I was having a think about what to write today, when I thought of the question I’d most like to ask: what should I watch on Netflix right now?! I am a total Netflix junkie, and originally signed up to the service when it first launched years ago (I was still at uni and got through my degree by binge watching The Office, before binge watching was even a term). Today I wanted to give you a bit of a run down of my latest Netflix recommendations, including some new releases and old favourites you might not have discovered yet! As a note, these programmes can be found on the UK Netflix page (other countries may vary!)
We’ve just got ourselves up to date with Orphan Black, and WOW! From the very first scene it hooks you in, and was actually a recommendation to me from my sister Steph. If you like plenty of twists and turns (and really strong characters) it’s a total must-watch. I would personally like to give Tatiana Maslany ALL of the awards – you’ll see why. She is incredible.
It’s scientific, emotional, funny (I’m looking at you, Felix) and pretty darn scary at times too. Plan some Netflix and chill time (actually Netflix and chill, not the other kind) and get stuck in to Orphan Black. It’s addictive!
Season 2 of Fargo (yep, it’s based loosely on the movie) has just started airing on TV, but season 1 is still to be enjoyed on Netflix. It has a KILLER cast (no pun intended), from Martin Freeman to Billy Bob Thornton (plus Tom Hanks’ son, Colin Hanks, who takes after his dad with the whole awesome actor thing). Not to forget my personal favourite Allison Tolman, who I think is the star of the show. I don’t even want to mention too much about the series, as it’s one of those you just have to watch.
If you like a little bit of gore, a whole lot of crime-related thrills and a few touching moments thrown into the mix, you will love Fargo. I would actually challenge anyone who doesn’t like it to watch again and discover how truly epic it is.
Lie To Me
We only just discovered Lie To Me, and loved it from the very first episode. The psychology element is fascinating, and you find yourself watching out for facial expressions more and more in everyday life too. Each episode is quite self-contained, with a mystery or crime being solved through the lie-detecting medium of body and facial language – it’s brilliant.
It’s also great to see a Brit doing so well in the US TV world (Tim Roth is the main dude, a role he totally owns) – it’s an easy watch that really keeps your interest. I’m excited to carry on watching the rest of the series!
If you’re interested in going vegetarian or vegan, Vegucated is a documentary to watch. Even if you’re not, it’s a very interesting insight into the meat and dairy industries that really opens your mind to what goes on out there. It’s not an easy or pleasant watch, and you do have to take some of the information with a pinch of salt, but overall it had a profound effect on me. I haven’t eaten meat since I was a little girl, but gave up eating fish the moment I finished watching Vegucated.
The people behind it are also super active on social media if you have any extra questions or comments – just search for them on Twitter!
I wanted to include one film on the list, and it had to be The Duchess. I feel that, when it came out a few years ago, it was a little overlooked – in fact, it’s an absolutely incredible film that moved me more than I can say. To this day, if I ever cry hysterically at a movie I say I’m ‘Duchess Crying’ because of my extreme reaction in the cinema! Myself and three friends went to watch it…two of us ended up as puddles on the floor and the other two thought we were mad. It is very emotional.
Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes are outstanding, it’s visually beautiful but very dark and harrowing at times. You have to see it – and if you want further info, read the book about Georgiana’s life by Amanda Foreman.
What do you think of my recommendations? Have you seen any of the shows or movies I mentioned? Let me know your take on them!
P.S. There are also countless other favourites I could mention (Sons Of Anarchy, Arrested Development, Suits, Breaking Bad…the list goes on) but I wanted to pick a few less obvious choices for this post!