5 Critically Acclaimed TV Series You Must Watch

David Mac is an alternative R&B artist from Gold Coast.
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An alternative R&B artist from Gold Coast, David Mac's newest release is the single 'Stop Dancing' – a song about losing the passion for the nightlife.

Formerly of local rock band New Age Notion (who are now defunct), 'Stop Dancing' is Mac's first new music in 2023, following the release of his debut and sophomore singles ('Nobody But You' and 'Feel The Same' respectively) in 2022.

"'Stop Dancing' is about wanting to escape the monotonous routine of going out clubbing till the early hours of the morning – a cycle that consumes many young adults," Mac says.

"Influenced by artists such as The 1975, Mansionair, Billie EIlish and Frank Ocean, I am determined to continue releasing music and to put on shows that connect with people's hearts and provide a safe space for all art lovers to enjoy."

With his desire to write and record more music strong, here David shares his favourite TV shows he reckons you need to watch.

"I've always had a passion for music and film, and one of my favourite things to do is to search for television gems that my eyes can feast on.

"Films and TV series allow me to look at the world in a unique perspective, reflect on the human condition, and to appreciate art in all its forms. In saying that, here are five critically acclaimed TV series that everyone must see."

1: The Bear

'The Bear' follows a young chef from the world of fine dining coming home to run his family-owned sandwich shop in Chicago. It is so satisfying seeing all these characters gradually form a tight-knit bond, while the cinematography of this series is beautiful.

From personal experience working in kitchens in the past, this show captures the pressure-cooker environment that is hospitality. I definitely recommend this series for anyone wanting something gritty and fast-paced.

2: Severance

After a hard day's work, it's always refreshing to come home and not have to think about work at all. If this is something you relate to, this show is for you.

In 'Severance', office workers' memories have been surgically divided between their work and personal lives. This concept inevitably leads to many questions on what really goes on in the workplace of these characters, and the slow-burn storytelling really keeps you engaged.

If you're someone who loves to watch a show where everything reaches a crescendo at the end, 'Severance' has to be in your must-watch list.

3: Atlanta

'Atlanta' is one of my all-time favourites. Never have I experienced such an unorthodox series that includes clever moments of social commentary.

Set in Atlanta, Georgia, the story follows a protagonist who manages his cousin, an upcoming rapper, as they try to make a mark in the music industry. As a musician, this show definitely caught my attention, and I can relate to the grind of making a name for yourself in such a saturated, yet multifaceted industry.

The story is accompanied with a range of strange and peculiar characters, branching into the supernatural. If you're looking for a series that is surreal and highly thought-provoking, make sure you check out 'Atlanta'.

4: Ted Lasso

This show is so warm and fuzzy. I love this show with all my heart and it genuinely hurts that 'Ted Lasso' has come to a conclusion.

This show focuses on an American football coach who is hired to manage an English soccer team. His highly contagious optimism and kindness eventually spreads throughout the club, allowing characters to learn valuable life lessons from this cheerful go-getter.

Check out 'Ted Lasso' if you're wanting to strap yourself in a highly emotional roller coaster.

5: Dark

If I could watch one show on repeat for the rest of my life, it would be 'Dark'. This show left me breathless; I absolutely adore this show. It is so neatly written and everything falls into place.

To explain the events of this show would take a lifetime, but to sum it all up, 'Dark' takes place in a small German town where a missing child sparks a mind-boggling mystery for the characters, and audience, to solve.

One of the best shows that depict the idea of time-travel, 'Dark' is recommended for absolutely everyone; it's THAT good.

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