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Watch amazing television shows is a good way to enjoy family time. But because sifting through the immense quantity of titles across your streaming providers can be frustrating, our staff picks can give you a good idea of what to watch when you have a couple of hours to spare.
We live in an era of unparalleled television, with a seemingly endless number of options for viewers to choose from. From dramas, comedies to documentaries, there is something for everyone.
In this post, we’ll be exploring some of the most incredible shows on your connected TV right now. From the critically acclaimed to the immensely popular, these shows are some of the best of what television in the 21st century has to offer. While you might have seen majority of these shows, the best way is to find the one you haven’t and dive into it. These are guaranteed bangers!
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Chernobyl (HBO Max)
Chernobyl is a five-part historical drama series that follows the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. This masterpiece focuses on the stories of the people who risked their lives to contain the disaster, as well as those affected by it. The series stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson. It is an intense and moving story that shows the devastating effects of the disaster and the lives it affected.
Anatomy of a Scandal (Netflix)
Anatomy of a Scandal is a British political drama series which follows the story of a high-profile political scandal in the UK. It follows the lives of the people involved and the secrets they keep, as the scandal unfolds. The show follows a powerful female politician, who is accused of a serious crime and her fight to keep her reputation and career intact. It examines the complex power dynamics between men and women, politics and justice. The show features an all-star cast including Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend, and Michelle Dockery.
Defending Jacob (Apple TV+)
Defending Jacob is a crime drama TV series based on the book of the same name. It follows the story of Andy Barber, an Assistant District Attorney, as he investigates the murder of a 14-year-old boy in his small town. As evidence points to his own son Jacob, Andy is forced to choose between his legal duties and his parental instinct to protect his son. The show is a gripping exploration of family loyalty, justice, and morality. If you enjoy a courtroom drama with unexpected twists, this show if for you.
Bodyguard follows the story of war veteran David Budd, who is assigned to protect Julia Montague, the ambitious home secretary in the British government. Along the way, Budd uncovers a conspiracy involving the government and a terrorist organization, as he works to protect Montague and the country. Amidst all the political intrigue and danger, Budd also must deal with his own personal demons, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and his difficult relationship with his wife and children.
Bonus: Mr Inbetween (Hulu and FX)
Yes, we mention this series even though it’s only available on Hulu and FX. That’s because some of us wish we hadn’t seen it before so we can watch it for the first time. It’s that good! Mr Inbetween is a brilliant Australian dark comedy-drama television series created by and starring Scott Ryan as Ray Shoesmith, a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and criminal for hire navigating through the balance of his personal and professional life. Ray is a bad man trying to be a good father and make his way through life in the criminal underworld of Sydney. Ray’s struggles to make ends meet, care for his daughter and keep his clients happy reveals the humanity of his character.
Clarkson’s Farm (Amazon Prime Video)
Clarkson’s Farm Show is a well-done reality series/documentary on Amazon Prime Video that follows the popular TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson as he learns the ropes of running a farm. In each episode, he experiences different aspects of farm life, from cultivating a field to shearing sheep to harvesting crops. Along the way, he meets rural experts who share their knowledge and skills and discovers how modern technology is being used to revolutionize the traditional farming industry. This is a show your entire family will love, except maybe not the adult language.
My Octopus Teacher (Netflix)
My Octopus Teacher is a documentary following the story of a South African filmmaker’s journey to explore the Great African Sea. With the help of an inquisitive octopus, the filmmaker discovers the beauty and fragility of the underwater world. Through his intimate observations, he learns about the behavior of his new teacher and the importance of protecting the ocean’s marine life. The film captures the emotional bond between the filmmaker and his octopus companion as he discovers the wonders of the underwater world. Spoiler Alert: Expect not to order octopus in a restaurant ever again as these creatures are amazing.
Rules of Engagement (Amazon Prime Video)
Did we just reveal that inappropriate comedies are our go to? The Rules of Engagement is a comedy series that follows the lives of two couples and their single friend as they navigate the ups and downs of relationships and marriage. The show examines the different approaches to relationships, while still maintaining its comedic edge. It stars Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich and the legendary David Spade.
Silicon Valley (HBO Max)
The show follows the exploits of a rag-tag group of tech entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley tech scene as they try to strike it rich with their innovative ideas and break into the industry. The series takes a comedic yet insightful look at the struggles and triumphs of this ambitious group of misfits as they battle to make their dreams come true. This sometimes inappropriate but hilariously funny comedy shouldn’t be missed by anybody.
We hope you like our selection as there is something for everybody. Let us know in the comments your favorites and recommendations for next time.