Five Binge-Worthy Boxsets

Sometimes it’s nice just to stay in and binge a good TV show and other times you are stuck indoors social distancing during the worst global health crisis we’ve seen during this lifetime. 

From Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis and the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a hell of a year.

If you are reading this blog post during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and looking for binge-worthy TV suggestions whilst self-isolating/social distancing, I want to take this time to send you all the love and warm wishes during this difficult time. I hope you are taking care of yourselves and each other. Please remember during this time to be kind to each other and yourself.

And if you are reading this after the pandemic is over and just looking for something to watch, then look no further as this list still contains some of the best binge box sets.

Line of Duty

Get ready for a heart-stopping series full of gritty drama, confusing abbreviations and some killer catchphrases. 

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Join D.S Arnott, D.S Fleming, Superintendent Hastings and the rest of the AC-12 unit as they do what they do best, “catching bent coppers.” Written by Jed Mercurio, Line of Duty promises edge-of-your-seat drama and heart in your mouth moments. 

Binge-watch Line of Duty on Netflix on BBC iPlayer or Netflix.

Killing Eve

One word. Villanelle. 

Killing Eve stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh as the err… ‘villainous’ Villanelle and MI5 security officer Eve as they begin an obsessive cat and mouse game to bring each other down. I was a latecomer to this show, binging season one (twice) just before season two aired and I loved it.

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This is a dark, sexy, stylish and wholly sociopathic drama full of twists, turns and some fabulous outfits. Killing Eve was one of my favourite dramas to binge due to the compelling plot and complex female characters. I have never felt so conflicted about which character to root for. Villanelle is obviously irredeemably evil but she is also oddly captivating, darkly humorous and my god, what style… I think I have a crush.

You can watch Killing Eve on BBC iPlayer, BBC America or Hulu.

The Office

The Office (US) is my all-time favourite show. At one point I may have even been, definitely was, one of those unbearable people that consider liking it as a personality trait. It is the only show that I will watch from start to finish then go straight back to the start again.

If you have been living under a rock and don’t know what The Office is about, it’s a mockumentary following the ordinary lives of the workers of Dunder Mifflin, a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Follow their lives as they grow, fall in and out of love and sell paper. The Office has all the characters you have the pleasure of coming across in the workplace, both lovable and insufferable, and that is all part of its charm.

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Disclaimer: Season One is drrryyyy. Whilst trying to find its feet The Office takes a lot of inspiration from its British counterpart (to be honest, it’s almost a carbon copy) and it doesn’t work. From season two onwards it really comes into its own and it’s hilarious.

With nine seasons and over 200 episodes, there’s plenty to binge on.

Sex and the City

As I sat and binged Sex and the City, I couldn’t help but wonder… when the hell did it become 2 am? For those that live and breathe fashion, this show will always have a soft spot in our hearts. 

Join Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha as they navigate life as successful single women in New York City.  

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Has it necessarily aged well? Maybe not in all aspects, I do find myself cringing a lot. Sometimes the girls are, for the lack of a better word, unhinged. But to be honest who hasn’t had a hysterical moment? And I for one, enjoy watching some messy drama, not living it.

As a teen, I proclaimed I was such a Carrie, but now as a woman in my mid-twenties, I can proudly admit that I am Miranda – straight-talking and cynical as they come.

Sex and the City has six seasons and 94 episodes – plenty of binging material. 

Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off, also known as The Great British Baking Show to some, is a baking competition for home bakers looking to become Britain’s Best Amateur Baker. Though what they class as amateur and what I class as amateur are not even on the same level.

Originally on the BBC, before moving over to Channel 4, The Great British Bake Off has over 10 seasons to binge as well as some fantastic spin-offs! Mary Berry loyalists may tell you to not bother watching once the show moved to Channel 4 but I still really enjoy it. Noel Fielding & Sandi Toksvig is the presenting duo I never knew I needed but I ADORE!!

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Watch for the showstoppers and stay for the endless innuendos. (Who knew baking could be so naughty?) Soggy bottom, anyone?

This is a show I like to watch when I’m feeling burnt out and not in the mood to watch anything intense. The Bake Off tent is a feel-good and relatively drama-free environment, excluding the drama with Dirty Diana and the Baked Alaska.

 It’s just an all-round wholesome show and a delight to watch.

You can stream The Great British Bake Off on All4, Netflix or Britbox.

So whether you are looking for a new Drama, Comedy or Reality Show, this has something for everyone and plenty of episodes to make your way through. What have you been binge-watching? Let me know!

Until next time,

Ashleigh x

(Shows may not be available on listed streaming services at the point of reading this).

 

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3 Comments

  1. I’m currently working through the boxset of Desperate Housewives but after this, I’m going to get stuck into Sex and the City. I have the boxset of that too and I LOVE it. It’s such a chill show to binge watch!

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