Is it just me or has Netflix been totally ON IT recently? Usually it takes me ages to scroll through everything and find something decent to watch, but there has been so much to watch over the past month or so. In fact, almost too much stuff – some nights I don’t know where to start!
13 Reasons Why is the show that everyone’s talking about at the moment. After teenager Hannah commits suicide, several of her friends and classmates become embroiled in a mystery as they listen to cassette tapes she recorded before she died, detailing the thirteen reasons why she killed herself. I was gripped from the very first episode, and raced through the series as quickly as possible to find out what happened and how all the characters are tied together. The show touches on some really important subjects – many of which are pretty hard hitting and not often discussed in teen shows. I thought 13 Reasons Why was really well cast, well written and deserves the hype it’s getting.
I don’t know why, but I just really love teen dramas, okay? Riverdale (which is loosely based on the characters from the Archie Comics series) is another slightly dark and mysterious teen drama, this time focusing on a group of friends as they try to uncover the truth behind the death of Jason Blossom, one of the richest and most popular kids in town. Riverdale has a slight Twin Peaks vibe – the town itself is pretty weird and is hiding lots of secrets, and there are plenty of eccentric characters. As a side note, please tell me someone else also finds it really funny that the Blossoms are maple syrup tycoons?! I’m not sure why it makes me laugh so much, but it does.
Starring Rainn Wilson (so weird not seeing him as Dwight!), Backstrom follows unconventional police detective Everett Backstrom and his team at the Portland Police Bureau’s Elite Special Crimes Unit. Backstrom is a grumpy, cynical guy who doesn’t do things by the book, much to the chagrin of his colleagues – but his unusual style of detective work always saves the day. The first episode wasn’t great (and the humour seemed weirdly a bit overly sexist and racist to me?) but luckily it gets much better after the pilot and develops into quite a darkly funny show.
How to Get Away with Murder focuses on brilliant criminal defence lawyer Annalise Keating and her select group of law students. In between solving cases for clients, they also become involved in a complicated murder plot with lots of twists and turns. This show does a great job of blending together individual episode-by-episode cases and an overarching plot to create an interesting and gripping series. Despite the subject matter, it’s quite an easy watch and you can quickly binge all of the episodes available on Netflix. It’s a little bit overdramatic and unbelievable at times, but if you embrace the over-the-topness, it’s a really entertaining show.
Santa Clarita Diet is kind of like Desperate Housewives meets Suburgatory meets, erm, zombies. Drew Barrymore stars as a suburban real estate agent who suddenly gets a taste for human flesh, and her husband and daughter have to try and help her navigate life as a new zombie. It’s pretty silly and funny, and it’s weirdly charming despite the dark undertones. It’s not the best TV show I’ve ever watched, but it’s original, entertaining and easy to watch so I’d definitely recommend it if you like this sort of thing.
I know, I know, I’m several years behind everyone else. I’m not sure why I didn’t watch Luther when it was originally on TV, but it somehow managed to pass me by until I noticed it had been added to Netflix a few weeks ago. It really is as good as everyone says it is. Luther (played by Idris Elba) is a troubled police detective trying to balance his tumultuous personal life with the horrifying cases he has to solve at work. Most episodes focus on a single case (with ongoing storylines creeping in too), and each one is incredibly dark, twisted and absorbing. You’ll probably feel tense throughout the entire series, but you won’t be able to look away as it’s just so GOOD.
And here are a few other shows I’ve been watching lately that are back for a new series. I won’t go into too much detail as I’ve already mentioned them in previous Watching Lately posts – click on each one to find out more about what I thought of them!
What have you been watching lately?