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Your British summer television binge-watch guide: Part 1

Many of our favorite shows are ending their seasons this month, and whether we’re saying good-bye forever or just waiting until the fall for the next season, we need to find something to fill the void. Here’s a list of some of my favorite British TV shows that can be found on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Google Play to stream.

These shows are a mix of drama, comedy, romance, and a bit of sci-fi (vampire, werewolf, and a ghost). Some of the shows have very short series (aka seasons), making them ideal if you’re on the hunt for a good binge watch.

The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd
Streaming on Netflix and Hulu
Deep in the sub-basement of the ambiguous company of Reynholm Industries are two socially awkward IT guys: Moss (Richard Ayoade, The Watch), an electronics wizard and exceptionally naïve man, and Roy (Chris O’Dowd, Bridesmaids), his lazy, disgruntled coworker. These two have to provide IT support for Reynholm Industries along with their inept boss, Jen (Katherine Parkinson, Humans, Sherlock), who doesn’t know how to use a mouse, let alone turn on a computer. The show revolves around Moss and Roy’s antics both at work and socially, which always end badly.

My favorite episode is “Friendface” (season 3, episode 5). The episode is a bit of spoof on Facebook. If you have ever had to deal with the IT department at work, no matter whether the experience was positive or negative, you’ll get this show. If you have dealt with so-called helpful customer service for any company, you’ll get this show. If you work in an IT department, you will 100 percent get this show.


Doc Martin
Streaming on Netflix (Seasons 1–6) and Hulu (Seasons 1–5 only)
He is gruff, abrupt, and intolerant, not only with issues related to medicine but in his approach to life in general. Dr. Martin Ellingham, a London-based surgeon, relocates to the picturesque seaside village of Portwenn (real location: Port Isaac, Cornwall, England), establishing himself as the area’s general practitioner. He grew up in the area, raised by his now-widowed aunt, Joan Norton.

His reasons for leaving London and the high-paid life of a consultant are related to a phobia he’s recently developed. He soon meets several of the locals, and eccentricity abounds. He and the headmistress of the local school, Louisa Glasson, are clearly attracted to each other and despite their awkwardness, slowly develop a relationship.

I don’t have a favorite episode because it’s tough to pick one. Doc Martin will remind you of House and his bedside manner. Season 7 isn’t out yet for streaming.


Happy Valley
Seasons 1–2 streaming on Netflix
Sergeant Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire, Last Tango in Halifax) is the protagonist of happy Valley, set in West Yorkshire England. The first season centers on Cawood’s personal connection to a violent criminal and her subsequent fixation on him after he’s released from prison. The second season follows Catherine as she is implicated in a series of murders and attempts to prove her innocence while working a human-trafficking case connected to the serial killings.

My favorite episode would have to be the last one of season 2. I had to hold my breath due to the intensity. A caution: The Yorkshire accent is quite strong — either turn up the volume, or turn on the closed captions.


Peaky Blinders
Seasons 1–2 streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Google Play
Peaky Blinders is a gangster-family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on the Shelby gang (who sew razor blades into the peaks of their caps). Their fierce boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy, The Dark Knight Rises) means to move up in the world.

The whole show is my favorite episode. Hurry up and either rewatch or watch for the first time, because season 3 will be coming out on Netflix at the end of this month. The Birmingham accent sounds different in 1919 —today’s accent is a lot thicker. It’s always voted the worst accent in the U.K.

Let me know what are your go-to British shows are in the comments!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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