If you follow me on Instagram and have caught some of my Insta-stories, you probably know about my latest favorite TV shows.
Unfortunately, there was only two seasons of The Paradise (wah!!) , but season 3 of Poldark starts in October (yay!!). I should mention (for those who didn’t see my Insta-stories about it), there is a very emotionally brutal scene in the last 15 minutes or so of episode 8 in season 2. If you’re a “feeler” (like me!), I would recommend fast forwarding past that. It was definitely something I didn’t need to see and had a hard time shaking. You’ll know what’s going on if you just skip to episode 9, so don’t worry about missing anything if you decide to skip the last part of episode 8.
I didn’t watch much TV before Sonny came home, but I really look forward to a late-night show to unwind now that my days are much mentally busier! So what will I watch next? I asked my Instagram followers, and these are the shows they recommended:
Lark Rise to Candleford:
In this adaptation of Flora Thompson’s memoir of her childhood, Laura Timmins leaves the Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise for a job in the market town of Candleford, where her mother’s cousin, effervescent Dorcas Lane, is postmistress. Farm workers, craftsmen and gentry make up the community of families, rivals, friends and neighbours. Throughout the series, residents of both places interact at the best and the worst of times, including a measles epidemic that threatens the harvest and the arrival of new Post Office Inspector Mr. Rushton.
“Indian Summers” is a miniseries set in the foothills of the Himalayas during the summer of 1932. The narrative focuses on the social politics behind the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India. A power struggle is emphasized through Brits sent to govern Northern India every summer and the Indian natives who are yearning for independence. The Indian Civil Service and the British Club rule from the foothills town of Simla, where the drama unfolds among Ralph Whelan, private secretary to the Viceroy of India; his younger, recently widowed sister Alice; and Cynthia Coffin, the proprietor of the club.
Heart of Dixie:
New York doctor Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) has reached a crossroads in her life when she decides to accept an offer from a stranger to work with him at his practice in Alabama. When she arrives in town, she discovers that the man has died and left her his half of the practice in his will, something that doesn’t exactly make her new partner happy. Despite the shock of Southern life and some less-than-hospitable town folk, Zoe decides to give her new life a chance and discovers a new side of herself in the process.
Call the Midwife:
Adapted by Heidi Thomas from the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this drama series is a moving, funny, colorful look at midwifery and family in 1950s East End London. It follows newly qualified midwife Jenny, who joins an eccentric, lovable community of nuns who are nurses at Nonnatus House.
This sprawling family saga takes place right on the range where an unfortunate tragedy has glued a family together to pull them through life’s thick and thin moments. Follow young Amy Fleming as she slowly discovers she possesses her now-deceased mother’s ability to aid injured horses, and her relationships with those who are trying to get by one day at a time.
Sidney Chambers is a charming clergyman who turns into an investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances in this drama set in 1953. He partners up with gruff, down-to-earth police inspector Geordie Keating, whose methodical approach to police work complements Sidney’s intuitive techniques of getting information out of people. The two partners — who bring different insights into the crimes they start to unravel — form a true friendship as they work together.
“Home Fires” is a drama series inspired by Julie Summers’ nonfiction book “Jambusters.” The story follows a group of women living in a rural Cheshire village during World War II. With the war occupying their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the women are forced to cope with the pressures of living with limited resources in a nation of disarray. Through their difficulties, the ladies find strength by forming the Great Paxford Women’s Institute, which helps them maintain hope and order in their community as Britain crumbles around them.
A drama based on the works of Charles Dickens.
Several strangers meet during their stay at a luxurious hotel.
The young heir to a fashion empire falls in love with a humble seamstress.
After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland with husband Frank, an MI6 officer looking forward to a new career as an Oxford historian. Suddenly, Claire is transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened.
Because that last one got the most rave reviews (by far!) I started watching it the other night. There was some pretty racy scenes in episode 1 (think: rated R), but the storyline was super intriguing. I’ve heard there are some torture scenes in future episodes, so I’ll be fast forwarding past those too!
What about you? Do you have a favorite series that wasn’t mentioned here? I’d love to find more like Doc Martin, The Paradise and Poldark!