The Best TV Shows of 2016 (So Far)

AFS Team·6 July 2016·4 min read
The Best TV Shows of 2016 (So Far)

We’re over halfway through the year and have watched some excellent TV shows in that short time. With summer in full swing, there's no time like the present to hope on the sofa and binge on some excellent television. So, for your pleasure, we present a short list of the best TV shows of 2016 so far.

1.) Game of Thrones - Season 6

The HBO series has just wrapped its sixth season and has left the nation feeling shocked and excited for all the things to come in Westeros. This season was a slow starter, reconnecting the viewer with its multitude of characters and developing a storyline which became action packed and led many characters to new destinations. If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones and have managed to avoid the spoilers, it is a cult classic to watch.

2.) Orange is the New Black - Season 4

Season 1 of OITNB focused on the main character who was a privileged white woman entering a diverse New York prison, however Season 4 is a lot more character driven and revolves around numerous characters in the show. From comedy the show slides into a darker drama, pulling with it some outstanding performances from their actors. If Season 1 wasn’t for you then it’s worth sticking with it to watch how the show develops into something darker and more emotional.

3.) The Night Manager

This show is a classic spy novel turned classy thriller starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. If that doesn’t grab your attention then I don’t know what will. It is filled with beautiful scenery, love, betrayal, guns and its high value feels more 007 than trash TV. If you enjoy action and suspense then this series is one to catch up on this summer.

4.) American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson

We’ve all heard of the OJ Simpson case, it is one of those moments in history where an entire nation stops and observes. Whether you followed this case on the news or have heard of it and always wanted to know more, this true-life drama will captivate and enthral. It will quickly become one of those addictive shows that you’ll be sharing with everyone you know.

5.) Billions

This slick, star-studded series takes a look at how the richest 1% live and the troubles that may arise with all that money. This story of a US attorney going after a hedge fund ‘king’ is powerful, classy and packed with emotional drama. It’s one that has created a loyal fanbase who cannot wait for Season 2.

6.) The Rack Pack

If you know the names Steve Davis and Alex Higgins then this comedic drama is one to watch. This story tells the tale of two snooker rivals in the 80s. Whilst this ‘documentary’ may not have trended on twitter or clogged up your news feeds, it is Brit TV at its finest.

7.) The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom tells the history of a Saxon noble who was captured and raised by the Danes. This book turned BBC-drama doesn’t disappoint even the most loyal fans of this story. If you were disappointed in Vikings then this drama will not let you down. This medieval adventure encompasses beautiful scenery, strong acting, and a powerful score that brings to life this epic tale. This show has a variety of fans, and surprises many when they watch it.

By Sarah Rousseau