With the introduction of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, I think our society in general has become part of a binge-watching society.
We love to devour series in as short a time as possible.
And I’m one of them. Up to a point. Because, recently, I’ve been binge watching episodes of Black Mirror (which is great, by the way) for pleasure, and episodes fo Luther (which is just as great) for research purposes.
In this post I’m going to discuss my favourite television programmes. The list stems from childhood, right up to the present day. And the majority of the programmes on this list are things I used to watch when I was a child, or when I was younger — before the advent of binge watching.
That doesn’t mean to say I’m contradicting myself, it just means that the programmes that are available to stream nowadays aren’t as good as the original ones. Hopefully, by the end of the post you’ll understand what I mean.
So, in no particular oder, here is my top ten list of favourite television programmes
One of my favourite programmes growing up as a child. I love the characters, and even though its humour was lost on me when I was younger, I appreciated it a lot more as I revisited the series. To make it even better, every storyline had me laughing in fits.
2) Malcolm in the Middle
The staple of my childhood. It was such a special occasion to watch this programme, because it was never available in the UK, and I didn’t have Sky TV or anything like that. So, to combat this issue, I waited years and years for the series to be released on DVD. When the time finally came round to it, I spent £70 on the 7-season boxset. I binge-watched them all in one go. It was wonderful. I still remember the best episode ever: the family are with Francis on the ranch, and the boys set off a firework that illuminates the entire sky. Either that, or when they’re at a wedding, and the four brothers drive the golf buggy into the swimming pool.
One of the classics. This one doesn’t need too much introduction. Now that it’s available on Netflix, my girlfriend and I have re-watched the entire series twice. It’s still funny every time. We’re just starting it for a third…
4) Game of Thrones
I don’t think this one needs much introduction either. It’s quickly becoming one of the most-watched television shows on earth. And for good reason: the breadth of characters, the storylines, the intrigue, the set design, the special effects. And, obviously, the big question: what is going to happen to Westeros? As a writer, this one appeals to me because, for my dissertation, I wrote the first 10,000 words of a fantasy novel. A lot can be learned from this epic.
5) Breaking Bad
I’m sure this would be on everyone’s list. The way it was directed. The way every small little detail makes a difference to the overall story. What’s going to happen to Walt? Will he succeed, or will he get caught? The suspense was immaculate, and superb acting. Not to mention the character development for almost all of the characters over the series.
6) The Simpsons
I used to watch this every afternoon at 6 p.m. when I got home from school. They are iconic, and these were essentially my childhood. Like with Futurama, I didn’t appreciate the humour. It was the same with The Simpsons. It was only when I was older that I began to appreciate the very adult humour featured in the show. They still made me laugh, though.
7) Inside No. 9
This perhaps appeals more to my creative side rather than anything else. Inside No. 9 is an anthology of episodes which feature a multitude of characters. The settings and scenes and storylines are macabre, and there are countless twists at the end of each one. They do literally keep you guessing. At least, they do me. They’re very well written and well-done as well.
8) The IT Crowd
Simple sitcom humour. Maurice Moss is an idol of mine, and he will live on in infamy. The humour in The IT Crowd is subtle and very niche, which is why it’s one of my favourites. Because I get it.
9) The Inbetweeners
Perhaps the most relatable television of my era. The Inbetweeners essentially epitomises teenage life in the UK — and, in particular, teenage boys. There is always something to laugh about with this programme, and no matter how many times I watch it, I’m still laughing. I can’t believe there was an American remake. It completely flopped, and rightly so. Everyone needs to see this at least once.
10) Parks and Recreation
A controversial one this one. I know that there’s a divide between this and The Office (US). But, for me, Parks and Rec beats it to the title. It was a close call, though. I just don’t think I’ve ever been able to get into The Office as much as I would have liked. But Parks and Rec, on the other hand, was a different story.
Well, there you have it — my top ten television programmes of all-time. They may change, they may not. But for now, I’m happy with what I got. And I need to get searching for the next best thing to knock something off the top spot.
What are you favourite television series? Were there any of mine that you agree with?