Our Best Box Sets
From the latest cult hits to all time-classics, box sets give you to opportunity to re-watch your favourites – or discover entirely new ones.
When the weather’s rubbish (which, let’s face it, is most of the time here in UK), nothing beats digging out a box set for a spot of binge watching. Because nail-biting cliff-hangers are much easier to handle when you don’t have to wait around another week for the next episode, right?
And of course, a well-chosen box set makes a great gift for the TV lover in your life too...
Here’s our quick guide to some of the best box sets of all time, all of which can find over in our online store.
Girls’ night in
Whether you’re a Charlotte, a Samantha, a Miranda or a Carrie, Sex & The City is a great go-to if you want to soak up a touch of New York glamour. If you can’t get enough of the city that never sleeps, then try Gossip Girl, a teen drama with an extra sprinkling of fab fashion and designer labels.
Fancy something a touch grittier? Pretty Little Liars combines your typical high school japes with a spot of murderous revenge. And prison-based Orange is the New Black or coming-of-age comedy Girls might also appeal if you prefer your girl gangs bittersweet.
Hide-behind-the-sofa spook fests
Want to scare yourself silly? Whether it’s vampires (True Blood), zombies (The Walking Dead) of a whole mess of freaky stuff (American Horror Story) that gets your blood pumping, there are plenty of creeps-inducing box sets to choose from.
Some of the biggest box set breakout hits are edge-of-your-seat thrillers, and 24 and Prison Break are bona fide classics of the genre.
The multi-award winning The Wire features Dominic West as a police detective tackling the mean streets of Baltimore, while Sons of Anarchy offers a glimpse into the gun-running, gang-warring world of motorcycle clubs.
Once you’ve dipped your toe into the fantastical world of Game of Thrones, you’ll want to dive right in. Or check out the mind-bending Lost, renowned for plot twists that kept everyone guessing right until the end.
If you’re after a bit of dramatic flair, then you’ll love the professional-meets-personal vibe of Grey’s Anatomy, the twisted web of Homelands or the gripping unpleasantness of Breaking Bad.
The dark and surreal whodunit Twin Peaks is a Nineties classic that’s just as compelling today, while mobster drama The Sopranos was the biggest cult hits of the Noughties.
If tense political dramas are your bag, then House of Cards and The West Wing are must-sees. And who can forget Mad Men, featuring the exploits of the retro ad executive we all love to hate, Don Draper?
Comic book heroes
The DC superhero universe spreads much wider than the comic books and the big screen – it has permeated the world of TV box sets too.
As you’d expect with DC, many of TV series feed into each other with Smallville leading to Arrow, which feeds into The Flash. Watch one and you’ll soon want to absorb the whole lot of them!
Laugh out loud
Who doesn’t love a bit of Friends? Endlessly quotable and totally addictive, it’s arguably the best TV series ever – and snapping up a box set is the best way to make sure you can access all your favourite episodes whenever you want.
When it comes to feel-good comedy, there’s so many brilliant series to take your pick from: The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, New Girl… And of course there’s animated classics Family Guy, Futurama and The Simpsons too.
Best of British
The US has churned out plenty of quality TV, but let’s not forget about us Brits!
Downton Abbey is great, sedate Sunday night fodder. Or, if you fancy a chuckle, give Little Britain – which held the record for the fastest selling TV box set for over 10 years – or The Office a go.
And then of course there’s the BBC’s Sherlock, which cleverly reinvented Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective for a modern day audience.
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