It's time to Netflix and chill peeps. Uh.. I mean. Just Netflix.
1.) Peaky Blinders
Two words: Cillian Murphy. His baby-blue eyes are reason enough for me to tune in, regardless of the story line. Lucky for all of us, this show is fan-friggin-tastic. Set in Birmingham, England just after the first World War, Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) and his band of scruffy brothers start from nothing to become some of the most feared, respected, and wealthy gangsters of their days. Sometimes it’s a little gritty, but come on! Cilian Murphy! No, but in all seriousness, the story line keeps you hooked and the character development is amazing.
2.) The Siege of Jadotville (Movie)
A group of Irish soldiers who have never seen war before are sent to the African Congo in 1961 as UN peacekeepers. They are tasked with keeping the outpost of Jadotville secure. It doesn’t take long for bullets to start flying and for the UN to leave these boys hanging. Jamie Dornan is the main character, if the above action wasn’t enough to peak your interest.
3.) Grace and Frankie
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda star as two women who have always been rivals until… their husbands fall in love with one another and divorce the women to get married. This show is pee-your-pants funny. Jane Fonda and Lily Collins have quirky and hilarious chemistry. Watch, laugh, and cry as the two attempt to navigate the new normal of their lives and build a beautiful friendship along the way.
4.) The Crown
If you haven’t yet heard of this show, you’ve been living under a rock. Ha! I kid…kind of. The story of Queen Elizabeth from a young princess to a commanding Queen is magnificently done. No, really. Netflix, you rock. The show is expected to span Queen Elizabeth's entire reign to present day. I’ve always been interested in all things history, and a glimpse into the early days of Queen Elizabeth’s reign is eye opening. Some things you’ll love, some you’ll hate. It is worth every minute.
5.) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ellie Kemper plays twenty-nine year old Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who was imprisoned underground for fifteen years as part of a doomsday cult. Refusing to be seen as a victim, the always positive Kimmy moves to New York City. She meets friends, gets a job, and is always upbeat on her way to figuring out how the real world works. Kimmy's roommate, and struggling actor, Titus Andromedon (played by Tituss Burgess) will make you cry laughing. If that's not enough, the show was created by Tina Fey, and she's a comedic genius.
Oooheee! Pablo Escobar, you were one scary man. I don’t know why I am surprised, but Narcos is another show superbly done. The story of a man who becomes a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine, and told through the voice of a DEA agent is not to be missed. Also starring Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell on GOT). A word of advice, a large part of every episode is in subtitles. Some might find it annoying, but I was impressed by the authenticity. Only, it’s not a show you can throw on in the background, because you’ll miss most of it!
7.) House of Cards
Ah, the Underwoods. Sneaky, brilliant, conniving. You almost can’t help but admire their reach. Kevin Spacey is the bomb.com as Frank Underwood, who starts the series as the House Majority Whip. After being passed over for Secretary of State, Frank devises a plan to get himself in a position of higher power. Check out how he and his wife, Claire (played by Robin Wright—also fabulous) play their cards, and you won’t be able to look away.
8.) Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
How many of you have seen the original movie Wet Hot American Summer? If you haven’t, you are missing out! My sister and I quote this weird, goofy, hilarious movie to this day!
*Whispers* “I want you inside of me.”
“Oh, I was just saying hi from earlier.”
Netflix, being as smart as they are, brought back a lot of the original cast and made it into a follow up series. You guys, the number of well-known actors in this will blow your mind (Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Poehler, and Molly Shannon to name a few!). It is funny, weird, but all around a great mind-numbing watch.
9.) Trailer Park Boys
Ahh.. a good ol’ Canadian treasure. This show first started in Canada on the Showcase network. Netflix picked it up because it is ridiculously funny. Warning. The language isnaughty, naughty, but the F word is one of my favorite words. Sorry, not sorry. Follow Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles as they navigate the world of trailer park living in Nova Scotia and attempt to stay out of jail. It’s not winning any Golden Globes in our lifetime, but my dad’s head practically turns purple from laughing so hard, so it’s A-Okay to me.
10.) The Fundamentals of Caring (movie)
Ben, played by Paul Rudd, is a retired writer and a bit of a mess of a person. His wife is trying to divorce him, but he refuses to sign the documents. Needing a job, Ben takes a course on being a caregiver, and is placed with eighteen-year-old Trevor, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Trevor is a sarcastic, if not anxious, young man. When Ben suggests a road trip, the two embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The movie is sweet, funny, and heartbreaking.
This is a creepy-ass documentary made up of eight episodes. Each episode follows a person, couple, or group who were held captive at some point in their life. The Taliban, radicals in Taiwan, assholes in Chechnya. The stories are heartbreaking tales of survival and bravery, from not only the people enduring the kidnapping, but their families left behind at home. Side note: The show kind of makes you not want to travel.
2.) The Fall
Sweet baby Jesus, someone hold me. No really, help. Jamie Dornan (again) has got to be the scariest, most fucked-up serial killer in the history of all television. DO NOT WATCH THIS AT NIGHT. You’ve been warned. Gilian Anderson, in all her glory, plays Superintendent Stella Gibson and is tasked with coming to Ireland and hunting down the sadistic man strangling young women. Oh, and he’s married with a wife and kids too. Each season is a short series, each getting better and better. Shit, I’m shivering just thinking about it.
13.) Matt Shephard is a Friend of Mine
Matt Shepard was a young man murdered in a violent hate crime in Laramie, WY in 1998. But who was Matt Shepard? Who were the people that loved him? His life was overshadowed by his horrific death, but this documentary is a beautiful showcase of who he was when he was alive. Of the people who loved him. He was an ordinary boy, loved by many. Bring tissues.
14.) Ripper Street
The series begins in 1889, six months after the last Jack the Ripper killing. Matthew Macfadyen (the best Mr. Darcy in my opinion) plays lead detective along with partners Jerome Flynn (Bronn in Game of Thrones) and Adam Rothenberg in East London. When dead women start turning up again, the men wonder if Jack the Ripper is back. Ripper Street is exciting, interesting, and well-acted. The first three seasons are on Netflix via BBC. Jump into a great mystery!
Alrighty, there ya have it! What did I miss? What are YOU watching?
Until next time,