TV Streaming: Four of the Best Shows

You have either embraced this new revolution of watching programmes/films/musical videoes on your computer, laptop, iPad or smartphone, or you can’t see the point of it. For those of you who love the new technology, here are four of the best TV shows that are currently streaming to the above devices.

1. House of Cards

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What it’s about:

Arguably the best reason to sign up to Netflix. This is the American version of the very successful UK Michael Dobbs series, made by the BBC in the 1990’s. The US version is set in present day Washington, D.C. and stars Kevin Spacey, who plays Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district and the House Majority Whip. Underwood gets promised the job of Secretary of State, but gets passed over for it and decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him. As with the BBC version, Spacey often breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the viewing public, which makes you feel as if you are in cohoots with the underhand goings on. A fantastic series for anyone who loves political thrillers.

How to Watch:

Sign up to Netflix, first month is free and all episodes of House of Cards are now streaming.

2. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

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What it’s about

Todd Margaret is a hapless American who finds himself working in London after somehow being completely over-promoted to head up the UK division of a slightly radioactive energy drink called Thunder Muscle. The energy drink by the way, is also a biological weapon (“megathrax”), but that’s the least of his worries. He has to contend with his boss, who hurls insults with relish, and there’s the ongoing failed romance with no-nonsense cafe owner Alice, played by the very underrated Sharon Horgan. A running joke in the first series is the increasing deterioration of Todd’s apartment in America; despite Todd leaving a month’s worth of food and water for his cat, the cat is shown to have died in the first of these scenes, and in later episodes the apartment becomes entirely overrun with wildlife.

How to Watch:

Stream on 4OD (channel4.com) or sign up to Netflix

3. Suits

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If you have missed this lawyer based drama on TV, fear not, you can catch up with it by streaming it. And why do we need another lawyer based drama you ask? Well the combination of the main actors – Gabriel Macht and Patrick J Adams elevate the whole show to The Good Wife status. This is one classy, well thought out drama, with an underlying ripple of uneasiness, as you know that one day, Adams’ story will come out, and the whole dynamics of the show will change. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the clever interplay between the mentor and his protégé, and there’s even a nasty villain to sympathise with, brilliantly played by Rick Hoffman.

How to Watch:

Stream on iTunes

4. Diners, Drive Ins and Dives

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Scott Brinegar/©2007 Food Network

What it’s about:

If you have always wanted to drive around the USA, and eat in those diners, the kind that feature in films like Pulp Fiction, you know with the slide in red vinyl seats, then this is the show for you. Literally every kind of food is featured, but smoked meats, bbq racks, and chicken shacks are shown frequently. The presenter is a guy called Guy Fieri. He is classed an expert on the food business, as he owns a couple of restaurant chains himself. Fieri won a TV food talent competition and began hosting Guy’s Big Bite before taking his big red convertible on the road in search of the best classless eateries in the US. Complusive viewing that makes you feel full after watching.

How to Watch:

Streaming from Foodnetwork.co.uk