Binge-Worthy Podcasts and TV Shows

The best ways to waste a week

Be it a podcast or a TV show, I’m definitely a fully-fledged member of the bingeing generation. I’ll start a show on Monday and by Friday I’m completely obsessed and missing it already. Whether you watch or listen over the course of a couple of months or hibernate for a week and come out a changed person, every show on this list is definitely worth giving a go.

Starting with my favourite podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno is simply a man sat round the microphones with his two best mates reading an erotic novel, written by his dad, whose pen name just happens to be Rocky Flintstone, honestly you couldn’t make it up. I cannot describe how many times I’ve physically laughed out loud listening to this podcast, whether it be walking down the road with my headphones in or sat in my silent university library during exams period (yes I’m serious). Jamie, James and Alice are hilariously funny in their own right and paired with the frankly disgusting words of Jamie’s father it just gets better and better. Boasting 150 million downloads, a sell-out world tour and an upcoming HBO special this comedy podcast has swept the world. With four seasons ready for you to binge and an upcoming fifth you’re all set for the funniest, most stomach-churning hours you can imagine. You really do have to hear it to believe it.

A relatively recent favourite of mine, The Good Place is a sit com like nothing I’ve seen before. Household names Kristen Bell and Ted Dansen lead the cast of a show about the afterlife and the consequences our choices on earth have on where we go after all is said and done. Creator Mike Schur has worked on great shows like Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn 99 and The US Office which can only be a good sign. The show is well written and incredibly clever, the big twist in season 1 and the many smaller ones that litter the rest of the seasons show better than anything how this show breaks the mould. The first three seasons are available on Netflix with a fourth in the pipeline, I can’t wait to see the story continue.

Speaking of The US Office, its such a classic that I had put on my list. I only saw the show last year but I’ve watched it through two or three times since then. The ‘will they won’t they’ couple Jim and Pam are cemented in the top spot as my favourite TV couples of all time and its only one part of the show that makes it so incredible. One of the biggest achievements I can see is that they managed to created 9 seasons of consistently great television that had a satisfying ending, something that seems to be exceedingly rare in long-running shows. Now available on Amazon Prime Video, its such a classic that I’ll watch again and again.

Over the past year I’ve grown to love Potterless, a podcast telling the tale of a twenty-something year old man reading the Harry Potter books for the first time. Mike gives a fresh take on the books and sometime backs himself into tight corners making interesting predictions that can blow up in his face rather spectacularly, much to the amusement of his listeners. He is currently around about halfway through book 7 but fret not as he has promised to review all the films and spin of books J. K. Rowling wrote as addition to the series as well at the Cursed Child stage show and much much more. A quick warning, he has turned many people against Quiddich as he brands it “the worst sport ever”. Nevertheless, Potterless is a great easy listen perfect for any Harry Potter fans who want to jump back into the Wizarding World with from a new perspective.

How could I not talk about the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones. I was definitely late on the bandwagon again but once I got into it I was fully hooked, I cannot express how excited I am for season 8 to land (3 weeks to go!). I was put off watching it thinking it was just another fantasy drama I wouldn’t have enough interest in to bother making sense of but the fantasy element is such a small part of a complex world that is riddled with politics and conflict. The show has a cult following with internet threads that would take months to wade through spouting theories and ideas for plot points in both the show and the books. I haven’t got round to reading the books yet (don’t come for me) but I’m so excited to read George R. R. Martin’s winding, intense stories.

I hope that gave you some inspiration for your next binge and I apologise in advance for your future procrastination, but I think it’ll be worth it with quality content like that! Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and follow me on instagram to see first when I post. And definitely let me know your favourite bingeing material in the comments, I’m always looking for ways to avoid working (like writing blog posts on the best shows to binge…).

Hollie x

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