Favourite TV Shows of 2023
It’s time for my next Favourites of 2023 post, and today I’m sharing my Favourite TV shows of 2023. These aren’t necessarily TV shows that aired in 2023 for the first time but shows I’ve re-watched or discovered and enjoyed in 2023.
Favourite TV Shows of 2023
Lockwood & Co – Netflix
I’m still devastated that Netflix cancelled this show after only one series. Netflix needs to chill with the delete button already. This show had barely any marketing and yet I was addicted and read all the books in one month after watching. It’s a scary-esque ghost show with teenagers running the world, for the most part. Fun, eerie and romantic in places.
Vikings – Amazon Prime
I discovered Vikings for the first time in 2023, and whilst I only watched until season 4 I did really enjoy the show. I just got fatigued with binge-watching. I’ll likely watch the final few seasons in the next few months.
Sort Your Life Out – S2+S3 – BBC
Stacey Solomons is a breath of fresh air for being so normal. I don’t know why I find Sort Your Out Life so relaxing to watch, but I do. It’s the right level of heart-warming mixed in with my love of organisation. Win-Win.
Shadow & Bone – S2 – Netflix
Netflix and the cancelling again! This one was a real shocker given the size of the fandom. But series two of Shadow and Bone was a lot of fun. I’ve never read the books so I just enjoy the show for what it is and I’d recommend it. Even if it does end on a cliffhanger.
Daisy Jones & The Six – Amazon Prime
How many of us were waiting for this adaptation? It’s been years in the making and they pulled it off. Whilst I still think the audiobook pips it, ever so slightly, I did enjoy this show a lot. And the music was excellent! The right mix of Fleetwood Mac and Taylor Swift.
Queen Charlotte – Netflix
I couldn’t go a year without mentioning a Shondaland creation! Queen Charlotte was so sweet, the final moments under the bed are just ‘aww’ on a screen. It’s hard-hitting, but the right mix of real history with completely made-up stories. Cute but sad.
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel – Amazon Prime
The final season of one of my favourite series aired in 2023. It wasn’t as gut-pullingly funny as the first season but it had a strong pay-off and as ever I loved returning to 1950s/60s New York with Midge and Susie. They handled the Lenny Bruce storyline well, as well, even if it was sad.
Outlander – S7 – Lionsgate+
Another year, another Droughtlander. This season Outlander was very much a filler season before the final season in 2024. However, you can’t beat this cast for gripping you at every turn. Jamie and Claire are going to go down as one of the greatest romances of all time.
Selling the OC – Netflix
The drama! I have very few guilty pleasures and Selling Sunset/The OC are two of them. It’s insane how much drama goes down in these estate agents’ offices. Not to mention the money spent – on houses, outfits and parties. Madness, but addictive.
Love is Blind – S4 – Netflix (not S5)
I hated the fifth season of Love Is Blind but I did enjoy season four with Kwame and Chelsea, Brett and Tiffany and even the messy Zack and Bliss. Another guilty pleasure which I doubt I’ll be continuing with in 2024 given the terrible fifth season, but still a fun hangover watch.
The Wheel of Time – S2 – Amazon Prime
It got better! I wasn’t a massive fan of the first series of The Wheel o f Time, but the second series was great. This is high fantasy at it’s highest, and it’s as complicated as anything. But the acting was better as was the score and emotional pay-off, particularly in the last episode.
The Long Shadow – ITV
A hard-hitting drama about the victims of the Yorkshire Ripper. This started very moving and powerful, and then just became a story about the ineptitude and prejudice of the police officers on the case. It was meant to be giving voice to the victims and even ended with clips from the victim’s families. However, I think it was let down by the second half of the drama. Nevertheless, the emotional pay-off and the gripping drama were there.
Ambulance – BBC
Ambulance is a hard watch for being so raw, but it’s a powerful and important watch for people who use the NHS.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK – BBC
The fifth season of Drag Race UK has come and gone and as ever it was a lot of fun. I’m really pleased by who won, and I wouldn’t have guessed it from the first few episodes. The comedy was spot-on – excluding the Snatch Game which I thought was quite weak this year – and well worth a binge if you haven’t caught up with it yet.
The Good Doctor – NowTV
I’ve never been inclined to watch The Good Doctor and then I saw a few clips on TikTok and I became addicted. Six seasons in a few weeks. Impressive, even for me!
The Crown – S6 – Netflix
The final season of The Crown has come and gone. Whilst I wasn’t a fan of the ghosts and the final scenes between Diana and Dodi, the drama still pulled at my heartstrings and moved me. I think we might have been better off leaving it after the divorce in 1996. I think moving it into 1997 and the early 2000s was a mistake – it’s too recent! – but it was an incredible series altogether.
Doctor Who – BBC
Oh, the nostalgia! David Tennant and Catherine Tate together again makes me so happy and I was genuinely laughing out loud when the first episode aired. I adored it. And I love the fact that Doctor Who has added in so many references to the LGBT+ community including the use of pronouns, gender and sexuality. It feels reflective of the modern age and I’m glad to see it!
Those are my favourite TV shows of 2023. What TV shows have you loved in 2023? Let me know in the comments below.