It’s Tuesday today and that means another Top Ten Tuesday inspired by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic ten bingeworthy TV shows/movies.
I’m going to extend my choices by including some YouTube channels. What better time to start binge-watching shows now the summer is slowly coming to an end.
1. Iron Chef Japan
This show is the closest thing you will ever see to a real life anime. Chairman Kaga resides over Kitchen Stadium where his Iron Chefs stand guard. Each week Kaga picks a challenger to go against one of his Iron Chefs with a theme ingredient.
At the end, a panel of judges decide who has made the best dishes and wins. It’s Masterchef meets Anime with a cast of great characters. The hilarious dubbing adds to the charm and it made the show a hit on U.S. networks.
With over 470 episodes with an average length of 40 minutes there is enough to watch.
You can easily find the show on YouTube.
2. Star Trek Discovery
The latest series in the long history of Star Trek. I’ve loved Star Trek ever since I saw the first episode of The Next Generation on television. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Discovery. It’s set ten years before the original series and the focus is mainly on the war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. You follow Micheal Burnham as she tries to fit in with the crew of the Discovery. There are once again great characters on this show. And as always with Star Trek, it paints a picture of a brighter future where all are equal in the Federation no matter your race, gender or sexuality.
A great way for newcomers to start their journey in the vast Star Trek Universe. And for the life long fan there’s enough nods and winks to get a kick out of it.
You can watch it on Netflix, together with the rest of all the Star Trek series.
3. Another Dirty Room
Ever wanted to know how clean a motel room really is? In this YouTube show, filmmaker Dan Bell goes to various seedy motels in the U.S.
Together with his friends, he investigates motel rooms. They thoroughly take apart every room, starting at the bathroom. While doing this they give hilarious commentary. In the end they give their rating, varying from 1 to 5. Spoiler: it’s never higher than a three.
Be prepared to see some disgusting things like soiled matrasses, moldy showers and various insects. And the added bonus of different drugs paraphenalia.
Funny, shocking and a good way to pass a rainy day!
4. IT Crowd
To me this is the funniest geek show around. The It Crowd is about Reynholm Industries and it’s IT department. The department consists of Roy and Moss. Roy tries his hardest to work as little as possible and Moss is brilliant, but socially oblivious. In the first episode Jenn is appointed their chef of department, but as the series progresses she sometimes is more of a mediator.
Bizarre plots and deadpan humour makes this one of my favourite shows ever. The episodes are usually self contained so you can mix and match them to your heart’s desire. My favourite will always be Gay: The Musical.
The show can be watched on Netflix.
5. Queer Eye : More Than a Makeover
This is the feel good part of the list. The Netflix continuation of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. In each new episode, the Fab Five help transform a person and his life.
Jonathan is there for hair and self care, Tan does styling, Bobby is the design expert, Antoni helps with food and Karamo is there for personal growth/coaching. Together they transform a person’s life completely.
I love this series as it’s part informative and parts touching. Yes it’s a reality show, but one that shines a positive light on us as human beings.
You can watch Queer eye on Netflix
6. RuPaul’s Drag Race
The cult phenomenon that is taking over the world. With some of the vernacular going mainstream nowadays, everybody knows how to spill T or to throw some shade.
Going strong for over 10 years now, Drag Race is still awesome to watch.
Best way to describe it: Drag Queens battle for the title each season. They compete in different challenges every week, from acting to performing. Every episode they walk the runway in that episode’s theme. The weakest two queens have to Lip-sync for their life! It’s Idol meets Project Runway but so much more.
Season 8 and 9 are on Netflix and 10 will follow soon I’m sure.
7. Willam’s Beatdown
I already wrote about Willam’s book How to Suck Less. Beatdown is one of his Youtube shows. The format is simple: his producers show Willam various video clips and he reacts tot hem. It’s as simple as that.
Willam always speaks her mind and goes straight for the jugular. Her reactions make it so worthwhile. With over 5 seasons to watch, there is enough to laugh your ass off. Willam is a Drag Race Alumni and one that always speaks her mind no matter the consequences.
8. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Based on the books by Kerry Greenwood, Miss Fisher is a detective series set in 1920’s Melbourne. The show is about Phryne Fischer and her adventures. She’s an emancipated Private Eye with a glamorous lifestyle.
It’s a nice period drama/ detective. Something to put on when you don’t feel like thinking too much. There’s enough mystery and romance to keep it interesting. Also Phryne Fisher is a kick-ass character with a nice set of supporting characters.
All seasons are on Netflix
9. Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares
Not to be confused with Kitchen Nightmares the U.S. version. In every episode, Gordon Ramsey tries to help a failing British restaurant/pub.
This is filmed way earlier than it’s American counterpart. Here the focus is more on actually helping a business and you get to see a more caring and compassionate side of Gordon Ramsey. Of course he still will curse up a storm. He wouldn’t be Gordon Ramsey if he didn’t.
I love re-watching this show, because it’s informative and it shows why Gordon Ramsey is such a household name nowadays.
Every episode can be found on YouTube.
10. Steven Universe
This is one of the greatest animated shows I’ve ever watched. It’s about Steven and his guardians The Crystal Gems: Pearl, Amethyst and Garnet. They are humanoid versions of gemstones. Together they try to protect the Earth from evil. Steven also goes on adventures with his friends in his town beach City.
This show is everything you want in a show; colourful, positive, inclusive and fun/touching. This show is for everyone no matter who/what/how old you are. You matter.
Rebecca Sugar created a wonderful world where all are equal. The first season is on Netflix and the episodes are only 10 minutes long, you will be wanting more after the first season.