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PARTY TV: WHAT TO BINGE-WATCH ON THE HOLIDAY SEASON #TV #THEJUICE

Note: This piece was written by Nikhil Taneja (@tanejamainhoon) in December 2015 for The JuiceAn edited version of the piece can be found here: http://goo.gl/0ULSrh.


It’s the holiday season (woohoo!), and while many of you are going to PARTAY (that’s party when said excitedly), there are a few who won’t because nothing beats sitting at home and binge-watching an awesome TV series on any occasion, right? Right? Well, if you do choose to go unorthodox and spend the festive season with your TV, here are some recommendations for what you should watch, depending on where and with whom you choose to watch it (Thank us later!):


AT YOUR PARTAY!
Recommendation: MIXOLOGY
The writers of the ultimate adult partay film The Hangover, created the perfect partay binge watch TV show – Mixology! About one night at a Manhattan bar, five men and five women meet each other in various permutations to find the person to go back home with. This show has alcohol, friendship, love, New York and lots of LOL – so exactly what you need to put on if your party needs to get on!


AT SOMEONE ELSE’S PARTAY!

Recommendation: YOU’RE THE WORST (Season 1)
At a boring party that can only be saved by putting on a TV series that everyone’s going to dig PLUS make you look cool? Keep a season of You’re The Worst handy. An uncouth, obnoxious, hardcore and funny sitcom about adults who refuse to grow up, YTW has a big heart hidden deep down inside – so no one can suspect you of having any intentions other than getting people to partay!


WITH YOUR BETTER HALF
Recommendation (if you’re unmarried): DATESdates
Surprise your better half with this thoughtfully curated series either of you have probably never heard of before but is totally going to be worth it because it’s amazing! Dates is a Brit dramedy about a series of first dates between a bunch of (late) 20-somethings, and the possibility of them finding love somehow. There is romance on screen, and in the writing too.

catastropheRecommendation (if you’re married): CATASTROPHE (Season 1)
We promise that your better half will *not* find it cheeky if you decide to watch a romcom named Catastrophe with him/her. Because while the name does reflect some of the situations the awkward Brit twosome in the series go through, the series is just the enough kind of rom and com you need for a happy night in.


WITH YOUR BROS

Recommendation (if you have guy bros): NARCOSnarcos
If there is one series this year that all men must watch – together – it is Narcos. The Netflix show about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar wins the award for the most amount of badass in a single season of a series in a long, long time. Drugs, guns, heroes and villains, the series has it all. Your bros are so going to dig this!

agent carterRecommendation (if you have girl bros): AGENT CARTER
If there is one series this year that all women must watch – together – it is Agent Carter! The only legit super-heroine show (well, at least until Jessica Jones releases), there is more sass – and kick-ass – in Peggy Carter and Hayley Atwell, who plays her, than there is any other series this year.


WITH YOUR BACK-IN-THE-DAY GANGfreaks and geeks

Recommendation: FREAKS AND GEEKS
If you’re spending the evening with your buds from the good ol’ days, soak in some nostalgia of how very lame life was growing up, and how that’s exactly what makes it cool in retrospect. Freaks & Geeks was one of Judd Apatow’s first shows, and launched the careers of Seth Rogen, James Franco & Jason Segel, so your friends are going to love you for this discovery.


WITH YOUR CHILL GANG
how to make it in americaRecommendation: HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA
So your gang like to spend the festival together, high on, you know, life and love and friendship, obviously, put on How To Make It In America, the spiritual prequel and street version of Entourage, about a bunch of friends trying to make it. The show’s exec. produced by the same guys behind Entourage, and it’s just what you need for an evening of chill.


WITH YOUR WORK GANG
Recommendation: THE JINXthe jinx
So you’ve decided to call your boss and colleagues for a work partay? Show them you’ve got taste by putting on the HBO crime thriller documentary, The Jinx. The most talked about non-fiction mini-series in years, The Jinx will have all your co-workers by their nether regions and by the time it ends, your boss would secretly be thinking, ‘I need to give this person a raise, because, WHAT TASTE!’


WITH YOUR FAMILY

about a boy seaosn 2Recommendation (if you’re with your folks): ABOUT A BOY
So your folks and you have decided to spend the holidays together? Show them About a Boy, the exact kind of show that will make your parents believe you do have emotions inside of you, and will make you believe that too. The TV remake of the Nick Hornby novel, the series is just as good as the film, if not better.

Recommendation (if you’re with your sibling): DIFFICULT PEOPLEdifficult people
With your younger/older brother/sister on the holiday? Difficult People is the perfect series for you. Executive produced by the kickass Amy Poehler and starring Billy Eichner (of Billy on the Street) and Julie Klausner as two super-bitchy BFFs who find something annoying about *everything*, the series is like watching your sibling and you on TV.


IF YOU ARE ALONE BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOURSELF
master of noneRecommendation: MASTER OF NONE
Spending the festive season all by yourself out of choice? Binge-watch Master of None this year, Aziz Ansari’s Netflix dramedy. The show’s basically like Louie – a funny guy and his life in the city – except that this is the perspective of a funny Indian guy in New York and there’s so much heart underneath all the humour, you’ll never feel alone by choice at the end of it… you’ll have Aziz as your friend!


IF YOU ARE ALONE BECAUSE YOU HATE EVERYONE ELSE
Recommendation: BLACK MIRRORblack mirror
Spending the festive season alone because WHO CARES ABOUT THE FESTIVE SEASON BECAUSE THE HUMAN RACE IS DOOMED ANYWAY? We’ve got just the show for you: Check out Black Mirror, the most twisted, terrifying, harrowing show that will agree with all your thoughts about where our world is headed and why. If you disagree with the world, this show will agree with you!

 

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Note: This piece first appeared in The Juice in the December 2015 issue. You can read an edited version of the piece here: http://www.jabong.com/juicestyle/magazine/tv-watch-list/
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What to watch after True Detective & Breaking Bad #SundayGuardian #TVRecos

The World Cup of TV: What to watch during the Football World Cup, if you do not watch football

– Nikhil Taneja (@tanejamainhoonfor The Sunday Guardian

Not everyone watches football. If that’s a truth about you that your friends are struggling to process, and have turned you into a social outcast, here’s how you can get some mojo and shove it into their faces. Spend the nights your friends are up watching football, watching these highly addictive television recommendations from all over the world below, of outstanding, under-the-radar TV series, and you can get some massive street cred: you’d have watched the cult shows before they become cult in India!

The Returned (France) – Even as HBO and the rest of American cable TV take giant strides in storytelling, there’s been some remarkable dramas being churned out of Europe year-on-year. A recent example is one of the creepiest and most terrific shows you’d have ever seen. The Returned turns the zombie phenomenon on its head: the story is about a town whose dead start turning up again, but alive, with no recollections of how and when they died. Strange things happen within the show, but the strangest is how you cannot stop watching it once you start.

Forbrydelsen (Denmark) – Dear fans of 24, Homeland, Dexter, and generic crime thrillers on TV, if you haven’t seen Denmark’s Forbrydelsen (that was remade in the US as The Killing), you have no idea what a crime thriller can possibly be. Because each 20-episode season of this Danish show has redefined the boundaries of what constitutes the genre itself. The show about a detective, Sarah Lund (real name, I swear), who has to juggle the maze of police bureaucracy, media attention and manipulative politicians, as she tries to go about solving an emotionally devastating case, is the perfect example of how much life can offer, if only we embrace subtitles.

Luther (UK) – Memorize this name: Idris Elba. Because the 6’3 British actor, who you may only know from Thor as the gatekeeper of Asgard, is soon going to reach (Benedict) Cumberbatch-level heights because of another Brit detective show that’s just as addictive as Sherlock, but with a garnish of noir. If Sherlock is Iron Man, Luther is The Dark Knight: both are equally awesome, but the latter is shot a lot more at night (because of all the darkness).

Black Mirror (UK) – Created by Charlie Brooker, who’s married to British TV presenter Konnie Huq (google her… you’re welcome), Black Mirror is a genius anthology series with hour-long films about the dark future that lies ahead of us if we continue to live our lives obsessed with technology, voyeurism and our own selves. The series is so insanely well-written that if I were the President of the world, I’d pass a law to make it compulsory viewing to everyone who takes selfies or has watched a reality show.

Dates (UK) – Created by Bryan Elsley, who is best known for creating the controversial British teen show Skins, Dates is possibly one of the best arguments for the importance of dialogue in the visual medium. A 9-episode series, where each episode is about the first date between two people who met on a dating website; the series builds humour, suspense, thrill, romance and drama entirely from brilliantly-scripted conversations.  The cast includes some interesting faces like Oona Chaplin (Talisa from Game of Thrones) and Andrew Scott (Moriarty from Sherlock), making it a must-watch.

Masters of Sex (USA) – Disclaimer: Not porn. In fact, Masters of Sex does not even have as much gratuitous sex as a Game of Thrones or Spartacus (you are going to check this one out now, aren’t you?) Masters of Sex is a show about how sex, as we know it, came to be; it is the story of how two sexologists – Dr. William Masters (Martin Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (the stunning Lizzy Caplan) – brought about the dawn of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, through their experiments on sex. So yes, the show is about sex – but the genius of the show is that sex is always about everything but sex, isn’t it?

The Americans (USA) – A spy series on USA’s FX channel about two undercover Soviet KGB officers where you root and sympathise with the Soviet spies and hope the CIA is never able to catch them is akin to a show on Colors about ISI spies where you root… THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN, OBVIOUSLY.  The absurd levels of maturity of American television creators and audiences aside, the reason to watch the show is a fantastic plot: The undercover agents in the show pose as a married couple who now have teenage children, and have to spy for the Soviet Union but also protect their very American family. Bonus reason? Rahul Khanna makes his American TV debut.


Note: 
An edited version of this article first appeared in The Sunday Guardian on July 5, 2014
Link: http://www.sunday-guardian.com/young-restless/on-the-binge-what-to-watch-over-the-next-few-weeks-if-football-isnt-your-game

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