What’s On My Netflix?

I used to blog a lot about television. I remember when I used to get really excited about a new Doctor Who series coming out (I mean I still do) and would immediately have to tell everyone that reads my blog that they need to watch it when it comes out. I used to write listicles of TV shows I was currently watching. I would gush about Firefly and lament because it got cancelled after only one season (I am still devastated about that).

Television is a passion of mine. As much as I love books, I love watching television on an equal level. I turn into the biggest fangirl when it comes to my favourite tv shows and can spend hours on Tumblr just looking for GIFS/videos/fanart. I did have a page on the blog where I kept track of the shows I’m watching but then I lost track because that’s how much tv I watch. 😂

But I’m babbling. This post is really about what I’m watching on Netflix at the moment/what I have watched/my favourites. I love that with my mobile phone network I get to watch as much Netflix as I want without worrying about my data running out. So on my way to work if I’m not reading then I’m definitely catching up on the latest episode of something.

Currently Watching

A Korean Odyssey

Ok –  I’m pretty sure that everyone and their mother and their dog is aware that I love Korean dramas. It’s all I ever tweet about these days and I’m pretty sure my followers are sick and tired of me fangirling, but can’t stop, won’t stop. I am so glad that they’ve made some dramas available on Netflix. I usually watch on Viki but not all of the ones on my list are available in my region but are available on Netflix. How do I sit there and watch 1hr20mins episodes? It takes a certain skillset. I’ve been perfecting it since I was 16 years old when I watched my ever kdrama, Full House. Ask me to sing the Three Bears Song. I dare you.

In 2017, Son Oh-Gong and King Wooma are in conflict with each other as they look for a true light in a dark world where evil thrives. Having made a contract with Seon-mi 25 years ago, entitling her to seek help from Son Oh-Gong whenever she calls him in exchange of letting him free, the two meet again in a fateful encounter. From there, Son Oh-Gong is bound to his protective role towards Seon-mi, the little girl he had met years ago.

The soundtrack to this drama is actually so lit. As soon as I hear the opening chords, ya girl is immediately like 💃. It’s currently airing, so only 6 episodes have been released but I am loving it, so far. I am a sucker for kdrama cliches. I know y’all are gonna do the piggyback eventually and the wrist grab and the awkward kiss, but I am all. the. way. here. for. it. 👏🏾

Riverdale

Based on the characters of the Archie comics, how do I even begin to describe Riverdale?

The series follows Archie Andrews’ life in the small town of Riverdale and explores the darkness hidden behind its seemingly perfect image.

I am not going to lie, this latest series is stressing me out and I swear the writer’s are playing games but I am obsessed and even if I miss out on an episode for like 3 weeks, I always go back. I need to see where Jughead and Betty aka Bughead are at. I need to see if Archie and Veronica are doing okay. Let me just check if Betty’s mum is still doing the most.

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I can’t remember the last teen drama I watched – I’m thinking probably Gossip Girl – but it sucks you in. Their drama is your drama. Their stress is your stress. Their woes are your woes. This show actually makes me clap my hands in frustration at some of the character’s shenanigans.

Once Upon A Time

I actually didn’t start watching this on Netflix. I used to watch it religiously back when I discovered it in 2013, but then, as usual, I got distracted by other tv shows and the plotline started to get a bit samey. I recently started rewatching it and I have fallen in love with it all over again.

The show follows various fairy-tale characters who were transported to the real world and robbed of their original memories by a powerful curse.

I am a big fan of fairytales and I especially love when they put a twist on the story. In the latest series, Cinderella is Latina! Now that there’s been a time jump, it’s gotten a lot more interesting and there’s more of a focus on Alice from Alice in Wonderland, which I love as that’s one of my favourite books.

The Good Place

I think it was Mutay who told me to watch this and when someone suggests a tv show to me, it may take me a while to get round to start it but once I do I binge the eff out of it (examples: Rick and Morty, Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Archer).

The series focuses on Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman who wakes up in the afterlife and is introduced by Michael to “The Good Place”, a Heaven-like utopia he designed, in reward for her righteous life. She realizes that she was sent there by mistake and must hide her morally imperfect behavior and try to become a better person.

This show is so funny and my favourite character is definitely Jason. How can a person be so dumb yet endearing at the same time? Also, slightly biased because the actor is Filipino and I’m here rooting for more Filipino actors on tv (see: Grimm). I love the premise of the show as well – it has a nice set up for ideas about morality, personal ethics and loyalty without feeling like you’re in a classroom.

Watched

The Crown

Am I allowed to say that I don’t care for the monarchy? Will I get done for treason?

J O K I N G.

The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. The first season depicts events up to 1955, with Claire Foy portraying the Queen in the early part of her reign.

There are only 10 episodes in the first series, so please believe I binged that so quickly. I have yet to watch series 2 but soon come. I like when historical pieces are done in this fashion because it’s easier for me to take in rather than sitting around reading a bunch of dusty textbooks or falling asleep to the sound of my history teacher’s boring voice.

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I like how in depth the series goes in on the royal family, sort of stripping away a mask and showing us that they are human too even if they are royal. Of course, even though you can pretty much get spoilers a click away (I mean it’s historical and happened ages ago) there are still a few plot twists that had my heart like, pow.

Big Mouth

A colleague at work mentioned that he saw a father and son watching this show together on the train and I was immediately like 😳. At the same time, though, this show is actually a really good way to inform your kids about the ways of life without being too cringe.

The series follows 7th grade best friends Nick Birch and Andrew Glouberman as they navigate their way through puberty, masturbation, and sexual arousal. Acting as sex-based shoulder angels are the hormone monsters Maurice, who pesters Andrew and occasionally Nick and Jay, and Connie, who pesters Jessi and occasionally Missy. Throughout the series, the kids interact with people and objects who are personified in one way or another and offer helpful, albeit confusing, advice in their puberty-filled lives including the ghost of Duke Ellington, a French accented Statue of Liberty, a pillow capable of getting pregnant, and even Jessi’s own vagina.

Even reading that synopsis probably has you like, wtf? I’m thinking where was this show when I was younger? It’s funny and informative at the same time and I can totally relate to the feelings the kids are having for the first time – like when Jessi gets her period for the first time. My absolute favourite character is Connie, the Hormone Monstress – she is everything I want to be in life and more. She smells so good because “I don’t use deodorant and I only take bubble baths.” screams

Archer

Once I started this show I couldn’t stop and at one point all I was watching was Archer. Even at work, I was watching it (nowadays I’m watching kdramas on my break/lunch).

It follows the exploits of a dysfunctional group of secret agents—Sterling Archer  and seven of his colleagues—Malory Archer, Lana Kane, Cheryl Tunt, Pam Poovey, Ray Gillette, Cyril Figgis, and Dr. Algernop Krieger.

This show is beyond ridiculous but so much fun. From Archer always shouting Lana’s name to ~danger zone~, there is always some kind of ridiculous shenanigans taking place in each episode. This freaking show has the International Secret Intelligence Service – ISIS. Hollering. Also, Jessica Walter voices Malory Archer and I absolutely loved her in Arrested Development.

Black Mirror

“Charlie Brooker is a genius.” I’ve been saying this at work every time someone mentions Black Mirror. I’ll just turn around and scream it in their face.

Black Mirror is a British science fiction anthology television series created by Charlie Brooker, with Brooker and Annabel Jones serving as the programme showrunners. It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone, though some are more experimental and lighter.

I am so glad that Netflix picked up this series because just wow. Literally, every single one of the episodes has me pausing and questioning my existence/life. Brooker skilfully brings to light how much technology can affect society, especially in the episode Nosedive where people are ranked on a five-star scale. Your ranking can severely affect your standing in society – it reminds me of Instagram and likes. I think what hits home with Black Mirror is how close we are to becoming that reality in some of the episodes. Y’all need to stop playing games with technology before it comes and kills you. 😳

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Favourite episode of series 4 (latest series): Black Museum. HANDS. DOWN. DON’T @ ME.

 

Favourites

Rick and Morty

Do I like this show because I am an intellectual? Do I like this show because it’s parody of Back to the Future? Do I like this show because I am trash?

I will never know.

THIS. SHOW. THOUGH.

The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily influenced grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.

Created by Dan Harmon, creator of Community (another favourite tv show. I’m still annoyed they removed it off Netflix) and Justin Roiland, this show is deliciously creative, funny and clever. I am a sucker for science fiction, and this show feeds my love. I love going on Reddit and reading fan theories (I once stayed up until 2 am just reading these) about the show because there’s always something in each episode that makes you question something that happened previously. It’s crazy.

I have no idea when series 4 will be aired. Mr Poopybutthole told us we would have to wait a long time and this makes me sad. I guess the only thing that can be done is rewatch all of the series again and again.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

From the very first episode, I was hooked. I remember laughing so hard I actually couldn’t breathe. If you’re a sensitive person, I wouldn’t suggest watching this show because it’s so non-pc, it’s hilarious.

The series follows the exploits of “The Gang”, a group of debauched, self-centered friends who run the Irish bar Paddy’s Pub in South Philadelphia.

The Gang are a group of idiots that I have come to dearly love with all my heart. Charlie is my favourite character (there’s a recurring theme here of me loving dumb but endearing characters), but all of them are equally hilarious. Danny DeVito joining the cast was actually a really good move, because he is so funny and brings even more weirdness to the cast.

I’m just going to leave this video of The Nightman Cometh right here. (I am actually cracking up again watching it right now, I can’t breathe). FiGhtER oF tHE NiGht MaN AAAaAaaaAAAa.

Special mentions

Grimm – If you like fantasy, Grimms’ Fairy Tales and police procedural dramas then you need to watch this show. Now.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – TERRY LOVES YOGHURT. I actually have a huge crush on Andy Samberg. Bloody hell.

Arrested Development – You know when the Duke of Weselton does the chicken dance in Frozen and Ana and Hans sing about finishing each other’s sandwiches? THOSE ARE REFERENCES FROM THIS SHOW. You need to watch it, now. Honestly.

I hope you’ve found some new shows to add to your list! What are you watching on Netflix?

17 Comments

  1. February 2, 2018 / 3:07 am

    There is so much variety in the TV shows you can watch now. Years ago I never watched it much, because there was not a lot that I liked. Now there is soooo many. It’s great you can watch Netflix and have unmetered data. I have to wait until after 1am when I have off-peak data.

    I forking love The Good Place. I did not even know it existed until the second season came out. 😀

    Big Mouth was weird and good at the same time. Like you, my favourite character was Connie.

    Black Mirror can be intense at times, but the stories that are told can be confronting and interesting to examine, especially in reflection to our current way of life (like you mentioned).

    I fell into a binge of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Arrested Development.

    There were some shows that I have not watched on your list that I may take another look at. 😀 I am currently watching Fargo and Peaky Blinders.

    • Chynna
      Author
      February 2, 2018 / 10:46 am

      I have always been a TV freak since I was in secondary school, it’s crazy the amount of hours I’ve clocked XD The Good Place makes me so happy – I need to catch up on the second season, tho.

      I haven’t watched Peaky Blinders, but that’s on my list! I absolutely loved season 1 of Fargo 🙂

    • Chynna
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Woo! Thanks for stopping by x

  2. February 2, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    I seriously need to get over my squeamishness about curse words and adult situation because people are recommending me shows that they think are hilarious and I just can’t bring myself to watch them because I am an 80-year-old suburban housewife on the inside. I love Arrested Development and I still catch myself with my hand to my mouth going “Oh dear!” sometimes, LOL!

    You need to point me in the right direction as far as K-dramas because they always seem so interesting but I don’t know where to start.

    Also, I’ve only seen clips of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia because, you know, adult situations lol but if that show doesn’t make you want to come to Philly and visit me than I don’t know what will. Then again, I don’t really want to be in Phildelphia…sooo…I wouldn’t blame you.

    • Chynna
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      You are actually the cutest, Joy <3 Bless you. I’m due a rewatch of Arrested Development – love that show. ALSO, YES IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY HAS MADE ME WANT TO VISIT PHILLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY VIST YOU!!

  3. February 3, 2018 / 5:41 am

    I’ve heard so many great things about K-dramas but still haven’t watched them yet. I need to get into this magic or something LOL. BUT YES, I can totally relate to Once Upon a Time! I can’t believe how many episodes are in a season! There are so many plot twists in the story that I got lost.

    The Good Place sounds like a great show. I know I’d have trouble hiding my imperfect behavior as well! The Crown sounds like my kind of show! THE PEOPLE’S PRINCESS!!!

    I’m here thinking where was Big Mouth when I was younger too! All of the kids these days are having all of the good shows! OK, I’ve only seen Rick and Morty a couple of times when I was in the hotel, and the show can be addicting! I like how creative things get there. Girl, you low key inspired me to watch more shows, haha!

    • Chynna
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      I don’t know what it is but kdramas are just so magical. I think because they’re so pure, like I can’t even. T_T And you’ve now reminded me that I need to catch up on OUAT. You definitely need to watch more Rick & Morty!

  4. February 3, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    I remember trying Netflix out in my second year and I didn’t really like it (SORRY T_T) I used to think it had like EVERY SHOW EVER on it which made me feel like it was worth the money but then I realised they only show some stuff at certain times which put me off it because I don’t really watch TV anyway. (I am weird, sorry T_T)

    But I’ve really enjoyed reading your tweets every so often on K-dramas you’re watching / stuff you’re watching. Those threads make me feel on top of all the shows LOL KEEP THEM GOING GIRL.

    My friends LOVE Rick and Morty HAHA I’ve seen some clips that have left me thinking “WTF” but looks really good!

    • Chynna
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Loool, gurl don’t be sorry! But yea, Imma keep tweeting so you can keep soaking it all in and being on top of all the shows, haha.

      RICK AND MORTY IS EVERYTHING.

  5. February 4, 2018 / 12:41 am

    Haha I’m SO glad someone likes Riverdale as much as I did! I kept thinking “I’m too old to watch this”… And then I watched EVERY episode and loved it. It totally sucks you in! I’ve heard lots of good things about Black Mirror too, so I’m going to have to check that one out!
    Thanks for the recommendations!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    • Chynna
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Riverdale is sooooo addictive. One of those guilty pleasures, haha!

  6. February 4, 2018 / 6:53 am

    i feel like black mirror is the kind of series everybody should be watching, especially if they got netflix. my favorite seasons 4 episode is also black museum. other than that, i think season 3 is still my overall favorite. heck, even season 1 was so much better for me. there’s just something about season 4 that fell a little flat, at least for me.

    as for riverdale, i love and hate this show LOL i feel like all the adults in riverdale – excluding fred and recently F.P – are just so…i don’t know, i can’t describe it. all i know is that the adults annoy me hahaha also whenever betty tried to “fix things” only to ruin things more kind of irks me. like i get it, they’re teenagers but eh, i don’t know… i love ronnie though and i still think archie does not deserve ronnie 😛 #RonnieIsMyQueen

    • Chynna
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      My cousin recently started Black Mirror has her mind is literally blown. It is such an amazing series! Agreed about season 4; I did really enjoy it but some episodes weren’t too great or rounded off well.

      Archie is annoying me because doing stupid things, right now, and I can’t. AGREED THOUGH. Also, they need to stop messing with Bughead!

  7. February 6, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    It’s great that you can watch as much Netflix as you want on your phone. I’ve started watching it a lot on the bus now, but I have to make sure I download enough episodes so I don’t waste my data. I was amazed when they made them downloadable. YES NETFLIX!

    My sister was asking me about Black Mirror, but the only thing I’ve heard about is the pig scene and I don’t think I could do it. Not sure I’d be able to get into the standalone episode thing either. I’d just want the same cast back!

    I’ve only seen 1.5 series’ of Once Upon a Time but I loved it. My family used to watch it together, but then I moved out and ruined it for everyone. Rumpelstiltskin is my fave and I actually bought a shirt with a cartoon version of him on (he was drawn like Hello Kitty and it said ‘Hello, Dearie’ on it). Definitely need to watch the rest of it at some point.

    I never knew Riverdale was based on the Archie comics. I’ve heard about it so much on Twitter, but never would have guessed. I love teen dramas, so it’s definitely on my to-watch list.

    • Chynna
      Author
      February 7, 2018 / 9:41 am

      Netflix doing the ting!

      To be fair, with the standalone episodes I don’t feel like you would want the same cast because all the stories are SO different, that the characters in them fit the narrative better than the cast from another episode.

      Okay, I need that t-shirt! Rumple is my favourite as well 🙂

  8. Georgie
    April 21, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    Oh man, I am feeling all this guilt right now for not having watched any of the Doctor Who series since Peter Capaldi jumped on. It’s nothing against him, but I think I just fell out of interest with the show after watching a handful of his episodes. I heard it gets better though. I was literally just showing Nick the episode with Eleven when he drives up the Shard, and I just got all this painful nostalgia and felt like watching it 😭

    I also had to run a meeting at work recently and decided to make it Futurama themed, knowing full well there were other Futurama fans at work – and it was a hit! And it just made me want to binge watch the entire series again!

    Big Mouth actually sounds like something I’d enjoy haha. I wouldn’t dare watch it on public transport. 😂

    I’ve also been told I should watch Rick & Morty! To be honest, I don’t have a great deal of patience with television shows, which is why I haven’t watched many recently 😞 I kinda go through weird phases when I might start watching something and get hooked, but to actually get me started is difficult. It’s just not one of those activities that I prioritise.

    Watch ALL THE K-DRAMAS. I give you all the permission.

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