Ok, some of you may or may not have seen the blog post I wrote about this time last year for Makers Society but this was specifically UK comedies, of which I watch A LOT of. You should still totally check that post out if you're in need of new tv watchings.
So this time, we're talking more internationally and it's comedy and drama and everything in between.
Time travel, 90s nostalgia, a great caste of vaguely familiar but not already famous actors...want more? Awesome music! The music syncs to the time period it's in, so it's mostly 90s, but there is a little at the start of the show of current days. The story itself is about a woman in 40s about to get married for the second time. She's feeling anxious about it and feels like the first marriage was a mistake that she wishes she could go back and undo... I'll let you figure out the rest!
There's a full season out for your binge watching pleasure, released in early Jan 2015.
Apparently this is a remark of show from the 1970s based on a series of historical fiction books first published in 1945... and it's set in 1790s If you're a fan of period pieces, you'll love this! The stunning landscape of Cornwall is enough to admire, without the amazing costuming and interesting characters quite unlike anything you've seen before.
Ross Poldark has returned from fighting the American Revolutionary War only to find that his fiancée, Elizabeth Chynoweth, having believed him dead, is about to marry his cousin, Francis Poldark. To further his plight, his estate is in shambles, his father dead and the people of Cornwall struggling financially with mines closing, causing hostility towards the upper class.
This only began airing in March and currently there are 5 episode out, with 2 more to go (plus I would guess a Christmas episode!)
3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
I almost didn't include this one as I felt it was so unbelievably obvious that you should watch it but decided to just in case you hadn't already heard the word. This is a great comedy about the strength of women, as we see Kimmy Schmidt move on with her life in NYC after escaping from an end-of-the-world cult where she was kept in a bunker for the last 15 years. I know that doesn't sound like a comedy, but with Tina Fey behind, you better believe it is!
You may recognise Ellie Kemper (Kimmy) from the Office where she played doe-eyed secretary Erin!
This is a Netflix show, so Season 1 is all out!
4. Fresh Off the Boat
This was one of those shows that I started watching out of desperation and immediately changed my tune on!
It's the mid to late 1990s, and high school, Eddie Huang's Taiwanese family have decided to up and move from their home in Washington D.C to Orlando, Florida so that his father can open a steak house (his life long America dream). The comedy comes mostly from the culture clashes, although they try to assimilate and be more like the locals, they don't deny their heritage. It's a fun, nostalgic show that handles assimilation with a light-hearted tone. And I love Eddie's mum and brothers! Although, you'll recognise his dad, who played Asian Jim in the Office, Danny Chung in Veep and Kim Jung Un in the Interview.
5. Jane the Virgin
Woah, where did you come from?! Seriously, this show for me filled a gap in my watchings I didn't even know was there. To be far, it is modeled on the tela novela way of telling a story, which is essentially a soap opera! It's such a unique show though, handling life's melodrama's with a hint of tongue-in-cheek.
Jane is twenty-something year old aspiring writer, engaged to be married. After visiting the doctor for a check-up, she is accidentally artificially inseminated...which is inconvient for many reasons, including the fact that she is still a virgin! The story snowballs from there, with crazy twists, murder, twin brothers, violent drug dealers and more, and while this sounds like it would be ridiculous (and to an extent it is) it's done in a way that acknowledges the crazy, making it all the more fun to watch!
You will definitely recognise Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer: a former Maryland Senator and one-time presidential candidate. The show follows the Veep's team as they constantly struggle with the President's orders and the media, always apologising for something, from political scandals to Selina's new hairdo. It's a brilliant and funny look at American politics, but mostly the horrible people behind it all - and this is coming from someone who refuses to watch the West Wing.
This one has been out for a while, with 3 seasons ready and waiting for you to watch!
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