I’ve had some time while I was recovering from my thyroid cancer treatment to watch some television. I know many of you, like me, have trouble finding shows to watch.
For the most part, I love period dramas and enjoy cop shows. If I can get these in a British format, even better.
One of my favorite cop shows ever is Shetland. There are 6 in the series and in January, I started back at season one and watched all the way through. Oh my…I just love this show.
From the beginning to now the characters have evolved so much. If you’re not someone who typically watches British television, you’re in for a treat. There aren’t the big magical screens in the police rooms like in NCSI that magically make the information appear. So much of this is more real-life with real-life characters that have personal lives AND solve crimes.
Characters aren’t perfect but they do their best in the situation…even the characters that make poor choices, have redeeming qualities.
The seasons are short. Sometimes only three episodes long which makes me so sad…I just love the show so much!!
The show is based on Ann Cleeves’ books. That reminds me, I want to go back and read the books.
I will tell you to go back and start with season one as a few of the seasons build on each other. I watched it on Britbox. It’s WELL worth paying for a month’s subscription and binge-watching.
The next I highly recommend is…All Creatures Great and Small. I watched it on PBS.
I loved this show as well. I hadn’t watched all of season one so I found that on the PBS channel then went on and watched season two as that came out.
This show can be a little cheesy but I still loved it as it’s so cute and reminds me of television from my childhood. I finished up and watched the last episode which was the Christmas episode. I was sad to see the season come to an end but I am happy another season is planned.
Mare of Easttown was a show that I had heard of for a while but it was on HBO Max and I didn’t have a subscription. I waited for my month of Britbox to end and then canceled Britbox and got HBO Max.
I only subscribe to one channel at a time each month to save on cable costs.
I’ve had a great time with HBO Max first watching Mare of Easttown. The show is pretty raw. People aren’t all admirable and often don’t make good choices but still, I loved it.
If you aren’t familiar with the show, Kate Winslett is the lead actress…remember her from Titanic fame? Jean Smart plays her mother and together they are quite a team.
I loved the show and after about the third episode I was on the computer hunting to see how many seasons there are. Sadly, only one season at this point but it sounds hopeful that there will be a season two.
If another season comes out, you can bet I will be right in line to watch the next season.
The next show I watched on HBO Max was The Gilded Age. Jullian Fellows for Downton Abbey fame has a part in writing this show. So far, I love it.
Like many shows that first come out, this one is being dished out one episode at a time so there is a new one each week.
If you love costuming, you’ll love this show as there is dress after dress after dress that has me admiring the people in charge of costume design.
I am so glad that there are 10 episodes in the season. So often shows like this have fewer than that.
The other show I’ve been watching is an old television series, Cold Case.
It’s a cop show with Lilly Rush as the lead detective. There is a great cast of supporting actors that I have grown to love. I watched this back in the day from 2003-2010. I liked it then and still like it now.
Each episode has the characters solving a cold case. So part of the show is current day but there are flashbacks to when the murder originally happened. That means that for each person involved in the crime, two people are cast to play them. One is the current-day character and one from back then. I love the format.
The show does a good job providing music from the time and clothes from the time the crime happened. I often watch an episode when I’m between shows or too lazy to find something else to watch.
As I was writing this post, I discovered that this can also be found on The Roku Channel which is a free channel for Roku users.
All in all, I’ve found some shows I’ve been super happy with. My only wish is that they were all longer and had more episodes. If you’ve been watching something good, please leave a comment and let me know a show you would suggest.