As a self-confessed series binge-watcher, I will admit that I've spent entire days on the couch pressing 'play next , play next, play next' every time an episode of the show I'm currently embroiled in comes to an end.
Here's my pick of some of the most enthralling series you should get right now. Just say goodbye to any weekend plans before you hit play.
Orange is the New Black
Now in its third season, this addictive show (based on a true story) stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, a 30-year-old public relations executive with an ordinary, picture-book life who ends up in jail for a crime she committed 10 years previously. In each episode, you learn more about the individual inmates and what happened in their lives to land them in jail. There’s loads of drama, comedy and excitement in this day-to-day depiction of prison life and the struggles that Piper faces in dealing with her unexpected incarceration.
Game of Thrones
Season five of this epic series has recently come to a dramatic close, leaving many fans heartbroken and horrified. While we wait in anticipation for the next season to arrive on screens, it’s the perfect time to revisit the first five. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t caught on to this global phenomenon, use the cold weather as an excuse to catch up on everything that's happened so far in the fictional realm of Westeros.
House of Cards
This intense and fast-moving political series centres around Democrat Frank Underwood, a ruthless politician willing to do just about anything to reach the top. The conniving and backstabbing is gut-churning, but Kevin Spacey’s outstanding performance will have you riveted.
It was a sad day when the offices of the fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin closed for the last time. The US version of this hilarious mockumentary was adapted brilliantly from Ricky Gervais’ original series and has a stellar cast including funny man Steve Carell. If you missed the show when it first came out, you have nine hysterical seasons to look forward to watching for the first time.
For a taste of British drama, this fabulous period series is set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate and features the aristocratic Crawley family and their team of servants. Beautifully filmed, Downton will suck you in to the daily lives of a family facing change as the world erupts into war in 1916. There are five glorious seasons to catch up on.
If you’d like to get a glimpse into what life is life for an ordinary dad, diagnosed with lung cancer, who decides to set up a meth lab in a last-ditch effort to make enough money to guarantee his family’s future, then Breaking Bad is a must-watch. Violent, over the top and totally addictive, Breaking Bad will have you hooked from the first episode as you watch Walter White’s transformation as he goes deeper into the drug world.
It may be old, but the jokes are still funny. Although Friends came to an end 10 years ago, this classic sitcom about a group of 20-somethings in New York is still worth investing a few marathon sessions in watching – if only to marvel at the awesome 90’s fashion and just how young the actors looked!