I love TV series. I could easily take a whole weekend out, stay in bed, and go through an entire season (or more). To be honest, I would consider that a pretty good weekend. Below are a few of my all time favourites as an inspiration. If you haven’t watched them, I can definitely recommend you too – In my opinion they are all brilliant in their own way.
Borgen: Borgen is a Danish political drama series about a female prime minister, Birgitte Nyborg. It’s about her political struggles, personal struggles, about spin doctors and journalists. I think the reason why I love it so much, is because of the mix of political games, personal drama, and the link between the two. Furthermore it’s full of great actors which never hurts, right? Thankfully all seasons have been shown on BBC4 (thanks, BBC) just a short time after they aired in Denmark.
The Killing: The original Danish version that is. I haven’t seen the american remake, but I can’t imagine it will be as good as the original version. The Killing is a crime series revolving around a rather alternative female investigator, Sarah Lund, who has got a deep love for woolly sweaters. Each season she investigate one murder case. Again, this series achieves a brilliant mix between the cases, and the characters personal struggles. It is set in Copenhagen, and is a rather dark series. I love the down to earth-ness it conveys, while being very difficult to let go.
Dexter: Dexter is probably my all time favourite show. I have watched it since it came out, some seasons several times, and I am still hooked now as the final season 8 is currently out. It is brilliantly dark, humorous, and very well filmed. The show is about Dexter Morgan, officially a blood spatter expert with Miami Metro, unofficially a serial killer. But due to his late foster father Harry, Dexter has a code. He can only kill bad people. The fact that his bad mouthed sister Debra is also a police officer/lieutenant at his station does not make it easier. Dexter’s constant battle with his inner ‘Dark Passenger’, having a normal life with friends, family and girlfriends, avoiding being caught, and hunting down his victims while solving cases in his day job (usually related in some way) makes this series, for me anyway, perfect.
Twin Peaks: A classic. Really does not need much introduction. Dale Cooper, Special agent for the FBI investigates the murder of Laura Palmer in the small town of Twin Peaks. At points Twin Peaks resembles a horror film, always quirky, sometimes supernatural, weird humor, and great characters. Twin Peaks is a must-see.
Big Love: Big Love is a series about a fictional mormon family in Utah that practices polygamy. It’s a very different story from what is normally seen in big TV series, but it works extremely well. The series is about their problems with mormon relatives from the compound, being a polygamy family in a ‘normal’ society, and trying to hide the fact that they live the way they do from neighbours and the people in the town. It is about the relationships they have with each other within the family, their children, intrigue, jealousy, being a mormon family in a modern society, and, of course, love. It’s a great series starring well-known film stars such as Bill Paxton, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Chloë Sevigny.
Next up for me must be Breaking Bad (I know, hopelessly late) and the Sopranos, which I have always wanted to see, but never got around to it.
What are your favourite series?