I think we can all agree that we seem to have a lot more time on our hands right now. Whether you’ve been furloughed or you’re still working, we’ve won back that commuting time and it’s meant that my Netflix consumption has gone through the roof.
But despite being furloughed, I just can’t bring myself to sit and watch TV during the day. It feels like a wasted day to me but that’s totally a personal thing. If you love nothing more than snuggling under a blanket on the sofa at 2pm on a Tuesday, you do you!
My evenings and weekends tend to be spent signing into Netflix and finding myself still scrolling through twenty minutes later. I’ve been guilty of starting to watch something, changing my mind five minutes later and then scrolling to find something else, only to do the exact same thing shortly after pressing play for a second time. Before I know it, I’ve lost interest, put Friends on for the 68th time and am mindlessly scrolling through Instagram.
Over the last few weeks however, by some crazy miracle, I’ve found a few Netflix series that I’ve been hooked on from the minute I press play. So, in case you’re stuck in a rut of never finding anything worth watching, here are my 9 latest binge-worthy watches:
Where to start? Afterlife is incredible. Heartbreaking, heartwarming and hilarious all at the same time. Tony, played by Ricky Gervais, has his life turned upside down when his wife Lisa dies and we watch (totally hooked) as he tries to figure out who he is without his wife by his side. Grab a box of tissues before you watch, you’ll need it.
I’d also recommend listening to Ricky Gervais on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast, it’s really interesting listening to Ricky talking about the story, how and why he wrote it and what it means to him.
2. Dead to Me
It feels like forever ago that I watched season 1 of Dead to Me but after a quick Google search I realised it’s only been a year. I was fully ready to jump back in and see what’s happened to Jen and Judy following the crazy cliffhanger we were all left with a year ago.
I can’t work out if Dead to Me is a comedy or a drama but I think that’s what I like about it. Although the storyline isn’t lighthearted, the comedy that comes with it is and, together, they form the perfect balance. Each episode is only thirty minutes long so it’s a great “grab a fish finger sandwich” lunch break watch.
I love Ozark! I couldn’t wait to watch the new season and binged on it over a few days. It centres around a family that moves to the Ozarks following a money laundering scheme that goes wrong. Although pretty much all the characters are technically bad people (money launderers, drug dealers, murderers, cartel leaders…) I just can’t help but want them to succeed. Just when you think it can’t get any more crazy Jason Bateman’s character, Marty Byrde, manages to get himself ever deeper into the world of Mexican drug cartels. I love how badass the people in Marty’s get too, particularly Wendy Byrde (played by Laura Linney) in season 3.
4. Vicar of Dibley
A change of pace here but a very welcome one. My husband and I were reminiscing about the Vicar of Dibley recently and it’s like Netflix answered our prayers – every episode ever made, now available. Get comfy for a day on the sofa with Britain’s favourite vicar, Geraldine Granger. It was pure joy watching this 90s classic back.
There are only four episodes of this limited series and, in my opinion, four is not enough. I’ve always been interested in learning about people that live differently to me, so Unorthodox was right up my street. Following Esther Shapiro’s journey from the Hasidic Jewish community she’s grown up in, to finding her voice (literally) and freedom in Berlin can only be described as fascinating.
I learnt so much about a community that I knew almost nothing about, pausing every now and again to Google a phrase or tradition I’d not heard of. After finishing episode four, I moved straight onto “The Making of Unorthodox” which shows the research and attention to detail that went into every single scene. A must watch, in my eyes.
6. Ru Paul’s Drag Race
Saturday mornings are an exciting time for me, not only is it the start of the weekend, but the latest episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race is also made available on Netflix! It’s a release, it gives me a glimpse into another world. A world where labels don’t matter, where if you want to wear an umbrella as a hat with a rubber duck inside it you do just that (and you’ll look fabulous doing it).
With 12 seasons of the US version and the debut season of Drag Race UK available on Netflix, you’ve got hours of glitter, tucking and lip sync battles ahead of you.
7. Tiger King
If you’ve not watched Tiger King yet, you’re doing lockdown wrong. The most bizarre, most surreal, most “what the f**k” documentary I’ve seen. I was totally hooked from episode 1, in fact we watched the entire series in one six hour stint. Leaving the sofa only for more snacks. Every episode brings more barely-believable twists and turns. You’ve got to see it to believe it (or maybe not).
8. Love is Blind
When Netflix first suggested Love is Blind to me, I thought “No, no, I don’t need this kind of trash TV in my life”. Turns out I do. The show starts with single men and women in separate pods, talking through a wall. They go on a series of dates without being able to see each other (that’s the blind bit) and then decide which of the blind dates to couple up with. Then they get married. I know, what?!
It’s one of those shows that makes you love to hate the characters. I say “characters” because it all feels a bit far fetched to be reality. It’s over-the-top dramatic and is awful TV really but that’s exactly why I spent hours of my life watching it.
What a woman. Michelle Obama for Queen of everything. Despite not having read the book, I jumped straight into this documentary which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Becoming book tour. It’s an insight into daily life for Michelle Obama and also an honest and refreshing view of how being the First Lady impacted her life, how she sees herself and what she stands for. The respect I had for this incredible woman has only grown by watching this. So much so, I’ve already downloaded the book for my next read.