The TV I watched this year –

Given the stay-at-home nature of this year, Jennifer and I watched a lot of telly. Some of it was exceptional, some execrable .

Apart from the shows listed below, I watched a lot of sport:

  • Swannies. Watched every game of my beloved Australian Rules team. They didn’t make the Grand Final but they played hard honest footy.
  • Cricket. Watched pretty much every game Australia played, including all the games in our amazing T20 World Cup win. (not a big fan of the Big Bash). The Ashes have been required watching.
  • Formula1 Grand Prix. Watched every Practice session, every Qualifying session, and every race of this year’s F1 season. Hamilton was robbed by the Race Director in the final race. He should be 8 times World champ.
  • Liverpool. Watched pretty much every match of Jurgen Klopp’s team of stars. My son Clancy is a die-hard fan and we share this. Salah is poetry in motion. A joy to watch. Still can’t wrap my head around the off-side rule though!

So that’s the sport I watched.

Jennifer is a cricket tragic, even more so than me – so she watched all the cricket with me. She also watched all the Swannies games, more out of loyalty to me than the team.

She doesn’t get F1 at all and is still confused/shocked/in-denial that I have taken such an obsessive hold on the sport. She thinks it’s boring and stupid, and tells me so regularly.

So that leaves the shows!

Standout shows for me were: Succession, Squid Game, The Expanse, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, (a late discovery, I know!) and the reality show, Alone.

I haven’t yet seen the 2nd season of The Great, but if it’s anything like the first season then it’ll be up there too.

So here is my list, with my rankings. I’m sure you’ll disagree, but let’s all agree that we’re living through an age of magnificent storytelling on telly!

Fauda – Netflix 👍👍👍👍

Tehran – Apple+ 👎

The Flight Attendant. – Binge 👍👍

Surviving Death – Netflix 👍 👎

Trust – Binge 👍👍

Your Honor- Stan 👎

Vast of Night (m) – Amazon Prime 👍👍

The Magicians – Amazon 👍👍

Servant – Apple+ 👍👍

The Sinner S3 Prime 👍

Baptiste – iView 👍👍

The Missing -iView 👍👍👍

Lovecraft Country – Binge 👎

Call my Agent S1 S2 S3 – Netflix 👍👍👍

The Stand – Amazon👎👎👎

Liar – Stan 👍

One of Us – Stan 👎

Behind Her Eyes – Netflix 👍

News of the World (m) – Netflix 👍👍

Losing Alice – Apple+ 👍👍👍

I Care a Lot (m) – Amazon 👎

WandaVision – Disney+ 👍👎

Allen vs Farrow – Binge 👍👍

The Crown S4 – Netflix 👍👍👍

Emily in Paris – Netflix 👎👎

Undercover – Netflix 👍

The Lady and the Dale – Binge 👍👍👍

Formula 1 / Drive to Survive – Netflix 👍👍👍👍

The Cecil Hotel – Netflix 👍👍

My Octopus Teacher (m)- Netflix 👍👍👍👍

Time (m) – Amazon 👍👍👍

The Serpent – Netflix – 👎👎

Worn Stories – Netflix 👎👎

Capitani- Netflix- 👍

Them – Amazon Prime – 👍👍

Shadow & Bone – Netflix 👍👍

The Woods – Netflix 👍

Riviera – SBS 👎

Marcella – Netflix 👎

His Dark Materials (S2) – Binge 👍👍👍

Mythic Quest S1 – Apple TV+ 👍👍👍

Deepwater Fell – SBS Demand 👍👎

Halston – Netflix 👍👍

SkyRojo – Netflix 👎👎

Woman in the Window (m) – Netflix 👎

Nomadland m – Disney+ 👍👍👍👍

Mr Mercedes S1 – SBS 👍👍

Le Innocente – Netflix 👍👎

Mare of Easttown – Binge 👍👍

1971 – Apple+ 👍

Ragarnok – Netflix 👍👍👍

Sweet Tooth- Netflix 👍👍👍

Trying – S1S2 Apple+ 👍👍

Katla – Netflix 👍👍👍

Physical – Apple+ 👍👍

Barry – Binge 👍👍👍

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 – iTunes 👍👍👍👍

Lisey’s Story – Apple 👎👎

Mr Mercedes S2 – SBS 👍👍👍

The Witcher S1 – Netflix 👍👍

Love Robots + Sex – Netflix 👍👍👍

Mythic Quest S2 – Apple+👍👍👍

Sophie Murder West Cork – Netflix👍👍

Trying S2 – Apple+ 👍👍

Hacks – Stan 👍👍👍👍

White Lotus – Binge 👍👍👍

The Gift – Netflix 👍👍👍

Clickbait -Netflix 👍

The Chair – Netflix 👍

Alone S1 S2 S3 S4 – SBS on Demand 👍👍👍👍

Always Sunny in Philadelphia S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 – iTunes 👍👍👍👍

The Expanse S1 S2 – Amazon 👍👍👍👍

Count Me In (m) – Netflix 👍👍

Schumacher (m) – Netflix 👍👍👍

Midnight Mass – Netflix 👍👎

The Expanse S3 – Amazon 👍👍👍👍

Echo Canyon (m) – Netflix 👍

Maid – Netflix 👍👍

Squid Game – Netflix 👍👍👍👍

Alone S5, S6, S7- SBS on Demand 👍👍👍

Alone S8 – Binge 👍👍👍

Ted Lasso S2 – Apple+ 👍👎

Only Murders in the Building – Disney+/Star 👍👍👍

You S3 – Netflix 👍👍👍👍

Power of the Dog (m)- Netflix 👍👍👍👍

Succession – Binge 👍👍👍👍

2 thoughts on “The TV I watched this year –

  1. The off-side rule changes all the time, so it’s a weird one.

    Basically, you can’t pass the ball to a team mate who’s ahead of the last defender (except goalkeeper), unless you’re passing backwards.

    In its current iteration, if any part of your body is ahead of the last defender, you’re offside.

    You can avoid being offside in that situation only by actively avoiding playing the ball, but even then a linesman might rule you offside.


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