TV series to binge watch during the coronavirus lockdown

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A look at TV series to to binge watch during the coronavirus lockdown

Are you a binge viewer of television? Here’s a look at five TV series that you may enjoy watching (or revisiting if it has been a while).

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Chuck

Starring Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, the eponymous star of the series, Chuck is a comedy spy drama. Light and entertaining, the series features some well-choreographed fight scenes. It was originally broadcast between 2007 and 2012 and is now available on Amazon Prime and as a box set (£):

Chuck is a computer geek who works at an electronics store in Burbank, California. After unwittingly being drawn into the world of spies he falls in love with his Central Intelligence Agency handler, Sarah Walker, played by Yvonne Strahovski. They pair have a will-they-or-won’t-they relationship.

It’s easy to watch, fun and quality entertainment.

Pan-fried salmon served with lemon risotto and grilled lemon
What about a cookery show instead? Pan-fried salmon served with lemon risotto and grilled lemon.

Explained

Television can be educational. If you like the idea of using the coronavirus lockdown to learn about various aspects of the world, watch the documentary series Explained on Netflix.

Each episode is short and informative, running approximately 16 to 18 minutes. Packed with factoids and expert insights, Explained covers a different topic in each show. The subjects covered include cryptocurrency, extraterrestrial life and the female orgasm.

The episode entitled The Next Pandemic, released in November 2019, suggests that a global pandemic was foreseeable; it was merely a question of when and what form it took. One to watch while in the lockdown caused by the pandemic?

There’s even a simple-to-understand explanation of cricket featuring snippets of an interview with Stephen Fry. One to watch before the season eventually gets underway?

Asian Elephants in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka
You’ll find plenty of nature and wildlife documentaries to view too.

The Sopranos

Often touted among the best television series of all time, The Sopranos was broadcast between 1999 and 2007. James Gandolfini plays Tony Soprano, a mafia boss from New Jersey.

The HBO series provides insights into the home life of a mobster, whose family plays a major role in the storyline. So too do Soprano’s visits to his psychologist, Jennifer Melfi (played by Lorrain Bracco).

The characters and their interactions make for compelling watching. Was the show’s final scene genius or a let-down? Watch all six seasons and 86 episodes then decide. The Sopranos is available in box sets (£):

Tiger King

The lockdown means time to view series that we might not otherwise watch.

You might think that there’s no way a documentary about people running private zoos and big cat conservationists in the USA can make for compelling viewing. Watch a couple of episodes of Tiger King and you’ll probably find that isn’t the case at all.

The characters who feature in this hit series make it easy to binge watch all seven episodes. Does Joe Exotic, one of the series’ protagonists, really order a hit on? Watch it and make up your own mind.

The unexpected success of the series spawned a special follow-up show, filmed during the coronavirus lockdown.

Given that hairdressers remain closed during the lockdown, you may even allow your hair to grow into a mullet in tribute to Joe Exotic. Inspiration can take all sorts of forms.

Sausages grilling on a barbecue
Had your fill of quality television? If it’s a fine day you might prefer to head outside and have a barbecue?

Sunderland ‘Til I Die

This is the second series of the Netflix documentary series charting the course of a season with League One football club, Sunderland AFC. It follows a similar format to the first series and shows what goes on behind the scenes at a professional football club.

Following relegation from the Championship, the club is under new ownership and has a new manager. In comparison to the first series, this edition of Sunderland ‘Til I Die focuses less on the hopes and passion of supporters and more on the work being undertaken to restructure and reinvigorate the club.

Many fans regard the transfer of Josh Maja to Bordeaux, and his replacement with Will Grigg, as a turning point in the season. Sunderland reached a cup final and visit Wembley twice during the 2019-19 season; surely that’s success?

A red and white flag bearing the Sunderland AFC club crest
A red and white flag bearing the Sunderland AFC club crest.

Watched a series that you have particularly enjoyed and want to recommend? Leave a comment below and share why you think it’s a TV series to to binge watch.

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