Many critics, journalists, social commentators and fans describe this decade as the “golden age of television”. Serialized television has never been as big and ambitious as it is now. As groundbreaking new shows are being released every year, television has become relevant again in a way nobody had anticipated 15 years ago. The beginning of this revolution can be traced back to modern classics like The Sopranos (HBO), The Wire (HBO) and Rome (HBO), and more recent shows like Breaking Bad (AMC), Dexter (Showtime), Game of Thrones (HBO) and Mad Men (AMC).
Following the success of these pioneering, brilliant TV shows, television has adapted to the modern world in a way its stories are more relevant and important than ever. With bigger budgets, grand storytelling elements, political intrigue, philosophical undertones and plenty of action, television has once again become a new frontier in entertainment. We Sri Lankans love binge watching TV shows just as must as anyone else, but to be specific what are some of the current TV shows that Sri Lankans are absolutely addicted to? Plus this is purely, the view of the writers, we know your opinions could vary and we respect it. But here we go;
Based on the popular comic book series by Robert Kirkman, the show follows former sheriff Rick Grimes during the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse as he struggles to keep his family and friends safe from hordes of the undead and other human survivors. In this world, strangers pose a deadlier threat than flesh eating monsters. The show excels at character development and creating intense action sequences. Set in a deeply disturbing world, the show focuses on the experiences of the survivors as they face the worst horrors imaginable from flesh-eating monsters to psychopathic cannibals (and worse). Watching this show makes you feel so much better about your own life.
Sherlock fans are bipolar, they love and hate the show at the very same time. Lets start with the hating part, they hate it because each episode is roughly 40-60 mins long and each season contains only 3 episodes. That doesn't sound bad right? Let me elaborate more, however they take 1 or 2 years to produce those 3! The last episode of Season 3 came out in January, 2014 and season 4 is yet to start. It might start in 2017.
So why do they love it? Within the 40-60 mins, the episode is complete. It has all the twists and even the script is perfect. You can't find any loopholes and even the award winning acting, for Sherlock by Benedict Cumberbatch, is perfect! So do I need to say more? Just join the bipolar Sherlock community! 😀
Sometimes called The Sopranos in Westeros, Game of Thrones is the number one TV show in the world right now. Based on the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin, this ultra gritty, compelling and politically intense show is set on the fictional continent of Westeros, with hundred of characters vying for power in a feudal society with the rise of mysterious supernatural powers in the shadows. The show does have a lot of violence and nudity thus viewer discretion is advised.
Sure, there are numerous superhero TV shows these days but not many of them can truly compare with Marvel’s Daredevil. It’s dark and intriguing just like any other show on TV but this Netflix original series truly shines in its writing, dialogue and character development. Daredevil absolutely nails it as a superhero origin story with faithful adherence to the source material, high production value, mind-blowing fight sequences and the emotional and psychological development of its heroes as well as its villains.
Created by the comedy duo of Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and based on DC Comics’s comic book character of the same name. This show is a perfect balance of comedy, intrigue, violence, fantasy and religious undertones as it follows a cynical preacher with a violent past, his best friend an Irish alcoholic vampire and his gun-toting ex-girlfriend as they embark on a mission to find God himself to discover why he has abandoned the world.
Centered around a genius hacker with social anxiety disorder and clinical depression, his mysterious collaborator and mentor Mr. Robot and a team of hacktivists who wants to cancel all debt by attacking Evil Corp, the biggest company in the world.
Ireland and Canada’s answer to British/American Game of Thrones, Set in the 9th century Scandinavia, Vikings is a historical drama that follows the rise of Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons as they begin the Viking Age and become the scourge of Christian Europe. Full of mysterious elements, religious dichotomies, rich character development and epic battles, the story is told from the perspective of the pagan Vikings as they clash with Christianity and the rest of Europe in a bid to seize farmable land and of course the chance to die in battle and ascend to Valhalla.
The CW has a track record for developing cheesy fantasy and sci-fi shows aimed towards teenagers, but Supernatural is not one of them. The show deserves a lot of credit for being consistent, emotionally satisfying and genuinely scary at times. The Winchester brothers have come a long way since that extremely forgettable first season in 2005, indeed, the show has improved so much with some incredible writing, world building and character development from season 3 onwards.
This comedy gem is inspired by success stories of Silicon Valley, California with startups like as Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook going on to dominate the tech world, the story follows a socially awkward software engineer, his narcissistic partner who sees himself as Steve Jobs reincarnate, a dorky Indian programmer and a borderline evil, Satan worshiping network engineer as they invent a groundbreaking software that could change the face of the internet.
A prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul follows the misadventures of Walter White’s scumbag lawyer Saul Goodman before he becomes the patron attorney of the most notorious criminals in New Mexico. Most people are hesitant to get into this show as they doubt Better Call Saul can ever be good as Breaking Bad, but they are so wrong. The first season of Better Call Saul was already more entertaining and satisfying than the first season of Breaking Bad with it is delightful and darkly comedic story (while following the original tone and style of Breaking Bad to tell an entirely original story in the same world).
Indisputably the most popular sitcom since Friends, The Big Bang Theory has been reigning supreme in Nielsen ratings since its debut in 2007. The story follows a group of scientists living in Pasadena, California. Full of tech jargons and geeky references to all things awesome, the show delivers a satirical portrayal of the stupidity of mainstream culture through the eyes of socially awkward geniuses as they interact with “normal” people.
Nimra is an instagram junkie who enjoys occasional feminism and outwitting her husband. When not watching Star Wars, LOTR, Jurassic Park and GOT reruns for the millionth time, she can be found screaming at her kids with a cup of coffee in her hand.