A lot of people these days have Netflix. It’s how we watch amazing show like Sense8, The Unbreakable Kimmy Shmidt and, of course, Orange is the New Black. It’s also how we rewatch the random stuff we enjoyed as kids (Rugrats is on there), and discover shows we missed first time around on the box (Lie to Me anyone?). For some the £5.99 subscription fee allows them to watch an episode every so often. Some will binge on shows like Orange is the New Black the day they came on the site/ app. I somehow manage to consume a great deal of films and TV shows in in the space of just a week.
Before I go on, I should say that I do work (self employed and really quite flexible hours), I do spend time outside, and walk on average 5 miles per day, and I read. A lot.
I sleep quite well too, I try and ditch the electronics by midnight, if not earlier, and I don’t turn my laptop on until the afternoon most days. Some days its not until late evening that I actually start to watch, but I still manage to consume shows at a ravenous pace.
A part of me thinks that this is a reflection on how we interact with society. Technology has made us impatient, and the very idea of waiting another week to watch just one more hour of a show is torture, but I wasn’t raised in a household where we watched TV and stared at computer screens all day. I more often than not had my head in a book of some variety, doing homework, or writing endless stories. So how did I become so hooked to this little app? Who knows?
I often describe Netflix as my longest and most successful relationship. It wants nothing from me and is there for me after a long, hard day. It can evoke emotions from me that I haven’t felt in a long time. All of my friends love it! Even my mum approves of the site and the times we’ve had together under my duvet (fort) are unmatchable. Who needs human contact. Right?
The variety on offer is far superior to the likes of Amazon Prime (I had a free trial and was wholly unimpressed) and I am currently wondering where to take my viewing next. I’ve just watched all 48 episodes of Lie to Me since around this time last Saturday, and it’s a question of going for a rewatch or something new. Comedy or Drama. Series or Film. Either way, I’m sure I’ll find something worthy of my time and my eyes.
I don’t anticipate that I will stop watching shows so fast any time soon. It keeps me busy, it keeps me happy. But until then, if you need a recommendation here are some of the best shows I’ve watched on Netflix:
- Orange is the New Black (Laura Prepon, looking as amaze here as in That 70s Show)
- Sense8 (Martha Jones has upped her hair game)
- Unbreakable Kimmy Shmidt (that theme tune)
- Once Upon a Time (its her *destiny*)
- Lie to Me (why all the beans on toast)
- The L Word (I had no idea this was about LGBT+ folx until I was 20)
- American Horror Story (don’t watch at night if you get the heebie jeebies)
- Bates Motel (I remember I liked it, but not too much else about it)
The shows listed above are pretty diverse, so I’m sure there is something for everyone. Also Mulan and Monsters Inc are on there.
Happy viewing and give me your suggestions!