When I got breast cancer 4 years ago, Les and I began watching TV during supper. I mean, we can see each other throughout the day, so it isn’t as if we need to converse while we eat. Since it was relaxing, it was a good use of time. 

Note: I bought us some aprons so we don't spill food on our clothes. Turned out to be a great investment. 

And when Covid arrived just over a year later, our need to stay safe increased the need for us to have some easy-to-access light entertainment. The world is scary enough right now, so we (okay, I) tend to choose the kind of shows that are relaxing.  

We mostly watch series, primarily on Acorn or Britbox, but some on Prime, Disney, etc. We tend to subscribe to one network at a time, watch everything we want to see there, move on to another one, then rotate back as new shows or new seasons come out.

Both Acorn and  Britbox have a lot of the more traditional British-style whodunits, and there are also lighter shows. So we might watch a heavier mystery and then a lighter one. Or a mystery and then a comedy. 

Mysteries we recommend - (from heavier to lighter)
  • Vera
  • Shetland
  • Grace
  • The Bay
  • The Chelsea Detective
  • McDonald and Dodds 
  • Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
  • Recipes for Love and Murder
  • The Brokenwood Mysteries
  • Poirot, Marple, and anything else by Agatha Christie 
  • Midsomer Murders
  • My Life is Murder
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
  • Father Brown
  • Shakespeare and Hathaway
  • Jonathan Creek
  • Pie in the Sky
  • Murder in Suburbia
  • Death in Paradise
 Comedies That Aren't Mysteries
  • Doc Martin
  • Kate and Koji
  • The Other One 
  • As Time Goes By
  • All Creatures Great and Small (newest one)
  • The Vicar of Dibley
  • A Fine Romance
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Ted Lasso

I'm sure I've missed a few, but those are the ones that came to mind from the past four years. 

Note: If there's a series you've enjoyed that you think we might like, please add it in the comments.

November 16, 2022

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N. J. Lindquist

N. J. Lindquist is the award-winning author of books, articles, short stories, and blog posts. She also edits and publishes the "Hot Apple Cider" anthologies. A former high school teacher, N. J. co-founded The Word Guild and teaches workshops for writers as well as speaking on various topics including creativity and leadership.

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