Best box sets to binge on during lockdown

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Ever heard your friends talking about a series and wondered what you’re missing out on?

Lockdown is the perfect time to catch up on all those box sets you’d planned to watch but never got round to starting. Now the nation has been asked to stay at home, it’s time to settle down onto your La-Z-Boy recliner and put in some serious screen time with these eight box sets.

  1. Ozark – three seasons, available on Netflix

Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, Ozark follows the story of the Byrde family who leave a conventional and comfortable life in Chicago for a small lakeside community in the Ozarks when financial planner Marty gets on the wrong side of a Mexican drugs cartel. Forced to launder money for some very dangerous people, the family struggle to adjust to their new life as criminals in a community which is full of secrets.

 

  1. Tiger King – seven episodes, available on Netflix

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard about this shocking true life documentary exposing the goings on of big cat enthusiasts in the United States. Centred around a feud between larger-than-life zoo owner Joe Exotic and animal conservationist Carole Baskin, this series has everything from tell-all interviews and court cases to arson attacks and murder plots. Released at the start of lockdown on March 20, Tiger King is Netflix’s most successful release to date and was watched by 34.3 million in the first 10 days of its release.

 

  1. Gavin and Stacey – three series and two Christmas specials, available on BBC iPlayer

If you yearn for simpler times when you could go to the pub and mix with people outside your own household, why not take a trip down memory lane with this comedy where Wales meets Essex. Colleagues Gavin and Stacey strike up a rapport over the phone at work but have never met in real life. When they meet in London, they realise there is a real spark there but Stacey loves her life in Barry Island and Gavin is a committed Essex boy. Can long distance relationships really work?

 

  1. Succession, two seasons, available on Amazon Prime

The American comedy-drama following the billionaire family running a global media empire was one of 2019’s most popular binge watches. But if you didn’t manage to catch it last year, now is a great time to give it a go. Expect to see plenty of toxic relationships, serious issues of sibling rivalry and dramatic power struggles as the characters try to work out who should be the successor to Logan Roy, the patriarch of the family and founder of successful conglomerate Waystar Royco.

 

  1. Line of Duty, five series, available on Netflix and BBC iPlayer

This BBC drama about police officers trying to bring bent coppers to justice has more twists and turns than a corkscrew. Follow the fortunes of the anti-corruption unit AC-12 as they try to uncover dodgy deals, bring down colleagues working with organised crime gangs and work out who to trust. With five whole series to watch, you’ll have plenty of drama to keep you on the edge of your seat and a sixth series is expected to air later this year.

 

  1. Sex Education, two series, available on Netflix

This irreverent comedy follows a group of high school students as they try to find their way in an adult world. Definitely not one for the prudish or faint-hearted, Sex Education centres on Otis, the awkward son of a sex therapist who ends up setting up his own underground sex clinic to offer advice to his peers. But what can a virgin who struggles to talk to girls really know about solving his classmates’ problems? Watch out for The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson, who plays Otis’s frank-talking and liberal mother.

 

  1. Killing Eve, three seasons, available on BBC iPlayer

This exciting female-led thriller centres on a cat-and-mouse game between the beautiful but deadly assassin Villanelle and Eve Polastri, the MI5 agent who makes it her mission to track her down. The nail-biting series turns the traditional male-centred spy story on its head and has a gloriously dark sense of humour. The third series on BBC1 premiered in April.

 

  1. Suits, nine seasons, available on Netflix and Amazon Prime

If you want to what Meghan Markle got up to before she married Prince Harry, you might want to check out the series which made her famous – the legal drama Suits. Appearing in 108 episodes of the series as Rachel Zane, the Duchess of Sussex plays the part of a paralegal who dreams of working as a lawyer. However royal connections aside, Suits is an entertaining watch. The drama starts when clever college dropout Mike Ross goes on the run from a drug dealer and ends up accidentally getting a job at a law firm, despite not actually being a lawyer.

Ever heard your friends talking about a series and wondered what you’re missing out on?

Lockdown is the perfect time to catch up on all those box sets you’d planned to watch but never got round to starting. Now the nation has been asked to stay at home, it’s time to settle down onto your La-Z-Boy recliner and put in some serious screen time with these eight box sets.

  1. Ozark – three seasons, available on Netflix

Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, Ozark follows the story of the Byrde family who leave a conventional and comfortable life in Chicago for a small lakeside community in the Ozarks when financial planner Marty gets on the wrong side of a Mexican drugs cartel. Forced to launder money for some very dangerous people, the family struggle to adjust to their new life as criminals in a community which is full of secrets.

 

  1. Tiger King – seven episodes, available on Netflix

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard about this shocking true life documentary exposing the goings on of big cat enthusiasts in the United States. Centred around a feud between larger-than-life zoo owner Joe Exotic and animal conservationist Carole Baskin, this series has everything from tell-all interviews and court cases to arson attacks and murder plots. Released at the start of lockdown on March 20, Tiger King is Netflix’s most successful release to date and was watched by 34.3 million in the first 10 days of its release.

 

  1. Gavin and Stacey – three series and two Christmas specials, available on BBC iPlayer

If you yearn for simpler times when you could go to the pub and mix with people outside your own household, why not take a trip down memory lane with this comedy where Wales meets Essex. Colleagues Gavin and Stacey strike up a rapport over the phone at work but have never met in real life. When they meet in London, they realise there is a real spark there but Stacey loves her life in Barry Island and Gavin is a committed Essex boy. Can long distance relationships really work?

 

  1. Succession, two seasons, available on Amazon Prime

The American comedy-drama following the billionaire family running a global media empire was one of 2019’s most popular binge watches. But if you didn’t manage to catch it last year, now is a great time to give it a go. Expect to see plenty of toxic relationships, serious issues of sibling rivalry and dramatic power struggles as the characters try to work out who should be the successor to Logan Roy, the patriarch of the family and founder of successful conglomerate Waystar Royco.

 

  1. Line of Duty, five series, available on Netflix and BBC iPlayer

This BBC drama about police officers trying to bring bent coppers to justice has more twists and turns than a corkscrew. Follow the fortunes of the anti-corruption unit AC-12 as they try to uncover dodgy deals, bring down colleagues working with organised crime gangs and work out who to trust. With five whole series to watch, you’ll have plenty of drama to keep you on the edge of your seat and a sixth series is expected to air later this year.

 

  1. Sex Education, two series, available on Netflix

This irreverent comedy follows a group of high school students as they try to find their way in an adult world. Definitely not one for the prudish or faint-hearted, Sex Education centres on Otis, the awkward son of a sex therapist who ends up setting up his own underground sex clinic to offer advice to his peers. But what can a virgin who struggles to talk to girls really know about solving his classmates’ problems? Watch out for The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson, who plays Otis’s frank-talking and liberal mother.

 

  1. Killing Eve, three seasons, available on BBC iPlayer

This exciting female-led thriller centres on a cat-and-mouse game between the beautiful but deadly assassin Villanelle and Eve Polastri, the MI5 agent who makes it her mission to track her down. The nail-biting series turns the traditional male-centred spy story on its head and has a gloriously dark sense of humour. The third series on BBC1 premiered in April.

 

  1. Suits, nine seasons, available on Netflix and Amazon Prime

If you want to what Meghan Markle got up to before she married Prince Harry, you might want to check out the series which made her famous – the legal drama Suits. Appearing in 108 episodes of the series as Rachel Zane, the Duchess of Sussex plays the part of a paralegal who dreams of working as a lawyer. However royal connections aside, Suits is an entertaining watch. The drama starts when clever college dropout Mike Ross goes on the run from a drug dealer and ends up accidentally getting a job at a law firm, despite not actually being a lawyer.