The way we consume our media has seen a fundamental paradigm shift over the last decade. It happened in incremental steps. At the same time came the rise of Smartphone and tablet culture, and the opportunity that comes when most people have a screen in front of their faces for the majority of their waking hours. Naturally, soon after came the rise of binge-watching.
This isn’t to suggest, of course, that people haven’t been bingeing television for decades. As long as there have been nerds and a means of recording, people have been mass consuming their favorite TV shows. But more recently, binge-watching has become not only something people do, but a driving factor that shapes the way some entertainment is formed on a core level. Netflix, in particular, is known for crafting their series in a way that compels viewers to digest the whole narrative in one or two sittings and, as a result, often blurs the lines between film and television story formats.
So these are some series you should watch this lockdown and which will leave your mind triggered by the story inside it.
The Walking Dead
I think everyone might agree with me that this is, hands-down, the best horror-drama TV series today. This show depicts a world taken over by zombies and a tale of survival and struggle.
The story revolves around a cat-and-mouse chase between Paul Spector, a serial killer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Stella Gibson, a female detective from London Metropolitan Police. The sexual tension between a female detective and a sexual predator is both hot and wrong.
Stackhouse is a telepathic waitress whose life turns upside down when she meets Bill Compton, a man from southern Louisiana who turns out to be a vampire. Best Part: The opening theme will stick in your head for weeks!
Bingeing Stranger Things are more akin to reading a great novel in one day than watching a bunch of TV at once. Indeed each season of the show is seen by its creators, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, as more of a film than a TV series, which makes it possibly the most satisfying binge-watch on this list. Even if the final episode leaves the door open for more questions, each of the first two seasons have a clear beginning and end.
GAME OF THRONES
You know a show is going to be a good binge watch when you’re tearing your hair out waiting for new episodes week to week, and new seasons year to year. Building on the structure of shock drama and high fantasy, Game of Thrones translates all the political machinations, royal intrigue, and apocalyptic fantasy underpinnings into TV gold. Game of Thrones might be one of the spectacular sights to ever hit the airwave and that luxurious attention crafts a completely immersive world where anything can happen, anyone may perish, and each new twisted cliffhanger and moment of violent punctuation leaves you clamoring to see what’s next.