Surely it’s not just me who loves avoiding their responsibilities and binge-watching TV shows continuously? Here is a non-definitive, completely biased list of recommended TV shows to binge when adulting becomes too much.
- YoungerCreated by Darren Star, the mind behind Sex and the City, ‘Younger’ follows main character Liza Miller, a 40-year-old who passes herself off as 26 to get a job at a publishing firm. The 25-minute episodes make the show so easy to binge and it also stars my absolute favourite gal and childhood idol, Hilary Duff, as Liza’s young co-worker.
(Season 1-5 available to stream on Stan)
- UnrealIf you’re a fan of the Bachelor/ Bachelorette/ Bachelor in Paradise franchise and the world of reality television then you’ll love Unreal. An American drama show that takes a look behind-the-scenes of reality TV and the lengths that producers reach to create drama and tears. ‘Unreal’ is inspired by show creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s time as a producer for the real-life American Bachelor franchise. Plenty of juicy storylines.
(Season 1-4 available to stream on Stan)
- You Can’t Ask ThatOne of the best shows on Australian TV at the moment. Marginalised Australians answering controversial and awkward questions. Former cult members, centenarians, ice users, refugees, suicide attempt survivors and Down Syndrome are just some of the groups interviewed, as they answer questions form everyday Aussies. An eye-opening and emotional insight in to people’s lives.(Watch Season 3 on ABC, Wednesdays at 9pm, Season 1 & 2 available to stream on ABC iView).
- Russell Coight’s All Aussie AdventuresRussell Coight is back on Aussie TV and everything seems a little bit better in the world. Russell is back after 16 years with his outback tips and tricks every Sunday night on Channel 10. Whilst you won’t be able to binge all three seasons at once, some episodes from 2001 and 2002 can be watched on YouTube.
(Watch Season 3 on Channel 10, Sundays at 7:30pm, stream on Tenplay)
- Queer Eye (Netflix)‘Fab Five’s’ Antoni, Tan, Karamo, Bobby and Jonathan take their expertise of food and wine, fashion, culture, design and grooming, respectively, to transform everyday Americans. It’s one of the most uplifting and hilarious shows. The friendship between the ‘Fab Five’ and their support for the people being made over is wonderful. Funny, emotional and inspiring. Get on it!(Season 1 & 2 available to stream on Netflix).
- Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Enjoy the brilliance of Jerry Seinfeld, as he interviews a multitude of comedians including Sarah Silverman, Michael Richards, Jim Carrey, Kristen Wiig, Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres, Zach Galifianakis and even Barack Obama. Jerry drives a different car every episode and interviews comedians over a cuppa Joe as they talk about everything from comedy to everyday observations.(Seasons 1-5 available to stream on Netflix).
- Anh’s Brush with Fame Author, actor, comedian and artist, Anh Do interviews and paints portraits of Australian household names. The three seasons feature celebrities and personalities such as Magda Szubanski, Dr Charlie Teo, Rosie Batty, Kurt Fearnley, Gill Hicks and Adam Goodes as they share their personal experiences, triumphs and adversity. Emotional and funny interviews and amazing artwork by Anh.(Watch Season 3 on ABC, Wednesdays at 8pm, Season 1 & 2 available to stream on ABC iView).
- Big Little Lies Hoo boy, what a show. Big Little Lies is a Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning show starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgard. Based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, the seven-episode season tells the story of three mothers, a school community and a murder investigation. It was originally created as a limited miniseries, but was renewed for a second season set for release in 2019. A brilliant show, with an amazing cast.(Available on Foxtel and HBO).
- Brooklyn Nine-NineEverybody’s favourite fictional NYPD precinct. Starring Adam Samberg, Chelsea Peretti and Terry Crews, the Netflix sitcom follows the shenanigans of detectives in Brooklyn, New York. Crime and humour are a perfect mix in this show, created by the people behind The Office US and Parks and Recreation.
(Season 1-4 available to stream on Netflix)