25 TV series to defeat quarantine boredom

We are all invited to stay indoors as much as possible e almost everything we did until a few ms ago is forbidden, canceled or suspended. Almost, precisely, because binge watching, at least for the moment, is contemplated. And if we never had time before, this is the right time to recover great classics. For years now, when we talk about television series, we refer to products of the highest quality, with cast that have nothing to envy to Hollywood films and able to enter the collective imagination. Here are the 25 TV series to defeat quarantine boredom.

Breaking Bad (Netflix)

Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is an ordinary Albuquerque chemistry professor. Harassed by students and family, when he discovers he has incurable cancer he hires one of his students, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to start cooking methamphetamines. From chemist to drug trafficker under the pseudonym of Hisemberg, the step is short.

Gomorra (Sky Atlantic)

Genny Savastano (Salvatore Esposito) and family have international fame by now. Districts of Naples, rivalry, wars between opposing clans competing for the underworld, family stories, international underworld and everything you can expect from the series written by Roberto Saviano. An Italian product of the highest level.

Peaky Blinders (Netlifx/Prime Video)

Set in Birmingham in the 1920s, just after the First World War, it tells of a gangster family led by the charming head of the family Thomas (Cillian Murphy), the beating heart of the criminal gang called Peaky Blinders – for the custom of sewing a razor blade into the visor of their caps – increasingly determined to make their way in life. At any price.

Game of Thrones (NOW TV)

One of the most viewed and famous series of the last ten years that tells the adventures of many characters in an indefinable (more or less medieval) era. At King’s Landing, the capital of the civilized West, is the Game of Thrones of the Seven Kingdoms. Around the struggle for the conquest of the throne, the most powerful and noble families clash or ally with each other in a twisted game of power, sex and violence. The political, economic and religious intrigues of the nobles leave the people in poverty and degradation. The world is threatened by the arrival of a winter different from the previous ones, which awakens legendary forgotten creatures and brings out dark and magical forces. In short, a series for fantasy lovers.

Suburra (Netflix)

Spin-off of the film of the same name that aimed to tell the intertwining between the capital mafia and the local underworld. Old and young generations of criminals easily identifiable for those who have read the chronicles of recent years, and also references to the Banda della Magliana. Characters with a complex psychology who, like rivals, manage to ally and to forge pacts of indissoluble loyalty.

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Narcos (Netflix)

As is well known, the series tells the epic of Pablo Escobar, the most powerful, unscrupulous and bloodthirsty Colombian drug trafficker in history. Love, betrayal, polite career, violence and lots and lots of plata buried everywhere. By the way, silver or lead?

The paper house (Netflix)

The professor (Alvaro Mortee) and his band, scientifically chosen and prepared for months, organize the coup of the century at the Spanish Central Bank. Is it a crime to print millions of euros and then disappear, using the hostages as trusted workers? The Spanish people are on their side. Plots, loves, continuous twists and a lot, a lot of suspense. The first two series are unmissable.

Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic/NOW TV)

I tell from the inside (but all American) of what happened to Chernobyl at the time of the nuclear accident that effectively contaminated all of Europe. A surprising series for those who have lived it and for those who have only heard of it.

The Crown (Netflix)

The life of Elizabeth II of England and of all her royal family was also the history of Europe. The Crown first of all and of all, even to the detriment of one’s family. A modern and ancient woman who fought for her marriage but who also saved her nation several times. An interesting and well made product.

This Is Us (Netflix)

A delicate story about the life of an average American family, the Pearsons. A continuous call between present, past and future that moves in every single episode. The unrepeatable love story between Jack and Rebecca Pearson influences the lives of their twin children, defined by their father as the “eldest three”. A father, a husband or a brother like Jack would like everyone, no one excluded. A must see.

Stranger Things (Netflix)

A group of pre-teens in the 1980s find themselves battling the dark forces of the upside down. Stronger and more determined than adults, they live their first crushes between classmates to be recovered from parallel worlds and new protagonists to protect. A series that is already a cult.

Big Little Lies (Sky Atlantic/NOW TV)

Stellar cast for an almost all female series. The protagonists, as in the best traditions, live apparently enviable lives, but obviously things are very different. An excellent script that investigates the psychology of the protagonists who, inevitably, find themselves tied together by secrets and loves. And from relationships of indissoluble friendship, especially between women.

Succession (Sky Atlantic/NOW TV)

It is said that the story is inspired by the family events of Rupert Murdoch; a very powerful and very rich family active in the world of all-round publishing. An elderly father who does not want to give up the scepter of power to anyone and deceives his three children in turn, using them and blackmailing them. The beauty of having a family, they say.

The Affair – A Dangerous Relationship (Sky Atlantic / NOW TV)

A summer clandestine relationship turns into a great love story that inevitably when discovered, causes a tsunami effect that will last for years in the lives of the protagonists and all the family members involved. Between psychosis, fears and loyalty none of their lives will ever be the same again.

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Billions (Sky Atlantic/NOW TV)

Money, politics and justice. The world of today’s financiers, unscrupulous and thirsty for money, tailed by those who, on behalf of complicated American justice or for absolutely personal political purposes, would like to try to stop them. Enemies can still become better allies, especially if there’s a woman (and what a woman) involved.

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

The great Michael Douglas he is perfect in the character of the grumpy Kominsky, an elderly owner of an acting school. Vitriolic jokes, dialogues focused on the problems of the elderly seen with sarcasm (primarily the prostate), senile loves. An irresistible mix.

Sex Education (Netflix)

A basically shy teenager who lives with his divorced mother who is a sexologist, thanks to his experience, he is convinced by a friend to create the secret business of the sex clinic at school. Stunning business success, needless to say. But here too interpersonal relationships and, of course, love come into play.

Atypical (Netflix)

An autistic boy struggles to get out of his shell. Nothing is easy, neither at school, nor with possible friends, nor at home. But the willpower is so great that you can always take small steps forward. And some inevitably back too.

Modern Love (Prime Video)

A series of only ten episodes, with different stories and different protagonists in each episode. Love is told today, with all the insecurities and the necessary sentimentality. A cast with great actors. To see in one breath in an evening.

Rocco Schiavone (Rai Play)

Rocco Schiavone (Marco Giallini), deputy police chief, a widower for some time, is transferred from Rome to Aosta for disciplinary reasons. Finding himself catapulted into a reality that he does not tolerate, completely different from the one in which he has always lived, Schiavone still carries on his work investigating the crimes that upset the apparently quiet Valle d’Aosta capital, often resorting to methods at the limit of legality. A constant presence in his life is the memory of his never forgotten wife Marina, who in the form of hallucination fills her daily life.

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The vertical line (Rai Play)

Written by Mattia Torre, and interpreted by Valerio Mastandrea. The plot tells of the protagonist who is diagnosed with a tumor, to be removed urgently. He thus goes to the hospital where, between the preparation of the operation and the subsequent hospitalization at risk of complications due to the difficult operation, he has the opportunity to get to know the hospital world with its social scale, its conflicts, its absurdities and of course also the other patients, some real veterans who have developed their own way of living in hospital.

Euphoria (Sky Atlantic/NOW TV)

Transgressive, provocative, over the top, sensationalistic but also a manifesto of the generation Z. Rue (Zendaya) is a 17-year-old drug addict just out of rehabilitation who struggles to stay clean and make sense of her future. Around that of Rue revolve the stories of her schoolmates, a group of boys who face the world and, despite all the obstacles also related to their very young age, try in every way to stay afloat.

The End of the F***king World (Netflix)

Adapted from Charlie Covell (Burn Burn Burn) and produced by Clerkenwell Films e Dominic Buchanan Productions, The End of the F***king World it has been described as “the tale of a darkly comic journey”. The story tells the adventure of James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), i.e. a self-proclaimed psychopath and a foul-mouthed rebel who got bored of her own boring life. The two teenagers embark on a journey to find a better life and escape their fate, which is the approach of imminent adulthood.

The Chess Queen (Netflix)

The miniseries of the year on Netflix. Anya Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon, an orphan who discovers she is a chess phenomenon and growing up in a male chauvinist world will be able to become a Grandmaster. The chess queen made us all passionate about a game, that of chess, defined as boring and elitist, so much so that after the streaming release, the sale of chessboards on Amazon increased by 210%.

The Last Dance (Netflix)

The Last Dance is certainly one of the phenomena of 2020. The docu-series distributed on Netflix tells the story of one of the greatest athletes in history, the king of basketball in ten episodes Michael Jordan. Through unpublished images of the matches and interviews with the protagonists, we relive precisely the 1997-98 vintage, that is the last legendary championship played by Jordan with his Chicago Bulls. The frenetic pace and the emotional component of the narrative make us want to buy a basketball right away and run to the nearest court.

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