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Press play: the television shows we’re binging this weekend

From the fractured family dynamics of Succession to the, well, euphoria of Euphoria – these are the television shows that have our office hooked. Are we still watching? Yes, yes we are.

Victoria Pearson

Content Director

I had scrolled past GLOW countless times on my Netflix account before taking a chance on it one evening and was immediately obsessed, devouring the first season within a few days. The premise (80s-era Los Angeles with aspiring actors performing as the show’s namesake Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) seemed cheesy in synopsis but is based on true events, and the characters are fully realised and multidimensional. The soundtrack is pure nostalgia, there’s spandex for days and fantastic sensitivity veiled as aggression from Marc Maron. I am eagerly awaiting season four.

Victoria Pearson

Content Director

I had scrolled past GLOW countless times on my Netflix account before taking a chance on it one evening and was immediately obsessed, devouring the first season within a few days. The premise (80s-era Los Angeles with aspiring actors performing as the show’s namesake Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) seemed cheesy in synopsis but is based on true events, and the characters are fully realised and multidimensional. The soundtrack is pure nostalgia, there’s spandex for days and fantastic sensitivity veiled as aggression from Marc Maron. I am eagerly awaiting season four.

Gabriela Hidalgo

Senior Designer

STATE OF THE UNION

Based on Nick Hornby’s book, State of the Union is a perfect series for any realist-verging-on-pessimist with a penchant for snappy television. Each episode is 10-minutes-short and sees a married couple Louise and Tom (played by Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd) in a pub before their weekly marital therapy sessions. There is something so reassuring about seeing love depicted in a circumstance that is completely stripped of romanticism – 15 years in, layers deep in interwoven baggage. That’s what I want to see. Still, here they are hanging on by a thread (but isn’t that when it counts the most?). The couple’s dialogue is laced with familiarity, anger, criticism and regret yet somehow said with an almost undetectable glint of hope. Whether they even want to find their way back to each other is questionable but their openness to honesty even when it’s brutal, shows that regardless of how the story ends, it’s true love.

Megan Nolan

Designer & Creative Services Manager

EXPLAINED

My housemate got me onto this series, and with 15-20 minute episodes it’s the perfect train filler to keep me off social media on my morning commute. Each episode delves into an issue or a topic relevant to our world, from astrology to the gender pay gap, cults and the female orgasm. It’s narrated by different celebrities which means I spend half of each episode trying to figure out who’s voice it is. Bonus points for the fact that it feels informative without an angle or a sell at the end of it and makes me feel like I’m expanding my brain before I’ve even hit the office.  They’ve also released a The Mind Explained series which focuses on psychology and is right up my alley. The trick is to resist watching them all in one night.

Megan Nolan

Designer & Creative Services Manager

EXPLAINED

My housemate got me onto this series, and with 15-20 minute episodes it’s the perfect train filler to keep me off social media on my morning commute. Each episode delves into an issue or a topic relevant to our world, from astrology to the gender pay gap, cults and the female orgasm. It’s narrated by different celebrities which means I spend half of each episode trying to figure out who’s voice it is. Bonus points for the fact that it feels informative without an angle or a sell at the end of it and makes me feel like I’m expanding my brain before I’ve even hit the office.  They’ve also released a The Mind Explained series which focuses on psychology and is right up my alley. The trick is to resist watching them all in one night.

Natalie Petrevski

Fashion Editor

MIND HUNTER

After a wait of almost two years post-season one, the recently released and highly anticipated season two of Mind Hunter has not disappointed. The series is a psychological thriller and crime drama (based in the late 70s – early 80s) that follows FBI agents Holden Ford (yes, actual name) and Bill Tench, along with psychologist Wendy Carr. Together, the trio interview imprisoned infamous serial killers to understand why and how they think. Incredibly interesting and super chilling, each episode is more unbelievable than the last. Special note – the show is based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. Also major props to the actors who play the real life serial killers. With the help of the prosthetics makeup artists, they are undistinguishable from their terrifying counterparts.

Ellen Presbury

Market & Beauty Director

EUPHORIA

Recommended by a friend (Watch. You’ll like.), showing those teenager years in all the angsty, gritty, disturbing and true ways that shows about high school so often miss. Because we grew up quicker than our parents knew about, didn’t we? It feels equally so close to, and so far removed from, my own high school experience that I’m hooked for both reasons. Also, to say I have a crush on Rue (Zendaya) is an understatement.

Ellen Presbury

Market & Beauty Director

EUPHORIA

Recommended by a friend (Watch. You’ll like.), showing those teenager years in all the angsty, gritty, disturbing and true ways that shows about high school so often miss. Because we grew up quicker than our parents knew about, didn’t we? It feels equally so close to, and so far removed from, my own high school experience that I’m hooked for both reasons. Also, to say I have a crush on Rue (Zendaya) is an understatement.

Jess Blanch

Editor in Chief

SUCCESSION

It goes deep into the psyche of a family that is profoundly more dysfunctional than our own. A viewing experience that leaves you feeling excruciatingly uncomfortable but not enough to stop watching.

From top: @glownetflix; @alisonbrie; State of the Union, Netflix; Nick Horny, State of the Union; Netflix, Explained; @mindhunter; @zendaya; @euphoria; @succession_hbo.