There’s few things I enjoy more when I get home from work than changing into my PJs, taking off all my makeup, slathering my face in night cream and getting my Netflix on. Don’t be jealous of my rock and roll lifestyle.
I honestly feel like Netflix is the best thing since the invention of steak and cheese Subways. They are absolutely killing it with their original content, but also with their library of absolute classic TV, too. So, just to spoil you, I thought I’d put together a list of my recommendations – cleverly categorised around what mood you might be feeling.
Netflix recommendations for every mood
For when you’ve had a bad day at work
Even if you love your job, we all have our bad days. When things don’t quite go to plan, or you’ve got too much on and by the end of the day, your brain is fit to burst. No wozzas – Netflix is here to heal you.
If you work in an office, you may take comfort in watching The Office, even if it’s just to feel that sense of relief that your boss isn’t David Brent. It’s annoying that the US version isn’t on UK Netflix, but the UK version is pretty amazing too. The show is well worth a watch if you’re new to it – and fans will know it’s worth a re-watch if you’ve seen it before!
Bojack Horseman has fast become a staple for me to lay down and watch in bed. I love Will Arnett and Aaron Paul, so hearing them voice these funny characters is a great escape from reality. Plus, the show has some great cameos from other big names too such as J.K. Simmons, Dave Franco and Bryan Cranston.
For when you need cheering up
Everybody cries, let’s face it. Even when we don’t know why, it can be hard to snap out of it. That’s where Community can help. I genuinely love this show, which is about a group of people who go to a Community college and strike up an unlikely friendship.
OK, that’s the cheesiest description ever, but trust me. This show is really funny in that clever, meta sort of way. Oh, and it’s got Joel McHale in it who has arms to rival Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead. Hey Netflix, subtle hint there to add TWD to your collection as well.
Another show that is great for its more subtle but genuinely hilarious humour is Arrested Development. It also stars the amazing Will Arnett, alongside Jason Bateman and Michael Cera. I have to admit that the quality does take a bit of a dip in later seasons, but the first couple are fantastic.
For if you are looking for some action
Get your mind out of the gutter, you filthbag. I am not talking “netflix and chill” here.
I was never that into actiony-type shows before, but since Daredevil and Jessica Jones came out, I am all about watching the bad guys get their butts kicked. Daredevil in particular has some incredible fight scenes, whilst Jessica Jones goes for the jugular with a mixture of kick-ass fight scenes combined with dark psychological storytelling.
For if you’re feeling nostaglic
So everyone is harping on about Stranger Things – but guys, it’s totally worth the hype. I really loved it. Even though it’s strongly influenced by the 80’s (and I was only born in ’89), I cannot help but feel nostalgic whilst watching this. I think it’s because it’s basically about these kids experiencing this big and scary adventure and it reminds me of being young and exploring with my friends. Fun fact, me and my friends once found a roll of undeveloped film somewhere and were too scared to get it developed because y’know, there might be a photo of a dead body or something. Ah, the young imagination.
If you want something a bit lighter, and were a fan of The OC, then Friday Night Lights is your ultimate teen drama dream. It’s about a high school American Football coach and his team and it is well worth your time. It’s all you want from a teen drama, and more – including the hunky outcast character in the form of Tim Riggins, played by Taylor Kitsch. He’s basically the Ryan Atwood of the show, guys.
For if you love a documentary
Oh man, Netflix is such a hive for great documentaries. Remember how crazy the internet went over Making A Murderer? If you haven’t watched it yet, do plough through. It’s a lot of information to take in, so maybe give it a pass if you’ve had a long day, but it is absolutely fascinating and frustrating at the same time.
After something less intense? Then you need my main man Louis Theroux. Loads of his documentaries are up on Netflix – I personally recommend his Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends series where he is at his most socially awkward and direct in his questioning. Anyone else really excited for his Scientology movie?
Other honourable Netflix recommendations
Y’know those times when you’re not sure what mood you’re in, and you just want to watch something decent? Here’s a few suggestions for ya.
No Netflix recommendations post is complete without Breaking Bad. For me, it is without a doubt the greatest TV show I have seen to date. If you haven’t seen it before, you really are in for a great experience and I am very jealous you get to take it all in for the first time. The first series is a little on the slow side, but stick with it because the pay off is phenomenal.
My next two suggestions are newer shows, both of which I guess would count as dramedy (aka drama and comedy).
First of all, Flaked. Yes, another Will Arnett show but whatever he’s fantastic. Flaked is a tough one to explain because I think it’s better to go into it with as little information as possible. What I will say is that it’s set in Venice Beach and OMG I WANT TO LIVE THERE.
Next up is Love, which was co-created by Judd Apatow (the guy behind loads of comedy movies including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up). Despite his directing/writing credits, Love is pretty different to his usual stuff. Like Flaked, the tone of it is hard to define, and going into it knowing as little as possible will likely improve your experience of it. It’s a pretty easy watch, and you’ll find yourself becoming familiar with Netflix’s not-so-subtle check up asking you whether you’re still watching. Don’t judge me Netflix, we all like a good binge-watch.
So there are some of my top notch Netflix recommendations, depending on your mood. Got any to add, or seen any of these shows? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!