If you know me at all on any sort personal level, you know about my Netflix obsession. There’s just something about being able to shut yourself out from the rest of the world, putting on a good show, and entering another world (and focusing on other peoples’ problems). I like all kinds of shows, so I thought for this Stay-At-Home Tuesday, I’d offer all of you some shows I currently (or at one point) have dedicated several hours of my life. Throw on your favorite comfy pants, grab an unhealthy snack and enjoy– separated in genre to fit whatever your taste may be.
Drama/ADULT Humor. Shameless (watch here). I’ve had a couple friends mention Shameless to me before, but started watching it not really knowing the background. I kind of thought it would be light-hearted humor and boy, was I wrong. It’s actually a pretty dark show (I have to say I end up feeling a little stressed out at times). The plot follows the everyday lives of the Gallagher’s, who consist of the Alcoholic Father, Frank and Bi-Polar Mother, Monica who walked out on the family. When Frank isn’t drunk or passed out somewhere, he’s out scheming to make a quick buck. The burden of raising the rest of the children (Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam) falls on Fiona, the eldest daughter. As you may have guessed, not all things go smoothly for the Gallagher children. One thing does remain a constant– the ultimate love and support the siblings have for one another. I cannot stress this enough, the show has a lot of dark humor and adult content. It’s definitely not a– watch with your parents or children type of show. It’s got quite a bit of nudity, drug use, and violence. It’s one of those shows you can laugh, cry, and feel a bit queasy all in one episode. The dynamics of the characters are great, where no one character is completely “good” or “bad”. You’ll feel a huge amount of sympathy for one character, only to have them turn around and do terrible things. I sometimes feel as though I’m watching a train wreck– where characters keep going through awful circumstances but you simply can’t look away. It’s what makes the show great, and definitely binge-worthy.
Comedy. The Office (watch here). Probably one of my favorite shows of all time (I’ve watched it all the way through about 3 and a half times). It is set up as a documentary that follows the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, focusing solely on its’ employees. It’s got a lot of very dry humor. I’m not going to lie to you, there’s going to be instances where you are down right uncomfortable, but I have to say I have grown to love each of the unique characters for their own reasons. Not to mention, it consists of one of the best love stories of all time. You are going to want to witness the different iconic scenes on this show so do yourself a favor and watch it. I’ll be here to recite quotes with you later.
Sci-Fi/Suspense. Black Mirror (watch here). This is a little different kind of show than what I usually watch. It’s a bit confusing at first, when you’ll soon realize that each episode is a completely different story with completely different actors. They are totally unrelated. One thing each episode does have in common, though, is they’ll make you think. Think new-age Twilight Zone. I have to say, there were a couple episodes I wasn’t a HUGE fan of, but the majority of them are very well done. I’d suggest watching these with some of your friends, because a lot of these episodes create a lot of opportunity for debates.
Horror. The Haunting of Hill House (watch here). I have to say, I really enjoyed this show. Fair warning, though, I was raised watching scary movies. A few people I talked to had trouble getting through it because they thought it was so scary– so you have been warned. The story flashes back between a family (husband, wife and 5 kids) that buy a house to flip only to find it is haunted and the present day after the children have grown up. There are two major tragedies that happen both when they are children and in the present time that has torn the family apart. They find out that despite the fact they have grown apart, they will have to come together to find out what really happened in their old haunted house. I thought it was really well done and filmed in a very interesting way. They do a very good job of changing point of view of each character to get a full understanding of what is happening. I also applaud the writers for their ability to tie up each loose end in the plot. It’s a show you definitely need to give your full attention to, because little by little and piece by piece they will answer all of the questions that arise in the show.
True Crime/Documentary. The Staircase. I have to say, as I have gotten older I have found a new appreciation for the True Crime genre. The Staircase was at the center of my obsession for a time. The documentary follows Mike Peterson, a writer who calls the police when he finds his wife dead at the bottom of the staircase at their home. Upon inspection of the body, the police conclude that the injuries to her head are not the result of a fall, but to a bloody homicide. The entire documentary dives into the Mike Peterson murder case, and ultimately shows the result of the trial. I have to say, this show sparked up some debate between my friends and me. His guilt or innocence is not thoroughly proven in either sense, and what I find most interesting is the different responses I have heard regarding the case. This definitely was a very interesting watch.
Those are a few I have for now, and I think this is way more than enough to keep you busy for a few months! Please feel free to reach out with any show suggestions (I’m always looking for good shows), or if you watched and enjoyed any of the five I suggest. Enjoy!