28 Addicting British TV Shows Everyone Needs To Watch ~ Rosa Pasquarella

1. The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off


What the deal is: A delicious baking competition focused on traditional British sweets. Do not watch on an empty stomach. 

Where you can watch it: YouTube 

Suggested by kaleidoscopemind.

2. Man Stroke Woman

Man Stroke Woman


What the deal is: A sketch comedy show with sharp writing and a stellar cast. You may recognize Nick Frost and Ben Crompton from Shaun of the Dead and Game of Thrones respectively.

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by April Hiller, Facebook.

3. QI



What the deal is: QI is a quiz show jam-packed with British banter. The show teaches you that pretty much everything you’ve ever learned is wrong. Who doesn’t love that?!

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by lucycuscrew.

4. 8 Out of 10 Cats

8 Out of 10 Cats

Channel 4

What the deal is: 8 Out of 10 Cats is a quiz show where two teams of three try and guess which world events were most talked about that week.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Cecily Bohanek, Facebook.

5. Bad Education

Bad Education


What the deal is: Jack Whitehall stars as a posh teacher with an unruly class of misfits. The show, written by Whitehall, also features Matthew Horne (Gavin and Stacey). 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Adrienne Enderle, Facebook.

6. Poldark



What the deal is: The story follows a British soldier, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner), as he returns home to England after the Revolutionary War only to discover the love of his life has married his cousin.

Where Americans can watch it: PBS

Suggested by Amanda-Rae Prescott, Facebook.

7. The Last Leg

The Last Leg

Channel 4

What the deal is: Touted as the show with “three guys with four legs,” the show originated as companion to Para Olympics coverage (two of the hosts have only one leg). It continues today as an alternate talk platform to discuss current events as well as showcasing comedy.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Chris Topher, Facebook.

8. Mock the Week

Mock the Week

BBC / Angst Production

What the deal is: A weekly round-up that does just as the title suggests. Comedians are given news stories and improvise a stand up set around it.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Mabel D’Souza, Facebook.

9. Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You


What the deal is: Celebrities and politicians from all walks of life gather on this panel show to discuss, debate, and satirize the hottest news stories and events. One of the original British panel shows, Have I Got News For You has been running for over 25 years. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Chris Topher, Facebook.

10. The League of Gentlemen

The League of Gentlemen


What the deal is: A sketch comedy show that centers around the ongoings of a small, countryside town in England. The cast of three transforms into dozens of unique, quirky characters, and covers a grittier version of the UK than most Americans are used to.

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Kayla Elizabeth Mowbray, Facebook.

11. In The Flesh

In The Flesh

Des Willie / BBC/Des Willie

What the deal is: Set in a post-zombie-apocalyptic Britain, the story follows a teenaged boy with PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome…he’s a zombie) as he attempts to reacclimatize to “normal” society. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by agataxo.

12. Gogglebox


Channel 4

What the deal is: A TV show about people watching TV shows. How’s that for a mindfuck?

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Kat Marchant, Facebook.

13. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

Channel 4

What the deal is: The show is a horror-parody created by Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) and Matthew Holness. It is presented as a found tape from the 1980s, and follows a horror writer (Holness) and his publisher (Ayoade). 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Ollie Testament, Facebook.

14. Cuckoo



What the deal is: Cuckoo follows an average British family whose lives are changed when their daughter returns from her gap year married to an American loser (Samberg).

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Frances Parra, Facebook.

15. Miranda



What the deal is: Created, written by, and starring Miranda Hart, the show follows the comedy of errors that is Hart’s life. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Lindsay Pencek, Facebook.

16. Snuff Box

Snuff Box


What the deal is: Set in a gentlemen’s club for hangmen, the show features sketch comedy, gallows humor, and even time travel. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Dick Jackman, Facebook.

17. Utopia


Channel 4

What the deal is: A group of people discovers the unpublished sequel of a book that accurately predicted massive disasters of the past century. 

Where Americans can watch it: It’s available on Blu-Ray via Amazon, but may only play on certain Blu-Ray devices. 

Suggested by Brodie Leaumont, Facebook.

18. Plebs



What the deal is: Set in ancient Rome, Plebs follows three lower class men as they attempt to navigate life as adults. As can be expected, hilarity ensues.

Where Americans can watch it: It’s available on DVD via Amazon, but not in US-DVD format.

Suggested by beerchen.

19. Friday Night Dinner

Friday Night Dinner

Channel 4

What the deal is: Friday Night Dinner captures the chaos of family get-togethers as the Goodmans gather weekly to celebrate Shabbat. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube 

Suggested by Dana Isaly, Facebook.

20. Black Books

Black Books

Channel 4

What the deal is: A rapidly deteriorating book store run by a trio of drunk messes tries to stay afloat as the age of the internet begins to take over. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Lauren Keller, Facebook.

21. Catastrophe


Channel 4

What the deal is: American comedian, Rob Delaney takes a business trip to the UK and leaves a little piece of himself behind (a baby in Sharon Hogan).

Where Americans can watch it: Amazon Instant Video

Suggested by Tali Meirav, Facebook.

22. Outnumbered


BBC / Hat Trick

What the deal is: Outnumbered features a middle-class London family with three rambunctious children and two overworked parents trying to make ends meet.

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by troyarsenian.

23. Goodness Gracious Me

Goodness Gracious Me


What the deal is: This radio-play to television adaptation features sketch comedy from British Indians dealing to the cultural differences they face daily.

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by Aafiya Gul, Facebook.

24. Big Train

Big Train


What the deal is: Often compared to Monty PythonBig Train produced major laughs from greats such as Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Catherine Tate (Doctor Who). 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by annieh48d6aae1e.

25. Pulling



What the deal is: Pulling is a female-driven comedy that follows the not-so-glamorous lives of three best friends as they try to navigate through their quarter-life crisis. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by shopreine.

26. Vicious



What the deal is: Sirs Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi play an older gay couple who have been together for upwards of 50 years. Need we say more? 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube, Netflix DVD

Suggested by Mimi Oluwafemi, Facebook.

27. Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat

Channel 4

What the deal is: Fresh Meat revolves around a mis-matched group of university students forced to live together in the same off-campus housing due to their late application. 

Where Americans can watch it: Hulu

Suggested by Laura K.

28. My Mad Fat Diary

My Mad Fat Diary


What the deal is: Set in the ’90s, the show follows a young woman who is trying to live a normal teenaged life as she struggles with weight, sense of self, and mental health. 

Where Americans can watch it: YouTube

Suggested by tvwatcher301.




Fitness Blogger Photoshops Her Body In Real-Time In Response To Hateful Comments ~ Nina Bahadur

Fitness blogger and personal trainer Cassey Ho is tired of receiving negative comments about her appearance.

In a poignant YouTube video titled “The Perfect Body,” Ho alters herself in response to online criticism of her body.

“In this video, you will experience what it feels like to be constantly bombarded with outrageous negativity,” Ho wrote in a blog post introducing the video. “You will see what it looks like to have your self-esteem stripped away. You will read real comments left by real people. You will see me struggle with my own appearance.”

In “The Perfect Body,” Ho “makes changes” to herself including slimming her waist, increasing her bust and changing the color of her eyes. Ho wrote that she was tired of receiving negative comments and wanted to make a stand against cyber bullying.

“So what if I changed?” Ho wrote. “What if I had a slimmer waist and a bigger butt? Would everyone be happy then? What if I lived in a world where I could photoshop my body in real life? Would I be happy then?”

Watch the full video above.

Thankful Thursday – Zach Anner

This week I have been hit with a touch of melancholy. Nothing seems to really be helping but today I fell on a video that put a smile on my face. Zach Anner is a Texas comedian with a message of positivity and motivation.

Zach Anner is originally from Kenmore, New York. He was born with cerebral palsy.[5] Anner graduated from Kenmore West Senior High School. After a stint working for Disney World as a park security specialist at Epcot,[6] he started college at the University of Texas, Austin, in 2005. While attending school, he obtained celebrity interviews through That’s Awesome! a sketch comedy program on the university’s local Public-access television cable TV channel called Texas Student TV K29HW-D.[2]That’s Awesome! was created by independent filmmaker Mark Dennis (director), a friend Zach credits as the one who encouraged him to be in front of the camera. [7] In 2008, he and fellow production mates started a comedy troupe called Lark the Beard, which produced a Streamy-nominated web series entitled The Wingmen. Anner is currently involved in writing shows and feature movies with Lark the Beard.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zach_Anner

What am I thankful for? People like Zach Anner that remind us to live fully and embrace everything. Enjoy!

Thankful Thursday: The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude

OMG!!!! I Love This!!!! It made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me smile. Such a simple yet heartwarming experiment, everyone needs to give this a try.

If you don’t know about SoulPancake you should, get on that right quick. The brain child of Rainn Willson and his son, SoulPancake is a fun and engaging place to explore what it means to be human. Playful, colorful, and inventive, SoulPancake gives you a chance to express without guilt or judgment. SoulPancake describes itself as “SoulPancake develops thought-provoking content and creative engagement opportunities that encourage people to explore what it means to be human. Founded in 2008 by actor Rainn Wilson (of NBC’s The Office), SoulPancake is fast-becoming a leading catalyst for interactions around Life’s Big Questions—topics such as art, philosophy, creativity, and spirituality. SoulPancake spans multiple distribution channels, from web to print to video to live events.” Well what it does is much greater and the potential is unimaginable.

In this short video, SoulPancake explores the power of gratitude and its effects on happiness. Enjoy this weeks Thankful Thursday and remember to practice a little gratitude.

Thankful Thursday: Go Cheerios!!!

So as you may have heard, there is a new awesome Cheerios ad that has been getting some really negative feedback. Well forget the haters and embrace the love. This week let us be grateful for Cheerios for having the courage and the wisdom to acknowledge the glorious diversity that makes up America; a country of many shapes, sizes, and colors.

In the video a bi-racial (side note: there is only one Human race so the term should really be bi-ehtnic) child asks her white mother if Cheerios is good for your heart. Her mother responds yes. The ad then cuts to the child’s black father who awakens with Cheerios having been poured all over his chest/heart.

Such an innocent and cute video, what could be wrong with that? What would drive so many people to spread hate and hurtful comments? In response to the negative backlash Charles Malik Whitfield, the actor who plays the father stated, “Let’s not pretend racism doesn’t exist. Let’s not pretend that we’ve come so far. Let’s be conscious of and appreciate the noise, and the negativity, because there’s so much work to be done.” (Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cheerios-stands-tv-ad-showing-151048704.html)

This ad is beautiful, so let us be grateful for that beauty and that diversity.

Thankful Thursday: Why Gratitude Works

Introducing Thankful Thursday! The purpose of Thankful Thursday is inspiration and gratitude, sharing stories and information that will up lift and motivate you. If you would like to share your unique story send an email to MinusTheBoxMag@gmail.com.

Today’s inspiration comes from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.  In this short yet informative video, Dr. Christine Carter list three reasons why gratitude is important to our emotional and mental well being.

The three reasons why gratitude is important:

1) Increased self-worth
2) Socialization and bonding
3) Focus on the positive

TED Talk Tuesday: Mike Rowe: Learning from dirty jobs

So Minus The Box has gone back in time to post a TED Talk Tuesday. Today’s (or if we’re being honest, yesterday’s) talk comes from Mike Rowe of  “Dirty Jobs” fame. Funny and insightful this talk is surprisingly good.

A discussion on work, Rowe purposes that society has lost an appreciation for hard blue collar labor. Through his popular series “Dirty Jobs,” he has learned the value and necessity of such work; work on which society is founded upon.

Warning: Sheep castration is described in detail.

People with dirty jobs are happier than you think. As a group, they’re the happiest people I know. And I don’t want to start whistling “Look for the Union Label,” and all that happy worker crap. I’m just telling you that these are balanced people who do unthinkable work. Roadkill picker-uppers whistle while they work. I swear to God — I did it with them. They’ve got this amazing sort of symmetry to their life. And I see it over and over and over again.

So I started to wonder what would happen if we challenged some of these sacred cows. Follow your passion — we’ve been talking about it here for the last 36 hours. Follow your passion — what could possibly be wrong with that? Probably the worst advice I ever got.

So I started to look at passion, I started to look at efficiency versus effectiveness — as Tim talked about earlier, that’s a huge distinction. I started to look at teamwork and determination, and basically all those platitudes they call “successories” that hang with that schmaltzy art in boardrooms around the world right now. That stuff — it’s suddenly all been turned on its head.

I formed a theory, and I’m going to share it now in my remaining two minutes and 30 seconds.

It goes like this — we’ve declared war on work, as a society, all of us. It’s a civil war. It’s a cold war, really. We didn’t set out to do it and we didn’t twist our mustache in some Machiavellian way, but we’ve done it. And we’ve waged this war on at least four fronts, certainly in Hollywood. The way we portray working people on TV — it’s laughable. If there’s a plumber, he’s 300 pounds and he’s got a giant butt crack. Admit it. You see him all the time. That’s what plumbers look like, right? We turn them into heroes, or we turn them into punch lines. That’s what TV does. We try hard on “Dirty Jobs” not to do that, which is why I do the work and I don’t cheat.

But, we’ve waged this war on Madison Avenue. I mean, so many of the commercials that come out there — in the way of a message, what’s really being said? Your life would be better if you could work a little less, if you didn’t have to work so hard, if you could get home a little earlier, if you could retire a little faster, if you could punch out a little sooner — it’s all in there, over and over, again and again.

And right here guys, Silicon Valley, I mean — how many people have an iPhone on them right now? How many people have their Blackberries? We’re plugged in; we’re connected. I would never suggest for a second that something bad has come out of the tech revolution. Good grief, not to this crowd. (Laughter) But I would suggest that innovation without imitation is a complete waste of time. And nobody celebrates imitation the way “Dirty Jobs” guys know it has to be done. Your iPhone without those people making the same interface, the same circuitry, the same board, over and over? All of that? That’s what makes it equally as possible as the genius that goes inside of it.

So, we’re thinking — by we, I mean me — that the thing to do is to talk about a PR campaign for work, manual labor, skilled labor. Somebody needs to be out there talking about the forgotten benefits. I’m talking about grandfather stuff, the stuff a lot us probably grew up with but we’ve kind of — you know, kind of lost a little.

The infrastructure is a huge deal. This war on work, that I suppose exists, has casualties like any other war. The infrastructure’s the first one; declining trade-school enrollments are the second one. Every single year: fewer electricians, fewer carpenters, fewer plumbers, fewer welders, fewer pipefitters, fewer steamfitters. The infrastructure jobs that everybody is talking about creating are those guys — the ones that have been in decline, over and over. Meanwhile, we’ve got two trillion dollars — at a minimum, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers — that we need to expend to even make a dent in the infrastructure, which is currently rated at a D minus.