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10 TV Shows I’m Eager to Watch in 2019

Television has changed so much in the past few years. With the advent of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, the TV offer has expanded, diversified, and improved in quality (and that’s why I respectfully disagree with those who still insist that they’re above TV; there’s something for everyone, if you just bother to look up all options).

My TV viewing has changed too. As a kid, before Internet access and box sets, I could only watch whatever was broadcasted on a small number of channels. When I moved in with Matt, he introduced me to several shows, some of which had already come to an end, and we would have month-long marathons. Recently, however, we’ve been trying out newer TV series. Many of these are still ongoing, so waiting for the new seasons has become part of the excitement (sometimes it’s nerve-wracking though, especially when a season ends with a cliffhanger).

So, today I am listing – in no particular order – ten TV shows that I’m eagerly waiting for this year. They are continuations of ongoing series, but I’ve also included an extra entry, a brand-new work from one of my favourite personalities, which is coming out soon.

While I do mention some teasing tidbits found on various news sites, if you still have to catch up on some of these shows, do not worry as I kept it spoiler-free (however, the sources I’ve linked might not be).

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TV Rambles: The Crown

On my birthday, the only thing I felt like doing was to chillax in front of the TV with Matt. So I thought of choosing something completely new to watch, some genre that I’ve been longing to try out, i.e. period dramas.

My first choice fell on The Crown, a Netflix biopic drama. Yes, because what’s better than a period drama, if not a biographical period drama! Created by Peter Morgan – known for writing biopics such as The QueenFrost/Nixon, and Rush – this series is about Queen Elizabeth II.

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TV Rambles: The IT Crowd

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I’m back to reviewing my favourite TV shows after quite a long time. My intention with many of my reviews is to offer readers a nostalgic trip or an alternative to current mainstream shows, as well as to focus on specific productions concerning genres and themes.

Today I’m writing about The IT Crowd, a British production from the 2000s created by Graham Linehan, the mastermind behind other cult sitcoms such as Father Ted and Black Books (read my review). It’s one of Matt’s all-time favourites and, after he had introduced me to it, I became a big fan. I recently finished watching it for the third time.

As you should have deduced from the title, the central theme and setting are the IT industry, and it’s also about geeks.

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TV Rambles: Why The Big Bang Theory Should End

Wow, it’s been a year since I last posted in the TV Rambles section. Today I’m back on this topic, only with a difference. This post is not going to be a review but a spontaneous commentary inspired by the latest news about one of my favourite comedy shows, The Big Bang Theory.

The sitcom – one of the most popular shows in the U.S. – has been in the news for the past weeks as media analysts and critics speculated about its possible renewal after the current 10th season. While there is no confirmation of this yet, the chances seemed high until a few weeks ago. However, what was confirmed earlier this week was the creation of a prequel based on the young Sheldon Cooper (the most popular character of the show), which could be aired later this year or next year.

All this talk about TBBTs future revived some thoughts which I had tried to suppress in order to enjoy this show.

As a long-time follower I have to say that, notwithstanding the idea of a spin-off, TBBT should not be renewed after the 10th season. In fact, it often feels like we could’ve even survived without the last season (or two). There, I said it.

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TV Rambles: Black Books

As I had already mentioned in my last TV Rambles post, in the past few months I veered towards British television and I am keen to discover many hilarious comedy shows. It cannot be denied: British humour differs so much from American humour. I appreciate both of them but British humour has that something that makes it outstanding in my opinion. Perhaps it’s the lack of censorship.

Anyway, the first ‘new’ British sitcom that I have watched, after all the American shows I had seen since summer (namely Seinfeld and Louie), is Black Books. Of course, it’s only new to me because I have never seen it before. I discovered it when reading an article about tv shows set in bookshops. Matt had seen it years ago but was happy to watch it again with me. I instantly loved it and it is now one of my absolute favourite and one of the most quotable!

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