Is Netflix your bae? Ask any recently post-partum parent and you’ll get a knowing nod. Even more so if they have other older kids to take care of too. There’s a groove worn in one side of my sofa from the hours spent feeding my baby, and the text is wearing off a certain red button on my tv remote. I settle down with coffee, the baby and a muslin cloth and press it. The younger boy comes in from a morning in montessori and presses it. The older boy finishes his homework and presses it. The other half loads up the app while he makes the school lunches and I do the same folding laundry if someone small is asleep.
And when the last childs’ question has been answered for the night*, and the cat has settled on the back of the sofa without the fear of being hit by a Nerf bullet, we go in again.
(I mean, this isn’t each of us, everyday. We do do other things than watch tv like.)
So, safe to say we’re experts. Without further ado here are the Netflix shows lighting up our lives right now and in the near future.
Master of None.
I wrote about this last year and it’s back for Season 2 right now. We have watched the first 3 episodes and it is sublime. I cannot say enough good things about Aziz Ansari and his supporting cast, especially his real life mum and dad, who play his mum and dad in the show. And it makes me really really want to up sticks and live in Modena.
This is genius. 10 brand new countdowns from a host of Netflix Kids Originals, available from today for your New Years Eve midnight fakery. Though if you use them today you might be expecting a bit much from them to sleep through until January 1st…
We used it to great effect last year, after an afternoon party with friends the kids were already tired – no way would we make it to the midnight hour (and that was just me). We rang the New Year in with King Julien at about 8pm and then off they went to bed happy as larry.
Kids can bring in 2017 with their favourite characters from Word Party, Puffin Rock, Luna Petunia, Beat Bugs, All Hail King Julien, Skylander’s Academy, Project Mc2, Fuller House, Chasing Cameron and DreamWorks Trollhunters.
I think we’ll be choosing between Beat Bugs which was a massive hit with my guys earlier this year, and the new Guillermo Del Toro creation Trollhunters, which they’ve gotten totally into since it launched last week. (I love it too, despite the fact that Pan’s Labyrinth still gives me nightmares)
About six weeks ago I took the plunge and cancelled our increasingly expensive satellite subscription. Heading towards €40 a month for the odd Gogglebox and PrimeTime? I don’t think so. Look; even Great British Bake Off as we know it is gone – sure who even needs the BBC anymore now!? I pay my TV licence fee thanksverymuch so what if we have to watch the Late Late Toy Show a day late? We’ll survive with the channels own on demand apps and of course, our beloved Netflix.
When I was sitting at home in the big snow of early 2010 waiting impatiently for child number one, I happened upon Gilmore Girls repeats on the tv. Every day I caught up with the residents of Stars Hollow and wished I too could live in an idyllic Connecticut town full of verbose inhabitants. I started watching it somewhere in the second season – we could record the telly, but there was no ‘on demand’ option so I just had to pick up right there. Within a couple of weeks I was stuck to the sofa under that same child feeding endlessly and got all the way to the end of the show pretty quickly. Halcyon days indeed…yeah right, he never napped and I hadn’t a clue what I was at.
What goes around comes around and here I am, facing my third baby-based confinement barrelling my way through Gilmore Girls again but this time, on Netflix. I’ve caught up on the early days and finally seen season one, mostly while in the bath with an iPad sitting perched on a stool beside me. I wouldn’t recommend binge watching that way though, the hot water just won’t last. And as I type, there’s less than two weeks to go until the four new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life specials. I am so flippin’ excited.
That’s only going to fill four hours for me though. Oh no! So I’ve had a look at what else is newish on Netflix to see what I might spend my days on the sofa watching (This baby had better not arrive early on me – Mama’s got her shows to watch!)
I did give The Crown a go in the hope that it would fill the gap in my heart left by the end of Downton Abbey but given the royals drive me mad in real life, it turns out it wasn’t for me. Film wise, I’m looking forward to watching Remember Me in nostalgia for my Judy Blume filled tween years. (And I might have a *slight* thing for Robert Pattinson). If I’m losing my sense of humour Chelsea Handler’s eponymous talk show, Maria Bamford and David Cross‘s comedy specials are also on my list.
For rainy days in with the kids, or any day really when I haven’t the energy to chase after them I’ll be watching Maleficent and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. (That’s if I’m let; it’s more likely to be Power-bloody-Rangers, Ninja-flippin-Turtles and Blaze and his Monsterous Machines)
Let’s get this straight first; I’m not that into sci-fi. I love imagined dystopian futures – Brave New World, 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale are among my favourite books – but The X-Files never grabbed me, and I don’t think I’ve watched one full episode of any of the many lauded space-based shows. Look, I am so not into them I can’t even be bothered giving you an example…ummm Galatic Trek! Deep Star Space Gate!
So after the end of the latest season of Game of Thrones when I was casting around for opinions on what to watch now, fellow Stream Teamer Mind the Baby recommended Orphan Black to me and I wasn’t sure. But I had heard it was supposed to be really good so I decided to give it a go.
If you didn’t watch Season 1 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, go do it now because Season 2 is available from today, April 15th on Netflix. Last year I got so into this show, that I may have sung the theme tune in public with fellow bloggers Sinead & Kate at an awards ceremony. If someone plies me with enough prosecco, I may reprise my performance. This time round Kimmy is a little more at home in NYC; she’s looking for a new job, and we get further development of – the foils to her Season 1 naiveté – Titus, Jacqueline and Lillian.
I have a severe want for Kimmy’s denim bomber, I won’t lie.
Some of my favourite American comedians guest star; Tina Fey and Amy Sedaris make return appearances, and Fred Armisen of Portlandia, Jeff Goldblum and David Cross show up too. The TV is booked for my viewing pleasure this weekend, after all I deserve some comedy – the last thing I watched on Netflix was Montage of Heck, the HBO Kurt Cobain documentary. I was the archetypal 90s grunge-obsessed teenager, crying on the phone to my best friend, sitting on the stairs in my Nevermind t-shirt when he died.