Five TV Shows I’ll Be Watching In 2018

A few weeks ago I tried to explain to my four year old that when I was young there were only four TV channels, nothing “on demand” and he’d only be able to watch kids television between 3pm and 5pm on weekdays. His response was “Well, why didn’t you just watch it on your phone instead?” Hmm…I think we have a way to go with this explanation.

But the truth is with the likes of Sky Go and Netflix, not to mention every channel having their own on demand service, we are completely spoilt these days when it comes to our television choices.  Plus, we have more and more impressive devices to watch them on – like this 4KTV Panasonic.  This is one of my favourite things about modern life because binge watching a boxset is one of my top self-care activities, and the more engaging the show the better.  But how can we possibly decide what show to spend our precious, child-free hours with?

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I mostly go with recommendations, in particular from my brother. who is a self-confessed TV and movie obsessive.  This month I finally caved under pressure from him, and half the country, and started watching Stranger Things.  I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect since people are quick to insist you watch Stranger Things but reluctant to give you any idea what it’s about!  Now that I’ve watched season one I understand why.  All I can say is it’s sci fi, but without a spaceship in sight, and packed to the brim with awesome 1980s nostalgia.

We’re currently suffering the mid-season break of one of my favourite shows from the last few years – Scandal.  This final season is slightly lacking compared to last season, which was easily the best of the series, but I’m still really intrigued to see how this sexy, political thriller will conclude.  It’s The West Wing with more sex, more twists and less political jargon that requires Googling.

The Handmaid's Tale -- "Faithful" -- Episode 105 -- Serena Joy makes Offred a surprising proposition. Offred remembers the unconventional beginnings of her relationship with her husband. Janine (Madeline Brewer), left and Offred (Elisabeth Moss), right, shown. (Photo by: George Kraychyk/Hulu)

My favourite show from last year was creepy dystopian thriller The Handmaid’s Tale.  The premise is brilliant and I found myself on edge every single week.  The book was written back in the eighties but thanks to our modern political climate the themes feel frighteningly current.  Season two begins in the Spring and I can’t wait.

Admittedly I’m only two episodes into The Good Doctor but I’m already totally intrigued.  Bates Motel‘s Freddie Highmore plays a young surgeon who is clinically brilliant but struggles interacting with other people due to his autism.  I’m curious to see where it goes as there are some great character setups after only the first episode.

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Hard Sun is the BBC’s latest offering and is certainly different.  To say the first episode is fast-paced is an understatement (someone gets stabbed in the eye during the first 60 seconds) and they have certainly taken some liberties when it comes to realism but I’m intrigued to see where the story takes us.  Presumably in an effort to play among Netflix and their pals, you can already watch the whole series on iPlayer.  But I think I’m just going to be drip-fed this one, it reminds me of a simpler time.  So simple, that is, my son can’t comprehend it…

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