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Without further ado, let’s get straight into it.

OUTLANDER

Why did no one tell me how fantastic this show is?! To be fair, I tried to start this series a few times, and it did take a little while to finally get into it, but now I am obsessed with this world of time-travel. Not to mention one of the greatest love stories ever. Claire and Jamie 4-Eva, okay? The show is based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon. There are five seasons available on Starz. Season 6 should be out in 2022. You can catch the first four seasons on Netflix.

“An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.” – IMDb | Created by Ronald D. Moore. Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, and more.

Watch Outlander on Starz. Seasons 1-5 available on Netflix

C.B. STRIKE

I absolutely love this show and can’t believe I almost never watched it. What a treasure to find! This show is based on the Cormoran Strike book series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). There’s one book yet to be turned into a season, and I am on the edge of my seat for details on if and/or when it’ll be coming to the small screen. I for one hope they never stop making this show.

“War veteran turned private detective Cormoran Strike solves brutal murders with the help of his trusted assistant Robin Ellacott.” – IMDb | Starring Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, Kerr Logan, and more.

Watch C.B. Strike on HBO Max & Cinemax

DOCTOR FOSTER

If it weren’t for cramps waking me up in the middle of the night, I might never have discovered this delectable show. I binged through this entire series in a day; it unfolds like few others. Catch both seasons on Netflix.

“A woman suspects her husband of having an affair. After following several lines of inquiry far more unravels including a streak of violence below the surface.” – IMDb | Created by Mike Bartlett. Starring Suranne Jones, Bertie Carvel, Tom Taylor, and more.

Watch Doctor Foster on BritBox

BROADCHURCH

I slept on this one for a while but it totally saved me on a couple of sick days last year. Warning: once you pop, you just can’t stop, but thats typical when it comes to crime-solving series. Catch all three seasons on Netflix.

“The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.” – IMDb | Created by Chris Chibnall. Starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, and more.

Watch Broadchurch on PBS Masterpiece

THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD

A teenage psychopath falls in love with a free spirit as they go on the lam. How could you not want to watch this show? It’s so fantastically good. Catch both seasons on Netflix.

“James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a road trip in search of her real father.” – IMDb | Starring Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther, Steve Oram, and more.

Watch The End of the F***ing World on Netflix

LOVESICK (SCROTAL RECALL)

Why they ever changed the fantastic name of this series is beyond me, but the content remains the same fabulous rom-com. Get ready to realistically, vicariously, swoon. Catch all three seasons on Netflix.

“After finding out he has an STD, Dylan must get back in touch with every girl he has ever had sex with to let them know the bad news.” – IMDb | Created by Tom Edge. Starring Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas, Daniel Ings, and more.

Watch Lovesick (Scrotal Recall) on Netflix

SEX EDUCATION

Step into this lovely little world with one of the best high school shows ever made. The characters alone are reason enough to get your binge on. Catch all three seasons now on Netflix.

“A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.” – IMDb | Created by Laurie Nunn. Starring Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Emma Mackey, and more.

Watch Sex Education on Netflix

DOWNTON ABBEY

If you haven’t seen this show yet, you may have been living under a rock the past decade but no matter, that just means you’ve got six seasons (and one, soon-to-be two movies) to binge gloriously. Catch all six seasons on Prime Video and Netflix.

“A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early twentieth century.” – IMDb. | Written and created by Julian Fellowes. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, and more.

Watch Downton Abbey on Prime Video and Netflix

FLEABAG

I feel like this show needs no introduction but if you haven’t watched this masterpiece, I suggest you get on that, pronto. I fell in love with Season 1 and lo-and-behold Phoebe Waller-Bridge went ahead and topped it with Season 2. Catch both seasons on Prime Video.

“A comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.” – IMDb | Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman, and more.

Watch Fleabag on Prime Video

KILLING EVE

Oh la la, have you ever seen a sexier thriller come from the Brits? No surprise as this is another brilliant show from the incomparable Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Based on the book series by Luke Jennings. Catch up on the first three seasons on Hulu; Season 4 coming 2022.

“After a series of events, the lives of a security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.” – IMDb | Developed for television by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Starring Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw, and more.

Watch Killing Eve on Hulu

SPACED

An oldie but a goodie, I found out about this show back in 2009 when it was ten years old and still consider it required viewing. It may be an acquired taste, but it’s worth the binge to see where these three British greats got their collaborative start(ish). Catch both seasons on IMDb TV on Prime Video.

“Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford.” – IMDb | Written by Jessica Hynes and Simon Pegg. Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Julia Deakin, and more.

Watch Spaced (with ads) on FreeVee (formerly IMDb TV) on Prime Video

TRYING

I fell in love with this heartwarming show during the pandemic and now can’t wait for Season 3, coming in 2022. (Seriously, the Season 2 finale absolutely destroyed me in the best way.) Catch up with quick binge of the first two seasons on AppleTV+.

“All Jason and Nikki want is a baby, but it’s the one thing they just can’t have. So, they decide to adopt. With their dysfunctional friends, screwball family, and chaotic lives will the adoption panel think they’re ready to be parents?” – IMDb | Created by Andy Wolton. Starring Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Oliver Chris, and more.

Watch Trying on AppleTV+

THE CROWN

I’ve admittedly not watched all four seasons yet, but I plan to! Sometimes I save shows for a rainy day (or week) and this one is sure to make a brilliant binge. The amount of nominations this show has received should tell us enough; this show is definitely a crowd-pleaser. Catch the first four seasons on Netflix now; the fifth is scheduled to be released in 2022, followed by a sixth at some point.

“Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.” – IMDb | Created by Peter Morgan. Starring Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, and more.

Watch The Crown on Netflix

PEAKY BLINDERS

I’ve yet to binge this one in its entirety (so much TV, so little time!) but I am gleefully looking forward to doing so. The cast alone is spectacular and with an 8.8 rating on IMDb and 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s safe to say all six seasons will be remarkable. Catch the first five on Netflix now; the 6th season has yet to be given a release date but will most likely come out in 2022.

“A gangster family epic set in 1900s England, centering on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.” – IMDb | Created by Steven Knight. Starring Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, and more.

Watch Peaky Blinders on Netflix

NORMAL PEOPLE

Not to be forgotten, this is one of the most captivating romance mini-series I’ve ever seen. There’s only one season to binge, but you may, too, find yourself watching this all over again when you need a dose of such palpable tension. The chemistry between Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal is divine, and the elastic dance between Marianne and Connell must be devoured from start to finish. Though technically an Irish series, I think it still counts on the list as it’s a BBC Three-produced series.

Follows Marianne and Connell, from different backgrounds but the same small town in Ireland, as they weave in and out of each other’s romantic lives.” – IMDb | Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Desmond Eastwood, and more. Based on the novel by Sally Rooney.

Watch Normal People on Hulu

Did I miss anything? I think I got the greats according to this gal, but please let me know in the comments if I’m missing out or forgot one.

Happy viewing,

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