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.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
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?”
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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