I am the queen of Netflix, I watch it whilst I’m doing my makeup in the morning, I watch it on the train to meetings, I fall asleep after binge watching it.
I LOVE NETFLIX.
I thought maybe if you hadn’t fully thrust yourself into the awesomeness that is Netflix I would share my top 7 shows and maybe entice you…
Making A Murderer
If you use social media, you absolutely have heard of this. However maybe you think that you know enough about it from listening to what others say, but you’re wrong! This is a must watch, it’s the first show in forever that has led me to shout at the TV, take to forums to discuss it with abject strangers and has been the topic of Whatsapp messages with friends and over the table talk on nights out.
The true crime documentary that got everyone talking, tweeting and signing petitions. It’s a story of a grave miscarriage of justice, a police-lead witch hunt and a draconian, obtuse justice system – all focused on one man, Steven Avery. After spending 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Avery was soon re-arrested and charged with murder. Was he guilty this time or was the system determined to see him suffer?
Also just found out this is coming back for a second series, so get binge watching IMMEDIATELY!
It’s Judd Apatow. It’s an awkward love story. It’s golden!
Nice guy meets self-destructive girl. Guy falls for girl, who refuses to be loved. Yet, Love transcends the usual clichés with complex, smartly written characters.
I hate rom-coms, as you can see from my other choices, but Love is different, Love seems real, the drawn out, game playing neurotic. Real life at it’s best brought to life by a cast who remind me of myself in so many ways. Love is an unromantic rom-com, there are no wildly high movie style standards we can never hope to attain in real life, the sex is kinda awkward, the morning after equally so!
The Atlantic sums the lead characters up perfectly.
Except Mickey and Gus aren’t either of these things. Mickey’s not just a stunning beauty with a sailor’s mouth who will cure a stranger’s hangover by hotboxing her car with him: She’s a narcissist struggling with addiction. And Gus is, well, an asshole.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Child molestation, abortion, racism, homophobia: no topic is considered taboo in this hilariously ribald and subversive US comedy which follows four morally reprehensible friends who run a dingy pub in Philadelphia.
Not to mention Danny DeVito is outstanding as Frank Reynolds, the gangs “patriarch” of sorts, although actually just the financier of all the mayhem. He’s dirty, perverted, and filthy stinkin’ rich. If he’s not trying to rip off one of the other members of the gang, he’s extorting his former business partner or having sex in the parking lot of a Wendy’s.
This is not a Friends remake, there are no hints of Will & Grace or How I Met Your Mother, instead this useless bunch of reprobates flail from one shocking choice to another and hilarity for the viewer ensues.
Of all the shows I am recommending, this is the only one that comes with a warning. If you are squeamish, easily offended or not a fan of feeling freaked out this IS NOT THE SHOW FOR YOU. I can’t watch this alone at night, unless what I want to follow is a night of vivid nightmares!
However, with all that being said, Charlie Brooker’s series of dystopian fables, containing six individual episodes, are smart, well-acted and laden with darkly satirical overtones, encompassing his favourite themes – technology, obsession and social media.
I have never ever felt to uncomfortable watching a show, maybe it’s the way it’s shot, maybe it’s the incredible acting, whatever it is, I love it.
Parks & Recreation
I would never have found this beauty if it wasn’t for Amy and her love affair with Amy Poehler, who I knew only really from Saturday Night Live. Parks and Recreation is a hilarious ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope , a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun.
It’s slapstick at it’s finest, it has all the hall marks of the kind of show that will be at the heart of ‘best shows of all time’ list for decades to come.
The characters are exceptionally cast, from Leslie and her heart of gold, to Ron Swanson who believes that the parks department should not even exist, and all the cast between them who make this the perfect Sunday sofa day binge watch.
Special mention has to go to Aziz Ansari who plays Tom Haverford, who’s a sarcastic, under achieving government official for the city of Pawnee who—in his own mind—is revered for his high levels of confidence and unmatched entrepreneurial skills.
He is described by Ron like this…
“He doesn’t do a lot of work around here. He shows zero initiative. He’s not a team player. He never wants to go that extra mile. Tom is exactly what I’m looking for in a government employee.”
A black comedy masterpiece, this Emmy award-winner is based on the Coen brothers’ film of the same name. Arriving in a snowy town in Minnesota, the mysterious Lorne, played by Billy Bob Thornton, starts to have an effect on the locals, most notably the meek insurance salesman Lester, played spectacularly by Martin Freeman, who is drawn into a series of crimes.
You won’t believe how quickly things start to disintegrate. If you were a fan of the movie you will grow obsessed with the series without a doubt.
Martin Freeman is majestic, he is everything this series needed and I adore him & it.
It’s an oldie but by jove! It’s a goodie. If for some reason you were under a rock or on Mars you might have missed the genius that is David Brent and his hopeless bunch of colleagues who range from wildly inappropriate, to so painfully awkward you want to look away but you can’t because it’s so good!
Sure there is an american version and that’s funny, but it will never be Slough and Steve Carrell no matter how wonderful will never be Ricky Gervais
I’m always on the hunt for new things to watch so be sure to let me know in the comments, or tweet me your favourites!