Being at home for the Easter break is a perfect time to catch up on the copious amounts of Netflix shows that have managed to creep their way on to my ‘to watch’ list after the past few months. However, I’m aware that most people don’t have the luxury of three weeks off with nothing to do other than to snuggle up with Big Ted, watching episode after episode of quality programming (I’m ignoring the assignments that I have to do for now), so I’ve lovingly condensed the entirety of Netflix into my Top 5. Aren’t I lovely.(ATTENTION: Yes I know some of these shows are old news but sometimes you just need some Serena and Blair action in your life, OK.)
Chuck is one of the most under-appreciated shows I’ve ever seen. It was recommended to me by a friend, who quite frankly only liked it because he’s in love with Yvonne Strahovski, but as a favour I reluctantly watched the first episode. I was hooked. An everyday, underachieving nerd (Chuck), accidentally downloads confidential government information into his head and becomes the CIA’s most important asset. It’s Chuck’s awkward charm along with his not-so-secret feelings for Sarah, his CIA handler, that make this show stand out from the crowd. Although it appears to be all about the action, comedy is always available in the form of Chuck’s ‘real life’ Buy More co-workers, and in it’s entirety, the show takes you on an incredible, unexpected emotional roller-coaster.
Where I’m At: Season 3, Episode 7 out of 5 seasons
You’ll like it if: You’re a Matt Bomber fan. He appears a few times in the earlier episodes long before his major break in White Collar. He plays Chuck’s college best friend and alternative love interest for Sarah. Your feelings towards him will change approximately 24 times during the 7 episodes he’s in.
2) Gossip Girl
I first started watching Gossip Girl when it was on TV all those years ago, back when you had to sit down and watch it at a specific time every week. Because of this inconvenience, life got in the way of my love for the antics of the Upper East Side and I stopped watching around season 2. Luckily, Netflix allows me to catch up with my favourite socialites whenever the mood takes me so I’ve delved right back into the centre of the drama. It combination of shocking storylines, characters you love to hate and visual perfection makes Gossip Girls one of those rare shows where all the bases are covered.The main issue I have is that at the start of the series these people are meant to be 16 when the actors clearly look about 25 and they go out drinking every night. But I’ll let them off cos they’re so damn beautiful.
Where I’m at: Season 2, Episode 6 of 6 seasons. (SPOILER: Dan and Serena aren’t together, Chuck and Blair aren’t together…it’s a bleak time for everyone)
You”ll like it if: You like clothes, drama and beautiful people. Or just one of the above. The dresses that Serena and Blair wear are just to die for, but only after the first season, noughties fashion really takes its toll at the beginning .
Archer was another show that was recommended to be by a friend and I’m so glad it was. It’s a an animation which follows the life of Archer, a spy who works for the (unfortunately named) espionage organisation Isis, which is run by his mother. He is such a perfect character, somehow remaining likeable despite being ridiculously self involved, with very little thought for the safety or feelings of others. It offers a very specific kind of comedy and some of the references are pretty obscure so it could be very hit and miss.
Side note: Is it weird to fancy a cartoon?
Where I’m at: Season 5, Episode 3. Netflix only carries seasons 1-5 but season 6 is currently airing on FX. (Note: Season 5, “Archer Vice”, is a massive let down)
You’ll like it if: You enjoy adult cartoons such as Family Guy and South Park. A basic understanding of sarcasm is a must.
4) Pretty Little Liars
So in America PLL has been popular for a while but it’s only recently gained notoriety in Britain. Even so, I have a confession to make. I’ve only ever seen one episode of this, around 4 years ago. I want to finish Archer before starting anything new, but this is top of the list for the next to get into. Even so, I’m still going to recommend it. My housemate is watching it at the moment and even through the wall it sounds pretty exciting. I cannot wait to get started.
Where I’m at: Season 1 Episode 1 of 5 seasons.
You’ll like it if: You, like me, like American dramas, beautiful people and things that still sound exciting through walls.
5) The IT Crowd
Despite being British, I usually watch American TV because I love the glamorous nature and higher budget feel of them, but when it comes to comedy, Britain does have an edge and The IT Crowd is one of the best. The show follows two IT nerds and their female boss as they fumble through life in their own little bubble, using their social awkwardness to find themselves in far fetched situations. The show is a testament to British sit-com writing and it helped launch the careers of both Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade, who have gone on to act, write and direct in the big leagues. Definitely one not to be missed.
Where I’m at: Finished all 4 seasons but it’s something you can watch again and again.
You’ll like it if: You like a great mix of wit, sarcasm and some visual humour. Very typically British in style but should translate to a global audience.
If you have any suggestions for other great shows for me to watch, please let me know in the comments below.