Happy Valentines Week!
In case you hadn't realised, it's Valentines Day on Wednesday! Now, whether you have plans with a significant other, friends, your dog or a good book (I've posted some romance reads here), nothing says love and romance like Netflix & Chill. Now, feel free to partake in the euphemism of that term - I don't need to write a blog post for that! No, I'm here today to share with you some shows on Netflix that you should check out this week. If you're single, let Netflix be your date this V-Day, and if you're taken, have a Netflix date!
for the laughs.
If you're looking for a light binge that'll have you laughing out loud and clutching your sides, feeling those abs forming, then comedy is you're best bet. Sitcoms and comedies are so easy to watch and keep the mood lighthearted and upbeat. For an Aussie touch there's The Moody's, a sequel to the Christmas series A Moody Christmas. The Moody family is totally dysfunctional, and as we follow them through different family events over a year, you begin to appreciate your own sane family. While it's best to watch A Moody Christmas first, you can easily get away with bingeing this series without having seen the original.
Speaking of Australia, there's also Please Like Me, which is a little more on the drama side, but still delivers the laughs alongside some deep drama. Josh Thomas is a fantastic Aussie comedian, so seeing him shine in this series alongside some fantastic Aussie actors is amazing. Again, Josh's life is kind of dysfunctional as he deals with his separated parents, his mother's bipolar, his roommate's love life and his own relationships as he finally comes out as gay. With all four seasons now available on Netflix, you'll fly through all the episodes in no time!
Moving to the US, a show that I'm sure we've all seen, or at least heard of is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Even if you've watched the show before, you can honestly never have enough Fresh Prince in your life. It's one of the best shows to binge and you'll definitely be laughing at all the antics that Will Smith gets up to as he navigates life in Bel-Air with his aunt, uncle and cousins. You can certainly see why this was such an iconic show of the 90s, so if you're looking for some laughs and some 90s awesomeness, this is the show for you. And yes, you'll totally be singing along to the theme tune every single episode.
If you're looking for something a little crazy, Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23 is such a fun take on the Odd Couple that you should check out. Honestly, just having James Van Der Beek playing a self-centered fictionalised version of himself is enough of a reason to watch. But, add in the crazy Chloe who torments June with her hilarious antics and you've got yourself a great comedy to binge. I admit, it takes a couple of episodes to get into, but once you're there, you'll churn through all the episodes in no time. It's unfortunate that this series was cancelled as the final episode will leave you wanting more.
Finally, if you're looking for something a little risque or a bit of animation, you really can't go past Big Mouth. It's a hilarious adult animation series that looks at what it was like to go through puberty - all the crap you have to deal with when you're a teenager that you were never really prepared for. While it's main focus is certainly on the male leads, it also looks at what girls go through as well, mixing some education with absolutely outrageous moments. There's currently ten episodes to binge with another season coming soon, so now is also a really great time to watch this series if you haven't already. Nick Kroll has done an absolutely hilarious job at bringing the ups and downs of puberty to life is this R-rated animated series.
for the romance.
Of course, romance is a good choice for Valentines Day - that it was the day is all about after all! There's definitely a lot of romance films on Netflix, but there are a few shows that are worth checking out if you're looking to add a bit more romance to the day. If you're into period dramas, Victoria is a good place to start, following the reign of Queen Victoria from the day she ascends the thrown. It's of course very drama driven, but romance is in the air for a lot of characters. We follow Victoria's relationship with Prince Albert, with the first two seasons covering the birth of their first few children, as well as the ups and downs of their marriage. Then there's affairs happening all over the palace, with the staff and other courtiers - it's all a little bit scandalous to be honest.
The Brits are definitely good at romance dramas, with another series to watch being Last Tango in Halifax, which follows two widowed childhood sweethearts coming together almost 60 years later. Their union is a bit hard to deal with for their kids, who aren't really keen at the prospect of becoming family. It's sweet to see these characters come together after all these years and to see them fall in love again. Throw in the drama caused by their families, and it's certainly an interesting show to binge. With three seasons filled with love, friendship and a bit of heartache, you'll find this to be a great cozy watch.
The final romance I suggest checking out is Crashing. It's a mix of romance, drama and comedy, following the lives of six people who live in an abandoned hospital as part of a guardianship program. Talk about dysfunctional - all these characters are so different, so to just generally see them interacting is hilarious and sometimes a bit cringe. There's love, lies and secrets as they deal with the ups and downs of living together, and the feelings that emerge from being in such close quarters. At just six 25 minute episodes, you'll fly through this in no time and wish there was a season 2 (I'm certainly hoping that will happen because I need to see more of Fred and Sam!)
for the drama.
If you're wanting something a bit more drama driven and a little more intense than a comedy or romance, there's certainly some great drama shows to watch. Dynasty is a newbie to the platform, being a reboot of the 1980s soap. New episodes drop every week, so you can really only binge until you catch up, but having to wait a week is so worth it. The Carrington family is plagued with so many secrets, lies, deceptions, affairs and scandals, that there's always something to keep you hooked. Throw in a touch of romance (because, let's face it, most of it is lust) and a bit of comedy and you've got a drama you'll be binging until you're forced to wait until the new episode is released. There's characters you'll love (Sammy!) and characters you'll love to hate (Cristal), and secrets you can't wait to see come out in the open.
While it's more on the teen end of the drama spectrum, Riverdale is definitely a show for everyone. And just because it's a modern re-imagining of the Archie Comics, doesn't mean you need to have any Archie knowledge to actually watch it. The town of Riverdale is full of a lot of sinister things - a murdered teen, a masked killer, a drug called Jingle Jangle, and a gang of serpents. The core four of Betty, Veronica, Archie and Jughead have tapped into their inner Nancy Drew to solve the mysteries of this deceptive town. And it's not just the teens bringing the drama - their parent's are just as interesting as they deal with their own secrets and lies.
For a drama that's a little sci-fi, Misfits is the show for you. This show is nearly ten years old, so chances are you've heard of it and possibly seen it, but it's such a good show to watch, especially to binge. Now, if I'm being honest, I can never do the show justice when describing and recommending it to others - it essentially follows five young adults doing community service when they are caught up in an electrical storm which results in them getting supernatural powers (invisibility, turn back time, hear people's thoughts, invincibility and making people want to have sex with you when you touch them). It's a mix of drama, sci-fi and a bit of comedy and you'll be instantly hooked by this wacky story and the crazy powers.
Finally, if you're a crime lover and want something a little darker, I recommend checking out The Fall. While most crime dramas will have you guessing who the murderer is until the very end, we know instantly who our serial killer is. The show follows serial killer Paul Spector and Superintendent Stella Gibson and how their lives become interwoven throughout the investigation and chase. It's definitely dark and intriguing and a must-watch for crime fans.
for the learning values.
Just because it's Valentines Day, doesn't mean you can't have fun watching a documentary. Netflix has a tonne of documentaries (for some reason there's a lot about Hitler, Germany and the War), but there are a few that make for great watching with a date, friend or even by yourself. The first is Conspiracies, which is a ten-episode documentary series that looks at the conspiracy theories surrounding the likes of the war, the royals, the space landing, and celebrities. Anyone who loves a good conspiracy theory will certainly love watching this series, which gives you the real events/person and then the conspiracies surrounding it. You'll definitely be wanting to look more into some of these conspiracies, so be careful not to fall down that Google rabbit hole!
With the popularity of The Crown (another show to binge if you haven't already), interest in the Royal Family has certainly increased. The Royal House of Windsor gives such a great look at the House of Windsor from its inception in 1917 with King George V, all the way to our current monarch Queen Elizabeth II and a look at next-line Prince Charles. Anyone with even the slightest interest in the Royal family will find this six-episode series intriguing and you'll definitely learn a lot about our four Windsor monarchs - and if you've watched The Crown, it'll give you a good look at the real history and how closely the show replicated it.
Finally, a fun little doco series is The Toys That Made Us. It's only for episodes long, but it gives viewers a very nostalgic look back at some of the toys that have stood the test of time, like Barbie and G.I. Joe. Obviously, if you didn't grow up with these toys, you mightn't find this series as interesting, but it's still great to look at how such toys boomed and have continued to enthrall children, and adults, today. It's a bit of a fun one if you want something nostalgic and interesting.
Of course, there are many shows on Netflix, and other streaming services for that matter, to choose from, but these are certainly shows to have a look at if you haven't already.
Just because it's Valentines Day, doesn't mean you need to wallow in your single-ness or that you need to have an extravagant date. To all the singles out there - Netflix will always have your back. To the couples - have something as simple as a chilled evening watching Netflix. Whatever your plans are for Wednesday, or this week, I hope you enjoy whatever it is you end up doing.
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