I haven’t been very well lately. I was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease which resulted in me only being able to walk short distances, with the aid of a stick. This led to me spending much more time in the house than I’d have liked. Being cooped up in the house 24/7 has been a nightmare. Add to that that this last two weeks have easily been the most stressful of our lives and a picture emerges of me and Aimee having a generally miserable time of it. Luckily we’ve had Castle to keep us distracted.

Castle is one of those formulaic American crime comedy-dramas where there’s a cop and a quirk. This show’s quirk is that the cop is Kate Beckett, homicide detective driven by the desire to solve her mother’s 20-year-old murder, and her sidekick is millionaire novelist Richard Castle, who is shadowing Kate as research for his books which feature a character based on her. It’s the kind of show that “themes” its episodes: There’ll be a case involving a father and the long-lost daughter he never knew he had while, in Castle’s life, he’ll be dealing with questions from his daughter about who her absent grandfather was and why Castle has never sought him out.

Sure, it’s a bit cheesy at times but, boy is it good fun! There are seven seasons of the show on Amazon Prime Instant Video right now, with an eighth season in the pipeline and in the month I’ve been unable to go anywhere or do anything we’ve burned through three whole seasons, clocking in around three episodes most nights. We’re loving it! Stana Katic (the one with the knot necklace at the end of Quantum of Solace) is amazing as Kate, a vulnerable yet no-nonsense woman in a man’s world. She bursts out of the screen. Castle is played by ex-space-cowboy Nathan Fillion with all the likeable arrogance and grudging charm you’d expect. Slap on a supporting cast which includes the cutest daughter in history, an hilarious mother, two competent-yet-comedy cops and a whole host of oddball crims and you’ve got yourself a show that we can’t quit.

No spoilers please, but we can’t wait to see if Beckett and Castle’s will-they-won’t-they relationship will be a will or a won’t. The characters in this show are so, so easy to root for. While I’ve been in health-based confinement I’ve looked forward to nothing more than cuddling up with my wife and chuckling through the next chapter in this great show! If you haven’t already, give it a go.

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