As we continue to social distance due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have more time to binge-watch our favourite shows. And as you probably know by now every month streaming services release new content.
That can sometimes leave us with way too many options but not knowing where to start. So here are some five shows we think you will enjoy.
Little Fires Everywhere
Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestselling book, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the Richardsons – a picture-perfect, privileged white American family – and enigmatic African-American mother and daughter Mia and Pearl Warren.
Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies, Walk the Line, Wild, Legally Blonde), Golden Globe nominee Kerry Washington (Scandal, Django Unchained), and Teen Choice winner Joshua Jackson (The Affair, Dawson’s Creek) co-star.
Little Fires Everywhere has an 80% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Guardian calls it “moreish, searing, excellent”, while CNN says it’s “one of those rare multi-generational dramas where the arcs involving the kids are every bit as good as the adults’.”
It’s just been nominated for five Black Reel awards, including Best Limited Series, Actress (Washington), Supporting Actress (Lexi Underwood), Directing and Writing.
Victoria Season 3
Victoria follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert and the challenges to her reign. In Season 3, with monarchies tumbling across Europe, Victoria and Albert must confront what it means to rule in this new era. Constitutional crises, scandals at court, and a decade of marriage mean Victoria will be tested like never before: as mother, wife, and Queen.
Nominated for craft awards at both the Emmys and the BAFTAs, Victoria won Golden Nymph awards at Monte-Carlo TV Festival for both Best Drama Series and Best Actress (Jenna Coleman) in 2017.
Season 3 has a 92% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critics consensus saying, “Victoria continues its reign as one of TVs most handsomely rendered offerings.”
Pearson Season 1
Missing Suits? This spinoff centres around recently disbarred New York City powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres, reprising her Suits role) as she adjusts to down-and-dirty Chicago politics. Newly appointed as the right-hand fixer for Chicago mayor Bobby Novak (Morgan Spector from The Plot Against America and Homeland), Jessica is quickly embroiled in a crooked and dangerous new world where every action has far-reaching consequences. Jessica must reconcile her unstoppable drive to win with her desire to do the right thing – two things very much at odds in her new world.
Rotten Tomatoes says, “Though Pearson trades the juicy intrigue of Suits for straightforward political drama, it works thanks to Gina Torres’ commanding performance.”
Betty Season 1 | Binge from 27 July 2020
Based on Crystal Moselle’s critically acclaimed feature Skate Kitchen, HBO’s new six-episode half-hour series Betty follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through New York’s predominantly male-oriented skateboarding scene. Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, and Rachelle Vinberg, who all starred in the original film, return for the series.
Betty has a 96% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus is, “Earnest, audacious, and effortlessly cool, Betty captures the spirit of skating and friendship with style.”
Moselle’s debut documentary Wolfpack earned her the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Best Documentary at Edinburgh, and a Cinema Eye Honours Award, as well as an MTV Movie Awards Best Documentary nomination, while Skate Kitchen earned Moselle a Best of Next nomination at Sundance and an Honourable Mention at Outfest.
Billions Season 5 | Binge from 21 July 2020
It’s adapt or die as the struggle for power becomes a fight for survival in the new season of Billions. Alliances crumble as Bobby Axelrod (Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis from Homeland) and Chuck Rhoades (Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti from Sideways) go head to head once more in the ego-driven world of high finance.
Billions has a 89% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a score of 8.4/10 on IMdB. Paul Giamatti was nominated for a 2020 Critics Choice Award for Best Actor, with Asia Kate Dillon nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The series has also been nominated for two GLAAD Media awards for Outstanding Drama Series.
Asia Kate Dillon (John Wick: Chapter 3 and Orange Is The New Black) and Critics Choice nominee Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy) both return, as Taylor Mason and Wendy Rhoades respectively, while Season 5 ushers in a new threat to Axe’s rule in the form of social impact pioneer Mike Prince (played by Golden Globe nominee Corey Stoll from House of Cards). Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, Hot Zone) also joins the cast as Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author Catherine Brant.
As NewsDay says, “What other show has this many first-rate New York actors (and a first-rate British one) who can juggle dialogue so rococo it leaves the listener with vertigo? What other drama is this funny?”