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Three More TV Shows You Should Be Watching

I can’t quite believe I did this, but when I wrote my last ‘What I’ve Been Watching on TV’ roundup, I totally forgot about the best show I’ve seen in ages, which is… *drumroll please*

SILICON VALLEY

When I tell you this show centres around the efforts of a group of coders to sell their data compression engine (Or, you know, whatever the thing is that the whole series revolves around, but which I only vaguely understand the purpose of…) to the highest bidder, you’ll probably think I’m winding you up, right? I mean, I won’t watch New Girl, but I will watch a bunch of geeks sit around and code all day?

Guys, I most definitely will. Because, unlike New Girl (Which I had to give up on, by the way. I know you lot were all, “stick with it: you’ll stop wanting to smack Zooey in the face eventually!”, but I just couldn’t take that risk…), which I think just isn’t my kind of humour, this show very much IS my kind of humour. Most of it’s very subtle, character-based stuff, and I guess it helps if you spend most of your life online, but while it’s not “roll around on the floor snorting coffee through your nose” funny, it’s basically a show about misfits, and, well, it takes one to know one, right?

This isn’t actually on at the moment (although I think it has just been renewed for a third season), but get the box set, find it online, do whatever, just watch it. Trust me on this.

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NASHVILLE

It took Terry a bit of time to talk me into giving Nashville a shot, because I’m not a big fan of musicals, and although Nashville isn’t one, I had a feeling it would be full of people bursting into song at every opportunity, and seriously, I HATE THAT. (Yes, I even hated Les Miserables. I know, I’m a freak…) Anyway, there IS a fair bit of singing in Nashville, as you’d expect from a show about country music stars, but it’s so, SO good that I was pretty much hooked by the end of the first episode.

The story centres around two country singers (Connie Britton as the established star, and Hayden Panettiere as the young starlet snapping at her heels), but there’s a huge cast, and they spend a lot of time on the other character’s stories, too. What I like about this show is that, rather than just going for the conventional ‘boy meets girl’ storylines, Nashville also takes a look at the complex relationships between parents and children, mentors and mentees, siblings, friends, you name it. I was expecting it to be all big hair and cowboy boots, but it’s a bit more layered than that, and if y’all aren’t speakin’ with a southern accent and wondering if you should dust off that old guitar by the end of season one, then… well, you’re obviously not me, basically. GOD, I wish I was a country star, I really do. Also that I had Connie Britton’s hair, come to think of it. Actually, I’d settle for JUST the hair, if I had to: it’s THAT good.

JORDSKOTT

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Jordskott is a Swedish drama, which we’re actually still watching as I write this (um, not literally as I write this, obviously: I’m not much of a multi-tasker, to be honest…). It starts off as a classic missing person story, with a cop whose daughter went missing 7 years ago joining the police force in her old home town to try to find another child who’s gone missing under similar circumstances.

I’m always drawn to stories of missing people, which I realise makes me sound like a right weirdo (It’s actually just that I like anything in which a mystery gets solved, and if the missing person is found, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Well, assuming they’re still alive, anyway…), but this one quickly takes a turn for the “what the hell is happening here”, which adds another element to the storyline. It’s an element I’m not sure everyone will like, but we’ve been really enjoying this: one word of warning, though – the episodes are all about 80 minutes long, so it’s not exactly a quick – or indeed light – watch!

What have you been watching lately?

 

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15 Comments
  • Ida
    September 3, 2015

    I used to love Nashville, but then for some reason I didn’t have the time to watch it anymore. Maybe it went on TV on a bad time.
    Right now I’m on the latest season of Once Upon a Time. Love it. Although I have a hard time to find time for any shows right now. /love Ida

  • Elizabeth Rose
    September 3, 2015

    Silicon Valley is a great show! My dad works in the bay so when I saw the first episode my husband and I were already rolling at how realistic the characters and situations are. I’m pretty sure Dad has worked with at least one of every character and Hooli is like every tech company ever. Who would have thought a bunch of nerds would be so funny?

    I actually haven’t watched Nashville though which is kinda a crime… I’m from the American South and have spent countless day and weekend trips in Nashville. I’ll put it on my list.

  • Anna Nuttall
    September 3, 2015

    Hi Amber, I love Nashville. For IDA, you can see it free on Amazon Prime. Another TV show to watch is House Of Cards, so so good.

  • Sheena
    September 3, 2015

    I love Nashville, especially for the music (but then being a country singer myself, I would say that!).

    I’ve also watched the whole series of Jordskott and I still can’t get over the twist – you think you’re watching a normal crime drama… it seriously plays with your mind. I also think the fact you have to concentrate and read the subtitles to follow what’s going on means you become more immersed in the story. It’s definitely intense but I enjoyed it far more than I expected to.

    And, just for completeness, I’m going to give Silicon Valley a try.

  • Sophie
    September 3, 2015

    I really didn’t like Sillicon Valley, stuck with it for the most of season 1, but just didn’t like the characters at all! I’m not sure if it’s too american in it’s humour for me? I did like the story though, but I’m a bit of a computer nerd myself.

    At the moment I’ve been watching BoJack Horseman – it’s a Netflix Original cartoon about an actor (who is a horse…. surprisingly) who decides to sell a memoir about his time on a TV show, hiring a ghostwriter to help. It has a continuous story which takes a while to get used to, as most cartoons are decidedly one off episodes. It does get a bit heavier than expected for a cartoon, but it’s humour is more background stuff and less obvious (I’m sure there is a word for this…. like funny but by not telling jokes… observational humour?… hmm). Anyways, I rate it!

    I’m not a massive TV watcher though, I don’t even have a TV at home!

  • Anna Maria
    September 3, 2015

    I don’t watch Nashville, but I absolutely loved Connie Britton’s breakthrough role as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights (TV series, not the film). If you have not watched it, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It has sadly been overlooked here in the UK, but it is a brilliant series, it is on Netflix.

  • Brenda F
    September 3, 2015

    I’m a bit behind on the times, but I loved Broadchurch and The Fall. I’m Canadian, so I’ve only seen season 1 of Broadchurch. It is excellent. The American version, Grace Point (which also stars David Tennant) was pretty comparable. The Fall, with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan is a real nail-biter also. I will watch almost anything except Two Broke Girls. I hate that show!

  • Roisin
    September 3, 2015

    I really love Nashville, which Nic and I started watching earlier this year after one of his friends recommended it to us. I love that it’s a story about professional women, to be honest, and I love the soapy aspects of it. I loved Treme so much that another show set in a music city appealed to me, and Nashville is like Treme meets The OC! I love country music though, and the songs on the show are so great that I almost immediately went out and bought all of the soundtrack CDs! What’s even more impressive is that all of the songs are recorded by the actors – that’s really Connie Britton singing as Rayna! Nic always says that Nashville is the best show he’s ever seen about the complexities of music publishing, but I genuinely do love all of the insight into the country music industry. Funnily enough, we just watched the first episode of Friday Night Lights last night and it looks like something I will enjoy.

    Lately we watched the whole first season of Grace and Frankie (which is a Netflix original drama) which is written by Marta Kaufman, who was one of the chief writers on Friends. I was drawn in by the cast – Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. It tells the story of two women who become unlikely friends when their husbands leave them for each other. It has the potential to be really offensive but actually it’s very thoughtful, very touching and very, very funny. It’s probably the best show I’ve seen all year. The other thing that’s great about it is that it has a very good supporting cast.

    Five years later than the rest of the world, I’ve finally started watching The Good Wife – I had been reluctant to watch it for a long time because I thought I disliked Juliana Margulies, but then Nic and I started watching ER from the start and although I hate Carol Hathaway in S1, she gets much better after that and my Juliana ban has been unequivocally lifted. We’ve just started S2 and I really like it- again, the supporting cast is fantastic. Chris Noth is so perfectly cast and I love Christine Baranski!

  • Myra
    September 3, 2015

    I love Nashville and The Good Wife (although the latter is beginning to pall a little).
    I can’t watch anything at the moment as we are trying to fix up our new (old actually) house and don’t have our goods and chattels with us yet, so no TV, no internet or even a landline and no computer.

  • Amber Rhodes
    September 3, 2015

    I hardly watch television as I have four kids that hog it and my husband determines what is on at night! I really don’t have time to get hooked on a regular show because I’d most likely end up missing so much of it all the time! The Nashville program sounds pretty good although I’ve never heard of it. Do we have it in Australia??!
    Amber

  • Chelsea Widdicombe
    September 4, 2015

    Love the show Nashville always gets me wanting to speak with a Southern accent.

  • Rosie
    September 4, 2015

    I love Nashville, it’s one of my favourite shows. I feel you on Connie Britton’s hair, I get major hair envy every time I see her! Why can’t I get giant, big, bouncy waves like hers?!

  • Heather
    September 4, 2015

    I love Silicon Valley! Of course I LIVE in Silicon Valley as well… but its so spot on with every tech company. Its weird to see locations (like restaurants) that im familiar with but they change the name and interior. I use to hang out at Yahoo in the 90’s and have nerf wars. There were also iguanas everywhere.

  • Catherine
    September 17, 2015

    I haven’t seen any of the shows you recommend, but I have been watching Boy Meets Girl, which I’m loving.

  • Myra
    May 1, 2016

    Yeah! I was beginning I was the only person in the world who hated “Les Miserables”. A book I hate and think I am the only person in the world who does is Paddy Clark’s “Ha ha ha”. The protagonist’s parents were so feckless I couldn’t believe the author came from them. I just wanted to slap them (figuratively speaking).

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