Okay, so do you remember the list of Christmas movies I made last year? I was reviewing them as I went and keeping it/you updated as I watched each of the festive offerings. Well I’ve decided to finally start compiling a list of EVERYTHING I watch on Netflix.
I watch A LOT and am often asked what I’d recommend.. an overwhelming question. This way you’ll be able to skim through my reviews and I’m planning to occasionally put out a ‘recent picks’ post with highlights to make it even simpler.
I’m going to add to this slowly because I need to revisit some old favourites before I leave you a blurb on them but if you’d like to request/suggest a show, go ahead! I am always looking for a way to justify my Netflix sessions!!
White Collar ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is OG Netflix for me. One of the first things we watched when we got the service way back when..and still a show I recommend to people weekly! General gist is that a conman is recruited by the cop who finally nailed him and they work together solving crimes. I’m not doing it justice, just watch it!
Dead To Me⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is so good! I watched the whole season in a day (I swear, I was working too! Photo editing/Pinterest doesn’t require a great deal of silence/focus) and I’m desperate for a second. Christina Applegate in the thumbnail sold me without having to even read the blurb and I’m so happy I caught it. General vibe is, recently widowed, meets a new friend at a support group, desperately seeking justice, much darker than it first appears with plenty of twists and turns. I’m all in for these new Netflix series’ (I’m more a tv than movie kinda gal) but I wish they’d order more than 10 episodes! I may have to rewatch the whole thing with Lee.
The Vampire Diaries ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the hybrid (pardon the pun) of twilight and True Blood. Just enough sex to feel grown up but not so much you have to change the channel when the kids come in. One of my favourite supernatural series, anchored by a love triangle (obvs) that kept things interesting ..until about season 5. If you’re even remotely into vampire shows and haven’t seen this, what are you doing with your life?
The Originals ⭐⭐⭐
A spin off of TVD and one I wanted to love but the strong romance just wasn’t there. More about family ties and revenge than it’s parent show and (although I watched the whole thing) it never grabbed me in the same way. A nice accompaniment rather than a great standalone show.
I am a huge Vampire Diaries/Originals fan (secret tween over here) so I was dying to see Legacies but it’s yet to hit any UK network. I downloaded them on to my iPad when I was in America last month (this is a great trick, actually. So long as you keep airplane mode on, you can watch whatever you’ve downloaded once you get home) and I just finished the first series. It’s a mix between Charmed/Grim in a highschool setting. More mystery and drama than romance and bloodsucking (so more Originals than TVD) and I’ll watch another season when it comes out but it hasn’t really filled the void its predecessors left. Definitely aimed at a younger audience – but that never put me off before.
Pretty Little Liars ⭐⭐⭐
Starts out GREAT (if you’re in to teen dramas) with lots of mystery and suspense. Tapers off after season 2 but there are still highlights and if you are looking to fill a lot of hours, keep going. I challenge you to stop before you know who A is, regardless of how tiresome the plot becomes 🤣
From the same (Archie Comic) Universe as Riverdale but it has something a little more appealing for me. Maybe the supernatural? I was prepared to hate it since I loved the Melissa Joan Hart version but it’s pretty good and a totally different show so really no comparison. Dark and again very “teen” but enjoyable. I did have to rewatch some episodes because I was passively viewing and literally lost the plot. Does take SOME amount of focus at times.
This gave me Pretty Little Liars vibes but the muster mystery element didn’t grab me in the same way. I also wasn’t as attached to the characters as quickly. It’s had its good moments but it’s not GREAT. In fact? In fact, just as it got interesting it also became really complicated to follow an episode at a time. One to binge if you really want to get in to it.
I wanted to love this. I loved Renee Zellweger in it but it just isn’t good! The premise is a kind of gender reverse of Indecent Proposal and as a 90minute feature it could have been great but stretched over 10 episodes with super blah sub plots and secondary characters it was very slow. I didn’t see the end coming and I would potentially watch the next season just to see where they go with it but my husband watched 8 episodes and refused to watch the last 2.. if that’s any indication. Wouldn’t recommend.
Mad Men ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’m currently rewatching this. I tried to get in to it years ago and just couldn’t connect with anyone in it, then last year I tried again and binged the whole thing. It’s become even more interesting to watch the gender roles of the 50s and 60s given the current movement and how very ‘woke’ we are.. even compared to just a few years ago. The story follows one man through 2 (possibly 3?) decades in an ad office and gives an insight in to the rapidly changing world at that time. Oh and the fashion.. it’s worth a watch just for the vintage aesthetics – I have a whole pinterest board for retro interior inspo!
Grace & Frankie ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fan favourites, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin play the wives of business partners who end up leaving them for each other in their 70s. Unlikely friends, they end up living together and.. comedy ensues. A really moving yet humorous show with some loveable characters that give me hope that I’ll be alive, kicking and still myself well in to my 80s. Oh, and the fabulously dry and sassy Brianna (June Diane Raphael) may just be my spirit animal.
Santa Clarita Diet ⭐⭐
I watched this because I love Drew Barrymore and i love Tim Oliphant.. but it’s not great. The idea is that a woman gets food poisoning and ends up as a zombie living in a Californian suburb, selling houses and trying not to eat people. It’s a fun concept and it definitely has it’s moments but it was missing something and has apparently been cancelled after 3 seasons. I’ll miss the characters but I’m not surprised.
Since this will be a working post, the below is a list I’m compiling of shows I enjoyed/want to mention (as a reminder for myself) that I will return to and give a mini review/ ⭐rating at some point!
Jane The Virgin
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
Crazy Ex Girlfriend
Conan Without Borders
The Good Place
American Horror Story
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
How I Met Your Mother
How To Get Away With Murder
Once Upon A Time