10 Of The Best TV Boxsets

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1 | House of Cards (season 1)

Kevin Spacey plays Francis Underwood, a Congressman seeking to bring down the government in the powerful and gripping Netflix original political drama.

Spacey relishes the role of the Machiavellian in this complex and rich script, while Robin Harris is just as good as his wife and loyal companion. Not to mention downright sexy.

All 13 episodes of uninterrupted political skulduggery are available on Netflix as well as DVD.

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Box-set binging time: 13 hours


2 | The Walking Dead (season 3)
The British show follows a group of post-apocalyptic survivors fighting a tide of undead.

Andrew Lincoln plays Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes leading a group of characters you quickly grow attached to, as their individual plights and backgrounds are teased out among all the zombie killing mayhem.

Box-set binging time: 11 hours


3 | Californication (season 6)
Hollywood’s’ most notorious pen-smith, Hank Moody (playedby David Duchovny) has descended into a world of alcohol, drugs, and sex.

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His sprint towards self-destruction is well underway at this point in the series, which includes a great guest star turn by comedian Tim Minchin as rock God Atticus Fetch.

The dialog is a delight: superbly eloquent and uncompromising, helping build a strange and chaotic world you won’t want to leave.

Box-set binging time: 6 hours 30 minutes



4 | Board Walk Empire (season 4)
Set in Atlantic City during prohibition era, this gangster period drama brings the 1920’s to life with a swagger (the suits will have you drooling).

Villainous Mayor Nucky Thomson (played brilliantly by Steve Buscemi) ruthlessly dispatches all comers to carve himself a brutal bootlegging empire. 

The supporting cast is a treat too, including Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Iceman).

Box-set binging time: 12 hours


5 | Archer (season 4)
If Ian Fleming and Trey Parker were trapped in a lift, this is the animated series they’d come up with to pass the time.

Stirling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) is the world’s greatest secret agent. Along with his overbearing mother (an outstandingly wicked Jessica Walters) and a motley crew of twisted colleagues, Archer bounds effortlessly from one misadventure to the next, spreading snappy one-liners Bond would be proud of.      

Box-set binging time: 6 hours 30 minutes


6 | Luther (season 3)
The extraordinary DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) is back and his troubles are far from over.

A true modern day hero of the small screen, Luther takes on only the vilest and most diabolical criminals London has to offer while struggling to keep his humanity intact.

Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) is his shadowy ally / stalker, providing the sexual tension.

Box-set binging time:  5 hours 20 minutes


7 | Hannibal (season 1)
Few series transfer well from the big screen to the small, but Hannibal is one of the best – and certainly one of the most stylish.

The anti-hero Dr Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) manipulates the action, murdering with purpose and flair before feeding his victims to unsuspecting diner guests.

Box-set binging time: 9 hours 31 minutes


8 | Arrested Development (season 4)
Fans of this side splitting series had to wait a long time for this latest instalment.

The once rich and powerful Bluth dynasty has fallen on difficult times and it’s up to Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) to keep the overly precocious family together.

Jessica Walters is great as the haranguing matriarch Lucille Bluth, but all the characters are funny.

Box-set binging time: 7 hours 30 minutes



9 | Game of Thrones (season 3)
With more naked flesh, witches, dragons, zombies and pirates than Harry Potter’s Bachelor party, this series covers all sci-fi fantasy bases short of space travel.

The King is dead and the scramble for power has set events in motion. Armies have risen, ships are a-sail and great men will sacrifice their lives for the cause.

The best part of this show? The way the writers are brave enough not to pander to the “good guy must win” mentality and keep you guessing with every episode.

Box-set binging time: 6 hours 40 minutes


10 | Breaking Bad (season 6)
Unquestionably the TV event of 2013, the end of Breaking Bad confirmed its place in the pantheon of great small screens dramas, alongside The Sopranos and The Wire.

If you don’t know the premise already: Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is a struggling high school chemistry teacher from New Mexico, who, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, embarks on a career making crystal meth with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

Buy season 6, but not a second before you’ve watched seasons 1-5. Hell, do it all together and The Dead Zone will be the highlight of your year.

Box-set binging time: 12 hours

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