As I’ve mentioned so many times on this blog (like here, here, and here), I’m addicted to Netflix—just like practically all their subscribers, I’m sure. It’s been one of the things that kept me sane when I was dying of boredom and homesickness after moving from bustling Manila to a farm in Iloilo, and binge-watching movies on Netflix has become a favorite after-dinner pastime I share with my husband. We’re both certified Netflix addicts.
Drew Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with more than 86 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries, and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. It can get pretty overwhelming, and I always search online for what movies and TV series to binge-watch next.
So I decided to throw a little guide out in the World Wide Web for fellow Netflix addicts to discover what to watch next, and to encourage those who are still in the process of convincing themselves to subscribe why it’s worth it (do it!). And if by the end of my list you’re convinced to sign up, I also included how you can subscribe through Globe. You’re welcome!
Lost In Space
My Netflix favorites:
1. Okja (Netflix Original Film)
You wouldn’t think you’ll be invested in this two-hour film about a gentle giant (supposedly a genetically-engineered pig that looks nothing like one) and the girl who raised her, but trust me, you will be. You’ll hold your breath as they’re caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed, and scientific ethics. You’ll see familiar faces like Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, and Jake Gyllenhaal, too.
2. Bright (Netflix Original Fiilm)
We couldn’t resist watching a Will Smith starrer, and boy, were we entertained! The film depicts a fantastical LA rife with interspecies tensions, where a human cop (Smith) and his orc partner (Joel Edgerton) stumble on a powerful object and become embroiled in a prophesied turf war. We’re holding out for a sequel!
3. Riverdale (2 seasons)
I’ve always been a fan of Archie comics, so I was instantly drawn to this series that shows a darker Riverdale with bolder versions of our favorite comic-book characters: Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Jughead (cutie Cole Sprouse)—and their not-so-great-role-model parents, lol (looking at you, FP and Alice). You know it’s different from the Riverdale High you know when the season kicks off with a student’s tragic death.
4. Stand-up comedy shows like those of Ali Wong, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Jo Koy, Aziz Ansari, and Russell Peters. (We also tried to watch Michelle Wolf’s new talk show recently, but it’s not quite stand-up.)
5. Gossip Girl (6 seasons)
I finally got to watch all 6 seasons straight—without having to wait for new episodes week by week, like those who followed the TV show about the spoiled, rich, and horny Upper East Side high school kids of Manhattan’s elite at its peak. I must admit that the increasingly unbelievable story aside, I was drawn to the clothes, the music, and the hot male actors, lol (except Penn Badgley).
6. Suits (6 seasons in Netflix so far)
I never really wanted to become a lawyer, but this law firm drama sure made me want to dress and live like one—not to mention talk as fast. Oh, and I think Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) is oh so hot. Okay, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) too, sometimes. And Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) is funny, even if he’s usually annoying.
7. Mad Men (7 seasons)
I never had the time to watch this award-winning series at its peak, but the girls I worked with at the time always gushed about the clothes (we even did a magazine shoot inspired by the wardrobe), so I thought I’d give it a chance. And while my ad agency stint didn’t come close to the drama here, I loved how the series depicted an agency in 1960s New York City—an era when the cutthroat business still had a glamorous lure. (And I’m seeing Jon Hamm in an entirely new light!)
8. Sherlock (Finally, all 4 seasons!)
I’ve been a fan of this BBC series starring my celebrity crush Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his sidekick Dr. John Watson, so it was great to watch all episodes again and share it with my husband. It was also only on Netflix that I got to watch Season 4. It was in this series that I fell in love with Benedict—he’s my favorite Sherlock!
9. My all-time favorite movies:
Marvel’s The Avengers (photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)
This post will turn into a novel if I list all the movies I watched and loved on Netflix, but I just want to mention that a lot of my favorites are here: Sex And The City (1 & 2), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Sweetest Thing, Tropic Thunder, Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes (starring Robert Downey Jr.), Crazy Stupid Love, The Great Gatsby, Schindler’s List, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and What Dreams May Come, among soooo many others!
10. Amazing movie discoveries:
It was also on Netflix that I discovered great movies I never had the chance to catch on the big screen, like Fracture (starring Ryan Gosling!), Shutter Island (starring Leonardo DiCaprio), Surrogates, The Manchurian Candidate, Lost In Translation, Saving Private Ryan, and a lot more.
What’s next: My watch list
1. Lost in Space
This Netflix Original is a dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home, they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, lightyears from their original destination. It stars Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) as John Robinson and Molly Parker (House of Cards) as Maureen Robinson, the family’s parental leaders who are struggling with their estranged relationship in the midst of trying to keep their family safe. Max Jenkins (Sense8) plays the curious and sensitive Will Robinson, the youngest and most vulnerable of the clan, who forms an unlikely and inexplicable bond with a sentient robotic alien being. Stranded along with the Robinsons is the unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith (Parker Posey), a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game.
2. Santa Clarita Diet (2 seasons)
Friends tell me I will most likely enjoy the comedy series Santa Clarita Diet, a single-camera series starring hottie Timothy Olyphant and the always loveable Drew Barrymore as husband and wife realtors Joel and Sheila leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change, sending both their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way, lol. I already watched the first three episodes of Season 1, and they’re right—I do like it! It’s definitely very gruesome (even my husband can’t help but scrunch up his face in disgust at some of the scenes, haha), but it’s funny. And I like the whole husband and wife dynamic—something we both can learn from, even if I’m not exactly a flesh-eating woman.
3. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2 seasons)
Based on the internationally best-selling children’s novels by Daniel Handler, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events brings the books’ imaginative and utterly unforgettable universe to Netflix. It stars Emmy- and Tony-winning performer Neil Patrick Harris as the greedy, manipulative Count Olaf. The series also stars Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith as the three wealthy Baudelaire children who are sent to their closest relative, Count Olaf, after the sudden deaths of their parents. In addition, the cast includes Joan Cusack, Catherine O’Hara, K. Todd Freeman, Alfre Woodard, Don Johnson, Rhys Darby, Aasif Mandvi, and Patrick Warburton as the narrator, Lemony Snicket.
As the Baudelaire children continue on their journey for a proper guardian, they encounter a variety of eccentric characters—several of which are also played by Neil Patrick Harris. While the kids don’t fall for Count Olaf’s trickery, the adults always do.
As fans know all too well, Handler’s original series spans 13 books, each very different from the previous one. Here, each episode spans half a novel, allowing viewers to delight in the details while still moving at a brisk, cinematic pace. The first season essentially offers four feature films on Netflix, allowing the cast and crew to tell a detailed, evenly paced story—and not worry about things like commercial breaks or network censorship. This also allows viewers to binge or savor every unfortunate event, whichever they prefer.
Long-running shows to catch up on
4. House of Cards (5 seasons)
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning political drama about a ruthless politician who will stop at nothing to conquer Washington, D. C. stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Kate Mara.
5. Orange is the New Black (5 seasons)
This Emmy-winning comedy-drama is about a privileged New Yorker who ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her.
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (4 seasons)
The critically acclaimed, Tina Fey-produced series about a woman rescued from a doomsday cult and lands in New York City where she must navigate a world she didn’t think even existed anymore stars Jane Krakowsky, Ellie Kemper, and Tituss Burgess.
7. Grey’s Anatomy (4 seasons are now on Netflix)
I know, I know, I can’t believe I haven’t seen Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) medical drama either. At least I still get to see McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) alive.
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