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Series To Binge Watch This Year

Everyone in their spare time wonders what they should be watching and why they should be watching it, just as movies the data for TV series are outrageous and in recent times there are over a 100 TV shows you could be possibly watching in a single year, but let's face facts and talk numbers; you can’t see all.

I made a list narrowing my top 20 TV series that I think maybe worth your time. Let the count down begin.

20. Lethal Weapon

Review: if you are looking for laughs, thrills, and kicks this is just the series for you, I know most knows the stereotype of action crime drama series but this series begs to differ as it has a catching sideline story developing each and every one of its character arcs, this series is so flexible in genre it could pass as a family series.

Aura ratings: 7.5/10

Distributors: Fox

Synopsis: Although the change of a cast member this show still manages to keep a slot in our hearts.  Rebooting the hit movie franchise of the same name, "Lethal Weapon" is set in modern-day Los Angeles, where Detective Roger Murtaugh works a crime-ridden beat. Some of Murtaugh's colleagues at the LAPD include Detective Bailey, Capt. Brooks Avery, and a pathologist named Scorsese. Murtaugh, married to Trish, and a father of three, finds himself working with Detective Wesley Cole, a former international CIA operative who has been everywhere and seen everything. Cole must adjust to life on the West Coast while navigating his partnership with Murtaugh.

19. The Boys

Review: picture your everyday justice league and imagine a life behind the sense where they aren’t actually only heroes but gods amongst men who have their agendas hidden from mankind they swore to protect when in actuality they owe us nothing and are self subjected to our criticism and praise, mind you we are the weaker bunch. The plot twist in this story, not all heroes are heroes and not all villans are villans but in a world where Superman is bad who stands a chance? Watch the boys and find out what happens.

Aura Ratings: 7.5/10

Distributors: Prime TV

Synopsis: The Boys is an American superhero web television series based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Developed by Eric Kripke for Amazon, it follows the titular team of vigilantes as they fight back against superpowered people who abuse their abilities.

18. Chernobyl

Review: if you are a fan of history and you have known Chernobyl for its massive radiation explosion that’s still affecting them till date, this is definitely a series for you; highly enjoyable but it is very graphical so if you don’t have the stomach for burns, blood or gruesome death this isn’t a series for you, but if you can handle all that for sure this is a good addition to your series collection. Being that it's based on a real-life event its isn’t your typical every year series rather it’s a mini-series of five episodes, each split into the most nail-biting one hours of your life.  

Aura ratings: 9.5/10

Distributors: HBO

Synopsis: Chernobyl is a 2019 historical drama television miniseries created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck for HBO. The series centers around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented cleanup efforts that followed. Produced by HBO in association with Sky UK, it features an ensemble cast led by Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson.

17. When They See Us

Review: Arguably one of the most talked-about series after Game Of Thrones in 2019, this series like Chernobyl is true to life and also a mini-series divided into four episodes each clocking an hour-long, it is Directed  by Ava DuVernay who is also behind the brilliance of Queen Sugar one of my personal best tv series out there, it’s a black lives matter movement, if you are passionate about the beauty of blacks trust me this series will leave you in tears.

Aura ratings: 9.5/10

Distributors: Netflix

Synopsis: When They See Us is a 2019 American drama web television miniseries created, co-written, and directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix, that premiered in four parts on May 31, 2019. It is based on events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case and explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City. The series features an ensemble cast, including Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams, Logan Marshall-Green, Joshua Jackson, Blair Underwood, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Kylie Bunbury.

 

16. Grown-ish

Review: This was a late start for me but a quick and painless finish, no regrets attached to the shows view time, with an ear candy intro theme song this series is highly recommendable for you and your family, no plot twist or complication just a simple story of the everyday college life and how it is being handled, if you are a huge fan of Drake this is definitely one of those series that shows one of his finest works you would think Drake was a partner.

Aura ratings: 6.5/10

Distributors: Freeform

Synopsis: Grown-ish (stylized as grown·ish) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of the ABC series Black-ish. The single-camera comedy follows the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) as she goes to college, begins her journey to adulthood but quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Deon Cole (whose own role also originated on Black-ish), Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe and Halle Bailey, Luka Sabbat, and Chris Parnell also star.

 

15. American gods

Review: This is not a series for everyone, not saying it isn’t a good series in fact it is one of the best amongst this list but due to a slow start and careful build-up to the story there was little or no action in its early season, what made it hard to watch was in few scenes or episodes you will expect a hell of a fight scene but they fell short on that. The tricky thing about this series is if you can wait out all the talks it grows on you, and one good thing is the story arc is so great you don’t get lost in its coming episode but if you miss one it will tell on you. Trust if you don’t have patience this isn’t the series you want to be watching but its definitely good. One fun fact almost all the famous Africans are featured in this series.

Aura Ratings: 8.5/10

Distributors: Starz

 Synopsis: Ricky Whittle plays the series' lead Shadow Moon, who meets a strange man named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) after being released from prison and soon becomes embroiled in a large-scale conflict between the Old Gods and the New Gods, who grow stronger each day.

14. Godfather of Harlem

Reviews: if there is one thing I love about the great city of Harlem is there is no “goddam” story that comes out of there boring or half-cooked, this city has a lot to offer when it comes to crime, drama, love, black supremacy,  music, culture and even hero fantasy(Luke Cage). Godfather of Harlem doesn’t fall short of this praises as it takes you on an amazing journey of a man who tries to reclaim his place in his society after coming out from jail

Aura Rating:  7/10

Distributors: Epix

Synopsis: Godfather of Harlem tells the "true story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson, who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.

13. Cloak and Dagger

Review: This is a very underrated show, yes there are plenty of superheroes shows out there especially from Marvel and keeping up might be hard; cloak and dagger is unique in many ways, it isn’t your direct everyday superhero work catch the bad guys storyline rather it is two inexperience youth cared for their lives who were gifted with powers from childhood; they are so different in personalities, upbring, and even race they are far apart but one thing brings them together “their destinies”

Aura rating: 6.9/10

Distributors: Marvel

Synopsis:  In New Orleans, Louisiana, teenagers Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from different backgrounds and have acquired superpowers after a life-changing event that revolved around the collapse of the Roxxon Gulf Platform. As their friendship unfolds, they soon realize that their powers work better when they are together, they use these powers to try to fix some of the wrongs in the world.

12. The Flash

Review: my name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive, so many laughs just went through my mind, I could write a full article about this series why I feel it isn’t good enough but I still love it, it has a good storyline good twist and many exciting moments but one killing fact here in the flash is he isn’t projected as strongly as he should be in the series. But that could be forgiven due to lack of budgets or  better CGI (Computer Generated Images)

Aura Rating: 7/10

Distributors: The CW, TV Puls

Synopsis: At 11, Barry Allen's life changed completely when his mother died in a freak accident and his innocent father was convicted of her murder. Orphaned Barry later becomes Detective Joe West. Now a crime-scene investigator, his dedication to learning the truth about his mother's death drives him to follow up on every new scientific advancement and urban legend. When his latest obsession - a particle accelerator heralded as a world-changing invention - causes an explosion, it creates a freak storm and Barry is struck by lightning. He awakes from a coma nine months later with the power of superspeed. When he learns that others who have gained powers use them for evil, he dedicates himself to protecting the innocent, while still trying to solve the older mystery.

11. The bodyguard

Review: I never thought I would enjoy another British series as much as I enjoyed The bodyguard. If you must know games of thrones is a British series, that’s another discussion for another day. The bodyguard as all British stereotyped movies/shows has excess talks in them and little action for a fact the first four seasons of Game Of Thrones were carefully built up and aided with sex sense to the point that sex was more of a topic than the story but the story was still EPIC don’t get me wrong, this is a proof of this stereotype. The bodyguard is a six episodes series in which its first three episodes started slow, although the first 30minutes of this 6 hours long series started on a high note, which later makes you will find your self crumbling down, after its third episode you wouldn’t get enough of its suspense and thrills.

Aura Ratings: 8/10

Distributors: BBC

Synopsis: War veteran David Budd finds work as a police sergeant with London's Metropolitan Police Service, in the Royalty and Specialist Protection branch. He is assigned to protect the home secretary, the Rt. Hon. Julia Montague MP, a controversial and ambitious politician who is described as "the sociopath" by one of her aides, and who has plans to introduce invasive new surveillance powers for security forces. Finding himself increasingly at odds with Montague's policies and personality, and dealing with physical and psychological scars from his time serving in Afghanistan, volatile Budd is torn between his beliefs and his duty to protect.

  

 10. A Million Little Things

Review: If talk and drama is your thing this family series will blow your mind, it is carefully told and expressed in acting, with A million Little things you never know whats is happening till you know what is happening, you cant just play seer on this series and expect it to go right. Amongst a numerous of beautiful things making this series pop Romany Malco (A cast from think like a man) I definitely will soon drop an article on the where-about of the cast of think like a man and how far they have gone with their individual careers.

Aura Ratings: 7.9/10

Distributors: ABC

Synopsis: It has been said that friendship isn't one big thing, it's a million little things. That is certainly true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it's just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing that can save them from themselves.

 

9. This Is Us

Review: Most Anticipated TV show at the moment with so much to offer from its previous Seasons this is a good watch for you as all her fans can’t get enough of her.

Aura Rating: 8.7/10

Distributors: NBC

Synopsis: Jack and his wife - who is very pregnant with triplets - have just moved into their new home in Pittsburgh. Successful and handsome television actor Kevin is growing increasingly bored with his bachelor lifestyle. Randall - who was abandoned at a fire station by his father as an infant - is a stylish New York-based businessman working to raise two daughters with his wife, Beth. These people are among a group, several of whom share a birthday, of seemingly random individuals whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways.

8. Ozark

Review: As you would have noticed various factors affect my ranking system as against my rating system, this is because despite the ratings there are a high number of people who would prefer one series to another due to certain reasons but that’s not to say it is a better series than the less appreciated one. Ozark comes in at number 8 when it could easily be in my top 5 but this series like American gods isn’t for everyone, its highly intellectual, strategic and some times  brainstorming which MIGHT make it a boring watch for some carefree anything can go series lovers but trust me it isn’t as complicated as the TV series Legion.    

Aura Rating:8.7/10

Distributors: Netflix

Synopsis: Created by Bill Dubuque ("The Accountant," "The Judge"), this drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrdes' fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.

7. Queen Sugar

Review: This is a carefully articulated series which show the power of a woman and how far she can go to protect her family legacy against some hard hitters in the society, it is a racially intense series showing the common rift between a dark skin person and a white skin person in America. This series delves into numerous issues concerning family pressure, sibling expectations, identity crisis, celebrity lifestyle, the hard heartfelt labor a Black man/woman has to give just to match up with society, the vulnerability of a woman and how they keep getting back up; now mind you this isn’t a series that tries to force feminism to your face, in fact, that’s the list of its problem but if you are a smart person its something you will fetch out yourself and do the maths. What can I say, its another work of brilliance from Ava DuVernay

Aura Ratings: 8.5/10

Distributors: OWN

Synopsis:  "Queen Sugar," tells the story of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Louisiana. At the center of the family are Nova, a journalist, and activist; Charley, the wife, and manager of an NBA player; and formerly incarcerated father Ralph Angel, who is searching for redemption. Following a tragedy in the family, the siblings must put their complicated lives aside so that they can come together to run the clan's struggling sugar cane farm. Also involved in the farm are Aunt Violet and family friend Remy Newell.

6. The Resident

Review: In my opinion, this series takes the torch of Grey's anatomy and runs further into the deep when it comes to medical drama series. Taking the torch doesn’t mean better but if it was a relay race it has been having a good run, with pre-existing medical series like Chicago-Meds, Grey’s Anatomy and House the residence isn’t doing bad for itself, for Nigerians this will be an enjoyable watch as its contents appeal to the African communities saying they have one of the best medical practitioners out there but due to poor infrastructure they all come abroad to practice their careers.  A star cast from the series who is by far the best surgeon is a character from the Nigerian community of mixed Igbo and Hausa. Just smile and enjoy this series.

Aura Rating: 8.2/10

Distributors: FOX

Synopsis: Conrad Hawkins is one of Chastain Park Memorial Hospital's best doctors. Charming and arrogant, Conrad likes to take an unconventional approach whenever possible and believes it's his personal duty to shatter the romantic illusions of the first-year residents. Dr. Devon Pravesh is an innocent idealist who leans on his finely tuned moral compass, but with Conrad's help, he begins to realize that the practice of medicine is a business, like any other, with less-than-angelic patients and fallible doctors.

5. Tom Clancy's Jack Rayan

Review: Tom Clancy is a good storyteller and you can tell from his various games development “Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, The Division 2 and  Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 amongst other” Jack Rayan is a good watch at number 5 I’ll let the synopsis do the talking and your eyes do the watching don’t miss out.

Aura Ratings: 8.9/10

Distributors: Amazon Prime Video

Synopsis: Author Tom Clancy introduced the character of Jack Ryan in a series of books before Ryan headed to the big screen in several films. Now the former U.S. Marine is featured in an episodic series for the first time, with John Krasinski portraying Ryan in this Amazon original thriller that centers on Ryan as an up-and-coming CIA analyst. He is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time and uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication. That launches him into the middle of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

 

 4. Stranger Things

Review: This is by far one of the best things you will see on modern-day TV today If horror is your thing this is your series. I am a horror movie buff so for me it isn’t scary at all, it's more thrilling than scary. Season one and two were off to great starts but season 3 was a bombshell the stranger thing fan community is a place you will love to be in.

Aura Ratings: 9/10

Distributors: Netflix

Synopsis: In 1980s Indiana, a group of young friends witnesses supernatural forces and secret government exploits. As they search for answers, the children unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries.

 

3. Game of Thrones

Review: This series has been put to a close, finito. I wasn’t particularly impressed with the way they chose to end it; it was rushed and plenty expectations weren’t lived up to, asides the negative this is not one of the best series you can come across, it is the best series you can come across, this is the kind of series you make babies to LOL. I don’t need to talk about GOT you probably have heard about it and you are tired but that how good the series it, if you haven’t watched it and you feel you are special “you know nothing”

Aura Rating: 9.4/10

Distributor: HBO

Synopsis: George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. It's the depiction of two powerful families -- kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men -- playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne. Martin is credited as a co-executive producer and one of the writers for the series, whose shooting locations include Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia, and Spain.

2.Power

Review: soon to finish and it caries all the fire and Ice you can get from a series of its caliber, unlike GOT the finale is going well, not rushed but it moves with the Power of a champion they aren’t here to play games. Not a family series though if your family isn’t open-minded lol

Aura Ratings: 9.1/10

Distributors: Starz

Synopsis: It appears James "Ghost" St. Patrick has it all -- a drop-dead gorgeous wife, a stunning Manhattan penthouse, and the power and success that come with owning hot new nightclub Truth. But a closer look reveals a man living a double life. When Ghost isn't tending to his Fortune 500 business, he's catering to clients of another operation: a drug empire that serves only the rich and influential. While loyal sidekick Tommy protects the cash-cow narcotics venture at all costs, Ghost's new reality is using Truth as more than a front to launder money. It's a way out of the drug game and into a legitimate life with his family, even if everything he loves becomes unknowingly threatened. "Power" is co-executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (who also co-stars) and show creator Courtney Kemp Agboh ("The Good Wife").

1. 1.  La Casa De Papel A.K.A Money Heist

Review: Nothing is like this TV show out there, its plot and twist are simply just smart WORDS can not justify how good this TV series is, To be honest, this is the best thing that would have hit Telemundo but Netflix grabbed it like 36 palm road Aba, now look at it now its making papers. This series Is not Overrated. It is no surprise that number one is from Netflix

Aura Ratings: 9.5/10

Distributors: Netflix

Synopsis: A criminal mastermind who goes by "The Professor" has a plan to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history -- to print billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. To help him carry out the ambitious plan, he recruits eight people with certain abilities and who have nothing to lose. The group of thieves takes hostages to aid in their negotiations with the authorities, who strategize to come up with a way to capture the Professor. As more time elapses, the robbers prepare for a showdown with the police.

Honorable mention

1.  Warrior

2.  For the People

 

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