Parks and Recreation
I only actually heard about this recently but I'm glad I did because I fell in love with it and ended up watching all 7 seasons in a week. It's basically a comedy series following a group of people who work at the parks and recreation department of Pawnee. It does sound boring but I promise you it isn't. The characters are amazing, my favourites being Andy, April (#relationship goals), and Ron, and you can't help but get sucked into it all and get quite attached to the characters. If I had to compare it to another tv series I would say the office because of the relaxed documentary type feel where the characters talk and react to the camera.
I'm sure you've heard of the Simpsons and have probably already seen a couple of episodes at least but I feel like it's been forgotten about a bit and is underestimated. I used to love it when I was younger but I watched it again a couple of months ago when there was nothing else on and was pleasantly surprised. I'm not really much of fan of animated films and tv shows usually, so if you're the same I still recommend it for something fun to have on even if just in the background.
Yes it's pretty old now, but I couldn't do this post without mentioning Father Ted. It has to be one of my all time favourites and always cheers me up and makes me laugh. It's about three priests living on the fictional 'craggy island' just off Ireland and what they get up to. Although primarily based around religion, the whole thing is kind of taking the piss out of itself, which we in Britain love. A lot of the jokes are obvious but actually quite witty and cleverly done.
This is another comedy that I love to put on when I want cheering up. I feel like not many people have heard about this series and they could be missing out. It may be of a certain taste but I think those who do like it will love it. Steve Coogan is a genius and Alan Partridge is such a great character. Although the whole thing is kind of ridiculous, Alan, a dj for radio Norfolk, is that kind of cringey character that could almost be real, which is what makes it all so funny. I also love the more recent film Alpha Papa so give that a watch as well, but it makes it so much better if you already know the characters.
The Graham Norton Show
As far as chat shows go, Graham Norton is up there with the best. Some interviews like this can be very uncomfortable to watch but I always feel as though the guests are always at ease on this show which is what makes it so enjoyable. They always have a great selection of guests, from local comedians to massive international celebrities, and I love the fact that the guests for that week are all on at the same time, making it really interesting to see how they interact with each other. Of course you also can't help but love Graham Norton himself, and he always makes me laugh.
ah... on to the dramas. Broadchurch is hands down one of the best detective dramas out there. It begins with the death of a young boy, and the series follows detectives as they try to uncover what happened and the family of the boy as they try to cope. The story is incredible and you really do feel more and more emotionally involved as it goes on. The finale of the first series is completely shocking which I always want from these kind of things. I also think Olivia Coleman is brilliant and brings so much to the whole program.
Doctor Foster is a very recent bbc drama which is also perhaps in my opinion one of the best. There are only a couple of episodes but I like that it unravels quickly and doesn't drag on. However within the short series you see lots of different aspects to the complex characters. The plot is really quite chilling and keeps you gripped, eager to see the next episode.
Pretty Little Liars
I have mixed feelings about pretty little liars but I think it's worth having a watch. In the first couple of episodes, maybe even the first whole season, it comes across as a lightweight drama aimed at young teenage girls. But if you give it a chance it really kicks off and gets very tense and actually pretty dark. The recent reveal was disappointing a poorly done, but the build is actually very entertaining and gripping.
I love love love Sherlock. This is a series about Sherlock Holmes, very loosely based on the books, but set in modern day London. Although sometime rather complicated, the plots are always really clever and well put together. With there only being 3 episodes per series, each one is practically a short film in its own right. I often forget the storylines so I can and have very happily watched them over and over again. It is also really interestingly filmed and edited and has a very English feel to it which adds to its charm. I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the third series, especially after waiting so long for it, because I feel it moves away a bit from detective work and becomes a bit more mainstream, focussing on the characters social lives. But series 1 and 2 = amazing.
Usually I subconsciously stay away from non-fictional programs, but I'm personally very interested in architecture and interior design so I love to watch some Grand Design every now and then. It is my dream and life goal to design my own house one day so I find it so inspiring to see some of the extraordinary buildings that ordinary people have created. There are a lot of house programs about, but they are usually based around buying houses or diy/decorating (which I would enjoy more if their decoration wasn't so tacky imo), so I enjoy watching something that is more about the creative and impressive side of things.