Television is more popular than ever. More and more people are spending time at home, due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic. While lockdowns are over, most people have gotten into the habit of staying indoors, instead of going out partying. However, people aren’t watching television live anymore. Instead, most people watch it on repeat, on streaming services.
If you like to spend time at home and want to start watching more television, then this post is for you. This article will tell you about the most popular programs that are definitely worth streaming.
The Sopranos is often regarded as one of modern television’s greatest shows. It is a crime drama set in New Jersey. The show follows the life of Tony Soprano, an organised crime figure at the helm of a dysfunctional Italian American syndicate. It is available on HBO Max Australia, as well as HBO’s other international streaming platforms. The show is a deep dive into the mind of a psychopathic killer. It has a huge fanbase from all over the world and is regularly shown on network television.
The Wire is another of HBO’s incredible television shows. It is set in Baltimore, Maryland. The Wire is about drug crime in the city, and how it affects the lives of drug users, dealers, police officers, and politicians. Many consider The Wire to be just as good as The Soprano, though in polls The Sopranos often comes out on top (usually by just a few points). It is definitely worth viewing. The show’s writers include literary giants like George Pelecanos and David Simon, former journalists. Barack Obama once said that it was the best television show ever made.
Tremé is a drama set in New Orleans and follows the lives of ordinary people trying to move on after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. George Pelecanos, a writer for The Wire, also wrote for this show. It was, at the time of its release, a big hit. However, in recent years, the show has fallen into obscurity. It is rarely shown on network television. It is available to stream on HBO, though. If you do plan on watching it then it might be worth doing some research into the Hurricane Katrina disaster, so that you can understand the show’s concept and the severity of the disaster.
Deadwood is a show set in America’s Old West. It is just as gritty as the westerns of Sergio Leone but features a lot more dialogue and a lot more drama. If you are interested in the Old West, then it is a show that’s worth considering. It has, like the show previously mentioned, fallen out of favour in recent times. Few people watch it anymore, and most young people have never heard of it. If you are a fan of westerns, then it is worth exploring the filmography of Sergio Leone, the director mentioned above.
Frasier is a sitcom, set in Seattle. It follows the lives of Frasier and Niles Crane, two socialites. The show is considered by many to be one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. During its run, record numbers of people turned in to watch it. The show is available on various different streaming platforms. Something else that’s worth noting is that there are rumours of a reunion. In the next few years, it is expected that there will be a new series. Unfortunately, though, Frasier’s lovable father Marty Crane passed away in real life a few years ago, so will not be featuring alongside cast members like Daphne, Roz, Frasier, and Niles.
Everybody knows of The Simpsons. If you have never heard of this show before, then you must be from the planet Mars. The Simpsons are still running to this day. It is one of television’s longest-running television shows. It is also one of the most popular. Every generation of kids since its release has fallen in love with it. Many purists consider the older episodes to be the best, though. You can watch old The Simpsons episodes online. There are some websites offering them for free, though these tend to be pirate sites and should be avoided.
South Park is another of television’s longest-running animated comedies. Unlike The Simpsons however, South Park is not suitable for children or teenagers. It is an adult-only show. Watching South Park can be a little trickier than watching The Simpsons since it seems to bounce from one platform to the other on a regular basis. The older episodes are widely available, it’s just watching the newer ones that can be a bit problematic. You’re better off catching the new episodes live, rather than trying to stream them online.
Futurama is an animated comedy made by the writers and animators of The Simpsons. Futurama was not as popular at the time of its release as its bigger brother The Simpsons, however, in recent years, it has amassed a cult following. The show has been renewed for a new series, which is currently in development. Finding Futurama can be a bit difficult since the show has been off the air for nearly a decade. If you do plan on watching it, then make sure that you do not pirate it. Watching pirated content is illegal and can get you in trouble. If you’re desperate to see it and cannot find it anywhere, buy a DVD box set.
Family Guy, like South Park, is an adult-only animated comedy. It is very old, though not as old as The Simpsons or South Park. It is also a lot more haphazard and chaotic than both of the previously mentioned shows. Many old fans and loyalists think that it has lost its way, because of how unpredictable the episodes have become. In spite of that, it is still good for a laugh. If you enjoy animated comedies you’ll probably already know about it.
If you want to find a television show to watch, then give the ones listed here some consideration. Some honorary mentions to research include King of the Hill, the new Chucky series, and the Scream series released on Netflix. You are guaranteed to have a good time no matter which of these you pick.