10 shows to watch with your partner

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One of the ways we like to connect in our marriage is to have a TV series to watch together. Tim watches more TV than I do – I’m normally working, blogging or reading. But it’s good to have at least one evening a week, in addition to our Friday date nights, where we sit down and watch something together. Following a plot line together is really enjoyable, and I quite like watching things slowly rather than binge-watching so you can think about it.

Tim and I have quite different tastes in TV. He likes gritty drama shows – Breaking Bad and The Wire are some of his all-time favourites. I like historical dramas, and can happily watch something that has a grittier side, like Ripper Street, but my tastes tend to be a bit more British than Tim’s.

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions of great shows to watch as a couple. We’ve watched some together, and others suggestions are from members of my Facebook Group.

The Crown

We’ve both enjoyed series one and two of The Crown. Although we are British, we don’t know much about the early years of the Queen’s reign, and the stories surrounding Princess Margaret are fascinating in particular. The Crown is on Netflix.

Big Love

We watched this years ago, but we were absolutely gripped from beginning to end. Following the story of a polygamist Mormon family in America, the series is very non-judgemental, explores faith, marriage and family. It is fascinating – and only available on Amazon.

The Durrells

This is a fairly recent discovery. Set in the 1930s, a mother moves her four children to Corfu. What follows is very funny, absolutely beautiful (we all want to move to Corfu) and not at all what I expected. Series 1 and 2 are available on Netflix.

Suits

This was recommended over and over again by my Facebook group. It’s actually next on our ‘To watch’ list, but it’s a big commitment – there are several seasons. Suits is on Netflix.

The Good Place

This was another recommendation in the Facebook group. This series focuses on Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman who wakes up in the afterlife and is introduced by Michael to “The Good Place”, a Heaven-like utopia he designed, in reward for her righteous life. She realises that she was sent there by mistake and must hide her morally imperfect behaviour and try to become a better person. The Good Place is available on Netflix.

Game of Thrones

We have both really enjoyed Game of Thrones. I had read all of the books before watching the series, and I’ve found the later series – which have got ahead of the books in terms of plot – absolutely brilliant. We have both enjoyed the sheer unpredictability of it and have frequently been left staring shocked at the screen at the end. Game of Thrones is available on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.

The Last Kingdom

Some people say that The Last Kingdom ‘fills the gap’ left by Game of Thrones. I haven’t found this at all actually. It’s the story of Uhtred of Bebbanberg, a fictional man who lived at the time of King Alfred the Great, who was ultimately seen as responsible for uniting England. Uhtred is a Saxon, raised by Danes, who serves Alfred. I knew nothing about this period of history, and it is fascinating. The plot is fast moving, the battle sequences are excellent and I’m really looking forward to series 3. Series 1 and 2 are on Netflix.

Stranger Things

Tim enjoyed this more than I did, but this was great to discuss. Neither of us had any real idea what was going on, but it was really fun to watch together, especially as we were both born in the 80s. Available on Netflix.

Lost in Space

This is one we’ve watched really recently. The Robinson family are part of a group of pioneering space colonists who veer off course and discover extra terrestrial life. Again, this was really unpredictable, had nail-biting moments and real twists. I also loved the strong, intelligent female characters and the family dynamics. Lost in Space is on Netflix.

Designated Survivor

This was a show I loved more than Tim did. The series follows Tom Kirkman, an American politician named the designated survivor for the State of the Union, who suddenly ascends to the position of President after an explosion kills everyone in the line of succession. Kirkman deals with his inexperience as President while looking to uncover the truth behind the attack. I loved the character of Tom Kirkman, and it was a series you have to concentrate on – there are lots of twists and turns!

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