My Favourite TV Shows of 2016

The festive season is the perfect time to catch up on any of the must see TV you might’ve missed during the year.

Today I’m sharing the TV shows I have loved in 2016, if you haven’t yet seen any of these then do make the effort if you have chance.

Stranger Things

I have to admit, the Mister and I were late starters with this. But once we started we couldn’t stop. And when it did finish; after eight glorious episodes (over three intense evenings) we mourned for it.

If you love things like The Goonies, E.T. , Twin Peaks and the X-Files you will LOVE this. It might give you some ideas for alternate uses for fairy lights too. Catch it on Netflix.

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The Affair

2016 saw the arrival of season 3 of The Affair, I’d heard so much good stuff about this that I binged on Season One and Season Two very recently and am now up to date, part way through this third series. My other half works away a lot so this programme is just something for me.

It’s one of those which needs your full attention, you’ll miss something key if you are trying to multitask (Speaking from experience). The fact it’s like this though really helps me switch off and just become absorbed by it. The writing and the acting are just incredible.

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I was doubtful about this retelling. I’m a big fan of the original film and despite the high production values I couldn’t get behind this Sky Atlantic version. It won me over around episode three or four. It’s a different story, set in modern day, guests of the park go there with relatable needs.

Each episode of this has the same high quality, and high standard as a Hollywood blockbuster. It’s no suprise that this first season cost 100 million dollars to make!

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The Fall

The last season of The Fall was a slow boil. Filled with tense conversations and layers upon layers of meaning. Gillian Anderson gives us a masterclass in feminism and its bloody great.

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Peaky Blinders

This drama is so well made, with authentic costumes characters and Brummy accents. This show gave Birmingham sex appeal. I love the fact the Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy could have virtually any part they desired in Hollywood but they both chose to be in this. Season four hopefully incoming next year.

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House of Cards

Frank and Claire are back for a forth series, just as endearingly menacing as ever. I think Kevin Spacey playing Frank Underwood makes one of the best Antiheroes of all time, he’s so bad, he’s good. If you haven’t seen any of these then do give it a go, starting with Season one obviously, available on Netflix

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What have been your favourite TV shows this year?

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  1. Kate
    December 6, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Stranger Things and The Affair are both awesome series indeed – but you’ve missed of The X Files revival there hun.. 😉

    • Susie
      December 6, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      Oh I did!! Face palm- also Game of Thrones… I guess neither were as memorable for me as the ones I’ve mentioned!

  2. December 6, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Thank you so much!!! I really needed some new TV inspo!!!!

    • Susie
      December 6, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      Happy to help! Thanks for stopping by xx

  3. December 6, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I loved Stranger Things too. Such a good series. Will try The Affair too – heard lots of good things about it x

    • Susie
      December 6, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      I think you’ll like it! Very thought provoking

  4. December 6, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    There’s actually a couple on here I haven’t seen, will have to add them to the list! I loved Stranger Things, but I definitely think House of Cards comes out on top for me because it just got so much more shocking towards the end. Hope they do another series!

    • Susie
      December 7, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      So true- I was watching in disbelief!

  5. December 6, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Ok I need to see the affair I think, I loved that actress when she was in Luther! X

    • Susie
      December 7, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Ah see I’ve not seen all the Luthers, should sort that!

  6. December 6, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    I haven’t seen any of these yet! Peaky blinders is one I’ve not heard of, looks interesting though! House of cards or Affair will be my first ones to check out though.

    • Susie
      December 7, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      I think you’d love Peaky Blinders!

  7. December 7, 2016 / 7:44 am

    I loved Stranger Things.. It’s the only one I’ve watched – too busy watching Gilmore Girls! x

    • Susie
      December 7, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Oh I need to catch up with Gilmore Girls- not watched it for years!

  8. December 7, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Absolutely LOVED Stranger Things, absolutely brilliant! I watched the first season of The Fall & it was great, have I somehow missed the next one?!
    We’ve also been binging on Dexter, Power & Homeland (late to the game I know!).

    • Susie
      December 7, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      It was S3 of The Fall- the last one!! Worth catching up for sure

  9. December 7, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Peaky Blinders best ever!! I have it on very good authority that season 4 and 5 are on its way!
    next year sorted! xxxxxx

    • Susie
      December 7, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Hurrah! Thanks for popping by lovely lady x

  10. December 9, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Guess what? I’ve not seen a single episode of any of these shows…Shocking I know! Oh how I miss good telly!! Since Oscar arrived I’ve not managed to get into anything really just due to lack of time to do so. I’ll get back to it eventually! xx

    • Susie
      December 12, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      Maybe you’ll get some time over xmas!

  11. December 12, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Oh I absolutely love The Affair! Incredible acting and just so well written. One of the few shows that just gets better and better. I think I would have to add The Missing to that list too. I was absolutely hooked!

    • Susie
      December 13, 2016 / 10:16 am

      I keep hearing about the Missing! Must watch it

  12. Andini
    December 22, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Definitely Stranger Things and Westworld for me! I find it quite difficult to get into new TV shows but have heard amazing things about The Fall, that’s definitely next on my list.

    Andini xx

    • Susie
      December 23, 2016 / 11:49 am

      Thanks for stopping by!