With lockdown officially over (for most of the world anyway), more and more shops, restaurants and local attractions are opening up. But for the introverts amongst us, this isn't always the best of news. So if you are more interested in staying in with a bottle of wine, a tub of Ben and Jerry's and a new series to binge watch- then look no further. You've come to the right place. I am about to count down the best TV series that I've been watching recently, and provide you with one more reason to cancel your plans, and stay home instead.
1) Don't Fuck With Cats
Watch on: Netflix
Coming in at #1 is the creepy and disturbing Netflix documentary named ''Don't Fuck With Cats'. The series follows the true story of one of Canada's most notorious murders Luka Magnotta, who initially made a name for himself by circulating internet videos of him killing kittens...the story is told through interviews with the keyboard warriors who decide to hunt him down and bring him to justice.
2) Big Little Lies
Watch on: HBO
Watch this series purely for the soundtrack. And if you aren't into music, watch it for the addictive unfolding of a murder investigation. A modern twist on the classic 'who dun it' plot. Starring Reece Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and check out the second series for an amazing performance from Meryl Streep.
Watch on: Disney +
I've never been a big one for musicals, and especially the ones that are non-stop singing. But to say I loved this show would be an understatement. Watch the multi award winning live performance from the comfort of your own home and get ready to shed some real tears.
4) Derry Girls
Watch on: Netflix
There is literally nothing not to love about this show- I am currently rewatching for about the third time. Follow the hilarious story of a group of friends attempting to navigate the challenging art of growing up, all whilst living through a turbulent Northern Ireland in the mid-1990's. Funny, delicately political and heartwarming- definitely not one to be missed.
5) Little Fires Everywhere
Watch on: Amazon Prime
Beginning in 1998, 'Little Fires Everywhere' tells the story of two very different families who are bought together by the friendship that blossoms between their children. With themes of racism, homosexuality and bullying, the series leaves you constantly reaching for the 'next episode' button.
6) Normal People
Watch on: BBC Iplayer
Probably my favourite series I have watched this year. Based on the award winning novel by Sally Rooney, the story follows the complex relationship of Connell and Marianne as they muddle their way through school, University and all the emotions that come with growing up. The BBC has produced the most beautiful adaptation that leaves you feeling like you genuinely know the characters. I watched the series, immediately read the book, then re-watched the series. Could not recommend more!
Watch on: HBO and Sky UK
Chernobyl is a historical 5-part series that focuses on the lead up, the event and the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The series was praised for depicting some of the less well known heroes within the disaster, like the firefighters and other responders who were first on the scene, and a group of miners who dug a critical tunnel, knowing full well the likely effects it would have on their health. A beautifully created representation of the terrible disaster.
So text your friends, cancel your plans and watch these series instead. Let me know what you think! (And I am always on the hunt for a new series so please message me your suggestions!)