5 TV Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix

It's winter, temperatures are dropping fast and, needless to say, most of us aren't really feeling the urge to venture outdoors. I'm not the most active person at the best of times and am very much a home-body all year round. But around this time of year in particular, I basically turn into a potato, perpetually wrapped up in 3 blankets at once, eating my weight in chocolate while Netflix constantly plays in the background. That message that asks 'are you still watching' comes up more times in a day than I care to admit (and I really don't appreciate the judgemental tone, Netflix). So here's a few things I've been watching recently and, if you're also so inclined to snuggle up and watch TV until Spring like a bear in hibernation, I'd recommend giving a watch.

Black Mirror 
The whole internet went crazy after this series came out, so you've probably at least heard of it already. But if you haven't here's the most basic explanation that I can give: Black Mirror is a series of standalone stories based around the theme of technology and its effect on our society and our way of living. Mostly (though not always) the idea is essentially 'this is technology we currently have, what would happen if it progressed even further?'. It's all very creepy and dystopian and there tends to be a lot of moral dilemmas that generate a lot of discussion after watching. Seriously, one episode in particular had my boyfriend and I talking for over an hour about it. The series are very short- the first 2 series have 3 episodes each and the 3rd series has 6- but it's low quantity, high quality. There's not a single bad episode in the bunch. Highly worth a watch. Just prepare for the urge to get rid of every piece of technology you own.

This is one I'd heard quite a lot about but only recently got around to watching. I'm not sure why it took me so long when it has Aidan Turner in it- I would honestly watch that man do his weekly shop and still be completely enthralled. It's set in the 1800s and focuses on a man called Ross Poldark who returned from the war to his home in Cornwall to find his father dead and his sweetheart engaged to his cousin. Bad times. He then rescues a young girl and hires her as his kitchen maid while also trying to gain control of the local tin mines. It's all much more captivating than it sounds, I promise. 

The Crown

Again, this is another one that everyone on the internet seems to have been watching but for very good reason. It's a historical drama that focuses on Queen Elizabeth II and the first few years of her reign. I've never been massively interested in the royal family but I actually found this quite gripping. There's lots of great acting all around- Claire Foy is particular is amazing as the Queen. Although the casting of Winston Churchill did take some getting used to- I don't think I've ever seen an actor look or sound less like Winston Churchill than John Lithgow. There were times where I was like 'Bro, are you even trying to hide the American accent?'. It did have the occasional moment where the pacing was a bit slow but it didn't bother me too much- the gorgeous costumes more than made up for it. Seriously, if you like 1950s fashion you'll probably be like me and spend much of the episode gaping over the Queen's formal gowns- and there's quite a few of them. 

Crazy Ex Girlfriend

I heard people talking about this a while back but didn't think it was for me- I think the feminist in me was put off by the title. But I watched one episode on a whim and instantly became hooked. I think I thought it was some terrible, slightly sexist, sitcom based on the title but it's actually a satirical musical comedy. It's about a woman named Rebecca who is a high-achieving New York lawyer who finds herself having a slight existential crisis of sorts. Then she runs into her summer-camp boyfriend and decides to up and follow him to California. It makes the character sound like a nut-job and, frankly, she is. She's incredibly self-centred, impulsive and basically lives in her own little world but you find yourself rooting for her anyway. The hilarious songs definitely help.

Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

If you've never seen Gilmore Girls- how's life under than rock of yours? If you have Netflix access under there, I highly suggest you get caught up because you're missing out. It's essentially about a mother and her teenage daughter in a small town called Stars Hollow. It's very fast-talking and witty and it's the kind of show where you get very heavily invested in the characters. Every time I watch it, I'm always left wishing I lived in Stars Hollow. 
If you've already seen Gilmore Girls- good news! Netflix has brought it back with a new mini-series set 10 years after the original series ended. If you're planning on having a binge-watching session, this is definitely one to go for. I finished it in one afternoon and now I have a lot of feelings. I won't go into it too much because spoilers but, as with the original series, you'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll probably get very frustrated at Rory. Nothing new, but it's lovely to see all the characters we know and love again (although for some it may have been all too brief. *cough*Sookie*cough*).

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