Netflix and Hulu are my constant companions (that’s a referral link for Hulu, JFYI). Sometimes I have it on for background noise, and sometimes (like right now) I am struggling to catch up on a show (cough AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE cough) while I’m writing.
ANYWAY. Without further ado, I give you the Netflix and Hulu recommendations for October of 2018!
DISCLAIMER: I enjoy odd shows. I try to keep it a little more “mainstream”, but a rogue weirdo show may have made its way into the list. Most of these are not good for kids, except #6.
(Netflix shows are listed in RED, Hulu in GREEN)
- Harlots – London at the turn of the century. Fancy hookers. Tons of accents. Big floofy dresses and a lot of sass and subterfuge. Also lots of sex. (surprise!) Great storyline – not all about the booty.
- The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes – Remember Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous? This is kind of like that. But better. There’s a house built into a hillside in Greece with some STUNNING architecture. There’s a gent with a fish tank in one whole side of his house. They say extraordinary and they mean it. (Also, the hosts have British accents. See a theme here?)
- Hell’s Kitchen – I don’t like angry food. However, I do like Gordon Ramsay. (accent again!) It’s an elimination-type show for professional chefs, where they complete a fancy dining service with almost every episode. It’s nearly always a complete disaster and it’s always the scallops’ fault.
- Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father – I don’t know why this show cracks me up so much. I think it’s the stuffy British-ness (again! Accents!) of the father, juxtaposed against the awkward, terrible-joke-telling of the son as they travel through the world. The first season was mostly Asia travel, I haven’t been able to watch the second season, but I’m stoked to add it to my ever-growing queue.
- Sleepy Hollow – It’s nearly Halloween, so this is definitely seasonally appropriate. Ichabod Crane comes back to the dead after 250 years, and brings the Headless Horseman with him. And that’s just the beginning. (Ichabod has an English accent!) Make sure you watch this one with the lights on – it’s creepy.
- The Furchester Hotel – I love the UK, I don’t know if that’s evident from my lists. But sending Elmo to London to help his family in their hotel – that’s just plain genius television. There’s TWO SEASONS of this on Netflix, and I even watched a couple of episodes without the kids.
- A Wrinkle in Time – I have to be honest – I haven’t actually seen this yet. But I read the book multiple times when I was younger, and was obsessed with the story. I’ve battled the idea that the movie might not do the book justice, but I think this month will finally be the time I watch it. Plus, I love Oprah.
- Call the Midwife – Babies and British accents (see?) and post World War II-era London. What else could one ask for? Storyline revolves around a very-low-income area of London after World War II, where a convent handles most of the healthcare for the area. It’s centered mostly on babies and birth and makes me cry nearly every episode. Amazing new television.
- Manifest – This is one of the few brand new shows I’ll recommend, because it’s THAT GOOD. I can’t ruin it for you, but the basic idea is that a plane full of people took off from Jamaica, had some turbulence and lands. Three hours have passed for them – 5-1/2 years have passed for the rest of the world. IT IS SO GOOD. Seriously.
- Bob’s Burgers – Every once in a while, you need a good belly laugh. This show has made me laugh so hard on multiple occasions, I actually cried. Highly recommend taking note of the specials board in the restaurant. (Also, I am totally Linda. Wolfgang agrees.)
- The Great British Baking Show – Oh hey, ANOTHER BRITISH SHOW! This one is the best of all of them, and yes I might be biased because I absolutely am obsessed with Paul Hollywood. I miss Mary Berry and Mel & Sue in the newest season, but it’s still amazing. They bake things I’ve never heard of and as long as somebody doesn’t bin their bake, it’s good clean fun.
- The Good Place – You’ve got to be forking kidding me. A not-so-great human goes to heaven…by clerical error. Shenanigans ensue. Has Veronica Mars in it and Ted Danson, so you know it’s going to be good. Then it gets better! I thought they couldn’t pull off a second season, but it’s pretty great.
- The Path – I’ve been watching weird shows for the past few months, so a friend recommended this to me. It’s all about a cult and I still don’t get if they worship a god or not, but it’s convoluted and then the cult starts to grow. Growing pains are the worst, especially in religious organizations.
- Gilmore Girls – It’s fall. For some reason, that usually means watching at least a few episodes of this classic. (I’m ignoring the most recent season. It makes me cranky, for some reason.) I’ve been told I parent kind of like Lorelai Gilmore, but I like to think I’m a little more Sookie than Lorelai. Wolfgang is definitely not Rory. *cough*
- The Librarians – I have only been able to watch one episode, but it’s basically Supernatural and Indiana Jones put together. Noah Wylie is a “librarian” and he and his team search for artifacts to keep them safe. There’s space and time travel and a warrior and it’s pretty engaging.