Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) finds out her long-term boyfriend has been cheating on her and after a bad break-up decides to move into a new flat. Neither her, Nick, Schmidt or Coach are prepared for what happens next. The three new flatmates help Jess get back on her feet before she teaches them a huge amount about the world outside of their pretty formulaic lives. New Girl is charming, witty and easy to blitz through with episodes lasting just 20 minutes.
The Americans is a brilliant Cold War-era thriller about a pair of Russian spies living, and raising a family, in America while running around getting up to spy shenanigans. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys play the married spies who have to balance loyalty to the motherland and to their family while evading FBI agents, one of whom just so happens to have moved in next door. It’s a rewarding combination of spy intrigue, family drama and period history and, with good reason, a critics favourite.
Amazon StudiosThis modern LA noir crime drama is in its fourth season and has been recently renewed for a fifth. Starring Titus Welliver in the title role, it’s a compellingly grimy, cynical show with none of the gloss and ridiculous theatrics of NCIS and its ilk. It’s all about old-fashioned police work with plenty of political chicanery for good measure.
Each season deals with its own big case, but there’s an overarching one as Bosch investigates a cold case: the murder of his mother when he was a child. Bosch doesn’t set out to redefine crime dramas, but it’s paced perfectly for a good old binge as the threads of each case come together. It’s superior crime drama that any fan of the genre will enjoy.
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