What to Watch

Don’t know which box set to start next? Well jOpinion recommends the following 10 box sets and where you can watch them (all information is in line with the date this article was written).

1) Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

jOpinion rating: 5/5 IMDb rating: 8.2/10 Age Rating: 12*

Plot: Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is not like most teenage girls. She is destined to slay vampires, demons and other evil creatures. When she arrives in Sunnydale she soon realises that it is the perfect place to be a vampire slayer. Buffy and her friends face numerous forces of evil whilst also navigating the struggles of teenage/young adult life. Very recently started to re-watch this show and it is just as brilliant as I remember it being when I was 13. My all time favourite show and one of the only shows I would say ends well.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head.

Where to watch: all 7 seasons are available to stream on Prime Video and All 4.

2) Peaky Blinders (2013-)

jOpinion rating: 5/5 IMDb rating: 8.8/10 Age Rating: 18*

Plot: Set in Birmingham during the early twentieth century, the show follows the Shelby family and their notorious gang: the Peaky Blinders (so-named for the razor blades inside their caps that they use to blind their opponents). Watch in horror and awe as Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and the rest of his family face formidable foes on their way to the top. This show is out of this world. If I had one complaint, it would be that there isn’t enough of it.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCroy, Sophie Rundle.

Where to watch: all 5 seasons are available to stream on Netflix.

3) Our Planet (2019)

jOpinion rating: 5/5 IMDb rating: 9.3/10 Age rating: U*

Here is one for all the David Attenborough nature documentary lovers. The series shows us a wide range of beautiful animals from diverse habitats across the world. From the depths of the oceans to the skies, from the hottest of jungles and rain forests to the coldest places on the planet. The series also highlights the impacts of human activity and the ways the natural world can recover if we change our behaviours. I found this show to be both moving and captivating.

Where to watch: the limited series is available to stream on Netflix.

4) How to Get Away with Murder (2014-2020)

jOpinion Rating: 4/5 IMDb rating: 8.1/10 Age rating: 15*

Plot: Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is a top criminal defence lawyer and a brilliant Professor. She selects a group of law students to work closely with her on her cases. Then they themselves become involved in a murder that changes each of their lives forever. This is the kind of show that leaves you constantly on the edge of your seat.

Starring: Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Karla Souza

Where to watch: Seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix. The 6th and final season is on Sky Witness every Thursday at 9pm.

5) Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)

jOpinion rating: 4/5 IMDb rating: 8.1/10 Age rating: 18*

Plot: When she is sent to prison for an offence she committed 10 years ago, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) realises just how much prison can change a person. This Netflix original will allow you to fall in love with the inmates of Litchfield prison as you watch them deal with a range of issues that women prisoners face.

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Uzo Aduba

Where to watch: all 7 seasons are available to stream on Netflix.

6) Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

jOpinion rating: 4/5 IMDb rating: 9.5/10 Age rating: 15*

Plot: When law-abiding chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is diagnosed with lung cancer, he turns to a career of drugs and crime so as to look after his family in his final years and when he is gone. Though I personally found this show to be hard to get into, you reach a point towards the end of season 2 where you can’t stop watching. Easily one of the best show ever made and its ending does not disappoint.

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris

Where to watch: all 5 seasons are available to stream on Netflix.

7) Stranger Things (2016-)

jOpinion rating: 5/5 IMDb rating: 8.8/10 Age rating: 15*

Plot: A young boy disappears under the most unusual circumstances. His friends, family and the chief of police all face mystifying supernatural forces and secretive government agencies in order to bring him back home. Definitely the series that I am most inclined to binge-watch when a new season comes out.

Starring: Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

Where to watch: all 3 seasons are available to stream on Netflix.

8) Friends (1994-2004)

jOpinion rating: 5/5 IMDb rating: 8.9 Age rating: 15*

Plot: Six friends navigate the adult world of work, love and family in New York City. As you watch each character will feel like your own friend. Excellent light comedy. I often watch Friends when I’m happy, sad, in need of something in the background and just whenever I can really. After a series finale that will leave you in tears, you will be bound to head straight back to the beginning to relive it all again.

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer

Where to watch: all 10 seasons are available to stream on Netflix. You can also catch episodes on Comedy Central and Channel 5.

9) The Crown (2016-)

jOpinion rating: 5/5 IMDb rating: 8.7/10 Age rating: 15*

Plot: Follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the lives of her family, the lives of her Prime Ministers and the events that shaped the twentieth century. I really didn’t expect to like this show at first but it turned out to be one of my all-time favourite shows. It really changed my perspective on the Royal Family.

Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Coleman, Tobias Menzies

Where to watch: all 3 seasons are available to stream on Netflix.

10) After Life (2019-)

jOpinion rating: 4/5 IMDb rating: 8.5/10 Age Rating: 15*

Plot: This dark comedy follows the life of Tony (Ricky Gervais) after his wife dies of cancer. In his grief, his former self seems to have vanished as his character is now impulsive and cares very little for the consequences of his actions. Gervais’ genius writing captivates grief perfectly and finds a wonderful balance between humour and sadness.

Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Tony Way, Ashley Jensen

Where to watch: both seasons can be streamed now on Netflix.

*all age ratings are as displayed on IMDb.

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