Like many people, I have been watching a lot of Netflix shows and movies over the last few months during the lockdown. I know that for a lot of people lockdown is starting to lift however like a lot of people I feel it may be possible that we may end up going through another wave of COVID-19 before this is all over. I sincerely hope not, however, I am a realist and know that people don’t like to follow rules or at least it seems that way here.
Due to watching so much Netflix I have come up with a list of my five favorite Netflix originals that are currently available on Netflix (in Canada) right now and 5 that I want to watch.
5 Of My Favorite Netflix Originals
Queer Eye More Than A Makeover
This is hands down one of my favorite Netflix Original shows. I love the guys so much! The Fab 5 are so personable and funny! It’s way better than I expected and I loved the original Queer Eye. Usually, I am not fond of reboots of shows but this one is absolutely perfect.
Somebody Feed Phil
If you’ve never seen this show you need to! Presented by Phillip Rosenthal who is the creator, writer, and executive producer of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. I personally think Phil is hilarious and is a master storyteller with just enough spunk and larger than life personality to make the show super interesting, not to mention the food and beautiful places he travels. Somebody Feed Phil is a must-see!
Set in the 1920s this period piece follows four young women who get a job at Spain’s first national telephone company in Madrid. At this time women were gaining more equality with men and the job represents progress to them. This show is beautifully put together and both riveting and fascinating.
Note: This show is in Spanish with English subtitles. I found it a little hard to follow at first until I got used to reading the subtitles.
This one is rather dear to my heart as my 28-year-old brother is on the autism spectrum. Sam, a teenager on the autism spectrum has decided he is ready for romance. His overprotective parents and sister go on their own life-changing journeys in order to support and understand him better. This is a heartfelt comedy. As the sister of a young adult on the autism spectrum I have to say there is a lot that the show gets right and some that they get wrong but overall it is still a really great show and therefore made my list.
This series only has one season so far however I really found it interesting from the standpoint of someone who has been struggling for years with incorrect or missing diagnosis’. The series follows Dr. Lisa Sanders as she uses crowdsourcing to help come up with possible diagnosis’ for mysterious and/or rare medical conditions. I really enjoyed watching it and am hoping there will be another season.
5 Netflix Originals I Want To Watch
Selfmade: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
An African American washerwoman rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. Based on a true story.
I will admit that one of the first things that struck me about this limited series is the actress Octavia Spencer who I absolutely enjoyed in Hidden Figures and The Help. She has received several well-deserved accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. It has gotten good reviews. Another thing that struck me about this is the story itself of Madam C.J. Walker the first female self-made millionaire in the US. She founded the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company which manufactured a line of cosmetics and hair-care products.
A Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage and is taken in by a group of musicians – until her past comes calling.
This limited series has also gotten good reviews. I typically enjoy drama movies and TV shows based on memoirs depending on the subject and this one seems interesting to me.
In post-World War II Hollywood, an ambitious group of aspiring actors and filmmakers will do almost anything to make their showbiz dreams come true.
I love anything historical for the most part. Especially World War II era or post-WWII era period dramas so I think I may enjoy this one. It also has pretty good ratings, not as good as the other two but one thing I have learned over the years is my tastes seem to be much different than the “norm”, not that that is a bad thing. I can see myself liking this one. Worth a try at the very least.
Amidst the political conflict of Northern Ireland in the 1990s, five high school students square off with the universal challenges of being a teenager.
I love quite a lot of British TV shows and this one is one I have wanted to watch for a while but for some reason just never get around to watching. I enjoy coming of age dramas and I really enjoyed the trailers for this that I have watched. I’ve heard good things about it as well from friends who have watched it.
The Haunting of Hill House
Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
While I am really not usually a fan of horror movies I am a sucker for ghosts, hauntings, and ghost stories. You can read more about that here on my personal blog. My parents actually live currently in a haunted house, which you can also read a bit more about there. I also love psychological thrillers (Shutter Island anyone?). So this one is right up my alley.
I hope to be able to watch these all during the summer. With school full-time as well as trying to get this blog going and hopefully doing some sponsored posts/turning this blog into a job I am not sure what kind of time I will have but I just need to set some time aside for it.