When it comes to modern TV it’s all about the box set.
A programme consisting of six episodes and running for less than three series is a rarity in this televisual age.
Picking a new show to watch can therefore become a daunting task, knowing that you’ve about 72 hours of footage to watch before you’re caught up with your mates.
Especially if the show you’re watching turns out to be a steaming pile of horse manure.
For what it’s worth, after much arguing, the team at belfastvibe have come up with our list of top 9 box set recommendations. It’s in no particular order as that would have caused more arguments.
1. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
Extremely slow to get started but the time taken to establish the characters in this crystal meth-fuelled drama pays dividends when the story gathers pace and lives begin to unravel.
2. 24 (2001-2014)
It was around about the time that 24 came out that 24 episodes became the norm for US TV shows. Funny that! The first five seasons were superb in establishing Jack Bauer as a real life superhero. The last four weren’t so hot.
3. The Sopranos (1999-2007)
The originator of the TV box set and one of the few series in the history of TV to have maintained its high standards from start to memorable finish.
4. The Wire (2002-2008)
A regular fixture on most ‘Greatest TV Show Ever Polls’, our list is no different. Awesome stuff which proved that shows don’t have to move at 100mph to invigorate an audience.
5. Big Bang Theory (2007-present)
Filling the void left by Friends, Big Bang Theory has the same level of laughter and friendship as its predecessor but with added geek charm.
6. House (2004-2012)
Hugh Laurie plays the eponymous doctor whose lack of bedside manner and addictive behaviour are overlooked due to his genius diagnostic skills
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-2011)
Larry David, the man behind Seinfeld goes one better with this warped observational comedy which has a reality TV feel about it. Not one for ‘beloved aunts’.
8. The Office (US) (2005-2013)
Ricky Gervais laid the template for the world’s best-worst boss and Steve Carell ran with it. A superb adaptation which explored, enhanced and arguably bettered the original British format.
9. Law & Order (1990-2010)
As America’s longest running TV drama series, Law & Order and its offshoots follow cases from crime to courtroom making for compelling viewing.