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FOR THE BINGE-WATCHERS…

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By A. Jafri
Tue, 08, 21

Another wave, another lockdown. But, fret not, this week You! has a list of series and movies for you to binge-watch until we get have fun outside again…

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Just when things were starting to look up, an impending fourth wave of coronavirus is lurking close-by. While it’s a bummer that we can’t go outside and have fun, we must be wary and take all the necessary precautions to stay safe. You might think that you’ve watched every possible TV show produced while you’ve been spending time at home, but we still have a few series that you may not have seen just yet.

This time around, we’ve listed some shows that not only feature a well-written and a strong storyline, but also feature strong female leads who are challenging norms, breaking barriers while keeping you hooked to your seats. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll cheer, you’ll cry and you’ll also wonder how you went this long without watching these. So, grab some popcorn, get cosy and prepare to be wowed!

The Bold Type

Putting together a magazine is not an easy task, requiring a lot of teamwork to finish the job and get the publication on newsstand shelves. Inspired by the life of long-time magazine editor and executive Joanna Coles, who serves as an executive producer, the series is a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine ‘Scarlet’. Given the nature of the job, the staffers at the magazine lean on one another as they try to find their own voices. While working together to publish each issue of the periodical, they struggle to find their identities, manage friendships and find love. In this series, you’ll find yourself identifying with the characters and finding a lot of situations relatable, especially if you happen to work in the media. Also, these five seasons are sure to keep you entertained for at least a couple of weeks.

Shadow and Bone

Adapted from Leigh Bardugo’s book by the same name, Shadow and Bone is an intricate tale of magic, war, and, of course, romance. From gorgeous costumes to impressive world-building, this series is certainly as meticulous as its source material, but by folding in unexpected stories it expands the novel’s scope to craft an exciting new adventure for fans and newcomers alike. The story takes place in a fictional world where magic – known as ‘small science’ – is rare, but real, and has inadvertently led to a state of constant war. Alina Starkov, a teenage orphan who grows up in the land of Ravka when, unexpectedly harnessing a power she never knew she had in order to save her childhood best friend, she becomes a target of intrigue and violence. So far, there is one season available while the next one is in the works.

If you are into adventure and love being on the edge of your seat, this is the series for you.

Enola Holmes

This one’s a movie but it made the cut because of its strong lead and storyline. Based on the Young Adult novel series by Nancy Springer, ‘Enola Holmes’ finds Sherlock’s younger sister stirring up trouble, solving mysteries and carving out her own place in wealthy Victorian England. Despite having a famous sibling, she’s very much her own person in the way she goes about playing detective. The story follows its titular character as she defies norms set by the society. When her mother goes missing, she uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord. The movie is for a riveting two-hours as a mystery unfolds in the turn of events.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

If you’re a Marvel fan and you think you have seen it all, here’s one that you may have missed. This series chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts an end to her short-lived career as a superhero, Jessica settles in New York City and opens her own detective agency, called Alias Investigations, which seems to be called into cases involving people who have special abilities. Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jessica wants to do good, but her primary interest isn’t in saving the world, it’s saving her apartment and getting through each day. With three seasons, Jessica Jones is different from the usual Marvel fluff. It walks a fine line in engaging one on dramatic, emotional and thematic levels while not making one feel overwhelmed by the constant assault on the senses.

Bridgerton

This is an adaptation of the Bridgerton Series, which is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. Set between 1813 and 1827, during the Regency era in England, eight close-knit siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family attempt to find love. The series is a confectionary treat of a show that knows exactly what you might want from it and delivers those fantasies on a silver platter with a dashing (and even surprisingly sexy) smile. It tells familiar enough narratives of headstrong women and the gruff men who try their hardest not to love them. The series mixes age-old tropes and distinct Shondaland sensibilities together to make, as its characters might say, a formidable love match. It’s an addictive series of 10 episodes which will be nice escape from the current scenario.