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Television has the power to whisk us away into new worlds while remaining rooted in our favourite armchair. While equally opening up expansive stories through episodic journeys that leave us gagging for more. In recent years this has led to a new golden age of TV, as our viewing habits have changed in an online world. So why not take a break and immerse yourself in some truly stunning TV. With our curated list of some of the top TV box sets available now on streaming services, DVD or Blu Ray. Each one providing hours of entertainment in a range of genres, from comedy to drama and sci-fi. So grab the remote and your favourite snacks and enjoy our list of Top TV box sets.
United States – 2020 (Amazon Prime)
1 Season (10 Episodes)
Within the first 10 minutes, David Weil’s Amazon series sets out its unconventional stall. As a 70s family barbecue turns to slaughter on a guest realising her host is an ex-Nazi war criminal. Before being whisked back to New York City in May 1977; where we join three young men as they step out of a movie theatre having watched Star Wars for the first time. Their conversations centring on the political dimensions of the Nazi-like Empire and the rebellion it has inspired. But, as events progress the Nazi-like empire of science fiction may, in fact, be a reality; as we dive into a Tarantino inspired thriller about Nazi hunters in 70s America.
Mixing the realities of the Nazi atrocities during the Second World War, with an action-thriller that equally plays fast and loose with characters, may jar with some viewers. But, Hunters is addictive viewing that also carries a fascinating sub-text; speaking to the current march of right-wing politics across the world. While at the same time, dissecting racism and oppression in all its forms with a comic book-inspired landscape of heroes and villains. Its beautifully realised 1970s locations and costumes elevated by performances that grab the attention of the viewer and don’t let go.
We also love The Man in the High Castle
United Kingdom – 2019 – Present (Netflix)
2 Seasons (16 Episodes)
From the first episode, Laurie Nun’s comedy/drama shines with optimism and charm, not only demanding a viewers attention. But, also single handily reinventing the teen drama on TV, in the image of the late, great John Hughes. By combining laugh out loud comedy with the pure anxiety of teenage life. Ultimately delivering a comedy/drama that continues to push genre boundaries as it swings from outrageous comedy to heartfelt emotion in the blink of an eye; as we follow Otis and friends through the trials and tribulations of adolescence. While adults who pretend to have all the answers are just as confused by the sex and relationships surrounding them.
Sex Education takes the more edgy aesthetic of Skins and layers it with the comedy of The Inbetweeners and American Pie. While at the same time paying homage to the visual style of The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. Its characters embedding themselves in your heart, as the sun shines down on the fictional town of Moordale.
We also love The Inbetweeners and The End of the F***ing World
Queer as Folk
United Kingdom – 1999/2000 (Channel 4)
2 Series (10 Episodes)
Fancy a slice of genuinely groundbreaking television? Then look no further than the Channel 4 drama Queer as Folk. Now celebrating its 21st Birthday, Queer as Folk changed not only gay representation on TV but also lit a fuse in public acceptance of LGBTQ+ culture. And while some aspects may now seem dated, Queer as Folk still shines with humour, power and sexuality. Its episodes filled to the brim with shocking, engaging and enthralling characters. While its sheer narrative power duly smashed the rainbow coloured glass ceiling.
Generation War (Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter)
Germany 2013 (Arrow Films)
1 Mini-Series (3 Episodes)
How would a war directly affect your family and friends? And what does it mean to engage in a conflict, where your values and beliefs oppose the pervading political ideology? These issues of morality, conflict, friends and family sit at the heart of Generation War. One of the best explorations of conflict and belonging ever produced for TV. Its episodes wrapped in unflinching bravery as it explores the effects of World War Two on the German citizens living under polarising Third Reich.
Generation War opens up the debate around politically ideology, personal belief and duty. While reflecting on the destruction war creates in personal, social and cultural identity. And if you find yourself questioning how intelligent and cultured people can be blindsided by political rhetoric and barbarism, then Generation War has done its job. Its story reflecting the complexity, hurt and anger of those consumed by conflict, hatred and holocaust.