Altered Carbon (Season 1) Now, if you love a good old-fashioned crime mystery about dystopian futures, skin-swapping criminals, immortality-inducing consciousness back-ups, underground fighting rings and artificial intelligence-based hotels (and who doesn’t?), then Altered Carbon is for you. This absolute blockbuster of a show took two years to shoot and produce, owing in no small part to the mind-blowing CGI that’s created a universe set more than 300 years in the future. It’s a bit grim in places, but it’s a compelling watch. Just the one season is available for the time being, with the debut series having only landed back in March. Takeaway pairing: Considering the show’s brilliant fusion of cultures, races, names and faces, try some Mediterranean-Middle Eastern fusion food from Café Bateel. We’re a fan of the burrata with Mediterranean veg. Dhs68. Various locations including Dubai Marina (800 228 335).
Archer (Season 8) Stupid secret agents working for the world’s most ridiculous spy agency. Titular character Sterling Archer is the world’s least subtle, yet most effortlessly talented spy, who bumbles from one disaster to another. From cyborgs to Cuban hit squads, via civil wars, humanity-threatening battles on international space stations and adventures in 1940s Los Angeles, nothing is off the table with this utterly ridiculous and thoroughly entertaining adult cartoon. All eight seasons to date are available on Netflix, with the ninth season having recently begun broadcasting in the U.S. Takeaway pairing: One of the lead characters, Pam, is frequently seen chowing down on Middle Eastern street food, so we recommend getting your teeth into the Steakmous saj from Mantoushe. It’s stuffed with slow-cooked steak, spiced potato, hummus, pine nuts, tomato and garlic sauce. Dhs24. Various locations including Cluster E, JLT (04 277 8170).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 4) One of the funniest, silliest shows to have come out of the U.S. in years, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is as harmless as it is fun. Starring and produced by Andy Samberg, of Saturday Night Live fame, and co-starring Terry Crews, the show focuses on the 99th precinct of the NYPD and the ins and outs of its daily case-cracking activities. It centres around Jake Peralta, a talented cop who’s gone through his career with nothing to prove and a care-free, childlike attitude. That all changes when a new captain takes charge. Catch seasons one to four on Netflix now. Takeaway pairing: Lead character Jake Peralta loves a proper good pizza, as you’d expect from a New Yorker, so check out 800 Pizza’s classic Margherita, which is one of the city’s most authentic Italian-style delivery options. Dhs40.95. Various locations including Motor City (800 74992).
Chef’s Table: Pastry (Season 1) Desserts become the main course in this helping of the wildly popular cooking show. Four renowned pastry chefs show off their culinary creations, share their experience and give their top tips for making some awesome pastry treats. Takeaway pairing: This calls for a sweet treat, right? Do yourself a favour with Clinton St. Baking Company’s choccy chunk pancakes with warm maple butter and fresh raspberries. Dhs55. Various locations including Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331).
Designated Survivor(Season 2) In a post-24 era, when Agent Jack Bauer is a distant memory, Kiefer Sutherland reinvents himself as the most powerful man in the world – the President of the United States. A lowly secretary in the U.S. government, Tom Kirkman finds himself thrust into the hot seat following an attack on the country’s capital. The show highlights the endless stream of near-disasters that challenge the rebuilding effort of a country’s government – with a heart-racing conspiracy storyline that bubbles away in the background. Now in season two, each episode is a 42-minute explosion of action and subterfuge. Takeaway pairing: Want to seem like a man/woman of the people, à la President Kirkman? Go for a loaded dog from The Hot Dog Stand. From Dhs27. Various locations, including Dubai Media City (04 368 6281).
iZombie (Season 4) Who would have thought that being turned into a zombie would turn the now undead medical student Liv Moore (ironically named) into a brilliant detective? While posing as a medical examiner at a coroner’s office, her need to feed gives her a bizarrely useful gift for solving murders. Takeaway pairing: Given that she’s winging it, get your hands on some of the city’s top chicken wings from Wingsters. See what we did there? From Dhs36. Marina Diamond 1, Dubai Marina (04 427 9900).
Jessica Jones (Season 2) Our favourite snarky private eye has come back for her second season, and this time she’s dealing with a whole bunch of issues from her past. Namely, the evil organisation that gave Jessica (Krysten Ritter) her powers as a child, so expect crime-busting, mystery unravelling and, of course, gratuitous demonstrations of her super strength. We’re excited to see her struggles with the ramifications of the season one finale, and if her superhero-wannabe foster sister (Rachael Taylor) will get in on the action. If her restlessness from season one was anything to go by, probably. Takeaway pairing: One of the famous scenes from The Defenders (in which Jessica Jones appears) sees the four main (anti) heroes tucking in at a Chinese restaurant. We recommend you go for the shiitake mushroom bao at The Noodle House. Dhs50. Various locations including DIFC (800 666 353).
Lost in Space (Season 1) A brand-new addition to the Netflix family, this is a remake of the classic 1960s series. An extinction event on Earth in the not-too-distant future forces humanity to seek life anew in the vast expanse of space, and The Robinsons, a family led by aerospace engineer Maureen, are among the families leaving the planet to form a new colony. Their transport crash-lands on an alien planet, and the family has to fight to survive, seemingly against all odds. The ten-episode first season arrived in April, and is one of the biggest seasons (exclusively produced for Netflix) launched by the streaming provider this year. Takeaway pairing: Slightly tenuous link here, but with a fight for survival comes a reliance on earthy, natural foods (well, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it). DIRT specialises in vegan burgers. Try the Big Man, which comes with the no-chicken vegan patty, tomatoes, pickles, shiitake mushroom and onions with mayo and ketchup. Dhs34. Various locations including Al Quoz (04 350 2012).
Orange is the New Black (Season 5) This prison drama follows a well-to-do American woman, Piper Chapman, who also just happens to be a convicted criminal. The series follows her time in women’s prison and the hilarious, harrowing and often moving experiences that the inmates share. The series is based on the real-life experience of Piper Kerman, an American author who spent a year in prison herself. Expect to laugh out loud, shake with anger and uncontrollably weep. And if there’s anything to get you in the mood for a takeaway it’s prison slop… Takeaway pairing: Few things are more definitive of American food culture than Five Guys, the outrageously tasty burger joint. Get a good old-fashioned cheeseburger and don’t forget the French fries cooked in peanut oil. Magnificent. Dhs44. Various Locations including Dubai Marina Mall (04 379 2122).
The 100 (Season 3) An entry into the post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama category, 100 teenage criminals from a human space colony are sent back down to an Earth ravaged by nuclear war to determine whether it is once again habitable. Expect rival colonies, internal tensions, and politics, and some pretty gruesome discoveries. Now in its much-anticipated fifth season in the US, the third season has just arrived on Netflix, and promises more high-tension thrills and spills between The Sky People and the Grounders. Takeaway Pairing: Make the most of fresh meats and veggies while the Earth is still habitable. Reddy Traditional Roasts offers the full works – meat, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, roast veg, stuffing and homemade gravy. Spot on. From Dhs68. Dubai Sports City (04 350 2002).
The Boss Baby: Back in Business (Season 1) Carrying on from the 2017 movie, this cuteness overload of an animated series focuses on the exploits of the eponymous character and his older brother Tim at Baby Corp. It’s fun, it’s light-hearted and it’s just innocent entertainment. Takeaway pairing: Nothing says “let’s get down to business” more than an Asian takeaway from Business Bay (right? Right?!). Get your hands on the spicy chicken burger from Thai fusion restaurant Fuchsia Urban Thai, which comes with a tangy papaya salad and spicy sriracha sauce. Dhs37. Various locations including Business Bay (04 425 3080).
The Letdown (Season 1) This Australian comedy series has been widely praised as being the most realistic depiction of motherhood on TV and, as a result, one of the most relatable shows around. It focuses on Audrey, a mother of a two-month-old who joins a quirky new-parents’ support group. Her friends and family don't make it easy, either, with a career-obsessed husband, a self-involved mother and a free-spirited besty who happily throw spanners in the works every five minutes. Takeaway pairing: In need of a quick, energy-building meal? Few things are more convenient than a big old bowl of pasta, so get the penne giardiniera from Carluccio’s, with fresh courgette and garlic spinach balls (those greens will give your iron levels a boost) served with Parmesan and garlic. Dhs66. Various locations including Dubai Marina Mall (04 399 7844).
The Rain (Season 1) Being heralded as a brilliant new take on post-apocalyptic thrillers, this Scandinavian survival story focuses on two siblings who emerge from a safety bunker six years after a rain-carried virus wipes out the majority of civilisation in the region. With society as they know it gone forever, the show puts a welcome spin on the coming-of-age drama genre. Takeaway pairing: This show is pretty much entirely subtitled, so get your reading glasses on and pick a food that you won’t have to look at while you’re gazing intently on the screen. Grab a fully customisable burrito from Taqado – the bigger the better as far as we’re concerned. From Dhs35. Various locations including Dubai Media City (04 277 8697).
Troy: Fall of a City (Season 1) A co-production between BBC One and Netflix, this British-American series is set during the Trojan War and depicts the love story between Paris and Helen of Troy. Get into a properly dramatic retelling of classic Greek literature and mythology – it was this channel that brought us Sherlock, Line of Duty and other blockbuster dramas. Sure, the reviews aren’t great, but it’s going to be a long summer… Takeaway pairing: It has to be Mythos if you’re in JLT (or its sister restaurant Elia if you’re in Bur Dubai). Both serve up incredibly authentic grub, and we can’t recommend the tomato kefta enough. Pair it with the tyrokafteri (see our mezze feature on page 14) and you’ve got something so brilliantly Greek you’ll think you've been transported to the birthplace of democracy. Dhs29. Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT (04 399 8166).
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