There's so much great TV out there that FOMO is no longer a thing - you just watch what you can. Here, John Byrne picks ten box sets of shows that you might have missed first time around, from high-end drama to fluffy fun, quirky cult to gritty crime.
Melrose Place, RTÉ Player
This primetime American soap was the brainchild of Darren Starr - whose previous was Beverly Hills 90210 and would later create Sex and the City - and legendary producer Aaron Spelling, who also worked with Starr on 90210. His CV includes Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, Love Boat and Hart to Hart.
Set in a small apartment courtyard complex on - where else? - Melrose Place in West Hollywood, it focused on the lives and dreams of several young wannabes.
Former Dynasty star Heather Locklear gave the show something of a soapy gravitas that helped it overcome a rocky start to sustain it for seven seasons.
The cast also included Marcia Cross and Doug Savant, who went on to star in Desperate Housewives, Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) and Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl).
Succession, Sky Box Sets
The best new show in 2018, Succession slipped under the radar for many TV-watchers. With season two due in August, here's the ideal chance to catch up.
A viciously dark satirical dramedy, it focuses on the fictional Roy family, the dysfunctional and utterly appalling owners of a global media empire who are fighting for control of the company while the family's patriarch, Logan Roy, struggles with his health.
The formidable ensemble cast features Brian Cox as Logan Roy, with the likes of Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen and Sarah Snook helping to make up the rest of the rowdy clan.
For comparison's sake, I'd consider Succession as something like a rich man's Shameless, but with better clothes, more opportunities and less empathy. It's an absolute hoot.
Toast of London, All4
If you're looking for a laugh, the likes of Black Books, Peep Show and The IT Crowd and more are available on the impressive Channel 4 service, which is arguably the best around. But this gem is often overlooked.
Created by Drogheda United fan and Father Ted co-creator Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry, the latter stars as Steven Toast, an eccentric, middle-aged actor with a somewhat chequered past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it.
Much of the show is taken up with Toast recording banal and soul-destroying voiceovers for advertisements. Y'know, the kind of work any average actor would love to have so they can actually pay their rent.
ER, RTÉ Player
The ultimate TV medical drama, ER ran for 15 seasons, making it the longest-running until the vastly inferior Grey's Anatomy recently passed that mark.
Early on it featured (and made superstars out of) George Clooney and Julianna Margulies, who played central characters Dr Doug Ross and nurse Carol Hathaway.
The show almost made household names out of Anthony Edwards (Dr Mark Greene), Sherry Stringfield (Dr Susan Lewis), Noah Wyle (medical student John Carter), and Eriq La Salle (Dr Peter Benton).
Devised by Micheal Crichton, it was a global phenomenon that has grossed more than $3 billion in television revenue thanks its captivating blend of realistic medical trauma and the lives of the ER staff.
Chernobyl, Sky Box Sets
Only recently shown on Sky Atlantic, Chernobyl has been getting the kind of reviews that are only reserved for television royalty. Not bad for a four-part miniseries that not many people watched.
Created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck, depicting the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented cleanup efforts that followed. It features an ensemble cast led by Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson.
As well as being a pretty grim drama about an absolutely horrific nuclear disaster and its devastating effect on the local population, it's also a reflection on the dysfunctional nature and corruption at the heart of power and its inability to cope in a time of crisis.
Chernobyl is not easy viewing, but it is essential TV.
The Shield, All4
I know people who insist that The Shield is better than The Wire – but they're very different shows, really.
Known for its portrayal of corrupt police officers, it was originally advertised as Rampart in reference to the true-life Rampart Division police scandal, on which the show's Strike Team was loosely based.
Michael Chiklis starred as Vic Mackey, a corrupt and brutal detective in the LAPD who stole from drug dealers, routinely beat suspects and committed murder. Mackey saw his tactics as a means to an end.
Long before it became fashionable, several notable film actors took extended roles on the show, including Glenn Close, Forest Whitaker and Laurie Holden.
Just new to Netflix, all 121 episodes with over 729 music performances from the much loved comedy-drama that focuses on the fictitious William McKinley High School Glee Club and its performing group, the New Directions.
The show made major stars of many of its young cast, including Lea Michelle, Chris Colfer and the late Cory Monteith, who made up New Directions, who competes on the show choir competition circuit while its disparate members deal with social issues, especially regarding sexuality, relationships, and teamwork.
A personal favourite moment is the school's football team dancing to Beyonce's Single Ladies during a time out near the end of an important game (see below). Season one's opening six episodes are truly subversive.
Frasier, RTÉ Player
Sitcoms have been a mainstay of television since the 1950s, with the US producing several gold-plated and universally revered shows, from I Love Lucy to Cheers, Seinfeld to Friends. Frasier's definitely up there with the best.
Indeed, as a sequel (to Cheers), it's a rarity that a spin-off gets even more kudos than the original, but Frasier has become regarded as one of the top fix or six comedy shows, with a pretty much unequalled ensemble cast.
Kelsey Grammar's Frasier Crane, a practising psychiatrist in Cheers, was relocated to his native Seattle, where he started building a new life as a radio advice show host while reconnecting with his father and brother and making new friends.
Along with Grammer, Frasier featured David Hyde Pierce as snooty brother Niles, Peri Gilpin as radio producer, John Mahoney as Frasier's blue collar dad Martin, and Jane Leeves as Martin's live-in physical therapist and caregiver, Daphne Moon.
Gomorrah, Sky Box Sets
Once upon a time you'd get funny looks if you admitted to watching a TV show that was recorded in a language other than English. Subtitles were an alien concept. Not now.
Thanks to the rise in popularity of the genre known as Scandi drama, and the popularity of Inspector Moltalbano, virtually everyone will watch non-English TV, especially when it's got the quality of Gomorrah.
Now in its fourth season, this Sky Italia drama enjoys a huge cult following, especially amongst those who like their shows to be gritty and gangster-tastic. Gomorrah has all that by the bucketload.
An impressive coast of tough-looking Italians are extremely convincing in this fictional adaptation of the groundbreaking book by Roberto Saviano that revealed the reality of life in Naples under the unblinking gaze of the Camorra, and the Savastano clan in particular.
Quirky? You want quirky? I'll give you quirky, and then some.
If you haven't seen it before, this comedy created by Dan Harmon follows an ensemble cast of characters who come together for some adult education classes.
A superb cast that includes Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, and Jim Rash meet at a community college in the fictional town of Greendale, Colorado.
Harmon based the show on his own experiences attending a community college - so he must have experienced some right characters.
A brave and ambitious show that put the meat in meta although the inevitable slide in quality began before its sixth and final season. But even a poor Community episode is more fun than most comedies.