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When your Netflix binge comes to an end

So, last week we finally got all caught up with Once Upon a Time, which means we’re now basically just killing time until the next season starts – and combing Netflix looking for new shows to binge on instead.

I mean, I say that like it ain’t no thang, but seriously, it sucks when your Netflix binge ends, and you’re thrown abruptly back into the real world, doesn’t it? It’s like, one minute there you are, a fairytale princess with amazingly long eyelashes, living in a small town in Maine, with occasional forays to the Enchanted Forest, Neverland and the like. The next minute, though? Well, the next minute you’re unloading the dishwasher and thinking, “What even WAS that? Why am I here? And I wonder how Snow White’s getting on?”

I guess I feel a bit like I’m missing my “friends” is what I’m saying. And now that I’ve made myself sound all kinds of messed up, let me tell you what I’ve been replacing them with. That sounded bad, didn’t it? A bit like I’m cheating on them or something. Which I’m not, but if I WAS, I’d be cheating on them – appropriately enough – with…

THE AFFAIR

The Affair

For this month’s TV viewing, we’re actually cheating on Netflix itself, because most of what we’ve been watching lately has been on Sky, starting off with The Affair, which, as you can probably guess, is about … an affair. What’s different about this, though, is that the story is told from two different perspectives – that of each of the people involved – and each perspective is a little bit different, leaving you wondering who’s telling the truth. Or if anyone is. So, a good ol’ “unreliable narrator” yarn, then. The first season has just finished, and Terry and I both really enjoyed it, and are now planning our totally hypothetical trip to Montauk, where it’s set. Gotta love a show that makes you want to live inside it, no? (Although without the whole ‘affair’ bit, obviously…)

THE ENFIELD HAUNTING 

The Enfield Haunting

We actually watched The Enfield Haunting a few weeks ago now, but parts of it are burned on my brain, so I figured it was worth mentioning. I love a good ghost story (and even a BAD ghost story, really), and this three-parter is based on the supposedly “true” story of poltergeist activity in a house in North London in the 1970s. The case that inspired this is pretty well documented, so be prepared to fall down the rabbit hole of paranormal investigation, should you decide to Google it. Like I did.

NEW GIRL

New Girl

Guys, I’m just not sure about this one. I feel like I’m breaking some kind of unspoken Internet code here, because everyone and their dog is all, “OMG NEW GIRL! YOU MUST WATCH NEW GIRL!” So we DID watch New Girl, and … well, to be fair, we’re only a few episodes in, so maybe I’ve just not got properly into it yet, but so far I’m finding it just OK. I’d actually been avoiding watching it, purely because I just can’t afford to start coveting Zooey Deschanel’s wardrobe right now, and I’d been led to believe that’s what would happen, but so far, so good. In fact, I haven’t even feel tempted to get bangs yet either, which is quite surprising, really. I wonder if there’s something wrong with me? Anyway, I will persevere. And try to ignore the nagging feeling that Zooey’s character is more ‘annoying’ than she is ‘quirky’ to me so far…

WAYWARD PINES

Wayward Pines

So, of all of these shows (which I keep on typing as “shoes”, by the way. I guess we all know where MY head is most of the time, huh?), Wayward Pines is my current favourite. Don’t tell the others. Especially not New Girl, because I think Zooey would probably cry, and do something stereotypically “female” involving ice cream and feeeeelings. There’s actually ice cream in Wayward Pines too, though, but it’s ice cream with a secret. Because everything in Wayward Pines has a secret. A deep, dark one, that will make you think “is it REALLY a secret, or is it all just a trick?” Yeah, it’s one of THOSE shows. I LOVE those shows.

This one tells the tale of a federal agent who finds himself in the sleepy and impossibly  picturesque town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. (Which we’re NOT planning to visit, by the way. Because the things we know about that town would make your hair stand on end. We’ll just stick to that house in the Hamptons, thanks very much…) All, however, is not as it seems (Because if it was, there wouldn’t be a TV show, would there?), and it turns out that he can’t actually seem to LEAVE Wayward Pines, no matter how hard he tries. So it’s a bit like Facebook, then, only way, WAY stranger. I’m really enjoying it, but would recommend avoiding Googling it, because it’s still on TV right now, so you WILL see spoilers. I know I just did, when I Googled it so I could link to the IMDB listing. Now I hate people.

Anyway, I think the season finale is this week, so you’ll be safe enough then, but I might just be making that up. I might be making this whole thing up, actually. Maybe there IS no TV show called Wayward Pines, and this is all a social experiment. Maybe I’m not even a real person. I’ll just leave you to mull that one over, while I go and look at shoes online again…

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27 Comments
  • KC
    July 22, 2015

    Grim is a good one to watch also 🙂

  • Lizzy
    July 22, 2015

    Haha! I love this post, and can TOTALLY relate to the feelings of emptiness that come with the end of a Netflix binge. I discovered the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries recently (which is amazing, and the 1930s fashion is awesome) and felt completely bereft when it came to an end! I’ve just finished Foyle’s War (oldie but a serious goody) and made a start on Once Upon A Time, which is all good so far. Thanks for the recommendations – I shall definitely be checking out The Enfield Haunting, I do love a good ghost story.

  • Anna
    July 22, 2015

    Amber try Amazon Prime, that what i’m doing now my Netflix binge has also ended. It so good, I think it got more shows then Netflix and more variety. I’m watching Nashville at the moment and it so good. That one way to fill the emptiness. xx

  • Donna
    July 22, 2015

    I’m loving wayward pines too. I couldn’t find anything to fill the gap GOT left for a while (total emptiness haha) but this has helped. Im wondering how they are going to end it! Then I will need to find something new to obsess over…

  • Catherine
    July 22, 2015

    I love OUAT. I like New Girl too, but it took me a while to get into it and Zooey does get less annoying. Season 2 is better than 1, and Schmidt is hysterical. Try Grace and Frankie on Netflix, it’s really good and has just had a second season ordered.

  • Ida
    July 22, 2015

    I just started to watch Once Upon a Time. Lovely i’ll tell you. Have lots of episodes left until I need to find another show to watch. And who knows, maybe then the whole season six of Pretty Little Liars will be out. One can only hope. Right?

  • Trudy
    July 22, 2015

    I am currently having this issue so thanks for the suggestions! x
    TrudyJohanna UK Lifestyle Blog

  • CiCi Marie
    July 22, 2015

    I’d definitely advise sticking it out with New Girl – it’s probably my favourite series on TV at the moment. I do think it’s one that the more you watch, the more you get invested in the characters… and Zooey is definitely more annoying at the start. Series 2 is brilliant as the above commenter said. She’s just so annoying when she’s whining about her ex boyfriend and singing every five seconds!

    • Amber
      July 22, 2015

      The singing drives me *nuts* – glad to hear there’s less of that as it goes on!

  • TinaD
    July 22, 2015

    Is that Ruth Wilson in profile on the cover of The Affair? (I just looked it up, yes it is.) She was so good at being the sociopath in “Luther.” Made the show. I’ll have to try this new series.

  • Lily
    July 22, 2015

    Oooh, Wayward Pines and the Enfield Haunting both look exciting. Wayward Pines sounds a little like Twin Peaks. Are they similar at all?

    • Amber
      July 22, 2015

      Maybe a little bit – there are some big differences, though!

  • Julie
    July 22, 2015

    I love Wayward Pines, too. It’s a 10-episode miniseries and tomorrow’s episode is the last. I was hoping Fox might bring it back for another season, but because the series had been shelved for a year, the contractual options to re-hire the lead actors had already expired.

    Around the time of the third episode, I decided to follow the show’s Facebook page. There were people there who’d read the whole trilogy, and some of them decided to spoil the whole plot without warning. I wanted to smack them across their smug virtual faces. Fortunately, the TV adaptation is not exactly like the story in the books (the second and third books were completed after the teleplay was written), so there are at least some surprises left.

  • char
    July 22, 2015

    I don’t really have a lot of any use to add to this, but I’m commenting anyway. Huh. I don’t have a TV or internet at home so have never really gotten into the whole Netflix thing. I’m currently watching my way through the Sons of Anarchy boxset though.

  • Karlie
    July 22, 2015

    I second Grace and Frankie.

  • JoAnn Moran
    July 23, 2015

    Have you watched:
    1. The Bridge – Swedish/Danish version
    2. Ripper Street
    3. Foyle’s War
    4. The Midwife

    • Amber
      July 23, 2015

      I’ve seen The Bridge and Call the Midwife, yes – there are posts about them somewhere in the archive!

  • urry marie
    July 23, 2015

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  • Rosie
    July 23, 2015

    I feel similarly about New Girl. I heard it was really good and I’ve watched a few episodes, not in any kind of order, just whenever I’ve notice it was on TV. I wasn’t that blown away with it. I didn’t think it was all that funny.

    • Amber
      July 23, 2015

      Yeah, that was my feeling, too – I think it’s maybe just not my kind of humour, but I’ll persevere and see if it gets any better!

  • Abigail
    July 23, 2015

    The unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is my favourite!

  • Lucy
    July 24, 2015

    I liked Secrets and Lies (the US Ryan Phillippe version). I have Hulu Plus, so I don’t know if it’s on Netflix, but it was really good. The only thing is, I got to the end of the first season and immediately googled to find out about a second, and turns out it’s one of those shows with completely different stories in each season, so my “WHAT HAPPENS NEXT” urge will go unfulfilled. But, if you approach it as a miniseries, keeping in mind that it’s going to completely wrap up at the end of the season, I bet it wouldn’t be such a letdown 🙂

    I’m glad to hear Wayward Pines is good, I’ve had it in my queue for a while and started watching the pilot the other day, but I couldn’t get into it and stopped after only a few minutes. I’ll try again!

  • Alison
    July 24, 2015

    I Netflix binge on horror movies, but not as much as I would if they featured more movies from the 1980s.

  • Nicola
    July 25, 2015

    I absolutely hated New Girl season one. I only got a few episodes in but I couldn’t stand it. But, the later seasons are much better. I flicked over to them randomly and found myself actually enjoying them, to the extent that the last two seasons have been series linked. To me it comes down to the fact that I can’t stand Jess’s character as I find her supper annoying, but in the other seasons the male characters play a much bigger role and she’s toned down a bit as a result!

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

    • Amber
      July 25, 2015

      Yeah, we watched a couple more episodes last night and I went from “meh” to not being able to stand her. I’m thinking’s it’s probably just not my kind of humour (I don’t normally go for comedy that’s based around people being “zany”), but I do actually like the non-Jess characters, so maybe I will persevere!

  • Rotem
    July 25, 2015

    THANK YOU for saying that about New Girl! I only watched three episodes and couldn’t take it anymore. Zooey’s character was wayyyy too annoying for me. I honestly don’t understand the fuss over that show.
    If you’re into shows that make you want to live where the plot takes place, I would recommend Hart of Dixie (there’s real danger of wanting all the outfits there, though…). That show totally made me want to live in a small town in Alabama (but maybe I just have a thing with small towns – I still badly want to live in Stars Hollow…).

  • Lyn
    September 3, 2015

    I actually don’t watch that many series (except for the Belgium soap “familie” which is “family” in English and I’m SO happy it’s back on tv after 2 months!) I used to watch PLL but I got nightmares of it, real heavy ones (does this sound weird?), so I had to stop for the sake of my sleep.
    The Affair sounds like one for me! I’m always intrigued by affairs and what’s going on in people’s heads (hi there psychologist in me!) will save this one for later!
    PS : I never even tried watching New Girl, it doesn’t sound that appealing to me..
    xox Lyn

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