Keen for a new on the screenseries to binge-watch, or something to listen to on your phone during your daily commute? Here are some TV, Netflix, movies and podcast recommendations from our readers. It’s been a while since Game of Thrones finished with that tiny, disappointing fizzle, but if you still can’t find something to fill that Jon Snow-sized hole, maybe try one of these binge-worthy shows picked by EL editors and readers.
Dead To Me, SEASON 1
I’ve loved Christina Applegate ever since Married with Children. I’d watch anything with her in it! She always manages to leave me in stitches – and that’s all you need after a long day at the office and the kid is finally tucked into bed! This dark comedy will just keep you coming back for more. In my case, it meant hiding under the covers, earphones in, watching on my phone! The show tells of a recently widowed Jen, a hothead real estate agent who finds comfort and friendship in Judy through a series of twisted events. Nothing is what it seems in the lives of Jen and Judy, which just keeps you binge-watching until the end!
– Melissa Leelarthaepin, reader
The Kindness Diares, SEASONS 1 & 2
If you’re looking for something that’s good for the soul, then you need to watch The Kindness Diaries! There are two series of the show, in which global adventurer Leon Logothetis travels around the world either by motorbike or in an old yellow beetle, with no money or food of his own, aiming to get by solely on the kindness of others. The individuals he meets along the way show that there really are good people still out there! When he then surprises those who gave so much and yet had so little by giving something back to them, you might want to get the tissues ready!
– Jennie Ward, reader
Formula 1: Drive to Survive, SEASON 1
This Netflix original is a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the teams and drivers approach the season and how tough and cutthroat Formula 1 really is. My wife and I watched all 10 episodes in just two nights! We were engrossed with getting to know the real personalities of the drivers, and we’re enjoying watching the races this year even more now we know what it actually takes to get on track and drive one of those machines.
– Michael Flanders, reader
Over My Dead Body
This podcast isn’t as captivating as Dirty John, but it’s still very intriguing. It chronicles the love story, which turned deadly, of lawyers Dan Markel and Wendi Adelson, a successful and attractive couple in Tallahassee, US. It focuses on Dan’s death, when he’s gunned down in the driveway of his home, after a very drawn-out and hostile divorce. The investigative reporting focuses on the whodunnit and the lengths a family will go to in order to find peace and answers. There are seven episodes lasting about 35 to 40 minutes each, so it’s easy to listen to without a huge time commitment.
– Jenny Morrison, reader
Udner The Skin with Russel Brand
This isn’t a new podcast by any means, but it’s a recent discovery for me. I’m now hooked. It’s the eclectic mix of interesting guests who Brand interviews that makes it so worth listening to – from doctors and scholars, random celebrities, spiritual healers to former US Vice President Al Gore. I’m not really a big Russell Brand fan, but I always feel like I’m learning something new and fascinating each episode!
– Sarah Law, reader
Podcasts for kids
Tales From The Lilypad
My two girls love this podcast! It’s a series of stories for young children that are about 15 to 20 minutes long. It’s narrated by Lily, a frog, and it’s perfect for bedtime. We listen with the lights out after we’ve read a real book. It makes my girls look forward to bedtime – winning! A new story is uploaded most months and they also create themed stories for Easter, Halloween and other holidays.
– Bec Simpson, Expat Living Hong Kong Editor
The Sun Is Also A Star, Nicola Yoon
I really wanted to read this book before I saw the movie (it has one of the hunks in it from Riverdale!), but, hey, who has time for reading these days?! Audio books give me a quick fix, without having to carry around a heavy book when I’m on the go. It took me a while to settle into the voices and the narration style of this audio book. The story definitely didn’t hook me to start with, but the intensity of the love between the main characters and the underlying commentary of immigration and cultural struggles, make this a beautiful and touching love story. Suitable for adults and teens.
– Kel Flanders, EL Editor