I was definitely a latecomer to the Netflix party but now I’m here I don’t ever want to leave. Living on a budget in London comes with some sacrifices, we don’t have a tv and so all our entertainment is streamed off my laptop, though I’ve got my fingers crossed for a 4KTV Panasonic if the universe is feeling extra generous.?
Netflix is one of the only subscription services I chose to keep whilst making cutbacks to my spending and I’ve found a whole host of brilliant series to binge watch. I’m so used to just clicking ‘next episode’ that the thought of going back to regular TV and having to wait a week for the next episode is actually pretty horrifying!
Without further ado, here are the series I’ve watched and loved on Netflix recently.
Let’s start with my current obsession, The Peaky Blinders. Set in 1920’s Birmingham this series in cinematic, beautifully cast and entertaining from the first episode to the last. Cillian Murphey, who plays the lead character, Tommy Shelby, single-handedly brought back Birmingham chic, making a three-piece tweed suit oh so sexy. Filled with violence, love and betrayal the twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat as you fall in love with these gangsters.
Possibly the exact opposite of The Peaky Blinders friends is the perfect way to end the day. Light-hearted and humorous it makes for easy watching. Shockingly to many, I had never seen an episode of Friends prior to getting Netflix and I’m thankful that I can finally join the Friends lovers club.
Jane the Virgin
I had seen this series advertised long before I finally chose to watch it. There was something about the name and the adverts that never grabbed me but very quickly after the first episode I was hooked. Again light-hearted, funny but also emotive and adult Jane the Virgin was an exceptionally easy watch with a great cast and brilliant storyline. I lost interest during the break between series 3 and 4 and have yet to get back into it due to so many other brilliant series currently on my watch list.
House of Cards
I was merrily enjoying the dark and twisted storyline of House of Cards which delves deep into the American Political system when the sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey were brought to light ruining the actor’s performance for me. Never the less the series was intoxicating and truly addictive, not an easy watch and requires your full attention.
Orange is the New Black
How can I not mention the series that got me hooked on Netflix in the first place, Orange is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. With so many individual storylines developing as the series continues you truly feel as though you’ve built and friendship and relationship with each and every character. A fantastic mix of drama and humour it’s hard to not immediately click ‘next episode’.
Orphan Black is complicated, to say the least. Starting off with a relatively plausible storyline that gets ever more fantastical – it felt like a movie in series form. Tatiana Maslany plays each and every character so well and at times you are left baffled as to how they managed to do it. Gripping, dark and dangerous, I was addicted from episode one.
The End of the F**king World
I jumped straight on the bandwagon with The End of the F**king World and I have no regrets. An easy series to binge watch on a lazy day with only 8 episodes at 20 minutes long. This dark-comedy highlights some harrowing real-life issues and masks them with a comedic setting. Unlike any other series I have ever watched I felt compelled to click next-episode again and again.
Not just another vampire series The Originals was a series that I never wanted to end. Simultaneously loving and hating the main character Niklaus took me on a whirlwind of emotion. Exploring a new angle to the usual, vampire, werewolf and witch programmes this series is set in New Orleans as sees these mythical beings enter the 21st century in style. Some storylines got a little tenuous but for the most part, this slightly gruesome but witty spin-off of the Vampire Diaries is a must for Vampire lovers.
What are your favourite Netflix series? Let me know in the comments so my binge watching can continue!