The transporting TV shows we can’t wait to watch
We’re big fans of great TV at hush HQ. From
brooding costume dramas to everyone’s latest adaptation-obsession (we’re
looking at you, Normal People), they’re essential everyday escapism –
and now more than ever. The only problem? With all this time we’re spending
inside, we’re fast running out of brilliant things to watch.
But thanks to the TV gods (and our lockdown companion Netflix), there are
plenty of exciting, decadent and other-worldly TV series to watch and stream
right now – and a few new ones to look forward to as well. So, where would you
like to go? From 18th century Scotland to 1940s Hollywood and into outer space,
these are the escapist shows we’ve got lined up.
For a glitzy escape to the Golden Age of Tinseltown: Hollywood
From Hollywood’s very own golden boy Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) comes this highly anticipated seven-part series set in post-WWII Tinseltown. With an all-star cast including Darren Criss, Queen Latifah and Jim Parsons, Hollywood follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers, offering an alternative history on who’d make it to the top if the ages-old industry power dynamics had been taken apart.
Watch Hollywood on Netflix now
For a jazzy night in Paris: The Eddy
If you’re in the mood for moody musicals, count us all in for this one. This brand new, eight-episode Netflix series, created by Academy Award-winning director Damien Chezelle (La La Land, Whiplash), charts the trials and tribulations of an American musician (Moonlight’s André Holland) as he struggles to run a jazz club in modern-day Paris. Expect family drama, racial tensions, toe-tapping tunes and dazzling choreography.
Watch The Eddy on Netflix now
For a life-changing trip to 1960s New York: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
If you haven’t gotten around to watching Amazon Prime Video’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning series yet, we think it’s high time you did – especially if you’re looking for three whole seasons of serious laughs. Set in late 50s/early 60s New York City, it’s the story of Miriam "Midge" Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a young Jewish housewife who discovers she has a talent for stand-up comedy.
Watch seasons 1-3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime Video now
For a white-knuckle ride in sunny Ibiza: White Lines
Warning: Despite the subject matter of drugs, death and deceit, this brand new crime drama will still make you want to go to the Balearic Islands. After the disappearance and death of a DJ in Ibiza, the deceased’s sister (The Inbetweeners’ Laura Haddock) travels from Manchester to the island to try and find out what happened to him. Described as “‘Ozark meets Money Heist,” the 10-part series also features Line Of Duty’s Daniel Mays and Waterloo Road’s Angela Griffin.
Watch White Lines on Netflix from Friday 15th May
For atmospheric laughs: Space Force
We’re not saying Space Force is “The Intergalactic Office US,” but we are saying it’s a workplace comedy, it stars Steve Carell and, oh yes, it’s brought to you by Carell and The Office co-creator Greg Daniels. Carell plays General Mark R. Naird, a decorated pilot who dreams of running the Air Force but ends up leading the aforementioned Space Force instead. Joining him are Lisa Kudrow as his wife Maggie and John Malkovich as his colleague, scientist Dr. Adrian Mallory.
Watch Space Force on Netflix from Tuesday 19th May
For a walk down memory lane in 00s suburbia: Desperate Housewives
Shocking family dramas and empowering female friendships; murder, adultery and tornadoes; fake pregnancies, adoption mix-ups and extremely friendly gardeners – Marc Cherry’s scandalous 00s/10s series really does have it all. If you’ve been wondering when is the right time to get back together with Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria), Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Bee (Marcia Cross), we think there’s something strangely timely about Wisteria Lane’s close-knit neighbourhood right now…
Watch seasons 1-8 of Desperate Housewives on Amazon Prime now
For a lover’s leap to 18th century Scotland: Outlander
If you’ve been looking for your next historical fantasy drama since Game Of Thrones finished, complete with elaborate costumes, steamy scenes and adapted from a best-selling book series, Outlander will have you calling off the search. While GoT is certainly more fantastical, Outlander’s plot sees a WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) mysteriously travel back in time from 1945 to 1743 Scotland. For truly transporting TV, this is just the ticket.
Watch seasons 1-5 of Outlander on Amazon Prime and watch season 4 on More4 on Thursdays at 9pm.