Small Screen Saturday is a twice-monthly post where I DON’T talk about books! Instead I’ll share with you some of the television series (and films too, occasionally) that I’ve been enjoying recently. They will always be things I’ve watched on TV or via streaming sites, hence the ‘Small Screen’ part of the title, and I’ll let you know where I’ve been watching it too!
So, if you fancy a break from reading or need something new to binge, here’s what I’ve been watching and loving the past couple of weeks!
Vikings (Amazon Prime)
Vikings is a dramatisation of the legendary stories of Ragnar Lothbrok. The show begins with Ragnar as a humble farmer, and follows him and his family as he gains more lands and power. It has all the blood, guts, and drama of a HBO show despite being one of the History channel’s rare forays into fiction. This is actually my second time watching the show, or at least the earlier seasons. I lost track of the show in the fourth season so I’m behind a little – there are currently five seasons with a sixth season to come – but I had a huge craving to watch it again recently so I’ve started from the beginning and it’s just as fantastic as I remember.
Seasons one through five are currently available on Amazon Prime, with sixth and final season likely to air this November.
Black Sails (Amazon Prime)
Set during the ‘Golden Age of Pirates’, Black Sails follows a crew as they fight to protect the island of New Providence, a hotbed for piracy. It features a number of fictionalised depictions of real historical pirates such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane. I’ve tried to watch Black Sails a couple of times now, and even though I always enjoy the first few episodes, something distracts me and I forget about it for months on end and then have to start all over again. I’m hoping third time’s a charm with this one and I’ll actually stick to watching it, because what I have seen is brilliant and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this show!
All four seasons are available on Amazon Prime.
Queer Eye (Netflix)
The Fab Five are back! This reboot of the original ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ started a couple of years ago and has been hugely successful. Season three sees Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Karamo and Tan start another season of lifestyle makeovers for all kinds of people from a multitude of backgrounds. I loved this show since day one, it fills me with so much joy, yet there’s simultaneously a 75% chance that I will cry at some point during any given episode. The episodes are a perfect length, fast-paced enough that I can often watch three or four before I realise I’ve been lying in front of my TV for almost two hours already.
Season three has just been released on Netflix.