Any list of TV offerings is going to be subjective. Just because I love a show, it doesn’t mean that you will, too. My list might not feature shows you have fallen in thrall with, but it does feature shows I can’t miss or have spent entire weekend’s binge watching, even to the point of forgetting to eat.
What is the definition of addictive TV? In my book, addictive TV is a show you can’t bear to miss, a show you would happily bin your best friend for, just so you can catch up. In other words, a show so good and so awesome that once it’s over you spend hours scanning the TV listings for signs a new series has been commissioned. Does this sound familiar? If so, here is a list of my favorite TV shows.
Stranger Things is a fantastic throwback to early Spielberg work. It’s kind of like a cross between E.T. and Carrie, with nerdy kids befriending a strange alien girl with disturbing telekinetic powers. It’s creepy, scary, and cute, all at the same time.
I’ve watched Sam and Dean’s journey from the very beginning, and although the series has had its ups and downs, I love every minute of this gory, funny, and at times deeply moving series. This is brotherly love at its most dysfunctional, with a generous helping of blood, guts, and supernatural craziness thrown in for good measure.
Black Mirror is a UK import that combines biting social commentary with fantastic drama. Each episode is a stand-alone drama, so if you miss one, it won’t ruin the rest of the series. Not that you will miss one because you will be hooked from the very first episode.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the best action-adventure series ever made. The characters were engaging and each episode was wonderfully crafted. Buffy was a precursor to Supernatural, but with a female hero in the lead role, fighting the forces of darkness, not to mention an unhealthy attraction to at least two of the creatures she is supposed to kill.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is the highest rated series on cable TV ever. Personally, I don’t know anyone who isn’t gripped by the zombie fest that is the Walking Dead. OK, so the last series ended on the most appalling cliffhanger ever, and the start of the latest series did nothing to make us feel any better, but we still can’t stop watching, even though we know it probably won’t have a happy ending.
Breaking Bad is phenomenal. We know from the off that anti-hero Walter White is doomed to fail in his mission of helping his family achieve financial security before he dies from terminal cancer, but his journey is utterly compelling. Did you ever wonder if your science teacher was capable of cooking meth? If so, watch Breaking Bad to see how it all ends.
Other series of note include the fantastic Sense8, House of Cards, and Mad Men.