Abigail MeadowMarch 18th
2020

So you've cleaned your house twice over, rearranged you room and finally mastered that hobby you said you always would. So, what now?

It's time to turn to your streaming services my friends, and this time, we're looking at Amazon Prime - which, you musn't forget our lovely TOTUM members get a FREE 6 month trial on! That's a lot of tv. So what are you waiting for?

If you've found yourself endlessly scrolling through the options, fear not. We're here to give you our faves so you can add them to your watchlist.

Fleabag

We've decided to put this at number one because it is arguably one of the best TV shows ever made.

Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, it's one of the smartest comedies out there. If you're looking for comedy, a brilliant script and actors this one is for you.

As an audience member you establish some sort of relationship with the main character. You feel like you're being carried along with her, even in the moments when you feel like you shouldn't.

A sysnopsis reads: "A dry-witted woman, known only as Fleabag, has no filter as she navigates life and love in London while trying to cope with tragedy. The angry, grief-riddled woman tries to heal while rejecting anyone who tries to help her, but Fleabag continues to keep up her bravado through it all."

It will make you laugh, cry, cringe and you may even get a little angry at some parts. It's everything you need in a time of self isolation.

American Horror Story

This is another show that has it all with a hint of horror.

Each season - whether it revolves around a coven of witches, an asylum, or circus freaks - features incredible costumes and sets, both of which add to sterling performances from the likes of Lady Gaga, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson.

With tinges of dark humour, the tense show will keep you hooked from the first episode.

Many of the seasons even take a jab at current social issues, and they often leave a lasting impression.

There's a reason that before the 10th season is aired it has already been renewed for three more. And that's because it is brilliant from start to finish.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Created by Amy Sherman Palladino’s (also creator of Gilmore Girls) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is set in 1950s New York and follows a housewife turning to stand up comedy.

A sysnopsis reads: "Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn't previously know she had. This revelation changes her life forever as she begins a journey that takes her from her comfortable life on the Upper West Side through the cafes and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she makes her way through the city's comedy industry on a path that could ultimately lead her to a spot on the 'Tonight Show' couch."

Be warned, this show isn't as cutesey as it sounds, as Mrs Maisel has a wicked humour behind the perfect hair and red lips.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is an examination of the politics and personal lives of an aristocratic British family, the Crawleys in the early 20th century.

As they navigate the touchy social circles of high society, the Crawley family also reacts to the impact of historical events such as the sinking of the Titanic and the outbreak of World War I.

Of course, it follows the family through closer to home issues, such as financial problems, love, and loss which all provide a solid emotional backbone to the series.

Hannibal

This psychological thriller follows FBI detective Will Graham and his therapist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. But little does Will know, Hannibal is a serial killer.

Based on the best selling Thomas Harris novel, as their friendship deepens, Will finds himself at the centre of a boat load of violence. This one isn't for the faint hearted.

Shaun the Sheep

From the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the sheep is a brilliant children's cartoon that is super easy to watch and also makes you laugh!

Although the sheep can't talk, their expressions are enough and watching them cause mischief on the Mossy Bottom farm is entertainment enough!

Shaun certainly doesn't follow the herd and it's perfect for those stuck inside with young children to keep you both wanting more.

Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin

If you love nature shows you're going to love this.

Follow along with conservationist Jeff Corwin as he dives into a new subject of ocean research in each episode.

The series is famed for its depth of research and concern for the wellbeing of ocean life. It also made a splash with critics, having won multiple Emmys since it first aired in 2011.

Once you've binged David Attenborough, this one is sure to be your next fave.

Transparent

Morton Pfefferman, a retired college professor finally decidies to live his truth as a transgender woman - Maura. The series follows Maura and her family as they travel unchartered water together.

It takes a deeper and emotional look into difficulties that transgender people face in society.

If you're smart enough to work out the title is a play on words 'trans parent'. The creator Jill Soloway found inspiration for Transparent after her own father came out as transgender, lending the show a feeling of authenticity.

The Tick

This is one for all the superhero lovers out there.

A synopsis reads: "In a world where superheroes and villains have been real for decades, Arthur, an unassuming accountant with no superpowers, becomes embroiled in the middle of the battle between good and evil.

"When he realizes that his city is owned by a global supervillain who was long thought to be dead, he struggles to uncover the conspiracy. As he becomes obsessed with the conspiracy, most people think he's crazy. One person who believes Arthur is a mysterious new ally, The Tick, who is a bizarre blue superhero who may just be a figment of Arthur's imagination"

The Tick has recieved 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, so who can argue with that?

Homecoming

An original that stars Julia Roberts? Count me in.

The show follows Heidi (played by Roberts) a caseworker at 'Homecoming', a facility that helps soldiers transition back to civilian life. She leaves Homecoming to start a new life living with her mother and working as a small-town waitress. Years later, the Department of Defense questions why she left, which makes Heidi realise that there's a whole other story behind the one that she's been telling herself.

The show belongs under two categories in my opinion. But we'll go with sci-fi psycological thriller.

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