This year, many UK retailers have suffered during the recession, and have unfortunately had to close their doors to the public. Even though I was sad to see some of them go, this gave me the chance to pick up lots of DVDs for next to nothing, and turn my room into a claustrophobic sea of box sets. Which means I’ve spent a large portion of this year watching television box sets before I drown in them. Here are my thoughts on five of the TV shows that I began watching this year:
Watching rich kids walking round being rich is not usually my idea of a good show, but somehow, on a dull morning, I found myself glued to E4. So I decided to glue myself to the box set as well, and found myself having a great time watching 30-year-old teenagers running around being rich and bitchy. Unfortunately, it’s one of those TV shows where they set the story lines at a snail’s pace, so don’t be expecting high speed car chases and dramatic deaths or you’ll be sorely disappointed. And don’t be expecting to fall in love with all the characters. The majority come across as annoying at best, with some of them leaving you searching for a rolling pin to hit your screen with. I enjoyed it, but really it’s just a poor version of One Tree Hill. Teen shows have been done before, and so much better.
Mad Men focuses on a 60’s advertising agency. It basically involves men drinking and smoking, women being set in very gender-biased roles, and men drinking and smoking. The storylines are minimal, and I spent the majority of the series curious as to what would happen. You watch. You wait for some big scene, some big revelation, something they’ve built up to – but it never happens. I watched. I waited for someone to kill off Don Draper. But it never happened. (Don Draper is the main character. I dislike the main character, which means I’ll always be thoroughly disappointed by his existence on the show.) WARNING SPOILERS: Nothing ever happens on this show. But somehow I find myself wanting to watch series 2 to see nothing happen all over again.
Trollied is a UK comedy series based in a supermarket. It’s hilarious, the characters are wonderful, and it does a really good job of depicting what working in a customer service environment is like. I found myself laughing just because I’d had some of the experiences in my job. It’s one of those programmes that you can watch over and over again and still end up laughing until people stop experiencing rage over self-scan machines in supermarkets. Which will be never.
The vampires have revealed themselves to the human world. This is one of those television moments where your heart beats rapidly. Where every feeling, every emotion is intensified throughout. There’s blood. There’s vampires. There are sex scenes that I unfortunately had to watch with my mother. The first series is a brilliant murder mystery mixed with the supernatural. Trust me, it will have you crouching down at your DVD player for another bite.
Orange is the New Black
The new Netflix series that everyone’s been raving about. It features Piper Chapman, a middle-class American woman who ends up going to prison for carrying a suitcase filled with drug money for her girlfriend. The characters are amazing. The storylines are amazing. The script is laugh-lying-on-the-floor-with-legs-in-the-air funny. Even the Tumblr GIFs are wonderful. And the ending. THE ENDING. It’s one of those where you get to be happy, sad, shocked, and almost falling off your seat. The only negative is that they spend the majority of the series wearing tan outfits, not orange. But I don’t suppose ‘Tan is the new black’ would have sounded nearly as interesting. That just sounds like a bad advert for sun beds.
And the winners are… Trollied and Orange is the New Black, for allowing me to laugh a lot, shout out my emotions at the screen, and become overly connected to people who don’t really exist. I am too cool.
Have you started watching anything new recently?