For when you want to Netflix & chill (and not in the rude way)
As today is all about February Favourites (see video below), I thought I’d talk about another of my past month’s favourite activities. Although if I’m being honest, it’s kind of a year round favourite; snuggling up on the sofa (again, see below), surrounded by a nest of blankets and pillows, hunkering down on a whole season of a show in record time is something that I feel I could win an olympic medal in. We’ve got a few subscriptions, but the one we always come back to is good ol’ Netflix.
I thought that collating a ‘Top 10’ post would be easy, but in fact it was tough to cut it down and let me tell you – there’s so much new stuff that I didn’t even realise was on there! Go on, have a root around and check out the films. I was rather impressed. To narrow it down somewhat though, I’ve stuck to series here and I’m sure there’s at least another 10 that I’ve completely forgotten to mention. So if you’re in the market for something new to snuggle up with in the evenings and the weekends, then I’ve got you covered…
Arrested Development. One to watch if: you like a semi-dark comedy. This was the first thing that Mark and I ever watched together when we moved in almost five years ago now. He had it on a boxset and we ordered Domino’s and chortled away. This comedy really tickles me and Tobias Fünke is one of my favourite characters in a TV show ever.
RuPaul’s Drag Race. One to watch if: you want to feel fabulous and so, so happy. It is impossible to feel sad whilst watching this. When I first discovered it on Netflix I watched six seasons in about a month. Think American’s Next Top Model, but with drag queens who can sew, sing and bring the sass.
Stranger Things. One to watch if: you haven’t watched it yet, because what the hell have you been doing? I feel silly adding this one to the list, but I feel like I should because it’s as good as everyone says it is. I don’t usually like sci-fi thangs as you’ll be able to tell from the rest of this list, but this is awesome and the kid actors in it are phenomenal.
Master of None. One to watch if: you loved Tom Haverford in Parks & Rec and have a mini crush on Aziz Ansari. I love anything that Aziz Ansari does and this is no exception. Aside from being really funny, I think the thing I loved the most about this show was that he cast his real-life parents to be his actual parents in the show. How adorable is that?
Love. One to watch if: you’re an old romantic at heart. Love is just so cool. It’s a rom-com, but not in the traditional sense and for someone who loves a classic love story, this tugged on my heartstrings on more than one occasion. It’s also back for a new series soon, so start your binge-watching ASAP.
Wet Hot American Summer/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. One to watch if: you’re an Amy Phoeler fangirl and have watched everything else with her in. The original series was created yonks ago and featured loads of actors and actresses before they became really famous, which makes for some entertaining viewing. The latter is a prequel that they filmed recently which again makes for some entertaining viewing. Bradley Cooper and Amy Phoeler are both hilarious in it. It’s about camp and it’s not as rude as it sounds.
Flaked. One to watch if: you’re desperate to go to L.A – it won’t help matters. This isn’t as fast-paced as the others and it’s not a laugh-every-minute comedy, but if you like Will Arnett and you’re a fan of Venice Beach you’ll enjoy this nonetheless. I annoyed Mark by stopping it every second and going ‘OMG Abbot Kinney Boulevard – I’ve been there!‘
Cooked. One to watch if: you like food (a.k.a – everyone). This one is quite short with only four episodes, but it will do you for a bit of weekend viewing. It’s just a really interesting documentary-style series about food and culture and cooking. WARNING: Do not watch whilst hungry.
The Office. One to watch if: you like comedies that make you laugh really loudly like ‘PAH-HAHA!’. Unfortunately they’ve taken the U.S version of The Office off Netflix, but the U.K one remains and although it’s so, so short compared to its offspring, it’s still so funny. I ship Dawn and Tim so bad.
American Crime Story: The People VS O.J Simpson. One to watch if: you like watching really gripping shitz. We watched this back when it was broadcast on BBC and we made sure we were in each time a new episode was on the T.V because this had us hooked. I now watch every O.J-related documentary there is and am even tempted by a couple of books that cover the crime. It basically turns you into a real-life Veronica Mars.
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