Beat the dark nights & dreary days with my Netflix A-Z
How is January treating you? I’m torn myself, up to this year I’ve never liked January, it has always gotten me down. All this new year, new you malarkey, feeling pressure from ridiculous adverts telling me I should be doing this, that and the other. This year has been slightly different, I don’t look at the ridiculous adds or put any pass on the crap. Half of my family has been besieged by illness so I’ve been playing nursemaid. And I have not been feeling one bit guilty for Netflix and cuddles. Why should I? It’s cold, it’s miserable and I could have shares in tissues so feck it. January has come straight after the festive season, it’s still winter. We want comfort, we need it and with that in mind I’ve an A-Z of Netflix recommendations for you too. So light the fire, cuddle the cat, kids, partner, pup or teddy (whatever floats your boat basically) snuggle down and get watching!
A – Alias Grace Based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Attwood this is compelling viewing, that will confuse and excite in equal measure, utterly brilliant!
B – Borgia A little bit of fiction mixed with a lot of factual events, saucy and violent, it brilliantly portrays the House of Borgia and the reign of Pope Alexander VI.
C – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Jerry Seinfeld combined with comedians, cars, coffee and laughs. Just the ticket to get us to from Monday through to Fridays.
D – David Letterman, My Next Guest David Letterman is out of retirement and returning to television with a six-episode, 60-minute Netflix talk show series which is centred around one extraordinary figure whom he finds fascinating. In interviews that take place both inside and outside a studio setting, the conversations are intimate, in-depth and far-reaching, with the levity and humour David’s fans know and love.
E – Equestria Girls, My Little Pony A saviour on Friday afternoons when small people are getting used to full weeks having had no routine for the Christmas break.
F – Friends Ah, it needs no introduction! Love, laughter, friendship and laughter, did I mention laughter?!
G – Greenhouse Academy We can’t forget the teens in the house, this is one to watch with them. When teen siblings Hayley and Alex enter an elite boarding school, they find rivalry, romance and a mystery related to the recent loss of their mom.
H – Handsome Devil This is brilliant, please watch it! A self-described outsider is sent to a rugby-obsessed boarding school, where he forms an unexpected bond with the star player
I – In Bruges. Colin Farrell, in Bruges. A feast for the eyes.
J – Joe & Caspar Hit The Road My daughter would be highly offended if I didn’t pick this for J. YouTubers Joe Sugg & Caspar Lee travel America. Admittedly there are some funny moments. My daughter loved it.
K – Kill Bill 1 & 2 Go back to 2003 with this smash of that era.
L – Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events My 12-year-old binge watched this when he was ill and loved it. The series follows the tragic tale of three orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire — who are investigating their parents’ mysterious death. They’re saddled with an evil guardian named Count Olaf who will do whatever it takes to get his hands on the Baudelaire’s inheritance.
M – Masha & The Bear It has been known to be a lifesaver in fairness. My two giggle their way through this, I get stuff done through this.
N – The Notebook. Noah & Ally belong together. This is one of my favourite movies of all time.
O – One Day at a Time Three generations under one roof makes for hectic living.
P – Planet Earth, The Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, A Plastic Ocean These four are compelling, educational, fascinating. Watch them!
Q – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert A 1994 movie about two drag queens and a transsexual who travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.It has Guy Pearce from Neighbours & I’m showing my age!
R – Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Yeah, I’m gone back in time again, still in the 90’s, 1991 to be precise. My mother loved this movie, it was easily her favourite of all time and Bryan Adams was on repeat in our house for a long while after she’d been to see it, twice. Robin Hood, of course, needs no introduction, he being the one who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. He’d have made a fine politician.
S – Stranger Things If you haven’t seen this yet or think it may not be for you, cast your doubts aside and give it a go. From the kids to the soundtrack, it is excellent.
T – The Crown I love it. You will love it too. I have a penchant for historical shows and this is absolutely one of my favourites. Netflix have outdone themselves with this production and both Matt Smith and Claire Foy are outstanding in their roles as the Queen and Prince Philip.
U – Underground A group of slaves make a daring escape from a Georgia plantation in 1857 and undertake an epic 600-mile trek northward to freedom. This looks great, I haven’t seen it but it is on my list.
V – Victorious One for the kids, sure we can’t be forgetting them in fairness. A high school where everybody wants to be famous, a far cry from my school days!
W – The End of the F**king World. I haven’t seen this but it is garnering a lot of attention so is definitely worth a look. In this comic-based series, an almost psychopathic teenager goes along with a rebellious adventurer on a disastrous road trip.
X – XOXO The lives of a budding DJ, his loyal pal, a hopeless romantic, a jaded has-been and a troubled couple intersect at an electronic dance music festival.
Y – The Young Offenders Perfect viewing at the end of a long week. Full of laughs with a couple of hapless Irish teens heading off on their bikes to see can the rob a bit of cocaine, sure what could go wrong?!
Z – Mummy, I’m a Zombie Well kids, so is Mom after all these early mornings! One for chilling on the couch with the children and a big bowl of popcorn.
So there you go now, the rest of January is sorted for you. With the weather not showing any signs of improving, the still dark evenings and a wicked chill in the air still, I can’t think of a better way of seeing my way through the next couple of weeks.
Disclaimer: As a member of the Netflix Ireland Stream Team I have received complimentary Netflix membership and in return will be featuring Netflix related blog posts. All opinions are my own!