One thing you need to know about me is that I’m not one of those people who can watch a couple of episodes of a show at a time. I’m all in or all out when it comes to TV shows. I get sucked in and need more. It’s one of the reasons why I like to wait until a show is established before starting to watch it because then I have multiple seasons to devour in one go.
This year has seen my anxiety levels increase, as experienced by many others as well. One of the things that has helped me cope with my anxiety when my concentration has been non-existent has been to either marathon a brand new show or re-watch an old favourite.
Here are my top five TV shows that I absolutely adore and are worth watching every season!
Supernatural is my all-time favourite show in the world so I had to include it on my list of shows to marathon. The show follows two brothers, Dean and Sam, as they discover their father has disappeared while on a hunting trip. Except this is no ordinary hunting trip. Instead of hunting wildlife, John Winchester hunts monsters, demons, and anything else that goes bump in the night. And now it’s up to Dean and Sam to follow the clues their father left them, while simultaneously unraveling the mystery surrounding their mother’s death. Sounds pretty amazing, right?
I could honestly gush about this show for the rest of my life. I won’t. But I could. Describing this show to you in only a few sentences has proven extremely difficult because nothing I could say could ever do it the justice it deserves. Watch it. See for yourself. And let me know when you’ve watched it so that we can gush about it together!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
I started watching RuPaul’s Drag Race in July and now, in the second week of August, I’ve watched all twelve seasons of the main show and three seasons of All Stars. I fell in love with everything about this show. There’s nothing I don’t adore about this show, from the creativity, the humour, the vulnerability, and the all-important conversations about race, gender, identity, and toxic masculinity that this show tackles. It takes any and all stereotypes that someone may have about Drag and then it redefines what you know and expect from Drag Queens, yet it never loses its humour and joy.
My favourite seasons – and the ones you should absolutely watch above all others – are seasons three, five, six, nine, and ten!
Like Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy is already well established with sixteen seasons under their belt. You may think ‘ugh, a medical drama, boriiiing,’ but I assure you Grey’s Anatomy is anything but. Each seasons provides joyful entertainment and gut-wrenching heartache. The cast are phenomenal, the writing is top-notch, and the storylines will leave your jaw on the floor and your heart in your stomach. You may think you know where each story is going to go and then – BAM – the writers pull out a curveball you never see coming. What makes Grey’s Anatomy special is the depth, heart, and passion that goes into every aspect of the show – and that is why it has a place on my list of top five shows to marathon.
Pro tip: don’t get attached to any character. I mean it, don’t do it. Save your feelings.
I heard about Lucifer a few years before I actually decided to give it a go. In all honesty, it didn’t sound like something I would enjoy. Oh how very wrong past Kelly was! I devoured two seasons of this show one dull, rainy weekend. It’s comedy gold and worthy of a spot on my top shows to marathon.
Lucifer Morningstar, also known as The Devil, has had enough of hell and decides to start a new life for himself in Los Angeles. There he sets up his own nightclub and becomes a consultant with the LAPD. You may think it sounds utterly ridiculous – and you’d be right! It is ridiuculous, but it’s what my boyfriend and I refer to as ‘junk food’ TV. It soothes the soul with its weird and wacky humour. While I would say it’s mainly a comedy, it also does take on a more serious tone at times by exploring different family dynamics, friendships, and themes of identity.
How to Get Away with Murder
I am a sucker for a good whodunit and How to Get Away with Murder sucked me right in. What I love about this show is how each season leads you into the next. Each storyline flows seamlessly into the next one. All it took was one episode to get me hooked. I devoured this show within days. I mean, I had to find out whether I was right!
So what is it about? How to Get Away with Murder follows law professor, Annalise Keating, and five of her students as they become embroiled in a murder investigation. Who did it? Can Annalise use her expertise to solve the case? If you love a good mystery thriller and fancy yourself as a Sherlock Holmes type then How to Get Away with Murder is the show for you.
Some honourable mentions that didn’t quite make the cut include: Elementary, The Flash, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, House, Gilmore Girls, New Girl, and Criminal Minds.