What To Watch On Netflix – My Top Picks
What To Watch On Netflix – My Top Picks
Believe me, I know. I have my favourite Netflix shows, and when I’m all up to date, I find it quite difficult to find something new. It’s the apprehension. Will I like it? Will I become so engrossed I can’t move from my sofa for 3 days? Or will I watch 10 minutes and think ‘… next?!’
Now that’s it’s freezing cold outside, the dark evenings are perfect to curl up and watch your favourite shows. I’ve put together a list of my favourite things to watch on Netflix, some are popular, some maybe not as much. Everyone has different tastes, so I hope you find at least one thing on this list that you would be interested in watching!
Incredibly interesting account of Lady Gaga’s life during the recording of her album ‘Joanne’, and the run up to her Super Bowl half time show. It shows her battle with chronic fibromyalgia, and emphasises the hard work and physical toll that many of our favourite talents must push themselves mentally and physically in order to create and market their work. One of the ‘omg’ moments for me is when Gaga stops mid conversation to remove her shirt and sit with her naked chest on show. I aspire to be that comfortable with myself.
But on a serious note, it also documents the tear-jerking story behind her 19-year-old aunt Joanne’s death from lupus, through a touching visit to her grandmother’s house. Knowing that she helped inspire (in my opinion) Gaga’s best album to date, when she herself was an artist and writer is very poignant. It’s a stark reminder that life is precious, and all too often cut short.
Oh, sweety. Darling. It’s Lacroix, darling. If you’ve never seen Absolutely Fabulous, I have no idea where you have been. Focusing on the life of Edina ‘Eddie’ Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders), her best friend Patsy (Joanna Lumley), while they navigate the world of PR and fashion in London. Eddie’s daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha) is not amused with her drunken habits and attempts multiple times to steer her on a ‘better’ path. Imagine your drunk aunt at 12 in the afternoon, add some cigarettes and designer clothes and that’s what you get. (Also look out for Bubble, she’s a treasure!)
If you like British comedy shows, definitely give it a watch, and with the episodes being 30 minutes each, it’s perfect binge watch material!
The time has come, for you to binge watch for, your, LIFE. *tongue pop* You just need to watch this show. You won’t regret it, I promise. Think Project Runway meets America’s Next Top Model but with sickening drag queens. You’re welcome. Drag Race has become one of my all time favourite shows, I love the concept, the ability it has to bring light to the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community (including some queens who talk about their diagnosis with HIV or their realisations of being a transgender woman), and just the overall feeling of creativity and acceptance.
They have from season 2 – 9 on Netflix, I’m not sure why they don’t have season 1, or the All-Stars seasons, but those seasons are more than enough to make you fall in love and have a good binge watch. My favourite season? Six.
‘If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else can I get an A-MEN?’
Now, I am a recent convert to Gilmore Girls. I only watched the series starting last year, but I absolutely fell in love with it. I also eagerly awaited the follow up special A Year in the Life, which is also definitely worth watching – but only after you have finished the entire series, or you might not understand some key plot points. In short, it follows a mother daughter duo, Lorlei (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) as they attempt to make it through life by succeeding in school, careers and love. As you can imagine nothing is smooth sailing and there are many a twist and turn during the series. Love triangles, family feuds, COFFEE. How could you ask for more? Although this series is almost 20 years old, much like a series such as ‘Friends’, it’s pretty timeless.
This series, (a Netflix Original), as you may be able to tell from the title, documents the life of Queen Elizabeth II, and the turn of events that saw her being coronated at only 25. It then follows her life as the Queen, as Elizabeth tries desperately to separate herself from ‘The Crown’, which causes her to make some controversial decisions and damage once close relationships. There are incredible performances from Claire Foy and Matt Smith, as well as John Lithgow who brilliantly plays Winston Churchill.
I’m always interested in the various dramatic accounts of the life of royalty, modern and medieval, so it’s a no-brainer I would give this a go. If you’re at all interested in the monarchy, or even history, I would recommend it. Season 2 releases on 8th December.
Well, I’m probably not the key audience for Grace & Frankie, but I can’t help myself, I just find it so addictive. This is another Netflix Original gem. I don’t know about you, but I love films about divorced middle aged women that rediscover themselves after being freed from the shackles of marriage. Think Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give or Meryl Streep in It’s Complicated and somewhere in between you’ll find Grace & Frankie.
After finding out their husbands are having a relationship behind their backs, Grace & Frankie move in together to adapt to their newly single lives, while watching their ex-husbands navigate a relationship. It’s quite the chalk and cheese mix. Grace is a more uptight business orientated woman, while Frankie is a hippie housewife, spending her time painting and ‘medicating’. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are hilarious in their portrayals, and I really would recommend this show to anyone who likes a bit of a laugh without having to think to seriously about it.
As you can probably tell right now, I’m a comedy lover. I don’t like horror, or scary film/shows. I make an exception for American Horror Story. If you’ve never seen this show, it is incredibly difficult to explain. Each season of AHS is a different story, with separate characters and sometimes completely different actors. (Is this called an anthology series?)
My personal favourite season is number two, Asylum, in which nuns (one of whom possessed by the devil) run an insane asylum, housing a serial killer psychiatrist, Nazi scientist, a few other murderers and the new girl Lana Winters, a lesbian journalist. Sounds like great fun, right? Like many seasons of AHS, I can’t really remember the details as there are so many, but give the seasons a watch if you haven’t already. It’s not terribly scary, but it can be a little stress inducing. Just a warning.