In the Midwest, the cold, snow, and gloom generally means a hot beverage (or two), a fluffy warm blanket and a great book. Plan B is work through my long list of shows I want to watch, one season at a time.
For starters, I have these five shows in mind for my dreary nights.
1. The Bletchley Circle (2012 – TV Series)
Instead of four women lamenting their dating adventures in NYC, we have four women who helped craked the Nazi code who, unhappy with the way a crime was being investigated, decided to band together to figure it out themselves. As much as I love shows like Downton Abbey, a clever show like this that highlights extraordinary women is always a welcome treat. Too bad it’s only two seasons long.
2. Black Mirror (2011 – 2013)
I have only seen a couple of episodes of this series and I am eager to continue with the rest of the series. Ensconced on my living room couch, this TV anthology gives me just the fix I need. I actually discovered the show because of an interview with Charlie Brooker and I particularly love the a quote from that interview “Technology is a tool that has allowed us to swipe around like an angry toddler.”
3. The Paradise (2012 – 2013)
Another one with only two seasons and low ratings. I watched a bit of it and of course, love costume dramas so I needed to check this show out. I read someplace that the show was based on a book by Emile Zola, a French author (1840-1902).
4. Criminal Minds (Since 2005)
I generally don’t follow police-procedural TV shows but I managed to catch this show when it was on one weekend (a marathon) and I enjoyed it a lot. The unique draw of this show is the focus on “profiling” the criminals which is both creepy and interesting. I am even willing to suspend disbelief when it comes to Dr. Spencer Reid’s mental prowess and academic accomplishments (why, oh why do they always have to have an eidetic memory??). My favorite character is their Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia.
5. TED Talks (oodles and oodles of it)
From “Tales of the heart and confessions of the soul” to “Cyber awe” to “Artistry and illusion”, there is a TED talk for one and all.
slowly, my brain oozes out of my ears……