I’ve had some time on my hands this month so I’ve spent a lot (like, A LOT) of time on the couch watching a ton of Netflix. Here are a few shows I discovered that you should go ahead and put on your to-watch list.
Neal Brennan is a comedy writer who made a career writing the Chappelle’s Show with Dave Chapelle. Now he’s taking steps to launch a career writing for himself rather than others, and in this comedy special he uses three microphones (get it? 3 mics?!) to showcase three aspects of his talent. One-liners, personal confessions, and hilarious stand-up. Truth of the matter is, I was never a huge Chappelle’s Show fan so I had never heard of Neal. The hubs was watching this comedy special and I caught a few minutes of his stand-up and was hooked. Neal is truly a brilliant writer and funny as hell. I certainly hope Netflix gives him another special.
Because Pitt and Clooney, obviously. But also because the ensemble casts are brilliant, the heists are brilliant, and the the movies are just plain brilliant. I wish Ocean’s 11 was available too, but that’s ok, I’ve seen it a million times so I can just replay it in my head.
OMG, why didn’t anyone tell me! This show is SO GOOD!! After binge watching The Crown, this was an excellent next show to watch. I had heard about it when it was on TV, but had never watched it. After The Crown I was in the mood for another period drama, but this was way more than that. Downton Abbey is a period drama and comedy all rolled into one. Beautiful sets and costumes, and the writing/acting? Completely brilliant. And Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham is my spirit animal. I NEED for Netflix to get Series 6 of this show so I can finish watching it, at the same time I never want this show to end.
If you like Empire, you’ll LOVE Lee Daniels’ Star. It’s everything Empire is, but way less soap opera-ish. It’s the fascinating tale of a young woman’s determination to become a singing star. The music is great, the acticing is fantastic, the star-studded cast is on point, and Queen Latifa’s wig game is something I aspire to. Truly. While this show started airing in the US late in 2016, I hadn’t heard of it until it came to Netflix in Canada. And, even more exciting, Netflix Canada now airs 1 new episode every Thursday, one day after it’s broadcast on regular cable! So while it sucks that I can’t binge watch the whole series all at once, at least I get to stay caught up with new episodes each week. Netflix is cool like that.
Watiting impatiently for…
Staring Drew Barrymore (OMG I LOVE HER!!1!) and Timothy Olyphant, Santa Clarita Diet is kind of like Weeds, but with the main character (Drew) being a zombie instead of a drug dealer. Drew’s character is a mom, wife and realtor who’s regular life takes a sideways turn when she discovers she’s dead… but not dead. Her family (bless their hearts) try to help her adjust to her new normal. I assume many fake-blood shenanigans will ensue and I can’t wait until this one airs on February 3.
In other news, my two favourite features of Netflix Canada these day are a new one and and old one.
New this year, Netflix allows downloading many of their movies and TV shows for offline use. This comes in 100% handy when travelling with the littles. I just make sure that the peanut has a bunch of episodes of his current fave shows (currently Pocoyo and Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water) loaded up on his tablet and viola! I have a quick and easy way to avoid meltdowns when we’re out and about.
And an oldie but a goodie, Netflix Canada regularly features several shows such as Riverdale, Scandal and Lee Daniels’ Star that air new episodes weekly, usually one day after airing on regular cable. A feature I hope they expand with more new TV shows in the future.