I used to post Friday Faves on my Instagram every week. On anything from TV to beauty. But there are sometimes too many to share in one quick photo collage. So I thought I’d post my first Friday Faves: TV.
I do love a good box set or TV show. Often the stories are better told over twelve hour-long episodes rather than a ninety-minute film. There is more scope.
These are some of the shows I’ve been loving. Not just this week but for multiple weeks.But I will say that if you are not comfortable with violence, nudity, and adult themes then these may not be for you. They are definitely for a more mature audience.
The Night Manager
This series was fantastic. I was expecting, or hoping, for a lot from this series due to who was involved in the creation and production. And I wasn’t disappointed. I’m hoping they manage to create a second series because it was so gripping. If you haven’t seen it yet I have a no spoiler Review that includes a Trailer for the series.
Everyone in my house is sad to see it end.
A show that crossed genres. Thriller, to horror to mystery. The first scene of the first episode got me hooked. I had to find out what was going on and that continued throughout the season.
The show takes place in Stockholm mostly. With Dominic Monaghan’s character, a New York Detective, following a serial killer to Sweden. But it’s not as simple as it sounds.
Just when you think they’re getting close to the truth the game changes and gets more complicated. And better.
Mikael Eklund (Michael Nyqvist) is the Stockholm Detective working with Tommy Conley (Monaghan) and they’re relationship throughout is a great part of the story. The writing and the casting are a brilliant foundation for this expertly executed production.
With both Swedish and English being spoken you may have to read the subtitles. But I love a good subtitle.
As you can tell I can’t tell you too much or I could spoil it for you. But I highly recommend it. Another show I hope they manage to bring back in some form because I’m sad it’s over.
Do you see a Box Set bereavement theme here?
(I was watching it on Sky Atlantic)
Sons of Anarchy
This is a show aired its final episode 2014 so I am a bit late to the party. I have been watching the box sets on the telly and loving it. The characters are compelling and the storylines gripping.
It is very, very violent. So not for everyone as it doesn’t hold back. That being said, it was also incredibly funny and heartbreaking at the same time. If you like Game of Thrones and the risk that your favourite character may be killed off at any moment, then you’ll probably like this.
If you, like me, didn’t know about this series before it is about a motorcycle club called Sons of Anarchy. A brotherhood of gun runners in a Californian town. They have lots of enemies, secrets, and danger.
I couldn’t find a trailer without a lot of that violence so I’ll leave it to you to find one of the many trailers on YouTube. Like the rest of the shows mentioned in this post, it’s not for young or sensitive eyes.
(I was watching it on Demand on Sky Box Sets)
I’ve been watching Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’ since it first aired in The UK and always loved how honest and sometimes cringing it is to watch. Because life is. It’s funny but is also dealing with bigger issues such as mental illness. It mirrors what I feel being in your twenties is like. Even if you’re not living New York City.
If you haven’t seen it before it has been described as the Sex and The City for this generation. If that generation lived for social media and graduated into a recession.
(I am watching it on Sky Atlantic)
Another show with subtitles. I can’t get enough of them. I’ve always loved foreign TV and Cinema. This is set in Norway.
I started watching it without knowing a single thing about it besides the title. One of my favourite things to do. As I don’t want to ruin anything for you if you haven’t seen it I’ll just say a few things. When I finish the series I’ll try to write in more depth.
As you can tell from the title Norway has been occupied. The show opens with the Prime Minister or Norway announcing a new energy source that means that they can stop using oil altogether. But there are those who are not happy about that.
There are multiple characters with their own stories that are all linked with the main plot. But we tend to follow the ins and outs of the Occupation, so far, with The Prime Ministers Bodyguard Djupvik. But I’m not sure where things will end and I’m loving it.
I’m only three episodes into it so far so we’ll see how it goes. But if you’re looking for a new box set to watch I’d highly recommend this.
If you’ve liked anything from writer Jo Nesbo (The Snowman, The Redbreast) I think you’ll like this. As he wrote it.
(I am watching it on Demand on Sky Box sets)
What are your favourite shows on TV? Have you seen any of these? What did you think of them? Please, no spoilers.
(Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Sky, The BBC or any of the programmes mentioned. Links are just to be helpful. All opinions are mine.)