The March holidays are finally upon us! While your time can be spent catching up with your friends or heading out on that cafe-hopping / shopping spree, the week-long break is also good for catching up on all the shows you’ve missed out on. Here’s a list to get you started.
Riverdale (available on Netflix)
What it is about: On the surface, Riverdale looks like your average idyllic small town, but there are dangers lurking beneath its wholesome facade. After the tragic death of golden boy Jason Blossom, follow Archie and his friends as they try to navigate high school, and more importantly, each other. Be on the lookout for new episodes of Riverdale every Friday on Netflix!
Reasons to watch it: If you’ve grown up reading the classic Archie comic book series, you’ll realise that the only thing Riverdale has in common are its iconic characters. This contemporised spin-off has a darker and definitely more grownup theme to it, with plenty of drama and suspense from the get-go. And the gang tackles a steady stream of issues from dealing with the expectations of their parents, to cyber-bullying to privilege issues – relevant things that teenagers face today. Fans of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Degrassi will definitely enjoy Riverdale.
Stranger Things (available on Netflix)
What it is about: When a young boy goes missing after a Dungeons and Dragons session, his friends and family embark on a quest to find him. But they end up uncovering something far more sinister – the government covering up experiments on young children, supernatural forces from a parallel dimension and a girl with incredible psychokinetic powers.
Reasons to watch it: Besides the tension and mystery, as well as being loaded with references to the ’80s, the sci-fi horror series’ biggest gift is none other than its four breakout stars: Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), who captivate viewers from the moment they appear on screen. ’90s darling Winona Ryder also makes a triumphant return to television as Joyce Byers, a determined mum who will stop at nothing to find her son. If you’re a fan of movies like The Goonies and E.T., then you should definitely put Stranger Things on your must-watch list.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (available on Netflix)
What it is about: Three Baudelaire orphans are sent to live with their closest relative when a mysterious fire claimed the lives of their parents and gutted their home. But instead of being a father figure to the orphans, Count Olaf is actually just after the enormous family fortune and he will stop at nothing to get it.
Reasons to watch it: Despite Lemony Snicket’s countless efforts to try and persuade you to stop watching the show because whatever happens is just too sad, pay no attention to him. The dark comedy, Neil Patrick Harris’ hilarious portrayal as the conniving Count Olaf, and the fact that the first and (soon to be confirmed) subsequent seasons of the show will cover the full 13-part book series are all reasons why you shouldn’t in fact “look away”. If you were a fan of the 2004 film and was upset that there wasn’t a sequel, then the series will definitely get you your fix of all things “unfortunate”.
The Shannara Chronicles (available on Netflix)
What it is about: When the magical wall protecting Four Lands from demons wanes, the kingdom finds itself under attack. Now, it is up to Princess Amberle Elessedil and Will Ohmsford, with the guidance of Allanon the Druid, to find and unlock lost magic to save their people.
Reasons to watch it: If you love TV shows with a strong female lead, then this show’s for you! But just in case Poppy Drayton’s (Amberle Elessedil) kickass scenes aren’t enough for you, then the fantasy and horror elements might just do the trick! Also not forgetting the stunning scenery and breathtaking location shots that has got us itching to travel. If you enjoy shows like Game of Thrones and Into The Badlands, then you’ll definitely enjoy The Shannara Chronicles.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (available on Viu)
What it is about: Girl meets boy in the form of an ambitious yet awkward-around-boys weightlifter and a talented yet trauma-riddled swimmer. Set in high school, this coming-of-age romcom follows the story of young athletes as they fight for their dreams while discovering love along the way.
Reasons to watch it: Not your stereotypical damsel in distress, our titular heroine puts an end to K-drama cliches with her plucky, headstrong attitude – yet beneath her badass guise hides an innocent school girl’s heart, which makes her all the more endearing. Plus, you get one mega hearthrob of a male lead who’s equal parts BFF goals and perfect boyfriend material. Oh, and did we mention cameos from Lee Jong Suk, Ji Soo and SNSD’s Seohyun are also part of the package?
Goblin (aired on Oh!K!, available on Viu)
What it is about: A modern fantasy tale inspired by Korean folklore, Goblin tells the love story between a 939-year-old goblin cursed to a life of immortality and his high-school bride-to-be, and a 300-year-old tsundere grim reaper and the owner of a chicken restaurant who holds a mysterious link to the former.
Reasons to watch it: Hot on the heels of Descendants of the Sun, there’s a good reason why Goblin was raking in the highest viewer ratings for the past few months. From the A-list cast to the gripping script ,to the downright breathtaking cinematography; everything about it was played to perfection. Although let’s be real – it’s the accidental bromance between the two cantankerous immortals that kept us going.
The Legend of the Blue Sea (aired on ONE)
What it is about: Back in the Joseon era, a mermaid and a nobleman fall in love – but an arranged marriage for the latter forced the couple to split, causing the devastated mermaid to erase all his memories of her. Fast forward to the present, the nobleman was reborn as a charming con artist and meets a mermaid who looks exactly like her past self. Will the ill-fated tragedy befall upon our star-crossed lovers again?
Reasons to watch it: If you thought Cheon Song Yi in My Love From The Stars was epic enough, wait till you witness Jun Ji Hyun’s comedic rendition of Shim Cheong in her full mermaid glory – wolfing down spaghetti with bare hands, crying tears of pearls over K-dramas and all. Together with Ha Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho), these two make the ultimate slapstick duo.
Love in the Moonlight (available on Viu)
What it is about: An unlikely romance blooms between the mischievous crown prince Lee Yeong (Park Bo Gum) and his eunuch Hong Ra On (Kim Yoo Jung). Unbeknownst to Ra On, Lee Yeong is in fact the future heir to the throne; and neither is Lee Yeong aware that he’s falling in love with a girl disguised as an uncover eunuch…
Reasons to watch it: Age gap or not, Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung was a match made in K-drama heaven. It was 16 episodes of straight-up solid acting from the cast that’ll make you laugh, cry and everything in between. Besides, where else can you find this prankster of a crown prince dance to ‘Boombastic’ in his free time, yet be a complete gentleman who literally sweeps his girl off her feet? (Park Go Bum fever, anybody?)
We hope you’ll enjoy the shows featured on this list! If you’re looking for more shows to binge-watch during the holidays, check out our Entertainment section in our March issue, out on newsstands now!