Learning English can be a challenge, so what better way to gain fluency than learning while not even realizing you’re doing it! I’ve put together another list of TV shows you should start binge-watching if you want to improve your English –here’s the first one – and get transported to a fictional world of heroes, villains and some gripping courtroom drama.
If Mad Men is a bit too talky for you, then Suits is the cooler alternative. It’s set in New York and follows a talented college dropout called Mike who starts working for a law firm run by Harvey Specter – the twist being that Mike never actually went to law school. Controversial.
Best line you’ll learn: “I refuse to answer that, on the grounds that I don’t want to.”
2. How I Met Your Mother
You probably already know this one, and for good reason. It’s the sitcom smash hit that followed the likes of Friends and Will and Grace, set in New York and telling the story of how a young guy called Ted eventually meets the mother of his children – to whom he’s telling the story in the future. Don’t worry, it makes more sense when you watch it.
Best line you’ll learn: “Legen – wait for it – dary!”
3. The Crown
If you’re eager to find out what goes on inside the lives of the British royal family, then this show should satisfy all your cravings. It’s based on actual events and the casting is so good even the Queen thought she was watching herself on TV (I may have just made that up).
Best line you’ll learn: “Yes, I am a queen – but I am also a woman… and a wife.”
4. White Collar
If you like your crime dramas really slick, then this is the one for you: White Collar follows a super talented (and manipulative) con artist who agrees to help an FBI agent catch professional, or ‘white collar’ criminals, in return for staying out of prison.
Best line you’ll learn: “We’re not on the same page! We’re not reading the same book! We’re not even in the same library!”
Spooky dramas with a touch of comedy don’t come much better than Supernatural, which has been running for over ten years. It follows two brothers who hunt down ghosts and monsters while dealing with their own personal demons (some of which are emotional, others of which are actual demons. Because, you know. Supernatural).
Best line you’ll learn: “Please accept this sandwich as a gesture of solidarity.”
6. Line of Duty
One of the best British crime shows ever (because I say so), this drama follows a small team of undercover police officers who expose corruption within the police force. The interrogation scenes are SO good and it will make you suspicious of all your friends and family (probably). Great for learning some pretty technical British English as well.
Best line you’ll learn: “You’re under arrest.”
7. Orange Is The New Black
Based on a true story, this show tells the tale of Piper Chapman, who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend years before. It’s a show driven by strong women and will make you laugh and cry (sometimes at the same time). Perfect for brushing up on your American English.
Best line you’ll learn: “This is the loneliest place I’ve ever been and I lived in a tree for eight months.”
8. Jessica Jones/Daredevil/Luke Cage/Iron Fist
OK so technically these are four different shows, but since they’re all set in the same universe and there’s a show called The Defenders in which all the characters come together, I’m giving them just the one spot on my list. Without explaining each one individually, the stories are basically about small-time superheroes having realistic (and gritty) adventures in New York. Funny, scary, action-packed and made by Marvel. Go watch them all right now.
Best line you’ll learn: There are too many to choose from!
9. Stranger Things
Many of you won’t have been alive in the 1980s to understand all the references to that era in Stranger Things, but you don’t really need to – it’s an awesome show in its own right. I won’t spoil it for you, but there are monsters and kids with superpowers and lots of 80s music. It’s great fun and great for your English skills.
Best line you’ll learn: “Mike! I found the chocolate pudding!”
This could be the most simple show with the most complex English to learn on my list. It’s a long-running soap opera set in London’s poorer East End district, where a neighborhood of people go about their daily lives in all sorts of funny and dramatic ways. If you’re planning to go to London and want to sound like a local, this is definitely the show for you.
Best line you’ll learn: “Get out of my pub!”