30 Addictive English TV Shows from Around the World

You’re just supposed to watch one episode, but before you know it, you’ve been sitting for hours and are at the end of the season already.

That’s how addictive good English TV shows can be.

There are many types of shows so you can always find something to watch, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

At FluentU, we’ve been specializing in language learning and curating interesting media from all over the world since 2011.

And here, we’ve got our favorite English TV shows that will appeal to diverse audiences (while exposing you to English-speaking culture).

With the 30 captivating English TV shows we have below, you can start watching TV dramas, comedies and documentaries from all over the English-speaking world! 


Amazing American TV Shows

1. “Firefly” (2002-2003)

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What it’s about: “Firefly” is a short science-fiction series that follows the adventures of a crew on a transport ship.

Where to watch: HuluAmazon

This show is considered a cult classic because, although it is a short series, there are many fans. It combines classic western and sci-fi influences. Because it was canceled before they finished filming, you can watch the end of the series with the film “Serenity.” 

“Firefly” is rated for ages 13+.

If you’re learning English: You can learn many scientific terms while watching this show, including genetic words. For example, you will hear the term artificial incubators, which is where people can keep and grow animals and humans using technology.

2. “Game of Thrones” (2011-2019)

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What it’s about: “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy show that follows the drama of different people trying to become the ruler of the land by fighting wars with swords and magic.

Where to watch: HBO Go

Based on books by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is incredibly popular. It takes place in the fantasy world of Westeros and Essos and features plenty of political intrigue. 

The series is made for adults, so it is rated R and aired on HBO.

If you’re learning English: Because it is in a fantasy world similar to the Dark Ages (500-1500 AD), it sometimes uses old-fashioned English. You will also hear many fantasy terms, such as Valyrian steel, which is the strongest material for swords in the world.

To help you understand the language and accents, FluentU has clips of “Game of Thrones” and other TV series that come with interactive subtitles: 

game of thrones - fluentu clip

The subtitles break down the meaning of every word (including fantastical terms like sellsword). They automatically link to a video dictionary, which shows how the word is used in example sentences and other videos.

After watching, you can practice your speaking and other language skills with personalized quizzes. You can also practice new words through flashcards, which are also linked to the video library.

FluentU is available on the web and on mobile (Android and iOS). 

3. “Nikita” (2010-2013)

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What it’s about: “Nikita” is a show about a woman spy and assassin who tries to get revenge on the people that she used to work for.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

This series is packed full of action and different love interests, making it a thrill to watch.

It is made for a more mature audience but is rated for ages 13+.

If you’re learning English: The show has words and phrases related to the government and spies, such as espionage, which is the use of spies by governments.

4. “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (2007-2012)

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What it’s about: World-famous chef, writer and traveler Anthony Bourdain travels to a different country or city for each episode and tries lots of local food. 

Where to watch: TravelChannel

Anthony Bourdain shares his passion for life and food in this travel series, originally produced by the Travel channel. Each episode highlights a place that’s known for its cuisine (a style or type of food that is specific to a region).

On his travels, Bourdain explores local delicacies (an expensive, very delicious or unique food) and meets local people who expose him to the culture and way of life in the area that he visits.

Why not check out “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and see if your city or country has been featured?

If you’re learning English: In this series, you will learn lots of food and travel vocabulary such as what a layover is (a stop on a long journey, usually by plane) and what rustic food is (simple, local and common food).

5. “Tiger King” (2020)

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What it’s about: What starts as a documentary exploring the exotic animal trade quickly turns to a story of deception (lying to people to benefit yourself), murder and possibly the most unique characters you will ever meet.

Where to watch: Netflix

There is an expression in English that says “truth is stranger than fiction” and this documentary is something that you really need to see to believe!

The documentary has become a favorite topic for people to talk about, has led to the creation of many memes (funny images meant to be shared and reused) and has even led many famous people to comment on the show and what they think about it.

If you’re learning English: The vocabulary is an interesting mix of crime vocabulary, animals and pop culture. You will learn phrases relating to the black market (the illegal trade of goods and services), activists (people who promote a particular cause) and conservationism (a movement to conserve the environment or natural world).

6. “Dexter” (2006-2013)

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What it’s about: Dexter is a brilliant man who both solves and commits crimes, but he is secretly a killer himself.

Where to watch: Hulu | Amazon Prime | Showtime

Even though the show is about catching killers, the twist on the main character’s identity brings even more intensity to the drama. There is a lot of violence in this thriller series because it is about police work and crimes.

If you’re learning English: This show can teach you terms about the justice system, medical terms and police terms. For example, you will hear words like crime scene (the area where the crime happened) and dismember (to take something apart).

7. “House of Cards” (2013-2018)

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What it’s about: “House of Cards” is a revenge story of a politician who was denied a job that he was promised in the past.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

While this drama was still running, it was one of the most popular shows in the US. It is rated for mature audiences and has a complex plot about politics.

If you’re learning English: You can learn phrases and words about the government from this show, such as Secretary of State, which is the term for the person in charge of relationships with other countries.

8. “Suits” (2011-2019)

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What it’s about: “Suits” follows the lives of Harvey Specter and Mike Ross who work as corporate lawyers—even though Ross is not a lawyer himself.

Where to watch: USA Network | Peacock

The show revolves around the main characters’ work (legal cases), relationships and personal lives. Because the legal cases (problems between two sides, which are resolved by lawyers in court) can be serious or violent, this show is also rated as mature.

If you’re learning English: You will hear different legal terms while watching this show, such as witness, someone who saw or witnessed a crime, and will and testament, which is a document where you write what should happen with your possessions and money when you die. 

9. “Breaking Bad” (2008-2013)

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What it’s about: “Breaking Bad” is about a high school teacher who decides to make drugs with a past student and sells them to pay for his cancer treatment.

Where to watch: Netflix | Amazon Prime

The main character is Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who finds out he has cancer. The show involves drug rings (people involved in making, selling and buying drugs), crime and the struggles of illness, so it’s rated for mature audiences. 

“Breaking Bad” has won over 20 TV awards.

If you’re learning English: You can learn science terms and modern English slang. Walter specifically produces methamphetamine or meth (a drug that’s known for being very addictive) for short, and the chemistry behind it gets mentioned a lot. 

10. “Revenge” (2011-2015)

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What it’s about: “Revenge” follows a woman named Emily Thorne who moves to the Hamptons to find the people who hurt her family when she was a child—to get revenge on them.

Where to watch: Hulu | Amazon Prime 

Throughout the series, Emily investigates (researches/studies) families to get information. She also meets new friends and enemies along the way.

“Revenge” is rated for ages 15+.

If you’re learning English: “Revenge” has formal or elite (people who are wealthy or very successful) level English used—with brand names like “Couture”—as well as casual modern English.

Must-watch British TV Series

11. “Doctor Who” (1963-present)

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What it’s about: An alien known as The Doctor travels around the universe and goes on many adventures with a lovely assistant in his spaceship, which is shaped like a British police box (no, that is not a phone booth!).

Where to watch: iTunesGoogle PlayAmazon Prime

“Doctor Who” is probably the most famous British TV science-fiction series. It has been running since 1963 when it was first produced by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) and has gone through 13 different Doctors (played by different actors).

Here is a fun game to play: Ask two “Doctor Who” fans who their favorite Doctor is and watch them discuss it passionately for the rest of the day.

Seriously, though, “Doctor Who” has a very strong following and dedicated fanbase (group of followers) who are sometimes known by the informal noun “Whovians.”

Catch a couple of episodes from any season and you can join the debate over which actor played him best!

If you’re learning English: Aside from featuring a lot of British slang, “Doctor Who” also showcases different British accents, with two incarnations of the Doctor having Yorkshire and Scottish accents. 

12. “Black Mirror” (2011-present)

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What it’s about: “Black Mirror” features stories about a dystopian future, which is a society that is unpleasant to live in and has suffering and injustice.

Where to watch: Netflix | Amazon Prime

“Black Mirror” is a creative and often unsettling (disturbing or making one uneasy) show, with every episode having a separate and different story focusing on unique characters and ideas. All of the stories are connected by one theme: a future where technology goes too far and has twisted consequences for people.

Although the show does not take place in our current society, every episode will make you think about the current state of humanity (people). How will technology affect our lives in the future? What would people be willing to do to become famous or defend their beliefs?

You will come away from each episode with many new things to think about, often feeling a little uncomfortable from it.

If you’re learning English: In this series, you will learn many different words, but you will especially find technology words like microchip (a tiny electronic implant or device) and AI (artificial intelligence—basically, robots).

13. “The Bodyguard” (2018-Present)

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What it’s about: A former Afghanistan war veteran has to guard a prominent political figure with his life, which leads to lots of action and gunfights. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime | Netflix

This exciting series is full of action and will keep you on the edge of your seat. This means you will be very excited to see more. It also looks at themes such as surveillance, terrorism and anti-war ideas, so it will get you thinking!

David Budd, a police officer who used to be a veteran, is tasked with being the bodyguard of the United Kingdom’s home secretary, the MP (Member of Parliament) Julia Montague.

As you might have guessed, things get complicated between the two as they become close. And when David discovers a government conspiracy (a secret plan to do something harmful) that puts them both at risk, he must decide who to trust and how far he will go to protect those he loves.

If you’re learning English: The series is a fantastic way to learn about political vocabulary. Be warned too that some of the accents are quite strong, especially the leading actor Richard Madden’s Scottish accent! 

14. “Sex Education” (2019-present)

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What it’s about: “Sex Education” follows the misadventures and love lives of teenagers who are grappling with their sexuality. 

Where to watch: Netflix

Sex education is a class you take in high school where you learn all about the birds and the bees (sex). It is also the title of a hilarious British comedy series.

The story follows an awkward teenager named Otis who is doing his best to fit in at high school. He faces all of the typical challenges of a young man, such as finding a girlfriend and, basically, not being awkward.

What doesn’t help is that his mom is a famous sex therapist!

Luckily, he has his best friend Eric to help him sort out his problems. Eric struggles with his own issues, as he is openly gay and curious about cross-dressing, but he comes from a traditional family.

Otis and a new friend start giving out sexual advice to his fellow classmates—for a price, of course.

If you’re learning English: The show is an excellent introduction to British humor and sarcasm. Secondly, it will teach you lots of vocabulary that you would not normally learn in an English classroom, like words for talking about your body and sexuality.

15. “Line of Duty” (2012-2021)

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What it’s about: A team of police officers is tasked with catching bent coppers, which are corrupt police officers who take illegal money and do illegal things for their own benefit.

Where to watch: Netflix | HuluBBC iPlayer (VPN needed if outside of the UK)

This series is very popular with both British and overseas audiences. It is also one of my personal favorite TV shows.

The phrase line of duty refers to everything that you are required and allowed to do for your job. It is usually used to talk about jobs such as the police, firefighters or other careers where there is a risk of injury or death. This is why it is common to hear that someone has been killed in the line of duty.

The series is great because every season focuses on a different story. Because of this, you will learn why some police officers turn bad and how difficult it is to catch them!

If you’re learning English: It is a fantastic series to learn proper British slang and lots of crime acronyms, such as B&E (breaking and entering) or MPU (missing person unit). If you are a fan of crime dramas, then this is the series for you!

16. “Dracula” (2020)

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What it’s about: “Dracula” is a retelling of the original vampire story: what would happen if he appeared in modern-day Britain?

Where to watch: Netflix

“Dracula” is what is known in English as a mini-series because it is only three episodes long.

The story loosely follows the original novel by Bram Stoker. The series begins in a spooky castle in Eastern Europe. However, Dracula makes his way through time and travels west toward the United Kingdom. You will have to watch it to see how this works!

Claes Bang, who plays Count Dracula in the series, gives an excellent performance. The character is charming and very clever. His foes (enemies) in this story are the nun Sister Agatha Van Helsing and her descendant Dr. Zoe Van Helsing. If this sounds confusing, then don’t worry! It will all make sense when you watch it.

“Dracula” is a little bit gory (bloody and violent) but also includes lots of humor and fun moments. Plus, there is a big twist in the third episode that will have you saying what!?

If you’re learning English: The show occasionally uses formal or literary language because Dracula is supposed to be more than 500 years old, so you’ll hear more unusual words like sequestered (separated or hidden away) and impertinence (being rude or disrespectful). There are also phrases like I bid you goodnight and I shall miss you much that aren’t used as much in modern times but pop up a lot in historical dramas. 

17. “Derry Girls” (2018)

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What it’s about: “Derry Girls” is a story of four teenage girls and one boy, and their life at a Catholic high school in the 1900s. 

Where to watch: Netflix

Derry is a city in Northern Ireland famous for its beautiful walls, green fields and troubled political past. The series “Derry Girls” is set in the 1990s. At this time, Ireland and Britain were in a conflict (battle or war) known as The Troubles. 

Although it sounds quite serious, “Derry Girls” is actually a very lighthearted and funny series. There are moments that do reference this difficult time, but overall, “Derry Girls” features four friends who are a group of misfits. A misfit is a person who is different from normal and can be awkward. The characters get into many humorous situations but their friendship and support for each other remain strong.

If you’re learning English: This is a fantastic series for those who want to practice their listening skills with a sometimes tricky Northern Irish accent.

18. “Sherlock” (2010-2017)

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What it’s about: Inspired by the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “Sherlock” follows the life and mystery-solving adventures of the world-famous British detective, Sherlock Holmes in modern-day Britain.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime | BBC iPlayer

In this series, Sherlock Holmes is going up against his arch-nemesis (main enemy), James Moriarty, in a battle of the mind and intelligence. He has his friend, the army doctor veteran Dr. John Watson, to help him.

If you’re learning English: With “Sherlock,” you will learn lots of investigation vocabulary, such as what it means to trust your intuition (to believe in your natural instinct or feeling). Sherlock also uses advanced vocabulary words when he speaks, so this is a good show to pick up some more difficult vocab if you are an advanced English learner.

19. “Downtown Abbey” (2010-2015)

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What it’s about: “Downton Abbey” follows aristocratic (important and wealthy) families in the early 1900s, and the drama that happens behind closed doors.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime | PBS Passport

Downtown Abbey is a hugely popular, award-winning British historical drama. It is a very entertaining series that is focused on the characters and their development throughout the show.

Although this is a drama, it is appropriate for most audiences: The show is rated PG, which in the UK means it is only unsuitable for very young children.

If you’re learning English: By watching this series, you can hear the difference in accents between the different types of people—for instance, do servants speak differently from the people who employ them? Pay attention to details like that to learn about speaking the Queen’s English—that is, British English.

20. “Peaky Blinders” (2013-2022)

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What it’s about: “The Peaky Blinders” follows the rise and fall (ups and downs) of gangster families in post-WWI Birmingham.

Where to watch: Netflix

Thomas Shelby, played by Irish actor Cillian Murphy, is the head of the Birmingham crime family, the Peaky Blinders. The Peaky Blinders are known for wearing typical working class flat caps (a style of hat) and hiding razor blades under them—providing a quick weapon to use in a street brawl (fight).

If you’re learning English: There is the added benefit of training your ear for a sometimes difficult and strong Birmingham accent. In addition to giving you a look into older English and plenty of slang, you will also hear lots of crime and war vocabulary such as artillery (large munition/weapons) and strategic intelligence (information required in the planning of military operations).

21. “The Fall” (2013-2016)

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What it’s about: “The Fall” follows the journey of a policewoman and detective Stella Gibson (played by Gillian Anderson of “X-Files” fame) as she struggles to catch the terrible killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), who targets young professional women in the Belfast city area.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime | BBC iPlayer (VPN needed if outside the UK)

The series is a British-Irish drama. So in addition to the drama thriller aspect of the show, there is also a political subplot (secondary storyline to the main plot) focused on the relationship between the police and government.

The show is rated 17+ due to the dark themes and confronting content.

If you’re learning English: Watching this series is a great way to learn vocabulary related to psychology and criminology (the study of criminal behavior). Be ready for some thick accents that require even some native English speakers to turn on those subtitles!

22. “The Crown” (2016-present)

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What it’s about: “The Crown” is a historical drama about the early years and reign (royal leadership) of Queen Elizabeth II

Where to watch: Netflix

Packed full of political drama, this beloved series has won three Golden Globe awards. Although it follows plenty of historical events featuring important people like Winston Churchill, it is not 100% factually or historically accurate. In this way, the writers and producers have taken what we call artistic license (moving away from the facts for the sake of the art or enjoyment). This makes the show a good place to see some history but also enjoy a lot of great moments of drama!

If you’re learning English: “The Crown” can broaden your vocabulary, especially when it comes to political and historical terms like correspondent (a person who relays news, usually for a publication or TV) and ruling by decree (a form of governance where the ruler can create their own laws without needing anyone else’s official approval).

You’ll get to watch a lot of speeches and meetings too between important figures, so you’ll be exposed to a lot of very formal language. 

23. “The Office” (UK Version) (2001-2003)

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What it’s about: “The Office” examines the life of a company boss who believes he is well-liked and entertaining in the office environment—but not everyone in the office shares his opinions. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime (UK)

“The Office” is a British comedy in the style of a mockumentary (a fake documentary that mocks or ridicules a particular subject). The boss of the office is played by famous comedian Ricky Gervais.

You will also become familiar with typical British comedy, which involves many themes of embarrassment and ineptitude (inability to complete a task or lack of skills). There are many moments that will make you feel embarrassed for the characters on screen—a feeling we call cringey.

It is worth noting that there is an American version of “The Office,” where the boss is played by Steve Carell. It might be a great exercise to watch both series and compare the comedy styles between the US and the UK.

If you’re learning English: In this show, you will hear some everyday vocabulary but you will also get to know management speak, which is when meaningless words and phrases are used to sound impressive or important.

24. “Gavin and Stacey” (2007-2019)

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What it’s about: “Gavin and Stacey” follows the romantic story of a young man from Essex named Gavin and his girlfriend from Wales, Stacey.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime (UK)

Many know comedian James Corden as the host of “The Late Late Show” and his viral carpool karaoke videos, but to many Brits (British citizens) he was the loveable character “Smithy” and writer of widely popular romance drama “Gavin and Stacey.”

If you’re learning English: The TV series incorporates lots of typical British cultural practices, such as grabbing an Indian (ordering takeaway Indian food) and a stag do (a party for a man about to be married and his friends close to the wedding day).

The conversations throughout the show are also typically British and the series includes several British accents, giving you a chance to practice your listening skills.

25. “The Inbetweeners” (2008-2010)

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What it’s about: The inbetweeners are a group of four high school friends struggling with all the difficulties of teenage life.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

The word “inbetweeners” means sitting in between the different groups of “cool” and “uncool” groups of students.

This is an irreverent (disrespectful and perhaps offensive) comedy-drama, and it deals with themes of sex and alcohol. In the series, you follow four “coming-of-age” stories, so you get to watch the development of the characters in their personal lives through their teenage years.

“The Inbetweeners” is rated 15+ because it deals with mature themes.

If you’re learning English: It is a great series to learn typical British English slang and vocabulary, like what it means to grass (to inform or to snitch), how much a ton is (a hundred) and the ever-useful wellies (wellington gumboots).

Other: From Australia to South Africa and Beyond

26. “McLeod’s Daughters” (2001-2009) (Australia)

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What it’s about: “Mcleod’s Daughters” is an Australian drama series that follows the lives of two sisters who live on and run a cattle station (a large cow farm).

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

The main characters face lots of personal problems in the management of the farm. Their life in the wilderness of Australia—better known as the “outback”—is not always easy, but they’re tough!

If you’re learning English: You will learn some typical Australian English such as G’day (a contraction of “good day”) and a drover (a person who moves cows over long distances of land).

27. “Trailer Park Boys” (2001-present) (Canada)

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What it’s about: This Canadian series revolves around an odd group of misfits (people who do not fit into society) who all live in a trailer park together. 

Where to watch: Netflix | Amazon Prime

A trailer park is a large area where mobile homes or smaller fixed homes are located and it is generally a lower cost. The main characters get up to lots of adventures, and the series has a huge cult following as well as mainstream success.

Just like “The Office,” “Trailer Park Boys” is also a mockumentary, meaning there are lots of awkward and funny situations.

If you’re learning English: “Trailer Park Boys” is pretty heavy on slang, and it’s probably the series in the entire list that uses swearwords the most (swearwords appear almost every other line!). I’d recommend this for advanced learners because the main characters sometimes make up their own terms and even mix up common sayings, which can lead to funny results. 

28. “Queen Sono” (2020) (South Africa)

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What it’s about: Queen Sono is a spy who is tasked with secret missions across the African continent.

Where to watch: Netflix

Not only is “Queen Sono” an incredibly exciting and action-packed series, but it is also the very first original African series to hit Netflix—making it a must-watch! It is considered a breakthrough (significant and pioneering) work and will hopefully lead to more African-produced series making their way onto the streaming service.

If you’re learning English: Because of this, you will be exposed to lots of spy language such as intel (a common abbreviation for intelligence) and asset (a person or something used by a spy to complete their mission). You will also learn heaps of great South African slang.

29. “Top of the Lake” (2013-2017) (New Zealand)

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What it’s about: “Top of the Lake” centers around the mysterious disappearance of a local girl, who is also pregnant, and the police investigation that follows.

Where to watch: Hulu | Amazon PrimeiTunes

The award-winning series was written by Jane Campion, who is a very successful and highly respected writer from New Zealand. 

The series is set in the stunning (beautiful or breathtaking) South Island of New Zealand. The landscape is incredible and the mystery is intense.

If you love plot twists (unexpected events in the storyline), you will enjoy this one!

If you’re learning English: Since the characters come from different places like New Zealand and Australia, you’ll get to practice listening to diverse accents.

30. “Father Ted” (1995-1998) (Ireland)

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What it’s about: “Father Ted” follows the lives of three priests who have lots of mishaps (unlucky experiences) and find themselves in very funny situations.

Where to watch: YouTube (officially licensed) | Amazon Prime

This is a series that is quintessentially Irish—which is just a big way of saying that it is really, really Irish. It is a beloved series in Ireland and across the UK, as well.

If you’re learning English: The series is packed full of vocabulary related to the church such as the afterlife (the life after death) and typical Irish expressions such as it suits me down to the ground (it is perfect, or sounds perfect to me!).

Why Learn English with TV Shows?

They are addictive. TV shows are very popular because they can get so intense. Many people will even say they are addicted to a show because they cannot stop watching it. Some people will binge-watch a show, which is when you watch several episodes of a show in a row, sometimes for many hours at a time. When TV shows are interesting to you, you will watch them more often.

Lots of people watch them. Smaller-budget TV shows that have many fans who know every detail about the show are called cult TV shows. That is because they have a small but very dedicated fanbase (a name for the group of people who are fans of a show, film or book). When you watch shows that many people like, you can talk about the show with more people.

They use specialized vocabulary. Since many of these shows take place in different time periods or situations, the vocabulary for each show is unique. That means you can learn words and phrases from each show depending on your interest. This includes Old English, science terms as well as police/crime terms.

You can later use these words in real-life situations, such as reading an older English novel, discussing the newest scientific discoveries and understanding news and political reports.

How to Learn English with TV Shows

Simply watching the show is always a basic way to learn some English, but there are other ways that you can get even more out of these TV shows. Here are four ideas to get you started:

Make a family tree

One way to learn English from TV shows, especially dramas, is to make a family tree of your show. A family tree is a diagram that shows the relationships between people. For example, here is a simple family tree from “The Simpsons.” If someone is married to another person, you can draw a horizontal line connecting the two characters with a heart. To separate generations, children should appear below their parents.

In this case, though, we want to show the relationships between characters in the show. But not all of these TV shows involve full families. So you could also draw out work relationships (boss, coworkers, departments, etc.), show who are friends and enemies, or any other connections that you think are important.

In “Game of Thrones,” for example, there are a ton of characters and family connections to keep track of. Writing these down in a clear chart/diagram will make the show easier to understand and also helps you pay more attention to details.

As you watch more episodes, you can even add character details to your diagram. These could be visual traits (i.e. glasses, blue eyes), personality traits (i.e. shy, powerful) or any other details about the character.

Look up fan theories

The second way that you can learn from TV shows is by looking up fan theories online. Fan theories are predictions (guesses) about what will happen next in the series and discussions about things that have already happened. These ideas are written by fans (people who love the show) in online communities. They look at small clues in the show to try to predict what will happen or find the true meaning behind some scenes.

Reading fan theories is a great way to learn more about not only the show but other fans. You can find these theories by searching on Google for “[TV show name] fan theory,” or by searching Tumblr or Reddit under the name of your show or a character from it. The more complex and popular the show is, the more theories there will be for you to read.

After catching up with the newest episodes, challenge yourself to create a fan theory of your own!

Watch interviews

You can watch behind-the-scenes videos and interviews with the cast members to learn more about the show and the actors. Many talk shows have actors on as guests, and you can simply use a search engine to look for “[Actor/show name] interview” and enjoy.

Many of these interviews go into detail about the characters’ personalities or small things that the director hid on the set. You can use this information in your family tree or charts, to write down any fun facts or secrets about the show to look out for as well.

Using these new ideas, as well as writing down and looking up new words and phrases that you hear, can help you get the most out of your dramas.


There are many genres (types of shows) available, so choose one that you think you will like best. If you choose a drama show, just remember that most dramas are for more mature viewers because of the serious themes that they include.

Now that you have several English TV shows to get you started, you can make some popcorn and begin binge-watching. Pick one of the shows from above and don’t forget your pen and paper!

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