Ahh, the holidays… A time to eat, drink, be merry—and catch up on TV shows! If you're looking for something different but still familiar, why not try these British titles?
Before Nicholas Hoult joined the X-Men, before Kaya Scodelario got stuck in the Maze, before Joe Dempsie and Hannah Murray showed up in Westeros, they were all just kids living normal (ish) lives in Bristol. On the surface, Skins was about wild crazy fun, but it also dove into issues such as depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Think Gossip Girl but grittier and rowdier.
Remember when the particle accelerator exploded in Central City and gave certain people superpowers on The Flash? Here we have a bunch of juvenile offenders developing superpowers thanks to a freak electrical storm. But while Barry Allen and his team are all about saving the city and good clean fun, these misfits definitely live up to their name. More than their super adventures, what will stay with you are their irreverent humor and oh-no-you-didn’t moments!
If you still haven't seen this crime drama based on the original detective stories, this holiday break is the perfect time to catch up. Sherlock is notorious for making fans wait—two years is the usual hiatus in between seasons, and there are only three episodes per season. Catch up now so you can join the fun when season four premieres on January 1. Happy new year, indeed!
So you've heard great things about Doctor Who. But who has time to catch up on 50 years' worth of shows? (A lot of people, actually, and you can just start with the 2005 series return!) Class, a teen show set in one of the important locations in Doctor Who, is a great entry point to this universe. It has a lot of Doctor Who elements and cameos, but its storyline can stand alone. While the original series is meant for the whole family including kids, Class is specifically for teens, so you can expect more blood and gore—and a really cute Zayn lookalike!
- Downton Abbey
For six seasons, we followed the upstairs-downstairs drama in the Crawley household, and it became holiday tradition for fans to watch the Christmas special. Since the series ended last year, this is the first year that we won't be spending Christmas with the Crawleys. You know what that means: time for a rewatch marathon! (Yes, that's Dan Stevens in the GIF, the Beast to Emma Watson's Belle in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast remake.)
What British series would you recommend?