In my book “How to find inspiration” I promised you all that I would share some of my favorite, inspiring TV-series and movies. (And if you haven’t read the book yet HERE is the link to why you should.)
I’ve got some great ideas for you! Sometimes all it takes is a good movie to get you back on track towards finding your inspiration. I’ve categorized them by how they made me feel;
A: Adventurous (well, there’s simply some kind of adventure in the series)
C: Creatively awesome (either the plot or how it was made was creative)
B: Biographical (as it sounds, it is based on a real event)
H: Happy (need I say more?)
HP: High Pulse (something exciting or terrifying happens like it does in a scary movie – or something along the lines of that)
M: Mindblown (”what just happened?!”)
S: Sad (Some series can be both happy and sad, but the ones marked with an ”S” in these lists brings more happiness than sadness and is therefore also marked with an ”H”. It just wouldn’t be inspirational otherwise.)
Here are some of my favorite tv-series:
Sherlock (C, HP, M)
This rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Boyle with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson is one of the best shows out there. It’s creatively made, makes your heart beat faster and give you lots of mindblown moments. Oh and the best part – there are four seasons out and each episode is about one and a half hour long.
Grace and Frankie (C, H)
These two find out about their husbands being more than just friends and colleagues so they try to find ways of coping with their divorces while keeping their families together. This American comedy series was created by Marta Kauffman (remember Friends?) and Howard J. Morris. You can binge the entire six (!) seasons on Netflix and enjoy Jane Fonda’s and Lily Thomlin’s funny and inspiring ways of creating a new life for themselves.
The Good Place (A, C, H, M)
Okay, so this is one of my all-time favourite series. The continuous twists and turns make you sit on edge while watching, but is at the same time (in my opinion) the funniest show out there. Honestly, I’ve always had a thing for Kristen Bell ever since I first saw her sloth meltdown on Ellen, but in this series simply love ALL the characters. Even though they are completely different from each other they make the perfect combination. So what is it about really? Well, Eleanor (Bell) ends up in heaven (The good place) after dying on earth. Well, the thing is, there’s no way she’d end up in heaven. Something’s wrong.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (C, H)
Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted. Living in the 1950’s her life seems idyllic with her husband, kids and an apartment on the Upper West Side of New York. However, she realizes that she’s got a hidden talent as a stand up comedian which changes her life forever. This is one of those feel good series you’ll just love, if you’re into that kind of stuff (like me).
Planet Earth (A, C, H)
We live on a gorgeous planet. This series shows you exactly how stunning it is. From the hills of Himalaya to the deepest parts of our oceans, you’ll come to know about living species that looks like something from a sci-fi movie. Watch it in HD and be blown away.
Stranger Things (A, C, HP)
This is one of the wonderfully made but creepy ones. It’s so well done, and even if I’m normally not into sci-fi shows this one is special. Everything from the music, the cinematic experience and the actors makes this a (sometimes terrifying) pleasure to watch.
Westworld (A, C, HP, M)
An amusement park where you can do anything and everything you want. It’s definitely not a typical amusement park, you’ve got robotic “hosts” who look and act exactly like humans, and the rich visitors can do whatever they want with them without any consequences. You’ll watch it thinking that you know what it’s all about or that you’ll know how it’ll end, only to have your mind blown over and over again. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and Ed Harris to name a few of the great talents.
God Friended Me (A, C, H)
An atheist start to get friend suggestions from an account called “God” and his life is turned upside down. The people the account suggests need help in some way. And it’s up to Miles (the atheist) to help them. Together with Miles’ own friends they go out of their way to find and help the strangers in need. At the same time, they try to figure out who’s actually behind the “God” account. This is a true feel good series and you can find inspiration in the different ways these strangers come together to be there for each other.
Nailed It! (H)
Okay, so you’ve heard about the cooking shows where people show off their amazing skills and (like me) you kind of just sit there and feel bad about never being able to recreate any of it. Well, I’ve got good news for you! Now there’s a show with those who are unable to recreate any of it. They’re shown examples of what they are supposed to recreate and they fail miserably. Like most of the population probably would. Find inspiration in their drive to try anyway.
Tidying up with Marie Kondo (H)
Marie Kondo is an expert on cleaning and tidying up and even got her own series on Netflix helping people clean up their homes. I thought that I’d be completely bored by watching a cleaning program, but it was so soothing and inspiring. Yes, I did go and buy those see-through boxes for my home afterwards. And she obviously made an impact on the people she helped, all of which seemed to be living a happier life after the show. She’s got this idea that you should only keep the things that ”spark joy” for you. Look her up if you’d like som tidying inspiration yourself. You can find her on Youtube as well or buy one of her books.
White Collar (A, C, H)
Neal Caffrey finally gets caught by the FBI after eluding them for years. However, he decides to offer the FBI information on other criminals in return for his freedom. Though agent Burke who caught him – and would be working with him – is skeptical, he makes a deal and Neal who becomes an informant. Although Neal doesn’t quite leave his criminal past behind, he manages to be an important resource for FBI.
Have you watched any of these? Which one is your favorite? Let me know what you think!
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