6 TV Shows to Watch Now That Will Satisfy the Travel Itch

A TRIP TO LONDON HBO’s ‘I May Destroy You’, which is set in East London, is a favorite of Anna Winger’s, co-creator of the Netflix drama ‘Unorthodox.’ ‘I loved seeing the city through the eyes of the brilliant creator Michaela Coel,” said Ms. Winger.


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Anderson Le

Producer for EAST Films and artistic director of Hawai’i International Film Festival

“In ‘Beforeigners’ (HBO Max), a seasoned cop in Oslo pairs up with a rookie from the Middle Ages—it’s part ‘Lethal Weapon,’ part ‘Alien Nation.’ ‘Unorthodox’ (


), about a woman fleeing an arranged marriage in Williamsburg’s Hasidic community for a new life in Berlin, shirks Lifetime movie trappings. ‘Giri/Haji’ (Netflix) is an amalgam of gangster movies and hyper-real manga where a Japanese detective scours the London underworld to find his brother. I love that these series are so specific in culture but universal in story.

Pauline Frommer

Editorial director of Frommer’s guidebooks and frommers.com

“ ‘Babylon Berlin’ (Netflix) is extraordinary. Its story line, sets and on-location shoots bring the viewer back to the heyday of the Weimar Republic in visceral fashion. I love the nightclub scenes—they give a feel for the hedonism of that time and place. Whereas in ‘Shtisel’ (Netflix), which follows an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem, it’s the meandering rhythm of the show, and the inclusion of touchstones of Israeli life, like sheruts (shared taxis) and kosher cafes, that give the show such a transporting texture.”

Anna Winger

Co-creator of ‘Unorthodox,’ ‘Deutschland 86’ and ‘Deutschland 83’

“ ‘I May Destroy You’ (HBO) takes place in east London and I loved seeing the city through the eyes of the brilliant creator Michaela Coel. But the location is not what moved me so much as the complicated journeys of all three main characters—their radical honesty, empathy, humor. TV isn’t a pilgrimage to a single destination, like a movie, it’s a bumpy road. No one gets off easy in this series, but that’s the pleasure in it, following people you come to love on a circuitous trip.” —Edited from interviews by Martha Cheng

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Appeared in the September 26, 2020, print edition as ‘Which TV Shows Indulge Wanderlust?.’

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