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8 TV Shows To Watch When You’re Stuck At Home But Wish You Were Travelling

When I’m not busy indulging my travel addictions you’ll find me bingeing on a good book or bad TV show instead. This month I battled a self-imposed travel ban and as my husband was away I had full reign of the TV remote. Below are my favourite of the low-brow TV shows I found myself binge-watching. Who needs Game Of Thrones when you’ve got the likes of Love Island?

1.The Affair – Sexy, suspense-filled show starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson who have, you guessed it, an affair during the summer holidays in the resort town of Montauk in Long Island. The whole thing ends in murder and I’ve only seen Season 1 so have no idea who done it yet.

Hello handsome. Omari Hardwick stars as Ghost in Power

Hello handsome. Omari Hardwick stars as Ghost in Power

2.Power – Another pretty sexy show, this time set in NYC, about a drug dealer who is unwittingly having an affair with the agent in charge of tracking him down. Random fact: Rapper 50 Cent produces and stars in the show. I was struggling to understand his mumble and then saw on Ellen he talks differently since he was shot and a bullet fragment got stuck in his tongue. I have more sympathy now.

3.Unreal – Annoyingly Season 2 of Unreal is streaming live on Stan at the moment, annoying because I have to wait week by week for a new episode. It’s a cracking dramedy though, set behind-the-scenes of a fictional Bachelor-esque show. With female producers who have the words ‘money, dick and power’ tattooed on their wrists it makes you wonder who exactly inspired these characters and the shady storylines.

4.The Girlfriend Experience – Very naughty but smartly done series about a student who turns high-class hooker and makes big money.

5.Love Island – I love this very low-class ‘reality’ show where singles are thrown in a villa and have to couple up to survive. Starring lots of Essex accents, big hair and bigger boobs, I’m only on Season 1 but can’t wait for more brainless viewing. I’ve introduced the terms ‘mugged off’ and ‘pied off’ into my vocabulary as a result of this viewing.

6.Sherlock and/or Luther – The perfect antidote to Love Island are the dulcet tones of Sherlock or Luther. I love a good bit of British sleuthing.

7.The Hills – To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Hills – yes it’s been a decade since this show spawned the likes of The City, Only Way Is Essex, Made In Chelsea and more – I’m re-watching the whole thing in mini binges. “You know what you did!” Lauren Conrad is my idol, even if by the time the series ended we all were all feeling a little duped to learn the reality was scripted. (I believed it all LC!) I’m re-watching to see if I can spot the scripted, not-so-real bits and cannot wait for the anniversary special where LC promises that secrets will be revealed.

8. Bloodline – This one is a bit of a slow burner for me. I’m struggling to get into Season 2 of this show about a f*cked-up family from the Florida Keys. I do fancy taking a trip to their fictional guest house on the coast though.

What are you watching? Let me know what other shows I can spend the Aussie winter with!

About Author

Travel blogger and freelancer writer who loves boutique hotels and brunching. I've been blogging for 10 years, visited 60+ countries and called London, Sydney, Melbourne and (oh so briefly) New York home at various points during the last decade. Now travelling with a baby and trying to make it as stylish and stress-free as can be!

13 Comments

  • Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker
    July 29, 2016 at 5:17 am

    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR, there’s a Hills special coming up?? I’ve watched the whole series several times through and Lauren Conrad is my ultimate girl crush – how did I not know about this?! AH-MA-ZING, and thanks a mill for the heads up! 😛

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  • Jayne Gorman
    July 29, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Hahaha you are welcome!! I had a similar reaction when I found out too. I don’t have MTV so need to find a way to get across this before August 9th lol

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    • Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker
      August 4, 2016 at 12:24 am

      I just found it on eonline’s YouTube account, but annoyingly they’ve posted it in 3 parts and part 2 got taken down 🙁 Haven’t had much luck finding somewhere to stream the whole show, have you??

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      • Jayne Gorman
        August 5, 2016 at 1:49 am

        Me neither! I found the part 1 and 3 like you but feel like I missed a load of juicy bits in the middle. Also it was very LC focused wasn’t it? I thought the rest of the cast might have been interviewed too…

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  • Natasha
    July 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Try Vikings – only started a couple of weeks ago and already on season 4 – very well written and produced !

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    • Jayne Gorman
      August 1, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Oh thanks for the tip – shall give that a go next!

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  • Annika
    July 29, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I love Unreal. Watching it makes me feel better about also watching the Bachelor. And that Love Island thingy looks good. Reminds me of Bachelor in Paradise and Dating Naked. Ups – I cannot believe I admitted to knowing about such shows in writing – please delete my comment 😉

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    • Jayne Gorman
      August 1, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Haha no judgement here – you’ve seen my embarrassing list!

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  • Hayley Simpson
    August 1, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Unreal is quite unreal. I have also spent my winter bingeing Suits, Love Child and Devious Maids. 3 entirely different shows but all excellent.

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    • Jayne Gorman
      August 1, 2016 at 6:44 am

      I started watching the new Aussie series of The Bachelor (don’t judge me!) and couldn’t help but compare it to Unreal all the time! I love Suits too and dip in Love Child every now and then. Haven’t heard of Devious Maids – shall have to look it up.

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  • Adam Cinemre
    August 1, 2016 at 6:45 am

    You have to watch ‘Stranger Things’! Absolute must-watch for any 80’s kid. PJ’s, blanket, pop-corn and couch. Enjoy 😉

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    • Jayne Gorman
      August 1, 2016 at 6:47 am

      Sounds good to me!

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  • Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    August 9, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Oh man, I’ve heard about a few of these but the rest are going on my list!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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