Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today I’ll ask you to not talk about certain TV shows on your IELTS Speaking Exam.

In order to score a 7 or higher, you have to stand out in front of the examiner.

This requires impressive vocabulary, which exhibits flexibility and range. Thus, you have to be able to communicate in informal and formal ways.

However, you should also try to stand out in the ideas that you choose to discuss.

Examiners hear the same type of answers from candidates often, and this puts them in the mind of band score 6. This is because band score 6 is a score that is sort of average, and many students can attain this score.

So, to stand out in every way, try to not give the same answers as every other student!

You could be asked about TV shows or movies on any part of the IELTS Speaking Exam.



Please do not describe a show or movie that is in your first language, because it’s more difficult. You’ll be translating a lot in your head.

Also, you should be absorbing as much English as possible in your IELTS preparation.

TV Shows Not to Talk About:


Sure, this is a delightful show, but everyone talks about.


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Instead, try watching The Good Place or Parks and Rec.

Also, try a sketch comedy show, such as the British Monty Python or the Canadian Kids in the Hall.

Prison Break

Again, this series is commonly talked about by IELTS candidates.

Instead, try these ground-breaking, prestige television innovators: 6 Feet Under, The Sopranos, and Deadwood.

Bonus: Don’t Talk About This Movie!


For some reason, this another popular student movie.

Try any of these movies by my favorite actor and comedian, Bill Murray: Scrooged, The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou, Lost in Translation, and Ghostbusters.

I challenge you to choose one of the TV series and one of the movies recommended. Watch it!

Take notes on interesting vocabulary.

After you watch, talk out loud to yourself for 3-5 minutes about the story and your opinion on the show/movie.


Have you seen any of today’s suggestions?

Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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