If you’re looking for some inspiration for those nights where you can’t be bothered by being social after a tiring day of work – order takeout, have an Olivia Pope sized glass of wine ready (if you’re 21+ of course), and try one of these 5 Netflix originals to watch all night long.
In no particular order…
1. Orange is the New Black – You know, that show that had everyone fall in love with Ruby Rose. OITNB (could they make the title longer?) is not your typical show that takes place in a prison. First of all, the men in this show are incomparable to total eye candy Wentworth Miller in Prisonbreak. To my knowledge, there aren’t any shows out there about a female prison. Based on a true story, it highlights one upper middle class New Yorker’s sudden lifestyle change as she’s imprisoned for a drug crime she committed in what seems like a past lifetime. While the main character actually annoys the hell out of me, you meet several other key characters who have such interesting, diverse, and mysterious backgrounds. Lots of laughter, drama, and maybe a little skin (you have been warned). Not PG. (And definitely one to binge watch.)
2. Grace and Frankie – This looked really boring to me as I was scrolling through Netflix but I had read from someone on Twitter that this was hilarious, so I gave it a shot. I’ve realized I watch very few shows where all the main characters are more mature which makes this show that much more interesting. It’s about two couples in their 70s dealing with a huge change when the husbands announce that they are actually in love with each other and want to get divorced so they can marry. As you can imagine, drama ensues and there is a whole lot of weirdness after this announcement. This had me laughing constantly. And I mean, Jane Fonda is amazing…
3. The Fall – A much darker show than the first two and more of my typical show of choice, this is a thriller that’s about a detective who is investigating a serial killer who stalks victims around Ireland. A whole lot of drama, creepiness, and Irish accents. This show kept me on my toes and I’m dying for the next season to return after a cliffhanger ending. (Jamie Dornan from 50 Shades is the star of this..if you’re into that sort of that thing and find a man with dark interests attractive. I just lol-ed as I typed that.)
4. The Killing – This began on AMC but Netflix picked it up for its final season, but I’m going to include it anyway. It’s based in Seattle so for all of my fellow Seattleites, be prepared to hear a lot of local areas thrown around in dialogue, which is kind of fun! It begins with a detective investigating the murder of a young girl which eventually unravels so many dark secrets that just blow your mind. Another plotline later in the show is of a young boy who is in a military academy who is the only survivor of his family who gets brutally murdered. Seriously interesting stuff. Not as creepy as The Fall as there’s a lot more character development.
5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Ellie Kemper is hilarious and adorable so as the star of this show, you can’t help but get sucked into how charming she is as a clueless grown woman who has just spent half her life in an underground bunker due to being in a cult. Of course, she’s thrown into the real world, and you get a taste of a ‘Kate and Leopold’ thing here as she’s completely out of the loop on modern times. Watch this show for something lighthearted and honestly, an easy show that requires literally no thinking, especially if you’re overwhelmed after watching the dark, murder shows that I just recommended. (But seriously, they are GOOD.)
Happy binge watching!
P.S. I’m currently watching The Leftovers, an HBO show, and it’s so weird/crazy/addicting. Anyone else seen it??
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