Hidden Gems On Netflix

Papa Bear and I have been watching our fair share of Netflix lately in between bouts of my freelance work. I find with freelancing that I have to schedule nights off for my brain to take a break. Netflix has surprised us quite a lot lately and there are some pretty witty, clever and downright amazing hidden gems mixed in amongst the new Netflix Originals. Here’s what has caught our attention lately.

Netflix Originals

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

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We’re late to the party on this one since Season two was out already when we first heard about it. We couldn’t binge watch this one enough and it’s not like Papa Bear to sit through two or three episodes of the same show in one night. But this one drew us in. We tend to enjoy “buddy” shows where an unlikely duo are paired up and everything becomes dynamic. Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood have that chemistry and make for a brilliant combination in a very surreal world. Massive entertainment value in this show if you like your tv a little bit, “huh?”


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Glow, the gorgeous ladies of wrestling has been a surprise hit but then again it comes from the creators of Orange Is The New Black and those guys know what they’re doing if you ask me. The quick wit and satire mixed in with strong and well rounded characters makes this one to add to your list.

War Machine

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I’m still surprised that everyone hasn’t been talking about this movie with Brad Pitt since it came out last year. We weren’t too sure how good this one was gonna be but we were glued to the evolving storyline from the first few minutes. If you haven’t seen it, then add it to your list. I love that Netflix are taking risks and commissioning TV and Movies that are not simply unpacked out of the box with a predictable storyline and lacklustre dialogue. Netflix have a way of knowing what works and what draws us in. This is one of those stories. If they keep producing good quality shows and movies they will take over the world!

Going Retro


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This science fiction movie has been classed as one of the most accurate Sci Fi stories with predictions of how real life would be in the future. Quite a simple story with a technical background, Gattaca was so much more interesting than I remembered when it first came out in 1997 (I was 14 so you can forgive me for not appreciating the story line back then). If you only have a vague recollection of what this movie is about but love anything futuristic then give Gattaca a second watch. You won’t regret it.

Monty Pythons Flying Circus

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It’s a long, long time since I wandered into the world of Monty Python. Despite being from another era having first aired in 1974, the comedy and richness of the players is timeless and it’s fantastic to see it living again on Netflix. The Life of Brian is also on there which always beat watching Jesus of Nazareth at Easter!

Mad Men

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So, Mad Men is technically not retro but it originally premiered in 2007 with the final season airing in 2015. It was “the” show to watch at one time and we all revelled in the womanizing ways of Don Draper and the strong feminism of  Peggy Olson. The show dares to be different and dared to challenge and break the stereotypes of the 1960s. With season one being over ten years old now and the initial fanfare all but disappeared, Mad Men has been surpassed by some of the new kids on the block. But it’s one of those shows that needs repurposing and bringing back. If you missed it first time round, check it out again and indulge in the smokey offices and demure women.

Don’t Hate Me But They’re Good

Game Over Man

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I am far too mature and settled in my thirties to enjoy slacker and stoner comedies. That all died a death with me when America Pie became an embarrassment in my opinion. But this film sorta, I don’t know, tipped the barrel a little bit when it came to movies about “idiot guys who didn’t really know what they were doing but did it anyway”. I laughed at this movie. A lot. Maybe I was tired, I don’t know, but if you’re looking for mindless entertainment that’s a little less mindless than you thought then give this oddity a shot. And yes it’s weird and stupid and implausible but that’s half the fun.

Peep Show

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If you haven’t watched Peep Show before then just do it. This British comedy sets a standard when it comes to dry wit. A duo like no other, David Mitchell and Robert Webb will have you cringing more than laughing and thankful that one, you don’t know them and two, that you’re not them!

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

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Another don’t hate me but it’s good show. Sunny has always been hit and miss with me. I almost detest the characters but damn I can’t stop watching them. This show is so far from the ordinary. It missed the memo on what makes a good sitcom but then I’m not sure we can class it a sitcom either. These five characters, with Danny DeVito being a surprise addition to the cast, will disgust you and repulse you but also make you want to watch episode after episode after episode.

*** Disclaimer: As a member of the Netflix StreamTeam I have received a complimentary Netflix membership ***

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Are We Ever Really Ready?

Are we ever truly ready to have kids? Like really, really ready? Mentally, that is. Are we mentally prepared for the noise, the chaos the lack of time, the constant worrying about money and how we’ll get the first kid through college, let alone the rest? When do we know we’re ready to become a parent? Is there a moment when life just hits you? Like a flashof lightening that sparks the realisation in you. Do we wake up one morning and think ‘I’m ready for this’ or is that our biological clock kicking us in the rear end? Is it something we think we’re ready for, only to then worry whether we actually are ready when it’s too late and baby is cooking nicely in the oven?

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Finding Balance in 5 Minutes

How many times, as Momma Bear, as Papa Bear have you put your needs to the side? Dropped your needs over by the “side board of lost intentions” only to be remembered as you fall into bed, or as you sit on the loo with an audience complaining about being hungry, bored, tired or sore. How many times have you thought, yep I feel hungry, bored, tired and sore too, only for the thought to quickly evaporate as their needs outweigh yours? I wrote an article recently for the Irish Examiner about being an introverted mother and since writing this feature, I’ve relaxed a bit more and allow myself those five, ten, fifteen minutes – if I can get it – to regroup, refocus, to be still and recover from the never-ending exhaustion of a day with kids. 

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When Life Throws A Curveball

I always say life has a funny way of throwing you a curveball. Whether you can hit that ball out of the ballpark or not is really the issue. Last Friday a curveball came in the size of a Lexus as it swerved onto my side of the road and collided with my car, sending us spinning with the gas and smoke from the airbags suffocating us.

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Mindfulness and Counseling

I’ve spouted the term mindfulness about throughout my posts recently without really telling you what it is or how to concentrate on it. I’m obviously no expert having only come across the term less than a year ago but I’ve found it be the best thing, or rather, concept if you will, that has eased me back into real life without panic or stress. Being a Momma Bear who is also a Working Bear has had some pretty hefty challenges which could have easily knocked me downwards if I let it. But mindfulness has kept me focused in a way that calms my mind to the storm that often swells up around me.

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The last time I stepped foot inside a gym for an exercise class was when my first nephew was six months old. His mum corralled me into joining Tae-Bo so she could whip back into her pre-pregnancy shape. What resulted was some hilarious nights, incredible sweats and tests to our pelvic floor, hers and mine – and I was childless at the time. My nephew turns thirteen next month. From his babydays to his now teenage years, I have forgone any exercise that required lycra or appropriate footwear. Time to get my ass into gear – literally and figuratively.

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Lets Talk About The Dentist

I absolutely can not explain to you how much I am terrified of the dentist. I don’t know why I’m afraid but I do know that I struggle to find my way to the dentists office let alone the chair. It’s a common fear and and for me it’s right up there with clowns, creepy kids and china dolls. Little Miss has always been good at brushing her teeth. Even more so now that her Montessori teacher gave her a tooth brushing timer. But I’m terrified I’m going to pass on this fear to her.

*** This is a collaborative post but don’t be like me and avoid the dentist. Look after your oral hygiene, your teeth and your gums. ***

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Missing In Action

I’ve been missing in action for the last while. Blogging has gone so far down my list of life essentials just like so many other things which have gone by the wayside. Four loads of ironing are waiting for me in the kitchen. The windows still have that brown sludgy residue on them from the Beast from the East. There is a fine layer of dust cascading through the house that seems to follow me everywhere. The weeds have decided to join us now that the weather has picked up and the chickens, well they’ve multiplied as we’ve adopted two more, but their pen is in desperate need of enlarging. And there’s a one year olds birthday party to plan. I have a list. A long list of items that will never get done because I am MIA.

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