Telly Addicts: The Edge’s top TV picks
Editor of The Edge, Anneka Honeyball, offers a few suggestions for shows worthy of binge-watching over the summer holidays.
The art of binge-watching is a skill that every student comes to perfect during their studies. With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, we have been given the perfect excuse to procrastinate by whittling down our time, episode by episode. But during the summer, we are given that very rare opportunity wherein the art of binge-watching is more or less guilt-free. With no impending essays or exams to revise for, now is the time for you to binge-watch your way through as many series as you want. Over at The Edge, we pride ourselves on bringing you all the latest reviews on all the very best shows, so if you’re a bit stuck for what to watch, allow us to offer a few suggestions…
Pokémon: Indigo League
Pokémon GO is a gaming phenomenon that has gotten millions of people to go outside and “catch ‘em all.” But should you wish to take a break from your outdoor Pokémon pursuits, why not indulge in the nostalgia that the game has roused in us all and watch all 52 episodes of the original 90s animation on Netflix?
Orange Is The New Black
A firm favourite at The Edge, this Netflix prison drama has it all; romance, drama, humour and even a few thought-provoking tragedies. If you haven’t yet seen it, you can catch up with all four seasons on Netflix now.
An odd and quirky animation that is as whimsically contemplative as it is riotously funny, BoJack Horseman is one of the hidden gems of Netflix. Featuring the vocal talents of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Amy Sedaris, the third season is set to hit Netflix on 22 July.
One of the most intriguing thriller series around right now, Mr Robot offers a complex and invigorating look into the world of computer hacking. The award-winning series, starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater, has just started it’s second season on Amazon Prime and been nominated for several Primetime Emmy awards – so it’s definitely worth a watch.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
If you don’t want to go out into the actual sunshine, why not spend a couple of hours with the Netflix Queen of sunshine, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper). Co-written by Tina Fey, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a fun and breezy watch, full of vivid characters and manic plot situations.
Parks and Recreation
If you haven’t yet experienced the joys of Parks and Recreation, now is the time for you to indulge in it like a plate of waffles. Starring the likes of Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari and Rob Lowe, Parks and Rec is a comedy series with real heart.
The Thick Of It
With all the political omnishambles going on in the world right now, why not escape reality a bit and imagine a world where every politician is thoroughly disciplined under a barrage of curse words by Peter Capaldi’s fierce comic character, Malcolm Tucker. You can watch all four series on Netflix or, if you’re troubled by American politics, the show’s US counter-part Veep is also very good.
Star Trek Beyond is almost upon us, and should you find yourself hungry for more Trekkie goodness, Netflix now houses every single Star Trek series ever to have aired on TV. From the good old days of Shatner and Nimoy, to the Generation of Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard, if you’re in need of a sci-fi fix, there’s no better show to binge-watch.
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