Whilst February might have brought with it brighter sunshine and *slightly* warmer temperatures than miserable old January, we’re still well and truly in the midst of Netflix season. That is, the time of year when hunkering down and watching episode after episode of some really great TV shows on Netflix is the most appealing pastime! Below are a few of my recommendation for shows to get cracking on, if you’re looking for something new to watch. And do leave me your recommendations in the comments, too!
01. The Good Wife
Now, I’ve mentioned our obsession with The Good Wife approximately 1346 times on this blog, but seeing as there’s a new season just out, it bears talking about again! The Good Wife centres around Alicia Florrick, wife of scandalised politician Peter Florrick, as she builds herself a career as a lawyer in Chicago and pieces together her life following her husband’s infidelity and jail sentence. Both Jason and I found that the first season had a slow-ish start, but once the plot really got going, we were hooked! It’s fast paced, well written, beautifully acted, and contains just the right balance of fascinating legal drama and romantic subplots. Season 6 just came out on Netflix (we’re 3/4 of the way through it already!), and Season 7 is currently showing on Channel 4 in the UK. I recommend it to *everyone*!
02. Making a Murderer
I”m sure pretty much everyone who owns a subscription to Netflix has watched Making a Murderer by now, and I can see why it’s gained such a hardcore following online! Jason and I binge-watched MaM over the course of a weekend, and were gripped throughout all ten episodes. The documentary centres around the true story of Stephen Avery, a man in the US who was imprisoned for 18 for a crime he didn’t commit, and then whilst in the midst of sueing the county for damages, finds himself accused of murder. The documentary was filmed over the course of ten years, and exposes what appear to be a catalogue of injustices within the US legal system. It’s a must watch!
03. The Walking Dead
I’ll start my rave review of The Walking Dead by giving this caveat- never has a show given me nightmares as dreadful as this one! We started watching on recommendation of Jason’s brother and his partner, and whilst it is totally amazing, I find I have to force myself to take breaks from it every couple of episodes as binge-watching gave me nightmares that went on for weeks! The Walking Dead takes place in a post-apocolyptic America, and follows a group of people trying to find safety and build a life in a world overrun with zombies. It’s pretty hardcore and grisly at times (I have to watch from behind a cushion when things get too tense!), but it’s as much about the nature of humanity and what it means to be ‘human’, as it is flesh-eating zombies. Well worth a watch, if you can stomach the gruesome stuff!
04. Mr Selfridge
This last series is a lot lighter than the rest- a happy watch, alongside all the other heavier TV series we seem to get glued to! Mr Selfridge, now on its third series, follows the early years of the famous department store and the visionary man who set it up. It’s sort of a fictionalised version of the the true history of Selfridges, with a whole heap of subplots and romance thrown in for good measure. It’s the sort of show I like having running in the background when I’m busy with other tasks, as it doesn’t take too much concentration to follow the plot. Oh, and probably the best thing about it is the *fashion*! The womens’ dresses and mens’ suits are all so beautiful- it’s almost worth watching for that alone! All three series are available on Netflix- I’m just about to get started watching the third!
Currently on our ‘to watch’ list is Sons of Anarchy (another recommendation from my brother and sister in law, who have excellent taste in TV!), Scandal (we’ve seen the first episode and liked it, and my Mum’s been raving about it for years), and culinary documentary series Chef’s Table. Oh, and about a billion years late on the bandwagon, I’m FINALLY starting Downton Abbey!
Anything else we should add to our list?