Draw your curtains, fill a bowl with salted caramel popcorn and light a candle – you’re staying inside today.
Autumn is the perfect time of year to snuggle up under a cosy blanket and watch hours of TV, while the wind and rain thrash about outside.
But with so many shows to choose from, it becomes almost impossible to make a decision.
That’s where I come in.
I like to think that I have pretty good taste when it comes to TV. I’m fairly selective and don’t necessarily watch the most popular shows, but the ones that I do watch are completely amazing.
So I decided to compile my top five shows to binge-watch during autumn. These aren’t necessarily my favourite shows of all time, but I’ve chosen them because they each have at least one aspect that reminds me of autumn. This could be the setting, the plot or the general vibe!
Even if we have completely different tastes, I highly encourage you to give at least one of these a go.
Just don’t stay up too late watching them, especially the creepier ones…
I’m generally not a fan of reality shows, but I have a major soft spot for Terrace House.
It probably helps that it’s set in Japan, and serves as a great peek at the culture and social etiquette of my favourite country.
I described it once as being like a less intense version of Big Brother, and I think that’s a pretty accurate description. Six people from all over Japan live together in a beautiful house – there’s no competition and they’re able to continue with their regular lives and jobs. It’s a fascinating peek inside a completely different culture, and I can’t get enough of it.
The most recent season is titled ‘Opening New Doors’ and begins with scenes of beautiful autumn leaves – perfect for those cosy vibes!
If you can’t speak Japanese, don’t worry – the show is completely subtitled! You’ll probably find yourself picking up a few words and expressions throughout the season.
Just don’t blame me if you get a sudden urge to book a one-way plane ticket to Japan!
How can I describe Twin Peaks?
It’s a little creepy, very odd and often confusing – am I selling it to you? But seriously, the (many) odd quirks of this show are exactly the things that make me love it so much.
My parents actually watched Twin Peaks back when it first aired, but stopped because it got ‘too weird.’ That should tell you everything you need to know.
The show originally came out in 1990 (although there has been a recent sequel, which I didn’t like as much) and follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper as he investigates the murder of Laura Palmer in the sleepy little town of Twin Peaks. As you can imagine, things get a little strange.
The opening sequence always makes me feel warm and cosy, with colours and shots that are perfect for this time of year. Plus, the creepiness factor is just right for Halloween!
Over The Garden Wall
This is the ultimate autumn show.
It’s got crunchy leaves, woodland walks, pumpkins and creepiness. Even the opening song gives me all the autumnal feels!
Over The Garden Wall follows two half-brothers, Wirt and Greg, who find themselves lost in a mysterious forest. They encounter many strange things as they attempt to get back home, and learn a lot about themselves and each other.
Despite the odd storylines, this show made me feel really emotional (in a good way!) I found the art style to be so beautiful, and the relationship between the two brothers became incredibly touching.
Also, it includes the best song of all time: ‘Potatoes and Molasses.’ Fight me.
Halt and Catch Fire
This show literally inspired me to quit my office job and join my boyfriend at his new tech startup. Seriously, it’s that good.
I’m not going to give too much away, but it follows charasmatic entrepreneur Joe MacMillan and his ventures into the personal computing industry. The show begins in the 80s at the cusp of the World Wide Web revolution, and spans over a period of ten years. It also introduced me to Cameron Howe, one of my favourite TV characters of all time.
Even if you’re not into tech, give this show a try. It’s about so much more than computers! Halt and Catch Fire delves into relationships, showcases successes and failures and delivers some pretty impactful life advice.
I know anime isn’t for everyone, but hear me out.
Tokyo Ghoul is set in a world where ghouls live alongside humans in secret, attacking and devouring them whenever they get the chance. Unsurprisingly, an entire police force is dedicated to wiping out every single ghoul in Tokyo.
The plot follows Ken Kaneki, a student who is attacked one night and subsequently mutates into a half-ghoul. He then has to learn how to survive in this new world, and come to terms with the fact that he now requires human flesh to survive.
There’s a lot more to the story than that, but you’ll have to watch the show to find out what happens!
Tokyo Ghoul is extremely violent and gruesome, so I don’t recommend it if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing. My boyfriend hated it! But if you can look past the gore, there are some really meaningful messages hidden amongst the blood and guts.
And if all else fails, just use it as a horror movie on Halloween!
Do you think you’ll be giving any of these shows a watch?
Let me know in the comments, and feel free to leave any of your own suggestions – now that I’ve finished all of these, I’ll need something else to keep me going throughout the colder months!