So you’re back from uni, the excitement of a full fridge and comfy bed has worn off and you’re beginning to remember just how boring it is living in a house where your friends live more than 10 metres away from you.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best tv shows, both new and classic, for you to sink your teeth into this summer should you need some inspiration to fill your days. If you’ve seen them before, they’re definitely worth watching again, if not what are you waiting for?! Catering for a range of interests, here’s our top 10.
A brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers. Pair the fantastic storylines with Donna’s sassiness, Mike’s brains and Harvey’s effortless cool and you’ve got some seriously addictive television. Added bonus for law students: definite scope for claiming you’re revising when your parents inevitably tell you to stop watching TV and get a job.
2) one tree hill
An absolute classic, this show really does cater for the masses. Basketball, high school, shootings, car crashes, abductions, crazy stalkers, rock stars and of course, relationship drama, what more could you possibly ask for from a TV series? Following the ups and downs of arguably some of the most lovable characters to ever grace our screens, transport yourself to Tree Hill, North Carolina for some perfect, easy summer watching.
3) Breaking Bad
4) True Detective
In this short but gripping series, Detectives Rust and Marty are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked 17 years previously. In true detective show fashion (see what I did there), you quickly become engulfed in a wild guessing game; this time made all the more interesting through scattered red herrings, obscure religious illustrations and downright perplexing philosophical references. A truly phenomenal performance from Matthew McConaughey will leave you stunned, questioning why on earth someone that good has spent most of his career filming rom-coms.
5) Orange is the New Black
It’s a pretty impressive feat if you’ve managed to somehow avoid any mention of this one until now. What seems to be the most talked about series of the summer, OITNB tells the story of a woman convicted of transporting drug money, documenting her time behind bars. Providing some fantastic one liners whilst also dealing with highly sensitive issues, the show makes for compulsive watching. Netflix’s most watched original series, the figures speak for themselves.
6) Gossip Girl
Lacking glamour in your life? Dive into the opulence and wealth of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Following the lives of privileged teenagers, the series revolves around scandal, scheming, extravagance and trust funds as their every move is scrutinised by an anonymous and ruthless blogger. Well worth a watch, before you know it you’ll find yourself utterly immersed in the world of the filthy rich.
7) Game of Thrones
In this medieval drama, nine noble families fight for control of the Iron Throne and the mythical land of Westeros. Brought to life in intricate detail this is the stuff of fantasy geek heaven. Prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster though, writer George R.R. Martin kills for fun. I’m still reeling from ‘That’ wedding.
8) The Vampire Diaries
If you vaguely enjoyed the premise of the Twilight films, but were sick to death of their whiny characters and mediocre acting by the end, i’m certain you’ll love this one. Let yourself be sucked into the world of the Vampire Diaries where an offensively attractive cast will transport you to a supernatural world of ruthless vampires, werewolves and witches. If you hurry you can probably catch up in time for the start of season 7 in October, better get cracking.
9) House of Cards
Welcome to the ruthless world of Frank Underwood. Follow him and his equally conniving wife as they take Washington by storm, exacting revenge on the people who’ve betrayed them. Fantastic if you have at least a basic grasp of politics, enjoy the odd political drama, or just love Kevin Spacey. If not, stick to The Simpsons.
10) New Girl
If these summer temperatures are proving all too much for you as it is, chances are you can’t bring yourself to start an intense 10 season thriller to add to your stress. If light-hearted, laugh a minute watching is what you’re after, New Girl certainly fits the bill. Following the lives of Jess and her four male flatmates, imagine a modern day, kookier and goofier “Friends” and you’re about there. Just what you need to brighten your day if you’re experiencing severe uni withdrawals.