Television is something that I often have phases with, I’m either constantly watching something or I couldn’t be less interested, this year though I’ve found myself watching more and more television, in smaller doses though. I’m also watching more shows which means that at tea time when I need to find something, I have lots of options.
I generally only spend around an hour a day watching TV but if I spent hours watching it, it’s normally because I’m binging something and have nothing better to do.
Lately I’ve been feeling nostalgic as far as television goes though, everything I’m watching is either a rewatch or fairly old, there’s only one show that’s currently airing that’s captured my interest.
I also don’t watch live TV so everything I watch is through streaming or at my mums house since, she does watch live TV. This was a choice I made solely because I think it’d be a waste of money for me to watch live TV if nothing ever really catches my interest, I’d rather stream shows.
This means that this list may not be particularly inspiring but it is what I’m enjoying, and if you haven’t watched any of these shows but now you’re inspired to, let me know what you think. Lately I’ve been switching from anime to American TV to Britsh Dramas, it’s a bit varied but not really. So, let’s get into it.
1. DEADMAN WONDERLAND (rewatch)
Deadman Wonderland, oh how you rekindled my love for anime. It’s been a couple of years since I last saw an anime and enjoyed it, maybe around two years or so, I kind of lost interest because anything I wanted to watch, I couldn’t, and then I didn’t have the time to watch anything, so naturally I just, fell out of it.
Whilst sat on my sofa one evening searching for something to watch on Netflix, I noticed Deadman Wonderland was on – and I watched an episode. After that, I began watching an episode every couple of days or so because honestly, I missed anime and I loved this show the first time I watched it, it’s a classic in the anime catalogue and aged really well.
2. GOSSIP GIRL (rewatch)
Honestly, who doesn’t have an annual rewatch of Gossip Girl? I’ve been obsessed over the last few weeks and this has actually become my primary dinner time watch, I know there’s a new season coming out but I’m one of those fans that think it’s not going to be the same without the original cast, there is nobody like Chuck Bass and who didn’t have a love/hate relationship with Dan Humphrey and Serena van der Woodsen?
So I may check out the reboot if you can even call it that, but I don’t think I’ll ever be as invested in it as I was with the original, but it’s my slice of drama for the evening and I’m still, to this day, envious of Blair Waldorfs wardrobe, and my opinion remains the same: Serena may have been the it girl, but Blair had better style.
3. LIAR SEASON 2
This is a show that I’ve been watching thanks to my mum. She highly recommended season one to me, so a week before season 2 aired, I binged the first season and got really into it. This airs on ITV every Monday at 9pm and it’s a gritty drama. Season One follows the story of a rape allegation, you’re left wondering who is telling the truth which doesn’t take too long to be revealed, and as the case continues it’s made very clear how many women are left hopeless, let down and traumatized thanks to the legal system. Season Two doesn’t follow the same storyline but it is following the same characters, in a different trial, but I can’t go into too much detail because it’ll spoil season one tremendously – just give it a watch, it’s really good.
4. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION
This is one that I’m a bit less enthusiastic about which has resulted in me really taking my time with it, but this is an anime that always gets recommended and it’s supposed to be a classic, so I picked it up. Whilst right now I’m not massively taken by it, I do like the concept and the art style is really nice given that it came out nearly 25 years ago.
It’s cheesy in the way that 90s anime is, but it’s a fun watch when you’re in the mood for it, I don’t know if I’ll ever complete it given the fact that, as I said, I’m not jumping for this show, but it is alright.
5. Kuroshitsuji (canonically)
One of my favourite animes has always been Kuroshitsuji but I’ve always watched it out of canon, so this time I’ve been rewatching it in canon, meaning I’ve followed the manga story (Episode 1-14 of season one, skipped season 2 and watched Book of Murder, Book of Circus and Book of Atlantic in the correct order), this is just because I really like the story and I do feel like season one aged really well, there are obvious differences with what released around 2008 to what released in 2018 but it doesn’t take away from the viewing experience by any means, this is an anime I’d always highly recommend to watch (even if you do watch the disasterous adaptation that was season 2).