It’s that time of year when it’s too cold to do anything but become a couch potato.
And now that your winter self is here, you’ll need some cool viewing gear.
Here are our top picks of the month.
All I Know About Love (Stan)
All I Know About Love Dolly Alderton is the perfect show for when you want an easy watch that you don’t need to question too much.
Inspired by real events and real people (with some fictional elements), it follows four friends who move to London in 2012 and live in a shared house they couldn’t afford, shortly after finishing their university studies.
Main character Maggie, her best friend Birdie, and their two other housemates are in that weird part of life as they work humiliating jobs, drink the cheapest bottles of wine possible, and play games with the walking red flags with which they come out with the aim of being “very feminist deeply”.
“I’d say you’ve got two more years to get out of this,” Street (yes, that’s her name), Maggie’s love interest, tells her in the first episode, summing up the whole vibe of the show.
Press play and let the waves of nostalgia for the days when you were as messy as that wash over you.
For fans of: Girls, Starstruck, Fleabag, Shrill, Broad City, Love Life.
Under the Banner of Paradise (Disney+)
The fact that Andrew Garfield is the main man will probably pique your interest here, and for good reason: his performance in this series is Golden Globes/Emmy worthy.
But he’s not the only good thing about Under The Banner of Heaven. This show is a more complicated murder mystery – with a focus on mystery – that will have you hanging around for about 10 minutes in the first episode.
In a fictional town in Utah sometime in the 1980s, Garfield, aka police detective Jeb Pyre, investigates the death of a Mormon mother and her baby which appears to have something to do with the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).
If you’re unfamiliar with FLDS, you’ll have a lot of questions at first, but you’ll still get lost in this series.
For fans of: Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey, Mare of Easttown, Unbelieveable and Andrew Garfield in general.
Inked (SBS on demand)
Jiayue Qiu, 22, is training to be a tattoo artist behind her father Rong Qui’s back: he thinks she is still studying medicine.
Spoken in a mixture of Mandarin, Cantonese, Nankiness, Shanghainese and English (with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles throughout), Inked is a bittersweet indie comedy-drama that explores Jiayue’s experience as a first-generation migrant living in Auckland, and the tension between wanting to impress their family and live up to their expectations with a desire to follow their dreams.
I have a feeling this will become something of a cult hit for years to come – why not get started now so you can have the honor of showing it to your friends before anyone else?
For fans of: Eat Drink Man Woman, Pen 15, Kim’s Convenience, Everything everywhere at once.
Island of Love (9Now)
If you love reality TV shows, get ready because Love Island has it all. The OG UK dating series is back for its eighth season and is already shaping up to be another hot summer full of sexy singles.
To watch this show is to become absolutely obsessed with it, in that you start talking like narrator Iain Sterling (see: above) and wryly quoting the show’s contestants until you find yourself one day find yourself doing it sincerely.
Anyway, the premise is this: a group of single people from the UK spend a few months living together in a villa in Mallorca, where they try to “couple up” with the other contestants. There are “recouplings” every week, when contestants can choose to stay with the person they are with or switch. If they find themselves single, they risk being “dumped” from the villa.
This year’s series only started a little over a week ago, so you’re not too many episodes behind if you haven’t started yet. Love Island is a great island to have on your viewing schedule, as it lasts six to eight weeks, meaning you’ll have an hour of chatter to catch up on each day. Dream stuff in this time of couch potato life.
For fans of: Love Is Blind, Too Hot To Handle, MAFS, The Bachelor, Selling Sunset (or really any reality show).
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