What I've Been Watching On Netflix

What I’ve Been Watching | May 2015

It’s been a while since I last talked TV: in fact, the last time was back in March, when I was still deeply embroiled in the goings-on of a bunch of nuns and midwives, and feeling tentatively optimistic about Better Call Saul. Both of those shows have finished now,  (And I was right to be optimistic about Saul, by the way – loved it.) so here’s what I’ve been watching lately – other than Mad Men and Game of Thrones, obviously. Because OF COURSE I’ve been watching Mad Men and Game of Thrones: do you even KNOW me?

(Oh, and just before I go any further, if you’re also watching any of these, no spoilers, please – I’m still not over the fact that someone spoiled the Pretty Little Liars finale for me on Twitter. I mean, seriously: WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! Do they not realise not everyone gets/watches these shoes simultaneously?! )

Anyway! On with the show. Or the shows, rather. The, er Netflix Original Shows…

Once Upon a TIme Tv show

ONCE UPON A TIME

My main Netflix obsession at the moment is Once Upon a Time, the basic premise of which is that all those fairytales you read as a child? And possibly as an adult? Yeah, those stories are all totally true: in fact, pretty much every fairytale character you’ve ever heard of (Snow White, Red Riding Hood, any number of Handsome Princes…) is alive, and living in a small town in Maine – sent there as a result of a curse placed upon them by the Evil Queen. Their happy endings stolen, they’re forced to live as “normals”, devoid of magic, and with no idea who they really are.

So, obviously this is all pretty fantastical (You don’t say!), and watching it involves a huge suspension of disbelieve, but, well, we’ve just finished season 2, and I’m basically addicted, so if you enjoy a good ol’ fairytale-with-a-twist, or just looking for a bit of lightweight escapism, you might just like it.

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Along with everyone else on the Internet (Well, it feels like it, anyway…), we also watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Now, I was in two minds about this one. When Terry first told me it was a show about a woman who escapes a cult, after 15 years imprisoned underground, I was instantly interested. One of my slightly strange fascinations (and I realise I’m about to make myself sound even more odd than I usually do, here…) is with stories about people who’ve been through this sort of thing. I’m not, I hasten to add, interested in hearing the gory details of their capture and imprisonment: actually, it’s the return to “normal” life I find fascinating. Imagine what it must be like to be experiencing the word for the first time in 15 years (Or EVER, as in the case of the children in the Fritzl case, who were almost 20 before they were released, never having been above ground in their lives …): what must that be like?

So I was excited to see Kimmy Schmidt, and then disappointed when I realised it was, in fact, a comedy, rather than a drama. I wasn’t sure how I felt about a TV making light of something so horrific (that real people have actually lived through), and I think that coloured my impression of the first few episodes. I felt a bit like it shouldn’t really be funny, but somehow it managed to win me over, and by the end of the series I was really enjoying it, even although I now can’t hear the word “unbreakable” without the theme song starting to play in my head. It’s playing now, actually. And it will be for the rest of the day now. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Finally…

Bloodline TV show

BLOODLINE

We started watching Bloodline purely because it’s set (and was filmed) in the Florida Keys, and, I dunno, there’s just something cool about seeing TV shows set in places you know, isn’t there? I love the Keys (actually, this bridge appears briefly in the trailer for the show, much to my excitement. No, it doesn’t take much…), and watching this show made me desperately wish I was in Florida – I could practically feel the humidity coming off the screen. (Not really.)

Setting aside, this show is one of those slow burners: for the first few episodes, I felt like nothing much was really happening, but then it totally hooked me in, and we ended up watching the entire series in a couple of weeks. I won’t say too much about the plot, but it’s basically the story of a family whose lives are disrupted by the return of their “black-sheep” eldest brother to the family home – which just so happens to be a hotel on the beach. It’s worth watching it just for that crystal clear water, seriously. GOD, I wish it would stop raining here.

So there you have it: three Netflix recommendations for anyone who’s run out of things to watch! Now it’s over to you: these are all shows I’ve watched with Terry, but now that my new Fitbit has encouraged me to get back into an exercise regime again, I need a new ‘Treadmill Show’ to help pass the time during those dull workouts, so if you’ve seen something good on UK Netflix recently, I’d love to hear about it!

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COMMENTS
  • New post is up: here’s what I’ve been watching lately! http://t.co/p4IjsByVtR

    May 8, 2015
  • I will keep watching Mad Men for as long as Pete’ s hairline can hang on!

    May 8, 2015
  • KIMMY! 😀 😀 😀

    May 8, 2015
  • You would REALLY love a book called ‘Room’ by Emma Donaghue if things like the Fritzl case a returning to normality interest you (I think, deep down, they interest all of us – especially me!). So if you haven’t heard of it before – give that a read!

    I just got into Revenge actually, bit of a guilty pleasure but easy watching!

    xx lacoconoire.com

    May 8, 2015
  • I was properly obsessed with the first season of Once Upon a Time… couldn’t have stopped watching it if I tried. But at about the midway point of the second season I completely fell out of love with it. I still don’t know why/how it happened. Had to force myself to watch to the end. I’m really annoyed about this! Season one was absolutely brilliant, darn it!

    May 8, 2015
    • Me too, but I kept watching. Am still watching. I did this with Heroes too. It just gets worse 🙁 They try way too hard to make sure every single story is deeply connected, and at some point it just leads to a ton of plot holes and things that make no sense if you still remember the past seasons…

      May 8, 2015
    • Irene

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      Happened the same to me, I loved the first season and then it bored me so much I stopped watching it!

      May 8, 2015
  • Jaynie

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    If it’s any consolation on the Kimmy Schmidt front, I do know a few cult survivors (online, on various forums) who like the show *because* it’s pretty positive and upbeat about moving on from something so awful. That it’s basically “what leaving a cult it like, on a good day”. Which is not to say that everyone who has ever been in a similar situation would agree, or that there aren’t any problems with the show — but hearing that certainly made me feel much less conflicted about the comedic treatment.

    May 8, 2015
  • emily

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    The bit about the bridge made me laugh.

    When they climbed Arthurs Seat in One Day I got incredibly over excited, and the same for when they showed Old Man of Storr in Prometheus.

    Small but exciting things 🙂

    May 8, 2015
  • Lily

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    Hot Fuzz was filmed in my home town. I still get excited about that when I watch it, almost ten years later! I agree that there’s something really, really cool about seeing places you’ve been to on the screen. 🙂

    May 8, 2015
  • Fran

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    I absolutely loved (and devoured) Peaky Blinders. Cillian Murphy is so good! And pretty. :p

    May 8, 2015
  • Lucy

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    I LOVE Once Upon a Time. Season 3 is so. good. Might be the best yet.

    May 8, 2015
  • I loved Kimmy Schmidt, but I haven’t watched any of the other shows you mentioned. I am currently enjoying Madam Secretary. x

    May 8, 2015
  • Emma

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    Love, love, love Once Upon A Time! I shamefully got through three seasons in the space of two weeks, it’s SO good!

    Emma x
    BEAUTY AND RAGS

    May 8, 2015
  • Oh my gosh, I, too, am obsessed with Once Upon a Time! I’m almost on to season three already! I haven’t seen bloodline yet but i do admit it sounds interesting! I’ll have to give it a gander! xox

    May 8, 2015
  • I’m currently waiting on season 5 of once upon a time, i love it and im so glad netflix had it otherwise i wouldnt of been able to watch it.

    May 9, 2015
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    May 9, 2015
  • Damn, now I have the Kimmy Schmidt theme stuck in my head! I get what you mean about not being sure about it at first, it took a little while for me to like it, I think I just didn’t really take to any of the characters straight away. I loved the end of the season though, especially Jon Hamm!

    May 9, 2015
  • I’m really into the show Bones, I’ve watched 7 seasons in an embarrassingly short period of time.

    May 10, 2015
  • ONCE UPON A TIME is my TV series to watch next… when exams are over!! Gisforgingers xx

    May 11, 2015
  • We’ve just started watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and are loving it! Something really easy to watch, which is also fun! xxx

    May 19, 2015
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