Just like thousands and thousands of us who have come to rely on Netflix for our source of entertainment during the pandemic, binging on new series, old films, K-dramas have been part of our “new normal”. But let’s face it, there are times when we also grow kinda weary of finding the next great thing to watch on Netflix. Even if there are recommendations from friends or the subtle trending list on their homepage, sometimes, we need to get off our Netflix fixation and watch something else. For some, it’s shifting to watching Its Showtime or Eat Bulaga. For me, it’s watching those US TV series which I have come to follow and love, season after season. So here, I have come up with my list of Top Five TV series which I’m glad to be back- after a long hiatus brought by COVID-19.
1. Chicago PD
Part of the Chicago universe, which includes Chicago Fire and Chicago Med, this police drama is the masterpiece of Dick Wolfe, the same brains behind the Law and Order franchise. Packed with hard action, the intelligence unit under the helm of Sgt. Hank Voight does everything- sometimes even break the rules- so they get the bad guys in the end. The series just started its 8th season – but has already been renewed up to the 10th season.
2. Law and Order
Now on its 22nd season, this creation of Dick Wolfe is now regarded as the longest running prime time drama in the U.S. Already renewed until the 24th season, the show, with Mariska Hargitay (a.k.a. Olivia Benson) tackles sexual-related cases in the time of COVID-19 as well as crimes related to racism as inspired by Black Lives Matter.
3. The Blacklist
Who doesn’t love James Spader? Now on its 8th season, this espionage series continues to draw viewers who are taken in by Reddington’s out of this world criminal behavior- while trying to help the FBI solve the most unique criminals and their gruesome crimes. This season, Reddington faces his most formidable enemy_ Elizabeth Keene who has allied with her mother, Russian spy Katarina Rostova.
4. Grey’s Anatomy
Now on its 17th season, the show still has its original character Meredith Grey front and center. No spoilers here- but they will be tackling the COVID-19 pandemic- saying that it will be irresponsible not to. The usual sexual and romantic scenes, however, will reportedly be “visually” pared as the cast and crew observe social distancing during actual filming.
5. The Good Doctor
With Freddie Highmore playing the lead as Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, The Good Doctor kicks of the fourth season with its take on COVID-19. Follow how the doctors and residents deal with the rising number of pandemic cases as well as other unique medical situations while grappling with their humanity and personal struggles.
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