I do spend a lot of time with my Netflix and Hulu subscriptions (that’s a referral link for Hulu, JFYI).
I put it on for background noise quite a bit, as sometimes it’s the only other human voice in my house (with both of my kids off on adventures, it gets quiet).
Uh…that sounded a lot more sad than I intended. Anyway. *cough*
I am very into true crime right now, so this list may reflect my current obsession.
DISCLAIMER: I often enjoy odd shows. I tried to keep it a little more “mainstream”, but a rogue weirdo show may have made its way into the list.
(Netflix shows are listed in RED, Hulu in GREEN)
- The Handmaid’s Tale – this one is getting a little too close to home, but with an incredibly compelling storyline. It’s a terrifying dystopian story about women basically being enslaved and dumbed down by men because they think we are dangerous. Wouldn’t binge this one too much at once (it’s really heavy), but OMG PLEASE watch it so we don’t head that way.
- Marcella – A British detective on the murder squad has some personal issues that spill over into her work life. This one is a fascinating hot mess of a show, with her having a different nervous breakdown every other episode. It’s the typical British drama, pretty heavy and I recommend peppering your binge with comedy to break up the seriousness of it all.
- Forensic Files – It’s like CSI without the bad acting. All true crime, with some actual crime scene photos and interviews woven in, and some really serious-voiced narration at the end when the case is wrapped up.
- Disney Movies – I am always down for a good Disney movie, but right now…Coco. Moana. Cars 3. Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Star Wars, the Last Jedi. That’s 10 hours of Disney cinematic magic for you (and there’s a whole lot more, like Pirates!) And don’t miss Mater’s Tall Tales. That’s my personal favorite.
- Star – This is one of those shows I am ashamed to admit I got hooked on. My hair magician was playing it last time we did my hair and I couldn’t stop watching. It’s like the potato chip of TV: you can’t watch just one and it’s junk food.
- American Crime Story – This is apparently a whole series, with each season covering the real life investigation and trials of some big name crimes, like the OJ Simpson case. The season currently available on Netflix shows
- Queer Eye – The most heartwarming, surprising show I’ve seen on television in quite some time. These gentlemen are lovely and hilarious and so wholly themselves that it just makes my heart happy. Make sure you grab some tissues, some of these transformations are a LOT, emotion-wise.
- The Mindy Project – I can’t watch too much of this because it makes me want to crawl through the television and shake Mindy like a maraca for allllll the bananapants things she does, but it’s fun to watch once in a while.
- The Ranch – I love this show. I love Sam Elliott and I love cowboys and I loved That 70s Show, so this works out nicely for me. Would get full marks if there were more horses involved.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – I identify very closely with Ellie Kemper for some reason, especially in this show. (Though I was never locked in a basement.) She’s awkward and wonderful and gets herself into all sorts of bizarre situations and it’s just good clean fun.
- MasterChef – I just love watching Gordon Ramsey cook! In the past few seasons, the judges do a lot more demonstrating, which thrills me. I also enjoy the weird things people try to cook when approached with a mystery box or a team member who doesn’t know how to cook scallops (which is a constant theme in a lot of Ramsey shows).
- Arrested Development – I am not horribly sure about the last season of this show, TBH. It feels kind of forced and I am displeased. HOWEVER. The rest of it is fairly ridiculous and enjoyable. It’s good, not-so-clean, late-night fun. With drunk parents.
- Will & Grace – So there’s two iterations of this show – the old and the new. I do recommend the older version up to about season six, when Leo and Grace [insert spoiler here]. Then it just gets sad and weird. The NEW version though, is timely and silly and pokes LOTS of good fun at the current administration. A lot of reboots can be sad, desperate grabs to rekindle fame, but this is not one of those.
- Vikings – I’m a big fan of action movies. I also love historical shows (whether or not they’re “accurate”). So give me huge burly lovely-looking men, in the mud, swinging around swords and being awesome. Plus the plotline is pretty soap-opera-ish, so it hits on a lot of levels. Season 3 gets a little weird, but 1 and 2 are pretty amazing, with the costumes and the scenery.
- iZombie – I am not a huge fan of the “zombie apocalypse” trend in a lot of movies and television series, but this is like zombies met up with Law & Order and went a little sideways. This takes brain-eating to a whole new level…plus it has Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, who is reallllly lovely to look at.