As the leaves turn yellow and red and the days get shorter in Cologne, we want to inspire you to just stay in and spend a day on the sofa. Yes, you’ve read right, we actively encourage you to do nothing. Nothing but watch the series that inspired, entertained or amused us and which we believe might to the same for you. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the 6 series a manager should watch. They are curated by the team and we will give you a spoiler-free insight, why we think these are worth spending one (or more) autumn afternoons on.
1: House of Cards
House of Cards is a rare case of excellent writing in combination with brilliant acting, especially on the part of Robin Wright (Claire Underwood). The story follows power-hungry and ambitious Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) on his ascend to political success. The series, which is based on a novel, plays in Washington DC. The ruthless behaviour of the characters is shocking and gripping at the same time and escalates quickly after Frank Underwood is passed over for appointment as Secretary of State. While we hope no one uses the series as an inspiration for their way to power, it is delightful to see this power couple in action.
Harvey Specter is one of the best lawyers in New York and works for the renowned Pearson Hardman law firm, which prides itself on employing only Harvard graduates. Harvey is brilliant, but often ruthless. After being promoted to Senior Partner, he has to hire an associate and meets Mike Ross. Ross has a photographic memory and an outstanding legal mind, but neither a college degree nor a university degree. However, Harvey hires him and the two are now connected by a secret. Suits teaches you never to give up and always, no matter how hopeless the situation seems, tries to find a solution. Furthermore, the series shows how important belief in oneself and one’s own abilities is. To be successful you have to work hard every day and you can’t run away from resistance. But you also have to never forget to stay human and to remember that there is also a life beyond work, for example the family.
3: Designated Survivor
When a bomb kills the president and other top politicians, demure Cabinet member Tom Kirkman must suddenly take the reins of a government in chaos. From there on, the new president shows how crisis management should be done. With his calm and intelligent character he understands to manage the country even when faced terrorism, populism or immigration. In this way, you can get a great impression on how politics in the United States work. Furthermore, you get in touch with current political topics, you might even learn new arguments for the next discussion at the Dialogue;)
First of all, we chose to not present you the english original (The Office) and instead give you a slight idea of german comedy TV series;)
Bernd Stromberg, who is played by a famous german comedian (Cristoph Maria Herbst), is the Head of claims settlement M to Z at the Capitol Insurance PLC. A camera crew follows him and his employees in their everyday life which is embossed by bullying and harassment by Stromberg. Moreover, he ist a sexist and all in all the ideal negative example of a manager. Stromberg (or the english version The Office) is a funny series to watch if you do not want to concentrate too much as it is more entertaining than educational. However, you might take one or two badass quotes;)
5: Game of Thrones
A fantastical and thrilling tale of the fight about the Iron throne, Game of thrones masterfully explores the themes of power, integrity and loyalty. While the books are beautifully written and incredibly detailed the screen adaptation manages to build a world as fantastical and strange as can be. And even though the Lannister’s, Starks and Targaryen exist only in George R.R. Martin’s head, their conflicts and feelings are as old as humanity.
If you haven’t watched it yet (which is unlikely due to the hype around it), you absolutely should. First, you will finally be able to join the conversation about the entire series. Second, you won’t be able to not guess along with the intrigues, the plans and finally, who will survive the Game of Thrones.
While I do believe that there the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are a unique masterpiece, the BBC series is still one of the best crime dramas to date. With Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the famous detective and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson, they solve adaptations of many famous cases detailed in the novels and short stories of Doyle. The series is not only masterfully produced, but also gives you a chance to use the theory of deduction from the comfort of your own home. While I believe that none of us will ever possess the genius of Sherlock Holmes, it is still incredibly satisfying to figure out the crime alongside the duo.