Top TV shows for CAs and students

Watching TV
By Eleanor O'Neill, Student Blog

9 March 2017

In the downtime between exams, performance reports and many, many spreadsheets, there's nothing like a good old TV binge. And with streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, it's never been easier to find something new.

Whether you like a series founded in clever satire, glossy drama, action-packed crime or all of the above, we have put together a list of the must-see shows to take up your evenings for the foreseeable future.

The best part? There are accountants and finance professionals in every single one.

1. The Office 

A legend in the history of British television, The Office takes place in a mundane mid-sized paper company, following the exploits of the insufferable David Brent and his staff.

The quintessential mockumentary paints a satirical picture of life in the workplace with relationships between colleagues and an imminent threat of downsizing building up a thoroughly entertaining version of the mundane nine to five.

Spanning two seasons and a Christmas special double-bill, the series racked up six BAFTAs, two Golden Globes and three British Comedy Awards in the early 2000s. It also spawned a number of international spin-offs.

The US version of The Office ran for nine seasons between 2003 and 2015 and has a related web-series entitled The Office: The Accountants that follows the financial branch of the company as they track down missing funds.

2. Suits

Ethical conundrums abound in Suits, which centres around Mike Ross, a young genius with an eidetic memory who is expelled from college before he can fulfil his dream of becoming a lawyer. Enter Harvey Specter, a high-flying Partner in one of New York's best law firms who hires Mike as an Associate despite his lack of degree or licence.

The pair becomes a force to be reckoned within the world of corporate law, winning case after case while desperately trying to keep Mike's secret from the authorities and their coworkers.

With a flair for both comedy and drama, the show it currently in its sixth season and has been highly praised for its snappy dialogue and enjoyable characters.

One particularly poignant episode features the case of an accountant who is discovered to have faked his credentials and faces prosecution. The situation raises a lot of questions for Mike and drives home the importance of professional credibility.

The cast and crew of Breaking Bad at the Emmys. Editorial photo credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

3. Breaking Bad

Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer and turns to crime to pay his medical bills. Teaming up with a former student turned small-time drug dealer, Walter starts on a downward spiral that drives him to risk his life and family for the sake of building an empire.

The recipient of two golden Globes and a massive 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, Breaking Bad ran for five seasons and has been widely regarded as being as addictive as the illicit substances cooked up on-screen.

One of the major conflicts of the show comes in the for of Walter's wife, Skylar, who finds herself unwillingly pulled into her husband's life of crime when her accounting skills become essential.

4. Dragon's Den

If you are interested in investment, business finance or are a budding entrepreneur, you could probably stand to learn a thing or two from Dragon's Den.

The reality show depicts the process of pitching a business idea to potential backers and offers many an example of good presentation, negotiation skills and, of course, knowing your numbers. With their real companies on the line, contestants are grilled on their profit margins, projections and general acumen by industry experts with money to invest.

Interesting dilemmas arise when products are ridiculed, financial records make no sense and deals are made for much higher stakes than originally anticipated. 

Perfect viewing for a little real-life consideration of the benefits having a CA advising your business could have!

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