It’s 2020 and we’ve declared living room peace as the war-for-what-to-watch comes to a swift end. Whatever your preferred ‘genre’ is, there’s no longer any need to argue over what’s on the TV when these 7 series really are a bit of everyone.
When you’re not watching them, you’re thinking about them; our lives are swarmed with series that have us rushing home to continue (and hurrying back to work to discuss). But there’s no sinking feeling like that which awaits you when your favourite series ends and you’re left there – staring into your reflection on the now-blank tv screen – thinking only one thing: what’s next?
We’re no stranger to that feeling. So, to help you find your next series obsession quicker, we’ve gathered up our 7 favourite drama series that we couldn’t get enough of (the kinds that stick with you long after the credits roll). If you haven’t seen any of these, we urge you to drop what you’re doing and take a comfortable seat – you’ll be there for a while.
Genre: Crime, mystery.
Synopsis: When a young boy is found dead on the beach in the small town of Broadchurch, everyone becomes a suspect. As the series unfolds, blame shifts from one character to another, unravelling webs of lies and secrets that will, ultimately, lead to the killer. In such a close-knit community, they quickly learn that you can’t trust anyone. Broadchurch is one of those series that will leave you thinking of nothing else until you have answers.
Seasons: 3! The second season picks up where the 1st left. The 3rd is a new storyline with appearances from the key characters.
Key actors: Olivia Coleman, David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker.
Where to watch: You can find all the seasons of Broadchurch on Amazon Prime.
Genre: Drama, police-crime, suspense, psycho-thriller.
Synopsis: John Luther – one of the best detectives in the game – is put on a murder case. The last thing he expected was to become friends with the murderer. As their complicated friendship evolves, Luther witnesses unheard-of crimes, and it’s his job to catch the killers (albeit with his new, insightful ally). With his job being his whole world, Luther will stop at nothing to get to the truth. This series is as smart and as unsettling as you’d want it to be.
Seasons: 5 – the last of which aired in Jan 2019. A long wait for every Luther fan.
Key actors: Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson.
Where to watch: Watch Luther now on BBC iPlayer.
Genre: Drama, thriller.
Synopsis: When Gemma Foster – the well-loved town GP – suspects her husband (and father of their son) of having an affair, her life turns upside down. Riddled with jealousy, hatred and surrounded by rumours and secrets, Dr Foster tells the story of Gemma’s revenge, obsession (and justice) in the world’s most tense series (according to us). And don’t worry about those ‘will I be able to relate?’ doubts – there’s absolutely no way anyone can squirm their way through Dr Foster and not be 100% committed by the end of episode one.
Seasons: 2. Both as tense as each other.
Key actors: Suranne Jones, Bertie Carvel, Jodie Comer.
Where to watch: Watch Dr Foster on Netflix.
Genre: Drama, Crime.
Synopsis: After dealing with a personal tragedy like no other, Catherine Cawood returns to work as the Police sergeant in a town in West Yorkshire. Loved by everyone (when you’re on the right side of her), a new crime comes to light that digs up old ghosts. Keeping a professional game-face, this case is a lot closer to Catherine than anyone could possibly understand. Watching Happy Valley, you’ll feel her sadness and join her in her anger; you’ll want to see the right person put behind bars just as much as she does.
Seasons: 2, the second following the story from the first (with a few new characters along the way).
Key actors: Sarah Lancashire, James Norton, Siobhan Finneran, Charlie Murphy.
Where to watch: Watch Happy Valley now on Netflix.
Genre: True story, crime.
Synopsis: Not for the faint-hearted, Three Girls follows this true story of the sexual abuse scandal in Rochdale, England between 2008-2012. Touching on such fragile events, three girl’s rebellious adventures take them to a much darker place than they’d ever imagined. Not knowing how to get out of it, they turn to health worker Sara (a modern-day heroine) for help. We bid you do your research on this case either before or after watching it. It’s a story of strength that’ll stick with you forever.
Seasons: 1 mini-series: 3 heart-wrenching, hour-long episodes.
Key actors: Molly Windsor, Liv Hill, Maxine Peake.
Where to watch: Watch all three episodes of Three Girls on BBC iPlayer.
Genre: Drama, dark comedy, crime.
Synopsis: Villanelle is the assassin with everything – she revels in her luxuries and can-do, spoilt attitude. When Eve – a talented MI5 officer – comes on the scene to hunt her down, Villanelle finds she has a new obsession. Reciprocated by Eve, the two women become engrossed with the capture of each other. Are they friends, enemies or more? You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll want to know who comes out on top.
Seasons: 2 award-winning seasons.
Key actors: Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh.
Where to watch: Watch all of Killing Eve on BBC iPlayer.
Genre: Mystery, drama.
Synopsis: When Ivy Moxam finds her way out of captivity where she’d been held for 13 years, everything has changed, other than her. Kidnapped at 13, she’s now 26-years-old with no idea how to be alive. Thirteen follows the story of her return home and the many struggles that comes with trying to fit back into society. As the police try to track down the man responsible, Ivy is faced with the harsh reality that she might end up back there, where she almost feels she belongs.
Seasons: 1 series, 5 episodes.
Key actors: Jodie Comer, Valene Kane.
Where to watch: Watch Thirteen on BBC iPlayer.
And if this isn’t enough, here’s a list of almost everything coming to Netflix in 2020.