Friday, 14 August 2015

5 Current Netflix Faves

Now that Pretty Little Liars is finished until 2016, a lot of us won't know what to do with ourselves. So what better to do than get emotionally invested in even more TV shows?! My five current Netflix faves are really varied in genre so whether you're watching alone in bed surrounded by food or as part of a 'netflix and chill' date (I'm saying nothing!!) then hopefully you'll find something you like.

1. Once Upon a Time:
This is a fairytale drama/fantasy TV series, a genre which I wasn't sure if I would like. The show is set in the fictional town of Storybrooke and tells the story of fairytale characters trapped in the real world, with no recollection of who they are, due to an evil curse. The scenes flip between the characters before and after the curse so we can see the fairytale characters in their fairytale setting. I thought the show might be childish because it's based on fairytales but it's actually quite dark and touches on some adult themes. It's also fun trying to work out which story each character is originally from. The show is really gripping and written really well with a lot of unexpected plot twists. I'm currently on Season 2 and loving it!

2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:
When this show aired on Netflix I thought it would blow up and everyone would be talking about it but I haven't seen as much hype as I expected. The show tells the story of Kimmy Schmidt as she starts her new life in New York after she was rescued from an underground bunker where she was kept for 15 years by the leader of a Doomsday Cult. Even though the topic is a really serious matter, creator Tina Fey manages to make the show so upbeat and funny as well as being sensitive about the underlying themes. The show is bright, colourful and hilarious and it's perfect when you just need a laugh and something not too intense. I've currently finished Season 1 and DYING for Season 2 to come out soon.

3. Bates Motel:
Bates Motel is a drama/thriller series which is a 'prequel' to Hitchcock's infamous Psycho, which initially drew me to the series (because who doesn't love that shower scene?). However, the series is set in a modern setting that doesn't mirror the original movie, but I think it definitely still works. The show follows Norman Bates and his Mum Norma as they move home, purchase and run their own Motel. I love the fact that this series is a prequel because I think it's so interesting to explore why criminals turned out the way they did. It can be quite dark and sometimes scary so I wouldn't recommend if that's not your thing. I've not long started the series and I'm still only on Season 1 but I am hooked and can see myself finishing it really quickly.

4. Louis Theroux:
I am an absolute sucker for a documentary and no one does them better than Louis Theroux. Although there are a few Theroux titles on Netflix, his self titled series is one of my favourites. In this series Theroux tackles controversial topics and as usual, throws himself in to the action instead of just filming from the sidelines. Visiting brothels, prisons, Nazis and even Michael Jackson he manages to gives candid representations whilst also staying sensitive to the topics. I also like that you don't have to watch them in any order and can just pick one that you feel like watching that day. More importantly, I'm just in love with Louis so having him on my screen for an hour at a time is great in itself. There are 21 episodes and I've watched about half.

5. That 70's Show
I am so disappointed with myself for not watching this show sooner! That 70's Show is set in Wisconsin in the 1970s and follows the lives of a teenage group of friends. I like to watch this show when I just want to watch something lighthearted and not at all intense. Although there's no real thrilling storyline, I like seeing how the 70s are depicted with the use of furniture and decor and the introduction of themes such a feminism, drug use and the recession. Young Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and and Laura Prepon make this show for me and knowing Jackie and Kelso are now together in real life is a dream!

Hopefully this post gives you some ideas to see you through for the rest of the Summer holidays. Have you watched any of these shows? What are you watching at the moment? Thanks for reading!


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