8 Ended Shows Other Than F.R.I.E.N.D.S That Deserve A Binge Session
Television and online streaming have given us access to newer and more varied content than ever before.
From standard fare like the brilliantly executed Game Of Thrones to series like Broadchurch gaining international audiences, our choices have increased significantly. But sometimes, it’s nice to revel in the comfort of old favourites that absolutely deserve a second look.
#1 Desperate Housewives, 2004 – 2012
A perfect choice if you secretly crave dramas that are good for your soul and terrible for your health.
Oddly relatable for Indian audiences, Desperate Housewives addresses the pretentiousness of a calm, upper-crust suburban neighbourhood. Not afraid of humour or the macabre, the show and its four heroines might just help you feel a little better about the terrible little things you end up doing every day.
That and if you’re into first world white people problems, this is absolutely your jam.
#2 Coupling, 2000 – 2004
People in 2018’s dating market will find their true selves well represented in Steven Moffat’s Coupling.
The show owes its success to a million misunderstandings and false notions that naturally arise out of dreaded interactions with the opposite sex. But the show grows out of its own immaturity just enough to keep things fresh, with Steve and Jeff constantly missing the mark with their respective love interests.
#3 Blackadder, 1983 – 2000
Compared to the much more saccharine fare that is Mr Bean, Blackadder stands out as Rowan Atkinson’s best work.
The main draw of the series apart from its comedy lies in the fact that each season was set in a different time period, ranging from the middle ages to World War I.
The titular character, Blackadder, was played by Atkinson in each season, with him being a member of the royal family and dealing with the problems of that age. From the lighthearted tone of seasons 1 and 2 to a more perceptive comedy that capped off season 4, Blackadder’s comedy hardly ages and is well worth a watch even today.
#4 Yes Minister, 1980 – 1984
If a political satire like Veep is up your street, this is one you cannot miss.
Yes Minister wasn’t just hilarious, it had the approval of just about everyone from television critics to actual politicians, who found the show to be extremely accurate in the way it showed the inner workings of the government.
The show follows Jim Hacker, the Minister of the fictional Department of Administrative Affairs and his two accomplices, Sir Humphrey and Bernard Woolley.
If it sounds obnoxiously British, that’s because it is. But if the show is good enough for Margaret Thatcher, it’s good enough for you.
#5 Merlin, 2008-2012
Before the high budget marvel that is Game Of Thrones was the titan it has become, Merlin was a full-fledged television show with a dedicated fan base of fantasy nerds.
A fictional story set in the time of King Arthur, the BBC show followed a heartily fictionalized version of the British legend. Merlin answers the important question – What if the mystical warlock was an Insta-ready awkward teenager?
The show showcases all the cheesiness and campy fun you could possibly want complete with poorly rendered dragons, awkward special effects and some truly over the top acting.
#6 The Office, 2005-2013
We all know The Office is great.
One of the most solid shows on television, the American office was going strong till 2013, even maintaining its quality after headliner Steve Carell left the production.
Original, understated and a great send-up of the politics we each face on a daily basis, The Office remains one of the most acclaimed television series ever made.
Which means you’ve probably watched it. And therefore should go back for seconds.
#7 Poirot, 1989-2013
For anyone who could mildly tolerate Murder On The Orient Express, or the weirdos who found Agatha Christie’s novels fascinating, there’s a show just for you.
Poirot adapts some of Christie’s best work into long, detailed episodes that might just be tedious for some. But for fans or mystery junkies, these slow-burning stories coupled with the best performance of David Suchet’s career as the Belgian detective make it worth a watch.
Plus, it’s very interesting to find random big names pop up in these episodes way before they got famous.
#8 The West Wing, 1999-2006
This list would be criminally incomplete without one Sorkin show.
The gifted screenwriter has made a graceful leap into the world of film but this show is arguably what made him a household name for many viewers. Sharp, insightful and drama done right, The West Wing was a hit with viewers as well as with critics, praised by political scientists for its grounded portrayal of one of the most powerful offices in the world.
With a stellar cast led by Martin Sheen, the West Wing is the House Of Cards for people who like to have a little faith in humanity.
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