What is it about these series? We often see them almost as often as we do our best friends. And, if we are honest: sometimes even more often. Whether on our own, as a set date with our loved one on the sofa or on a girls’ night with a glass of Prosecco: Series, they are simply an hour’s departure from your daily life. And are always guaranteed to include something that we all enjoy: Tension and relaxation. Drama and humour. Strong emotions and fun images. At the same time, they don’t have to be intoxicating to make us addicted. Once you have got on board, you don't have to constantly engage with new circumstances. You know the location and characters, and can be sure that one problem or another will be resolved after just an hour. Of course, there will also be unresolved matters – therefore we desperately have to look up what happens next. In addition, it makes your own life seem so delightfully normal and all that entertainment makes the nibbles taste even better. We have compiled ‘best of’ list for you: Go and chill the drinks!
Game of Thrones
In a land where the summers extend over decades and the winters last an entire lifetime, problems are brewing at all points of the compass, while two families engage in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse for power. Sex, schemes, dragons, costumes with the wow-factor – and, in every season, one of the main characters dies: All of this gives Game of Thrones its appeal.
Harvey Specter is one of Manhattan’s best corporate lawyers and is also unbelievably smart. When his bosses give him the job of looking for a new partner, only one candidate satisfies his high requirements: Mike Ross, who he runs into by chance. So he gives him the job. The problem: Ross dropped out of college, makes a living on the edge of legality and, although he has more skills than any Harvard graduate, is not a member of the Bar. To save their jobs, Harvey and Mike have to put on an act in front of their boss, Jessica Pearson, and the other members of the firm.
Sex and the City
The mother of all series for women: Thanks to Carrie & Co., we all now know what Manolos are, and that they cost as much as a small car, the right way to sip a Cosmopolitan, and that you mustn't, under any circumstances, take off your shoes at a private party. At the same time, the girls are almost as neurotic, endearing and irritating as your own friends, but generally better dressed, better manicured and are at home in New York rather than Chelmsford – Prosecco for the eyes, an absolute must-see!
Claire Danes in the role of her life. As CIA agent Carrie Mathison, who has bipolar disorder, she delivers a top performance in the fight against terror. Primarily, it’s about a marine who was kidnapped by radical Islamists, who returns to the USA after his liberation and – according to Carrie – is a sleeper agent. Even the viewers don’t know: Is he or isn't he? Extremely exciting. Highly addictive.
The Downton Abbey
This series revolves around an aristocratic family and their staff in England at the beginning of the 20th century. And that’s exactly what gives it its charm: The constant jumping from downstairs, where the staff live, to the grand upstairs, brings a previously unknown wealth of narrative possibilities – and, yes, also opportunities to spin a web of intrigue. The attention to detail in terms of the staging of scenes and costumes does the rest.
House of Cards
Politics in Washington? On first impression, it sounds quite boring. But once you have watched the first two to three episodes of House of Cards, you will find yourself in midst of a swamp of corruption, power games, nepotism – and politicians who stop at nothing, including murder. You will be on the edge of your seat thanks to the brilliant Kevin Spacey, who speaks directly to the viewers again and again. You know that you should hate him, but secretly admire him in a way that makes you aware of the abyss of your own soul.
Probably the most addictive series of the past few years. Here’s a brief plot description for all those who aren't yet hooked: The secondary school Chemistry teacher, Walter White, has cancer and financial difficulties; in the USA, no money equals no treatment. He therefore starts to cook crystal meth and falls deeper and deeper into the circles of drug dealers. You will follow the whole journey with a mixture of sympathy for Walter, and horror as to how a middle-class citizen can become a ruthless criminal.