I can’t recommend Halt And Catch Fire enough.
It starts with four people in the late 1970s who want to win the race to create the first mass-market home computer.
You watch their losses and gains from that point onwards, both professionally and personally, up to the early 2000s.
Well, that’s the general back-story, but it’s more about the characters really.
It’s a slow burner, but you really end up caring about these people. There’s no real mystery or intrigue; real life just happens to them along the way.
If you recall thirtysomething in the 1980s, it’s quite reminiscent of that show; except they all work in computing.
It’s on Amazon Prime in the UK. Nobody I know in real life has watched it. It’s sad when the buzz shows like Breaking Bad get all the attention.
Quarry is another great show that was slept on. It had six episodes in its first season (six or seven) but then was never renewed. It was criminally overlooked.
Basically, a Vietnam veteran becomes embroiled in something akin to a temp agency for hitmen - and reluctantly becomes an assassin for hire himself. He believes that he’s only carrying out hits on bad people - so he’s not the usual anti-hero.
It’s all set in the 1970s, and the music and clothes are great. His wife is badass too - she escapes from a one-legged rival hitman in one episode. It’s wild. Haha!
It was on Sky Atlantic at some point. Unsure if it’s on streaming now.
Rectify. Rectify is another slow-burning character study.
A man is released from Death Row, after his conviction is overturned due to… I can’t remember. Haha! It might have been new evidence or flawed evidence.
Anyway. That’s all a McGuffin really. It’s more about how someone whom was locked away as a teenager returns to the world as a middle-aged man.
Rectify really affected me. I don’t think it’s on any UK streaming service at the moment. Buy the DVD box-sets on eBay.
The Leftovers is another highly emotional character driven show, even though the central premise is bonkers.
The less you know about The Leftovers before watching it, the better.
Oh. I like some of the shows which had previously been mentioned too - I love Mr. Robot. Scandal is great trash. Riverdale and Dynasty are bubble-gum for the mind - both so well made though.
I’m also loving The Good Doctor, even though it’s so formulaic and mawkish. I cry nearly every week. Hahaha! That’s currently on Living TV - I think past episodes are available via NowTV.
God. I REALLY love The Americans too. I think past episodes are on Amazon Prime UK. One minute you root for the Russian spies, and the next you’re all like: “Please don’t do anything awful that’ll make me hate you.” Ugh!!!
Loved the Twin Peaks revival too.
I’m also loving Star Trek Discovery.
I don’t actually watch all that much TV. Haha!
Oh. I love European crime thrillers too. No Limit on All 4 was great. I Know Who You Are on BBC Four was amazing - so unbelievable and OTT but so well-acted. Blanca Portillo is a GODDESS!!! Witnesses was great last year and this current season is engrossing too. Um… Scandi-noirs. I love them all.