6 TV SHOWS I LOVED DURING FURLOUGH

After just over 3.5 months on furlough, I will finally be returning to work tomorrow!

As the majority of my time was spent indoors, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite TV shows that I watched during this time.

Sharing is caring, after all!

1. NORMAL PEOPLE

Following Marianne and Connell, from different backgrounds but the same small town in Ireland, as they weave in and out of each other’s romantic lives and start to grow up.

Seasons: 1

Total number of episodes: 12

Episode length: 30 minutes

I feel like everyone and their cat/dog has watched this series during lockdown and rightly so. Based on Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name, the series stuck closely to the book which I appreciated and the acting in it was superb. It was beautifully filmed and the chemistry between Daisy and Paul’s as Marianne and Connell was incredible. I loved how real it all felt and despite my frustration at their lack of communication and honesty in making their lives easier and happier, it is a fantastic series.

2. KILLING EVE

A British black comedy-drama thriller about two women who become lethally obsessed with each other. The series follows Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing stylish yet psychopathic assassin Villanelle.

Seasons: 3

Total number of episodes: 24

Episode length: 45 minutes

Season 3 was brought forward to April, so we didn’t have to wait until summer when it was originally scheduled to be released! The series was created by the talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the mastermind behind Fleabag, which you should also watch if you haven’t already. I loved the first two series with Eve and Villanelle circling each other across European cities with their fizzling chemistry, where you didn’t know if they were going to fight or make out with each other. The dialogue was dark, sharp and witty – I was dying to know what was going to happen next. However, the third season seemed to lack that energy and I wasn’t sure where the whole series was going. Nevertheless, Jodie Comer as Villanelle is still a captivating character to watch and her outfits are a work of art.

3. MRS MAISEL

Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a Manhattan housewife in 1958 decides to become a stand-up comic after her perfect life is upended when her husband suddenly leaves her for his secretary.

Seasons: 3

Total number of episodes: 26

Episode length: 43-76 minutes

I’d seen so many people rave about this show on Instagram and I’m so glad that I finally got round to watching it. The witty, fast-paced dialogue, the banter, the beautiful outfits, the brilliant characters, how visually spectacular it is to watch – it’s easily a new favourite series of mine. Rachel Brosnahan is incredible as Mrs. Maisel with her sunny disposition, energy and sharp wit – an absolute powerhouse.

4. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s, this series follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

Seasons: 1

Total number of episodes: 8

Episode length: 53-66 minutes

Having recently finished the novel by Celeste Ng of the same name, I was excited to watch this series led by the brilliant Reese Witherspoon as Elena Richardson and Kerry Washington as Mia Warren. I loved the book so was a little sceptical as I’d read some reviews saying that the series makes quite a few changes. While I think that some aspects of the book worked better, such as the ending, it is a brilliant series that explores motherhood, the weight of secrets and an interesting trial regarding the adoption of a Chinese baby by a White couple.

5. AFTER LIFE

After Tony’s wife dies unexpectedly, his nice-guy persona is altered into an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude; taking his old world by storm.

Seasons: 2

Total number of episodes: 12

Episode length: 30 minutes

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Ricky Gervais’ series and this is no exception. I watched the first season last year but gave it another watch before starting the second season that aired this April. The series made me laugh and cry in equal measures – so real and heartfelt with hilarious characters and moments dotted throughout.

6. SCHITT’S CREEK

When rich video-store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup in an ugly small town called Schitt’s Creek, their only remaining asset.

Seasons: 6

Total number of episodes: 80

Episode length: 20 minutes

A few of my friends had recommended Schitt’s Creek to me and I’m so glad that I finally got around to watching it. The perfect accompaniment to our lunch and dinnertimes. A nice easy watch that’s simultaneously hilarious and heart-warming – you’ll grow to love the characters very quickly! James and I are currently on season 5 and I don’t want it to end – I’ve loved watching the Rose family’s growth together and as individuals. It really shows that those with the most money aren’t always the happiest; being able to spend quality time with loved ones is what matters the most.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for something new to watch!

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve seen any of these series and if you have any recommendations, hit me up!

xxx

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