew that watching people watch TV could be so entertaining?Unless you live under a rock, you’ll know about The Royle Family. However, the older you get, the better it gets. It’s really one of those shows that never gets old, and you love the cast as if they were your own, unbalanced family unit.
Piss-taking at its finest, Little Britain is a throwback to back when comedy sketch shows were good. Matt Lucas and David Walliams are the ultimate comedy duo, and between laughing until you cry, you’ll be unsettled to know that you recognize some of these characters from your own life.
When you want… a walk down memory lane
Pokemon: Indigo League
I want to watch the very best, like no series ever was. To watch them is my real test, to reminisce is my cause. Go back to the back to where it all began, starting with Ash Ketchum’s birthday when his Pokemon journey begins. Warning: doing so will likely result in you blowing the dust off your Game Boy and searching for the games on eBay.
To be fair, with all the innuendos in this show, it’s hard to believe it’s even considered a kids show. Relive your Saturday mornings as a youngin’ as you rejoin the sea-life of Bikini Bottom for their aquatic adventures.
Ah, Cartoon Network. The youth of today will never understand the joy of hammering your parents out of bed on their day off so you could tune in to their prime shows. Dexter’s Laboratory was one of the best, so go back to a simpler time where it was totes believable that a ten year old could hide a lab in his bedroom and not rise suspicion from the electricity bill.
When you want… total dramz
Pretty Little Liars
Drama upon drama, upon drama with a dash of drama for added measure. Unlike most teen-dramas though, this actually has a malevolent story-line. Murder, guys. This show’s filled with twists and turns, so you really have to keep up with the story otherwise you’ll find yourself drowning.
The first few series of this are great. You relish the ups and downs of the Upper East Side, and really root for the characters. Depending on your disposition though, you may find yourself getting a bit pissed off with these #RichKidProbs, and after a while the story line gets a bit repetitive. Try it out for a while though, you may love it. XOXO.
Rebooted from the popular late 90’s show that your mum probably raves about, this is also filled to the brim with #RichKidProbs. However, this is a lot less repetitive than Gossip Girl, so it keeps you gripped all the way through.
When you want… something scary
American Horror Story
I’m going to save you some time straight off the bat and tell you to skip series three (Coven), because it’s sucks a bag of balls. Other than that though, this is hands down one of the best shows on Netflix. Each series concentrates on a new creepy story line, from a haunted house to a lunatic asylum, but they often recycle the amazingly talented cast.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
As well as being a total blast from the past, Buffy is one of the best things that have ever happened to the horror/fantasy genre. Go back to Sunnydale and get re-acquainted with the Scoobies, and put aside some time to drool over Spike (or Angel, whatever floats your boat).
Although I wasn’t initially sold on an extension of Psycho, it’s actually a really interesting, well put together series. Concentrating on the relationship between the infamous Norman Bates and his mother, who open up a hotel and are followed by a series of incidents.
When you want… a fantasy
Once Upon A Time
It’s Disney, but more acceptable on an adult level. Featuring all of your favorite Disney princesses and Villains, Once Upon A Time is based in a small town that’s under the curse because of the Evil Queen. It’s a roller coaster of emotions as they try to return to their own world.
Even more fantasy to come here; Grimm takes on the original fairy tales and manipulates them into more sinister tales. Nick must keep a balance between reality and fantasy, while juggling his ‘normal’ job and life too.
I’ll never stop being surprised at how few people know about Firefly. Set mainly on board Serenity, between various planets and moons, the show is essentially a space-western. That’s putting it very simply though, as Firefly makes it its business to challenge the typical sci-fi genre, pulling in stories of love, family and survival.
When you want… something everyone’s talking about
Cult favorite Breaking Bad follows Walter White, a critically ill cancer patient and his unexpected sidekick Jesse Pinkman, as they, well… make meth. Turning away from his typical suburban life, Walter becomes a major player in the drug market in order to pay for his treatment.
Orange Is The New Black
OITNB is the show on everyone’s lips at the mo’, especially since they’ve debuted their third season. The Netflix original series is set in a women’s-only prison, and the inmates that inhabit it. It’s based on the true story of protagonist Piper Chapman, who was sent to prison for drug smuggling in her past.
This may be a bit of an oldie with all things considered, but Dexter is interesting and complex in equal measures. Dexter’s a forensic expert that moonlights as a serial killer (well, they say rent in Miami is high), bringing his own personal brand of justice to people he thinks escaped the law.
When you want… a bit of reality
RuPaul’s Drag Race
If you’re looking for sass, you’ve come to the right place. On the hunt to find the next star in drag, RuPaul provides the role of presenter, mentor and inspiration for the show in a drag-racing theme.
Be a fly on the wall at Thornhill Community Academy, a secondary school in Yorkshire, as the teachers and staff deal with every day education problems, from schoolyard bullies to overworked staff. This is an especially great series as it gives you a real insight into the education system and the strain put on professionals.
Made In Chelsea
Oh, to see how the other half lives. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or you’ve only caught the odd episode, you can now re-live it all from the very beginning. While you’re drowning in a sea of Cartier and Gucci, you’ll find yourself with favorites, and thinking of others as your own personal frenemies.
What are your top Netflix recommendations? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter at @dimmickhead!