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Box set recommendations - 30 minutes long?

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dotty2 Thu 09-Mar-17 09:37:38

I hardly ever get to watch more than 30 minutes of TV a night - usually it's so late I fall asleep if I try to watch anything longer. But all the great TV people always recommend seems to be 45mins - 1 hour per episode. Obviously I can and do watch half a longer programme, but I usually have to search through to work out where I got to before I fell asleep. V frustrating. So any recommendations for perfect, bite sized TV? I have Amazon Prime, I Player and Netflix, ITV and C4 on demand etc.

Comedy, drama, documentaries all good - I've got pretty wide ranging tastes but don't like anything super violent, or where I can't hear the dialogue (I'm looking at you, The Wire)

IsabelleSE19 Thu 09-Mar-17 09:43:20

Detectorists is only 30 mins per episode and is one of my favourite programmes of the last ten years. I love it so much!

dotty2 Thu 09-Mar-17 11:42:40

Thank you - will give that a look. It's interesting, isn't it, how there seems to be a bit of a rule in TV that drama has to be 45mins plus and comedy can be shorter?

ShuttyTown Thu 09-Mar-17 12:12:05


DollyParsnip Thu 09-Mar-17 12:13:18

Grace and Frankie is just brilliant, about 30 mins per episode and it's funny with a really good cast. 2 series on Netflix with a third coming at the end of the month. smile

HollyBollyBooBoo Thu 09-Mar-17 12:21:02

Catastrophe although there aren't many so it'll only last a little while. Best tv series for about a decade!

AnneLovesGilbert Thu 09-Mar-17 12:27:59

Loved Grace and Frankie and liked Catastrophe.

Brooklyn 99 is brilliant. As is the US Office, and the right length for you, but it's just disappeared off Netflix, though may be on other sources.

Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner, both on 4OD I think.

Good point about comedy being shorter!

YessicaHaircut Thu 09-Mar-17 12:29:28

Love, which is on Netflix. Pretty funny and full of quirky characters; very easy to watch.

For a little trip down memory lane, all of Absolutely Fabulous and Fawlty Towers are on Netflix too!

AnneLovesGilbert Thu 09-Mar-17 12:30:02

What's Catastrophe on?

YessicaHaircut Thu 09-Mar-17 12:30:08

Yy to US Office too if you can find it!

GreyStars Thu 09-Mar-17 12:30:08

Life in pieces

One of the best things on Amazon prime - I love love this show

Santa Clara diet or something like that on Netflix (funny zombie)

Love on Netflix I think is short too

897654321abcvrufhfgg Thu 09-Mar-17 12:31:18

Life in Pieces is perfect. It's Amazon prime. It's a 20 mins show split in to 4 seperate topics but all about the same family. It's hilarious and highly addictive

GreyStars Thu 09-Mar-17 12:31:33

I've seen catastrope on Amazon I think... but defiantly on one of the free view channel too. On sky full box set and C4 maybe?

897654321abcvrufhfgg Thu 09-Mar-17 12:32:16

Greystars we obviously crossposted!

GreyStars Thu 09-Mar-17 12:32:26

It's brilliant isn't it!!! I just love it grin the first episode with the glove grin no spoiler alert happens very soon in the show grin

GreyStars Thu 09-Mar-17 12:32:51

Great minds grin

theaveragewife Thu 09-Mar-17 12:33:00

YES!!!! Life is pieces is amazing, so sad they haven't renewed it for another series.


Kimmy Schmidt

NapQueen Thu 09-Mar-17 12:33:05

Modern Family.

HandsomeDevil Thu 09-Mar-17 12:33:28

Chewing Gum, 4OD

19lottie82 Thu 09-Mar-17 12:36:43

Girls! grin

GreyStars Thu 09-Mar-17 12:37:12

YES!!!! Life is pieces is amazing, so sad they haven't renewed it for another series.


theaveragewife Thu 09-Mar-17 12:44:32

I know Grey, I know sad

AnneLovesGilbert Thu 09-Mar-17 12:45:20

Loads of good recommendations on here, great thread!

Girls is longer I think? But very different.

dotty2 Thu 09-Mar-17 12:50:58

Brilliant, thanks so much for the suggestions. Watching Catastrophe at the moment, and like it a lot. What's the thing that Sharon Hogan did before - Pulling? People often say that's good but it's not on either Netflix or Amazon.

I am going to give Life in Pieces a try first. I'm intrigued. Any non-comedy recommendations?

minipie Thu 09-Mar-17 12:56:34

Bear in mind lots of 45 min- 1 hr shows have ad breaks, so if you fast forward it brings the time down significantly.

However you have to have recorded it to be able to fast forward the ads, if you watch on demand they won't let you fast forward iirc. Do you have a tv box which records (sky plus, freeview plus etc)?

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