Amidst an ever-growing pile of University work there is always something that manages to distract us from getting our heads down (especially on deadline week in my case) and nine times out of ten, addictive telly is to blame. Here are five of our favourite shows that quite frankly, we can’t get enough of.
The award winning comedy focuses on the friendship of a close group of twenty-something’s against a backdrop of New York City. Filling the void that ‘Sex in the City’ and ‘Gossip Girl’ left; ‘Girls’ is funny, edgy and unlike anything else on TV at the minute. Having taken the US by storm, the show’s second season has just finished airing on Sky Atlantic in the UK but is definitely not to be missed. The first season of the show is out on DVD now, and the second just as easy to find, will have you hooked from the get-go and don’t be surprised if it takes over your life for a weekend or so. Finally, despite what the title may suggest, the show is especially popular with men!
You’d better keep Monday evenings empty in your diary for the next few weeks because trust me, you don’t want to miss Broadchurch – ITV’s new crime-drama starring David Tennant, which has the nation talking. The eight-part series (currently 3 episodes in) focuses on the investigation following the mysterious death of an 11-year old boy. Filled with many twists, turns and cliff-hangers, Broadchurch constantly has you on the edge of your seat as you repeatedly ask yourself what led to the boy’s demise, or more importantly, who killed him. Was it his Dad? Was it the cleaner? And what exactly is his best friend hiding? For the time being we don’t know, but we’ll be keeping our eyes pointed directly at the telly every Monday until we do…
3. The New Normal
The New Normal is a little like marmite – you either love it or you hate it, but if you love it, it’s pretty safe to say that you’ll become addicted before long. Whether it’s the (borderline offensive) humour of Jane or Rocky’s infectious and witty one-liners that get you hooked, if you’re anything like me you’ll be sat watching the programme for hours.
Now, how do I describe Gogglebox? Imagine watching yourself back watching TV. Sounds boring, right? Wrong! This is the funniest TV that I’ve seen in a long time. Channel 4 takes the most opinionated viewers and broadcasts their thoughts and opinions on television programmes of the past week from the comfort of their very own sofas. It’s genius and quite frankly, I love it. The beauty of it is that its concept is so simple but has me in stiches every week. If ever there was a distraction from doing your University work, it’s this.
5. Embarrassing Bodies
It’s the programme we all love to hate. Every week we find ourselves looking at stubbed toes, dirty teeth and mouldy fingernails – along with anything else that’ll have us running to the toilet to be sick, yet we can’t turn away. Whether you watch it to give yourself reassurance that your body is perfectly normal or to confirm that you, perhaps, have to make that trip to the doctors it has become one of the UK’s most addictive programmes and has been a permanent fixture for the past few years. This one goes without saying – it’s advisable to watch this programme on an empty stomach.
Are there any other TV shows that have you addicted? Let us know what we’re missing in the comments below!
– Ben Frith