We live in a time when we don’t have to wait until our TV series of the moment is being played on television. Oh no, we can pick and choose when, and where, we watch things. And all thanks to the invention of movie and TV screening sites, like Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and Netflix.
While these screening sites might have been invented for watching movies, their fantastic selection of TV shows is what made them famous. Most TV sites, like Netflix, do come with an annual subscription charge. However, don’t let that you put off, as unlimited access to all the best shows is more than worth the cost. The added benefits that come with a TV screening account include no adverts. And, of course, the fact that you don’t have to wait for your show to be replayed on TV. You have 24-hour access to all your favourite shows, so you can watch them whenever you like – long gone are the days programming the VCR to tape your favourite show if you needed to go out!
Of course, the main issue with these sites is that there is such a vast selection of television shows. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to filter the mediocre ones from the must-sees. Homeland and Breaking Bad are two shows that are most definitely worth watching, as is Orange is the New Black. There are some fantastic shows, but it can be hard to know which are worth your time and which are not. To help you pick a show to start off with, here is our guide to all the best box sets for brightening up your evenings before the spring!
House of Cards
If you’re a fan of politics, this political based drama could be perfect for you. Based on the novel 'House of Cards' written by Michael Dobbs, and the BBC original series, this version of House of Cards is set in Washington DC and follows a South Carolina Democrat called Frank Underwood (played perfectly by Kevin Spacey) who constantly strives for more power, and achieves it through any means necessary. The show became a great critical success, and today, there are three seasons to watch! A gripping and action-packed series that’s perfect for anyone with an interest in political affairs.
Do you love gangster crime? Then the BBC’s Peaky Blinders could be perfect for you; it’s a gangster-based show that focuses on a Birmingham gang in post WWI Britain. The show revolves around the Peaky Blinders gang, and their notorious gangster boss, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy). In season one, the gang come to the attention of Chester Campbell, an Irish constable. The second series, set two years later, focuses on the same characters. With some excellent casting in the form of Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, Peaky Blinders is a must see.
A science fiction series, Orphan Black tells the tale of Sarah Manning and a world of clones. Sarah, who, after witnessing the suicide of one of her clones, takes her identity and begins to live the life of someone else. The show questions whether human cloning can ever be ethical or morally right, and explores many issues associated with it. Due to the show’s popularity, there are now three seasons. If you’re a fan of sci-fi fiction, you’ll love this show - it’s just so intriguing.
Another science fiction drama and cult hit, Fringe began in 2008 and ended after five seasons in 2013. Following the fictional Fringe Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there's a lot more to this show than meets the eye. The characters use specialist scientific technology to track a series of unexplained, ghostly appearances. A gripping show that’s perfect for anyone who loves investigative programmes with a paranormal twist!
And last but not least, we’re going to focus on Dexter. An American crime drama show that follows Dexter, a blood analyst for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department. But this isn’t just another CSI-style drama - Dexter also leads a double life as a serial killer, hunting down murderers. Because of how popular the first season of the show was, they continued for eight more seasons so there’s plenty of gripping storylines to sink your teeth into.
Want to brighten up the long winter evenings? Then spend your spare time watching one of these shows!