Netflix and Chill
Hello students! Welcome to (or back) Sheffield. The jollities of the summer holidays are over and so it is back (or the beginning of) to the weekly grind of lectures, tutorials and essays *so many essays…
But fear not, Exposed is here to offer up a list of all the t.v. shows to watch, and which have yet to grace your screens. Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime all spoil us with their choices, so sit back, relax and binge watch your way just some of these great titles.
Jessica Jones (Season 3): In her third and final season, everyone’s favourite super-powered PI is back to kick ass and take names. Marvel Studios may be ending their partnership with Netflix but you can still enjoy one of the best titles in their television canon. In this season, Jessica must mend the relationship with her newly-powered sister Trish and contend with a highly intelligent and methodical serial killer. At thirteen episodes long, you could do a lot worse than spending a couple of nights in with the gang at Alias Investigations.
Stranger Things (Season 3): The rejects at Hawkins have returned! Following a one year absence it is finally time to venture once again into the Upside Down with Eleven and the usual assortment of monsters. Romance, nostalgia and no short supply of body horror are all the things you need for a summer of fun (or the start of a new term). A shorter series this time with eight episodes in total but let me tell you it is a roller coaster.
13 Reasons Why: In this controversial series a group of teens are drawn in by the suicide of their classmate Hannah Baker who leaves them a collection of tapes detailing the precise sequence of events that led to her death. Drama and high school collide in a salacious mix of violence, intrigue, sex and death. So basically all you need for the perfect Saturday night.
The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina: Everyone’s favourite teenage witch is back, just not quite the way you might remember her. Black magic and Satanism abound as half-mortal Sabrina nears the coming of her dark baptism and a new world of witchery, all the while trying to balance a normal life and a normal boyfriend.
Sex Education: In the vein of American Pie, the teen sex comedy has finally landed in Britain. Otis is a teenage boy with normal teenage problems, except that his mother is a sex therapist with way too much interest in her son’s love life (or lack thereof). But, when he is approached by his classmates who now consider him the resident sex therapist of their school, a prospect he surprisingly embraces even as he navigates his way through first love and heartbreak.
What We Do in the Shadows: Hot on iPlayer right now, this comedy series is based on the movie by Taika Waititi and follows a group of vampires as they try (and fail) to take over Staten Island. Filmed in a documentary style it becomes a pity that it is not real as it would be the most hilarious documentary ever filmed.
Gentleman Jack: Based on the life and encoded diaries of 19th century industrialist Anne Lister of Shibden Hall in Halifax, the BBC brings us an excellent drama that will have you rolling with laughter and weeping tears of joy. Suranne Jones is Anne Lister, a woman with a high intellect and plenty of moxy to boot, and at a time when nobody wanted to see a woman being either. This is a period drama that is fresher and funnier than most, think Jane Austen crossed with Sandi Toksvig.
The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel: When a young Jewish housewife in 1950’s begins to carve out a niche for herself as a stand-up comic, she is led on a side splitting journey battling abusive husbands and the sexism of the period. Starring Alex Borstein of Family Guy fame and written by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls, this is a comedy with a progressive slant and plenty of heart (to say nothing of all the jokes); where else can you get your humour and bared-breasts at the same time.
The Boys: In a world where superheroes are not only real but celebrities, with well-publicised problems to boot, who are often responsible for property damages and the deaths of bystanders. Enter Hughie, a mild mannered young man who loses his girlfriend to the supers he joins a vigilante group led by the violent and charismatic Billy Butcher. The end result? Plenty of sickening violence, cursing and the Spice Girls, who could ask for more?
This show is The Incredibles as written by Frank Miller, and it is every bit as cool as that sounds.
The Man in the High Castle: What if the Allies lost World War II? Set in a world dominated by the Axis Powers, a young woman living in Imperial Japanese controlled San Francisco discovers a series of film reels that show an alternate universe in which the Nazis lost the war and of she is determined to not only found out where they came from but to make that world a reality. If you are a fan of alternate history dystopia then this is the show for you, if not, watch it anyway for the great acting and brilliantly suspenseful writing.