Oh, how I adore my Netflix. And I’m not the only one. My 13 year old daughter is obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy and must be suffering severe withdrawals while at sleep-away camp. I already know that when she returns, I won’t see her for a week as she’ll plant herself in her room with an iPad to binge away.
Who does she take after? Okay, possibly me. Between all my streaming shows and what I watch on TV, I’m pretty busy, in addition to work and reading, of course. I can easily turn on Netflix and find a zillion old movies I want to re-watch, but here’s a short list of some of their original programming that I’m lovin’ this summer.
Orange is the New Black, Season 4 was spell-bounding. I finished it around two-three weeks ago, and I’m still thinking about it. There was a share of shocking moments from the brutal treatment of the police to Poussey’s death in the 2nd to last episode, but there was also a share of loving moments about the women expressing camaraderie and protecting each other after landing in a place seemingly more dangerous for them than the outside world. In the current climate of increased racism and the significance of #BlackLivesMatter, this show is more relevant than ever and I urge you to binge the whole thing from season 1, if you haven’t yet.
Chelsea Handler’s new talk show Chelsea is actually more interesting than I thought it would be. She’s a strong feminist with very thoughtful, strong (to say the least) opinions and I like it. I just flipped on her interview with Katherine Heigl, and as they were talking about her guest’s child, Chelsea reiterated that ” it takes a bitch to raise a bitch” and man, is she right. In her interview with Eva Longoria, they talked about the fear mongering against immigrants in America and the significance of electing a female President. The show is a departure from her E! network show “Chelsea Lately,” where she made her name before ending the talk show in August 2014, and I’m pleasantly surprised. She’s also really delving into our culture and is interviewing people just like us. Give this show a try.
I’m still knee deep in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but there is so much I love about this show. From its smart writing to a phenomenal cast to it being set in the city I have lived in for 20 years – NYC -, this show is just good quality entertainment with an edge. The edge, of course, being that behind the happy lead character lies a past where she was abducted, and this season tells us a little bit more about that time period. Tituss Burgess—playing Kimmy’s roommate, Titus Andromedon—remains absolutely delightful and all I can say is Pinot Noir!
These are only three of my favorite Netflix shows. Don’t forget to watch Master of None, and a new film they just produced called The Fundamentals of Caring. I’ll be writing a post soon about this movie – it’s very thought-provoking and deals with a lot of issues I, myself, find myself dealing with as a middle-aged adult.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam but all opinions expressed are my own.