5 TV Shows You Should Watch

 

As it gets closer to the end of the year I feel like a lot of people are either on holidays or on a mandatory break from work. Even if that doesn’t apply to you, around Christmas time it seems everyone relaxes a little more and takes time out from their busy lives to kick back and just enjoy life (I hope?). One of my favourite ways to kick back is to either catch up on TV shows I’ve missed throughout the busy year or to binge watch something for days at a time. Hi, I’m Julia and I’m a TV-aholic. The hardest part is always admitting it. 

If you’re like me and you love watching TV during your down time, here are five brilliant shows you should watch:

Prison Break 
It all starts with Michael Scofield, a man with a plan who purposefully gets himself thrown into the same jail as his brother in order to save him from death row- it’s an uphill battle from there. Prison Break is one of those rare ‘had me on the edge of my seat’ shows and with season one especially, many of the storylines were unexpected and always kept me guessing. Seeing as the majority of the show is set in a prison environment the stakes are painstakingly high and you never really know which characters can be trusted, if any. I spent a good chunk of my teen years loving Michael Scofield (I still do) and if you watch this show you’ll quickly understand why.
My favourite episode? ‘Riots, Drills and The Devil Pt.1’
 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The title is pretty self-explanatory here but if you can’t stand vampires don’t let that scare you off, vampires are the footnote in this show rather than the main attraction. Personally I think Buffy is the perfect mix of light and dark and that’s why it’s hit cult status- there’s not too much drama without comedy and vice versa. One of my favourite things about the show is that it always feels grounded in reality so no matter how far-fetched or supernatural the storylines get, there’s always something to reign it in and make you feel like you can relate to the characters. The jokes are multi-generational as well so you could easily watch this with an older or younger crowd.  I first watched Buffy when I was very young, re-watched it at 17 and again at 21 and I think it only gets better with time.
My favourite episode? ‘Hush.’

 

Grey’s Anatomy 
I don’t normally enjoy medical-based dramas but this one’s different, there’s a reason this has 12 seasons and is still going strong. Grey’s Anatomy has characters that are really easy to get attached to (I dare you to not love one of them) and the storylines week-to-week literally range from heart wrenching to hilarious. The writers aren’t afraid to kill characters off though so always have tissues at the ready. Without giving spoilers, this show has some intense episodes which means there’s a high possibility you’ll want to have a Grey’s marathon and not leave your room for a few days. You’ve been warned.
My favourite episode? ‘Sanctuary.’

 

Gilmore Girls 
I’m forever greatful to my best friend who suggested I watch Gilmore Girls because it’s one of those feel good shows that just makes me happy. It’s a comedy drama that follows the relationship between mother Lorelai and daughter Rory and overall it’s a very upbeat show; perfect to watch when you don’t know what to watch or on days when you need a cheer up. Lorelai and Rory have a pretty specific brand of humour and a quick witted way of speaking and it’s extremely catchy. I can always tell when I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls because I notice my inner monologue becomes a lot more witty and sarcastic, which my family would argue isn’t possible…
My favourite episode? ‘Bon Voyage’

 

Parks and Recreation
Watch it, just watch it. I know a show that’s set in a parks department may sound dull but this is one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. I barely ever laugh out loud while watching TV but I do with this, I’ve even done a few knee slappers which is unheard of for me. You have to persist though because the seasons get better as they progress. It’s like cheese, it only gets better with time. If that doesn’t entice you, it’s got Amy Poehler in it…what more could you want?
My favourite episode? All of them.

Honourable mention goes to Friends because it’s a classic and I don’t think I’ll ever stop watching reruns. “We were on a break!”What are your must watch TV shows? I feel a marathon coming on…
 
 

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  • Yassss to parks and rec!!!! My fav notable character is always going to be Andy Dwyer!!!

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    • Aha yes! I love them all but favourites are probably Ron, April and Chris 🙂

  • Friends is hands down my favourite show of life, I can never stop re watching it!

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    • I can't think of anyone who doesn't like friends, such a classic 🙂

  • Great picks, thanks for the suggestions!!

    Adi xx
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  • Oh my, I've never seen any of these – I mean, I've TRIED watching all of them but never really got the hang of it! Ahhh, especially Parks and Rec, seeing as it's a cult fave… I've not been watching much lately actually, except catching up Fresh Off The Boat which is hilarious!! Also can't wait for Sherlock to be back ^_^

    Cherie x
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    • I love Fresh off the boat too! Such a funny show. I love the two little brothers 🙂

  • I used to watch Gilmore Girls when I was younger (my best friends older sister was obsessed with it so we would always watch it with her haha), though I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy it more now 🙂 You should watch "House of Cards"! Absolutely amazing. x Alona

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    • Oh yeah I've heard a lot about House of Cards, that's on my to watch list!

  • Fantastic tv series picks. Right now I'm currently re-watching old Project Runway episodes.
    Have wonderful Christmas!

    Keisha xo
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    • You too Keisha!

      I love Project Runway as well, man this post and it's comments so far have made me realise that I really do watch a lot of tv!

  • Buffy was my favourite show back in the day! SO good! I've given into the hype and am now watching Pretty Little Liars!

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    • I watch Pretty Little Liars as well, it hasn't got the greatest storylines but it's so addictive!

  • I've been meaning to watch Parks and Recreations for the longest time ever; I just never seem to get around to it! Wonderful list!

    I'm obsessed with Sherlock (BBC One) and Scorpion!

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    • Definitely give Parks and watch and stick with it, the last few seasons are so much better than the first one.

  • I was a fan of Prison Break, Buffy and Gilmore girls… Great suggestions 🙂 I can still watch How I met your mother without getting bored, also the Big bang theory has been one of my favourite for years 🙂

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  • I've never watched any of the series you've mentioned! I've seen like 2 episodes of Parks & Recreation but it just didn't grasp me. I think I should watch more episodes – I've heard of so many people that love it! Xx Sjoukje from http://www.lemontierres.com

    • Yeah try and stick with it, it gets so much better the more you watch!

  • 'How to get away with murder' is sooooooo goooooood.

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  • Buffy was 100% when I was a youngster. Prison Break broke my heart right at the end! Gilmore Girls was another fav of mine. I love this list and you have great taste too x

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    • Thanks Sara, have you heard about the Prison Break revival?!

  • Yeah for Buffy!!! Love that show!! =) Ironically the main guy Wentworth Miller was on Buffy before Prison Break! I have to check that one out! =)

    • Oh yeah I know! I love when actors and shows cross over like that 🙂

  • I haven't watched any of those shows! I wanna watch greys anatomy! I watch Girls, New Girl, The L Word, Being Mary J, Vampire Diaries, Orange is the new black. I love tv marathons though. ENjoy!<3

    Lots of love,
    Kayla Xx
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  • I am currently addicted to Homeland. The lead character Carrie, is so freaking infuriating with some of her actions and decisions but its what keeps the show so interesting, If you're into political drama thrillers then you will enjoy this x

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    • My sister told me to watch Homeland a while ago but I never got around to it, maybe I'll give it another go?

  • I love this because I had just ran out of things to watch! I think I'll finally get around to watching Gilmore Girls since I always put it off. haha

    Merry Christmas!
    Jasmine | http://www.jasmineworewhat.com

    • Hopefully you love it as much as I do, the first season seems a little dated but it gets so much better from there 🙂

  • Grey's Anatomy is my favourite show to watch! thanks for sharing I've been in need for a list of shows to watch. Do you want to support each others blog by following each other? Please let me know so I can follow you right back:)

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  • these all sound really cool, to be honest I have neve watched any of them but I definitely will check out Gilmore Girls!

    Emma xx
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  • Oooh my gosh – I used to love Buffy the vampire slayer hahahaha I used to have the game and everything! memories!!! 🙂

    TV isn't like what it used to be!

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas hun! 🙂

    Layla xx

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    • There's a Buffy game? I so need to track one down for myself!

  • Interesting post, I love it, thank you for sharing, wish you ALL THE BEST 2016!!!

    xxx

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  • YES Parks and Rec!! I LOVE that show! The characters, the setting, and the jokes make it a totally dynamic and hilarious show!! GREAT pick!

    Shannon Sage

  • I've actually been thinking about watching Grey's Anatomy for a while, I just have so many unfinished programmes I don't want to start a new one haha!

    Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    • That happens to be sometimes too, I get over excited and watch too much at once!

  • Parks and Rec has now become one my favourite shows as it always leaves me feeling happy and uplifted, but I have to admit the first few episodes- even the whole first season was a bit meh. The show is like a good wine that gets better and better with age. Some of my favourite series over the past couple of years included; The Tudors, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Outlander,The Paradise and an Australian one called A place to call home. (bit of an eclectic mix I know)

    • It always makes me feel uplifted as well, that's part of why I love it so much.

      Wow you've picked some really brilliant shows there, I also really enjoyed watching The Tudors, Breaking Bad and Dexter. I love swapping genres too, I think it means you never get bored of things 😉

  • I needed this post haha! I've run out of series to Watch but thanks to you I'll now know how to spend my time! 🙂

  • Parks and Rec is the best! Holy crap I love it so much.
    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

  • Parks and Rec and The Office US are probably my favourite TV shows of all time. It's bad for me to admit but I haven't seen any of the others – only a few episodes of Buffy as a kid and Gilmore Girls if it was on TV in the background. Will make the effort to watch them now they're on Netflix though 🙂 xx

    Sophie Elizabeth
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    • Don't worry there are heaps of shows I hadn't properly watched till I found them on Netflix!

  • Buffy is a cult classic. I should really watch it again!

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  • Thank you for the recommendations lovely, I need a new TV show to watch xx

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  • I can't believe I haven't seen any of these series – Parks and Recreation is definitely on my 'to watch' list! My favourite series at the moment are American Horror Story (Hotel) and The Affair 🙂

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    • Oh I haven't heard or The Affair before, I might need to look into that 🙂

  • GILMORE GIRLS YES!!! YOU'RE MY TYPE OF PERSON.

    Did you know its coming back!??!

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  • Prison Break sounds quite interesting! My favourite series used to be Orange is the new black but now that I've finished watching I need to check out some new series! I personally didn't like Parks and Recs that much… Love, tptmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

  • Parks and Rec is amazing!! Currently rewatching it, and it's still as hilarious as the first time. Awesome list! I'd add American Horror Story too.
    xo Kiki
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    • Oh yeah I watched the first few seasons of AHS but they lost me with the hotel season 🙁

  • I am SO bad at watching TV shows (don't have the attention span!), but Parks and Rec is on my 'to watch' list – maybe I'll get round to it in 2016, aha x Rebecca – http://www.itscohen.co.uk

    • Haha well Parks and Rec episodes are only 20min so hopefully that'll make it easier to pay attention?

  • I absolutely love Prison Break, it's amazing! Me and my boyfriend finished the whole of it about a month ago and I cried SO much at the end. What an amazing series! I would also recommend Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead. xx

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    • I really enjoyed watching Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul as well.

      Did you hear that Prison Break is coming back? I was so excited when I heard the news!

  • I loooove Parks and Recreation! Best show ever! x

    Isabel Marcelo

  • I'm a huge Prison Break fan, I have all the series on DVD haha and have rewatched episodes a few times hehe. Can't help it those boys are pretty 😛
    I really like Parks & Rec too! xx

    Jasmine / sweetaholic-beauty.com

    • Amen to that! I'm so excited for the prison break revival too 🙂

  • I love Grey's Anatomy! I started watching it very late on but worked my way through 5 seasons in no time. I am super glad that the latest season has just started airing in the UK.
    Another one of my favourites is The Good Wife, which I also binge watched. One show that I never hear much about is Brothers & Sisters. It is a bit old now, but I enjoyed it A LOT.

    Inma x
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    • I've heard of Brothers & Sisters but I've never given it a watch, I wonder it it's on Netflix…

  • haha I love Buffy! what a classic! 🙂

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  • Prison Break is my absolute fave! I watched the whole thing in under two weeks aha

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  • Aahh thank you for these suggestions I really needed this because I'm on a break and don't know what to do at home haha

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  • Oh Gilmore Girls, one of my fav ever <3!

    xo
    Priscilla

  • I've watched Prison Break the complete seasons twice. Its my favorite show! Did you hear its coming back for a 12 spin episode in 2016!!!?

    WentWorth posted about it on his facebook account. I'm excited. Great list of shows and what a great read. Nice to see we have something in common!

    Shannon
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    • You definitely have good taste in TV shows!

      Yeah I did hear, I'm so excited to see the gang all back together again 🙂

  • I really need to watch Parks and recreation. Heard a lot of good about that show.

  • I love gilmore girls!! but I have to watch buffy the vampire slayer! thanks for the great suggestions!

    xoxo
    Thania
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  • Gilmore Girls is such a feel-good show- I've not watched it for ages but Lorelai and Rory was such a lovely relationship to watch!

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  • Never watched any of this, but Gilmore Girls sound very interesting xoxo

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  • I only watched Gilmore Girls, but that was years a go when it was still on TV. My sister keeps telling me to watch Grey's Anatomy, might give it a go 🙂

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

    • Yes watch it! It's such a good show, much better than I ever expected actually.

  • I really wanna try out watching Buffy! Love how you included tour favorite episodes!

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  • I didn't watch this movie yet. but gilmore girls looks so interesting! anyway Merry christmas. hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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  • I watched every single one of the prison break episodes and was so sad when they were over 🙂
    Right now I'm totally hooked on the royals,such a cool series

    xx
    Sammie
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    • Haven't watched or even heard of The Royals actually, I'll have to look into it 🙂

  • I could have written this list ! Buffy, Greys and Gilmore Girls are my all time favourites. The ones I always break out when i'm a bit ill or a bit down or whenever I fancy some comfort.

    Almost Everything

    • Your're completely right, they're so perfect to watch when you're sick or feeling down.

  • LOVE THEM. Apart from Parks and Recreation, I keep meaning to start watching it, but haven't got round to it yet. Everyone keeps telling me how good it is! xx

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  • I LOVE Parks and Rec and Buffy. That is a fine TV show list right there haha.

    I would also recommend The Office (American version) for a bit of a laugh.

    Happy New Year! x
    April
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    • Oh yeah I've been meaning to watch The Office but I never know whether to start with the UK or the US version!

  • Absolutely love The Greys Anatomy. I have seen the reruns also so many times now.

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    • Me too, I've re-watched it from the beginning again and I still love it just as much 🙂

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my fave!

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  • I've been watching Parks and Recs non stop! My faveeeee x

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  • I'm currently binge watching Grey's! Love love love!

  • I really need to try watching Parks and Recreation sometime! I recently just binge watched Master Of None and cracked up the entire time!

    • Oh yeah I've completely forgotten about Masters Of None, I really want to watch that too!

  • I've binged watched Prison Break twice now, and in all honesty it is one of my favourite TV shows ever. My favourite series is probably one or two.
    Alicia x
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  • Friends & Seinfeld will forever be "classic" favorites of mine. My husband & I recently started watching New Girl, and absolutely love it. And, Zoey is gorgeous & I love her style on the show 🙂

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    • Zooey really is gorgeous isn't she! I haven't watched New Girl in a long time but I remember I did really like it, time to start re-watching I think.

  • A the moment I am watching Scandal…..it is sooo good. I never got into the hype before but seriously would watch this. I also really like Empire and Arrow x

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    • I love Arrow too but I haven't watched Empire or Scandal (yet!)

  • I love Grey's Anatomy!

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