Ramblings about entertainment, lifestyle and travel
We’re just about nearing the end of May and it’s already been a great year for TV. So to take stock, here are our top 6 must-see shows of 2017 thus far:
1. 13 Reasons Why
If you haven’t heard someone talk about 13 Reasons Why, you must be living under a rock, because whether it’s for its brilliant storyline, tackling the taboo of mental health or the controversy that comes with a sensitive issue, 13 Reasons Why has been everywhere. And if you ask us, it deserves the number 1 spot for giving a raw and honest account of the complexities of mental health:
2. Designated Survivor
In this show, America’s fate rests in the hands of a low-level official, Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland), after an attack on Washington decimates the government in this gripping political.
Kirkman never imagined something would happen that would catapult him into the oval office. When a devastating attack on the night of the Sate of the Union address claims the lives of the president and most of the Cabinet, the Housing and Urban Development secretary – who was named the designated survivor in case of such an event – finds himself promoted to the free world.
Designated Survivor is one of those shows where you have to pay attention, because it’s incredibly fast moving, despite seeming to have a slow pace. Every little detail means something, making it a fantastically well thought-through show and one you should give a watch.
3. The Son
Based on The New York Times best seller and Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel, “The Son” is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family.
The ten-episode, one-hour drama traces the transformation of Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan) from good-natured innocent to calculating killer. He loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. “The Son” deftly explores how Eli’s ruthlessness and quest for power triggers consequences that span generations, as the McCulloughs rise to become one of the powerful families reigning in Texas.
Pierce Brosnan is every bit as brilliant as you’d expect of him and it’s great to see him back doing TV alongside some brilliant new talent, including Poldark’s Henry Garrett and The Good Wife’s Jess Weixler.
The series airs Tuesdays at 9:00pm, free of charge exclusively in the UK to all BT TV customers on the AMC channel, number 332 on BT TV, and to BT Sport Pack subscribers on Sky channel 192.
4. Line of Duty Season 4
Line of Duty (not Call of Duty!), is a drama about the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anticorruption unit. Despite having just aired its 4th season, Line of Duty only entered Indelible Pieces’ lives this year, which meant having four glorious seasons to binge watch, so it’s not all bad.
If you haven’t watched any of the other seasons, we suggest you start there as it’d be quite difficult to understand otherwise we’d imagine. Line of Duty is one of those brilliant BBC shows, so if you like a good crime series with some great actors, then this one if worth giving a go.
5. The Good Fight
Spin-off from the hugely popular US legal drama The Good Wife, The Good Fight picks up one year after events in the final episode and follows the life of Diane Lockhart and her protégé, young lawyer Maia Rindell. Not only does the show have rising British actress, Rose Leslie, going for it, but it was some of the favourite cast from the Good Wife.
Following a similar style to the Good Wife, with just enough references to link it to it, it doesn’t overpower it and lets it be its own show, which is where some others, including Private Practice, let viewers down in the past.
It currently airs on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursdays.
While navigating the troubled waters of sex, romance, school and family, teen Archie and his gang become entangled in a dark Riverdale mystery surrounding Cheryl Blossom’s family and the founders of Riverdale.
Netflix has been on top form recently, so we had to put this one on the list as well. Although not quite as good as 13 Reasons Why when it comes to drama or as chilling as The Killing, Riverdale has its own twists and turns and it also has that teen-drama thing going for it.