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Find yourself struggling over what to watch next? There's a nostalgic series to suit everyone as we finally near the last of the lockdown

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Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington as Mother of Dragons and Jon Snow

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington as Mother of Dragons and Jon Snow

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington as Mother of Dragons and Jon Snow

It's been the year of the great indoors, and with it, TV has been our one source of constant comfort to fill the lockdown void. But for the binge-watchers among us, well, we're starting to run out of things to settle down and look at. Is it possible that we've have scrolled through the entire Netflix catalogue?

So, what are we to do? Well, there's only one thing for it - go and enjoy the great outdoors. Just kidding, it's time to rewind and revisit those box sets we once loved.

From the gripping drama of The Wire to the marvellous medieval tales of Game of Thrones, as well as the fabulously funny Fleabag - complete with that very hot priest - we round up a few of the best shows that just might help us through the end of lockdown number three, as we seek solace in the small screen.

1 Game of Thrones (Eight seasons)

HBO's adaptation of George RR Martin's epic fantasy series cemented a unique place in television history and, like most Thrones fans, I couldn't wait for every new season to continue my way through the Seven Kingdoms.

With a cast led by the likes of Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, this epic has it all - betrayal, battles, characters we loved (and hated), beheadings, flaying and dragons - not to mention hot Dothraki warriors and naughty knights. The last episode may have divided opinion - I mean, Bran the Broken? Really?

But with rich plots and divine set pieces (think Battle of the Bastards/Blackwater and The Red Wedding) I'd rewatch it in a heartbeat.

It may take some time to get through the show, which ran from 2011 to 2019 - but time restraints aren't exactly a problem right now.

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The Office

The Office

The Office

2 The US Office (Nine seasons)

If you're missing your co-workers, sit back and reminisce about the place where we used to spend most of our time by tuning into The Office.

While there's no denying Ricky Gervais is a comedy genius - dare I say it, I prefer the American version of the mockumentary workplace sitcom, starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski, which aired from 2005 to 2013.

Between Jim and Dwight's prank wars to Michael's collection of one-liners and the multiple office romances, the show had no shortage of laughs. Episodes are just 20 minutes long, making it ideal to dip in and out of during the day - and let's face it, we need humour now more than ever to lift our spirits.

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Fleabag

Fleabag

Fleabag

3 Fleabag (Two seasons)

The British comedy from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, in which she stars as a struggling young woman, is sublime.

The tone is set in the first minute, and just like that, you're immediately hooked. Fleabag constantly breaks the fourth wall throughout to deliver some of the most hilarious internal monologues ever to grace our screens. She's flawed and funny all at once - take for instance her habit of masturbating to Barack Obama speeches.

The second season sizzles even more when Andrew Scott brings the 'Hot Priest' into our lives and it will either send you weak at the knees, looking for a can of G&T, or both. You know it's wrong, I know it's wrong - but we can't help but fancy him.

The cast is exceptional, Olivia Colman plays Fleabag's eccentric godmother and Sian Clifford plays Claire, the overachieving older sister, both creating on-screen love/hate relationships that are utterly riveting to watch.

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The Sopranos

The Sopranos

The Sopranos

4 The Sopranos (Six seasons)

It debuted in 1999 and instantly became one of television's definitive dramas.

Following New Jersey organised crime boss Tony Soprano - who is riddled with self-doubt and never far from a plate of food - the endlessly rewatchable James Gandolfini as Tony and his dysfunctional family are everything we need right now.

It's the television equivalent of comfort food.

Feast your eyes on the iconic mob squad drinking and eating together in restaurants - how decadent.

We can but dream of pasta and cannoli served by someone other than ourselves.

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The Wire

The Wire

The Wire

5 The Wire (Five seasons)

There's something about knowing that your favourite show hasn't changed during Covid that can be a welcome comfort blanket during these uncertain times.

The five seasons written by author and former police reporter David Simon aired between 2002 and 2008, but it was mostly in the years that followed that the ballsy Baltimore masterpiece earned its stripes.

It's hard to believe it is nearly 20 years since we were introduced to the gangsta mastermind behind the West Baltimore drug trade, Avon Barksdale, and the notorious stickup man with the menacing facial scar, Omar Little.

Ultimately, we were gifted with the savvy, shrewd and downright sexy Idris Elba as Stringer Bell, for which reason alone, I'd watch it on loop.

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Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

6 Breaking Bad (Five seasons)

Is there ever a bad time to rewatch Bryan Cranston's performance in Breaking Bad? I think not. The iconic drama about chemistry teacher Walter White and his former student Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul) becoming unlikely crystal meth kingpins is TV gold.

Basically, it starts when Walter learns he's dying, so he takes up a new career in the hope of earning enough money to take care of his family. What follows is the descent of a man from a decent, law-abiding citizen to a cruel, narcissistic anti-hero over the course of five seasons.

From start to finish, the Golden Globe-winning show, which aired from 2008 to 2013, is gritty, rough, violent - and absolutely brilliant.

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The West Wing

The West Wing

The West Wing

Best of the West ... From tigers to a Spanish heist and back to the White House

⬤ I couldn't pin down my last choice so I'm opting for a mixed bag, starting with Money Heist (the fifth season will be released on Netflix in July). If you're not afraid of subtitles, this got me through lockdown one. The Spanish crime drama features a group of misfit thieves attempting to rob the Royal Mint of Spain.

⬤ The West Wing, I'll admit I've never seen, but I know I'll never hear the end of if it's not mentioned. The 1990s political drama is on my watchlist - maybe.

⬤ Tiger King was Netflix's first Covid-19 quarantine hit. The bizarre documentary series is about a feud between big cat owners and focuses on the eccentric character known as Joe Exotic. It is great TV that will also leave you feeling queasy.

⬤ The Last Dance is a ten-part documentary charting the rise of the 1990s Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, and one of the greatest sports series ever made.

⬤ Whether you are a fan of the superhero genre or not, The Boys is a black comedy gem that got me through lockdown two, alongside Succession. Despite the characters in both shows being mostly abhorrent human beings, it's hard to stop watching.


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