Whether you’ve just met on a date site like this or have been in a relationship for a while, thinking of fresh ideas for your date nights can prove to be a bit of a headache. You can only glean so much about a prospective partner’s personality from online chat. Once you begin browsing through the online personals (profiles of other site users,) perhaps you like to home in on people sharing your taste in music, or sports, or any other recreational pursuit you could care to mention like movies and your favourite TV shows. But anyway, at some point you’ll want to get together in the real world. But the potentially tricky transition from online to offline dating can be achieved if you suggest a romantic night in, with refreshments (wine and nibbles ideally), and ready access to Netflix. Getting square-eyed together is one of the most convenient – and economical – methods of dating there is. Here are five of the best TV shows.
A period drama set against the grim industrial backdrop of Birmingham, England, in the aftermath of the First World War? It doesn’t sound like the most promising premise for a gripping date night. But Peaky Blinders, entering its fifth series, is mesmerising. Similarly to Hollywood’s iconic gangster movies, its anti-heroes may be organized criminals, but the way they lock horns with the (often corrupt) cops on their tail is stylishly done. The edgy scripts, twisting plots and meticulous attention to historical detail all combine to make this an engaging date night view. And in Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, and Paul Anderson, there are compelling leads.
The best thing about catching up on any TV series is that, with your trusty remote in your hand, the world is your oyster. If you want to escape the blood-soaked streets of 1920s Birmingham, head over to Schitt’s Creek, the fictional small-town owned by the Rose family (headed by American Pie’s Eugene Levy), which they are forced to relocate to after their successful business has collapsed. Co-written by Eugene and his son, Daniel, abetted by brilliant Canadian character actors Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy, not to mention stalwart US comedian Chris Elliott, there ensues hilarious situations and sparkling exchanges.
This sci-fi series is perfect for any romantic night in, blending sympathetic characters, genuine suspense, a complicated plot, and to top it all, a whirlwind of references to 1980s movies – particularly screenplays by Stephen King, Steven Speilberg, and John Carpenter. The central protagonists could easily be breezing across small-town America in their bikes, with E.T. in tow, and another one of the most memorable aspects is the note-perfect 1980s soundtrack.
Two words sum up this cult TV series: stylish and dark. Jodie Comer is a revelation as Villanelle, a Russian assassin with an impish sense of humor but a heart blacker than those holes in deep space capable of swallowing stars. Her nemesis is perfectly played by Sandra Oh, the MI5 agent attempting to snare Villanelle as the body count intensifies. The trouble is she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic killer.
Black Mirror is perfect for a cozy night in. Its self-contained episodes cover an array of captivating and often surreal plotlines. Created by caustic writer Charlie Brooker, two episodes have won Emmy Awards. You and your partner are sure to be entertained by the unfolding storylines. The basic premise of the series is that it highlights situations in either the near future or an alternative version of the present. There’s bound to be something to appeal to your tastes, as the scripts are either dense psychological thrillers, darkly satirical, or sometimes much lighter. The episodes also vary, from 40 minutes to nearer feature-length films; again, perfect for date night, depending on whether you’re in the mood for short films or something you can really get involved in.