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Five reasons to binge 'How to Get Away with Murder' on Netflix in time for Halloween

Thursday, October 19th 2017 by Oprah Flash

With Halloween just around the corner and the cold weather forcing you to forfeit the gym (that’s my excuse), there has never been a better time to curl up in front of the telly or laptop/tablet and binge watch a good show.

If its suspense, drama and just the right amount of gore that you’re looking for, How To Get Away With Murder (HTGAWM) is the show for you.

The Shondaland masterminds responsible for hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, have put the same cunning storytelling and thriller sequences into the HTGAWM script and it does not disappoint.

A group of eager young law students get themselves caught up in a web of deceit, betrayal and murder on their quest to impress the formidable and enigmatic Annalise Keating, one of America’s the best lawyers and professors.

Starring the award-winning Viola Davis (Fences, Suicide Squad) and Alfred Enoch (Harry Potter) in leading roles, you are in for a treat.

I'll try not spoil it for you but here’s why HTGAWM is the one for you.

***possible spoilers ahead***

Teen drama without the teen drama

The show is focused on a group of fresh faced teenagers who join University (college if you’re feeling American) with the ambition to become kick-ass lawyers. With any coming-of-age show you expect to see the usual preppy and annoying drama such as boy meets girl, girl has annoying best friend and struggles to balance work assignments with personal life, blah blah blah.

Thankfully HTGAWM has by-passed all this and gone straight to the suspense and whodunit type drama. After introducing the characters, the opening episode catapults you straight into the nitty gritty with a scene of the youngsters hiding a dead body. In true thriller fashion you’ll have to watch the rest of the season to find out how the characters ended up in such a pickle.

Just the right amount of gore

It’s Halloween so it is almost a rite of passage to be surrounded by blood, guts and annoying trick or treaters. But what if you’re a bit squeamish? Fear not HTGAWM has got you covered. As the title suggests there are some murder scenes and a few bodies but the show is shot tastefully enough that it won’t put you off your dinner while you’re watching it.

The How To Get Away With Murder cast

Cliffhanger after cliffhanger after cliffhanger

Mrs Keating chooses five students to join her law firm during their course. Little do they know they may not all live to regret it.

From episode one, you’ll be clinging on to the edge of your chair to find out what happens next. The producers frequently use flash-forward sequences of hidden bodies, weapons and cunning plans that keep your eyes glued to the screen.

By episode nine, the flash-forwards start to align with present day and the pieces of the puzzle all start coming together.

Character development

Quite early on in the series, the ShondaLand production company gives you snippets of each character’s background and what makes them all tick.

A lot of depth and emotion is shown in this series as the producers take viewers right down to the raw core of what each character is going through in each sticky situation.

While you’re watching, pay attention to Viola Davis’ character Annalise, and her interaction with each of the students, Wes Gibbins (played by Alfred Enoch) in particular.

Throughout the first two seasons breadcrumbs are scattered about how the characters are all linked and it will soon become clear that it is no coincidence they are on the same team.

Asher (Matthew McGorry) and Michaela (Aja Naomi King)

Great example of diversity

Again, not to hate on teen dramas, but the status quo tends to be a young middle class protagonist with middle class friends and middle class problems. Let’s be honest, they are spoilt brats.

However the characters in this show are much more relatable and cover a much wider demographic. For example, characters from African American, Hispanic and Asian backgrounds are all represented and the show isn’t afraid to tackle issues such as feminism and sexuality.

How to watch How to Get Away with Murder

If I’ve succeeded in convincing you to watch the show, Netflix is the place for you. If you have a subscription you can get started straight away. Alternatively, now may be the perfect time to sign up for a free month trial. After that you’ll pay £5.99 a month for a basic package or £7.99 for HD.

If you have Sky TV you can watch the show on the Sky Living Channel.

If you’re new to Sky TV and considering a package for the winter season you can get your hands on 350+ channels with Sky Box Sets for £25 a month for the first year and a half. There is also a one-off set-up fee of £20.

This is part of a flash sale so after today the price of the Sky Box Sets goes up to £38 a month.

The first two seasons are available to binge on Netflix and the third on Sky but in the States they are on season four so to avoid any spoilers stay away from Twitter and the #HTGAWM hashtag. You have been warned.

A court scene with actor Anthony Azizi prosecuting against Annalise

Keep Calm and Keep Binging

You’re not alone in binge-watching. Netflix has acknowledged the new Binge-Racing craze. Yep that’s right, Binge-Racing. Not only are netflixers watching shows back to back but they’re doing it at speed.

Brian Wright, the vice president of Netflix Original Series, said: “There’s a unique satisfaction that comes from being the first to finish a story, whether it's the final page of a book or the last, climactic moments of your favorite TV show.

“Netflix allows you to watch in a way you never could before, and there's nothing better than seeing a show engage our members and ignite a passion for viewing.”

The new trend sees people watching a full series within 24 hours of it being released.

Netflix’s data shows more than 8.4 million people 'binge-race'. Canada came out on top with the most binge-racers, while the UK was all the way down at 12th just above France, in the unlucky-for-some 13th spot.

The top five shows people are binge-racing are Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Fuller House, Marvel's The Defenders, The Seven Deadly Sins and The Ranch.

Why not binge-race your mate to watch How to Get Away with Murder? There are only 15 episodes in each season so you’ll be finished before you know it.

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