This television lineup has quite a span, from older gems to brand new programs, from light-hearted sitcoms to thrillers with dark souls. Such a range, such a variety. Let’s go for it, yas?
Better Off Ted
I happened to catch this one on a hotel tv at Disney World long before the days of Netflix being mainstream, back in high school. I enjoyed it so much that I got the seasons on DVD. After a few years, I rewatched on our beloved streaming service. I’ve gotta say, I don’t think this quippy office comedy should have been canceled after just two seasons. But at least both are available online! My favorite part of the show is Veronica Palmer, played by Portia de Rossi. I’ve seen her in everything from Ally McBeal to Arrested Development, but this remains my favorite work of hers. She’s funny and authoritative and always looks flawless. She’s reason enough to give this show a chance.
Do you like Orange Is The New Black, but wish that it was darker, scarier, and chock full of twists and turns? Meet Wentworth, OITNB’s edgy Australian cousin. There’s a real sense of danger and fear in this drama. You’ll be genuinely surprised by the way the plot unfolds. You also get to see a real transformation in the protagonist, Bea Smith. And no, it’s not a, “I’m Piper and I sell used panties now” transformation. More of a chilling at times, badass, upsetting, and seriously interesting transformation. This show is intense, and still being made! 3 seasons are currently on Netflix and I’m sure the 4th will be once it’s complete.
I wasn’t sold from the preview , but I ended up being pretty fond of this one. There are many things I like about it. It’s a love story, in its way, but it’s also a mess. And not a mess where in the end everything is great and clean and beautiful. It remains a mess. Which is nice, and realistic. There are some things that I especially enjoy, surprises that you don’t get from the trailer. Gus’s relationship with his bratty student turns out to be super duper adorable. Mickey’s personal life is parceled out through the season in a really cool way. I won’t spoil any of that for you. Also, Mickey’s roommate is super cool and lovely. Also, Australian! Australia is reppin’ the list this month!
Heroes (Season 1)
I had never hit up this show when it was on the air, but the plotting of this first season is brilliant. I love shows that maintain mystery for a fairly lengthy time, and this one definitely does. I also dig anything with an X-Men theme. Yes, mutation was my greatest fear in elementary school. I feared global warming melting the ice-caps and us all becoming gilled and scaly, like that swamp kid from Kim Possible. You can blame Spy Kids and that scene when the guy melts in X-Men for a lot of my childhood nightmares. But in the superhero genre, I do enjoy these happy mutations. Heroes does this, twists, and character very well. I can’t really speak for the future seasons, as the second didn’t quite grab me, but the first can be watched as a capsule. Also, Gilmore Girls fans devoted to Team Jess (guilty!), our boy is the lead!
I am halfway into this documentary season and I can proudly say that I am hooked on Cooked! Hehehe, rhyming. These films are based on a book of the same name and they will make you think long and hard about your next meal. It’s so interesting to explore how cooking makes us human, something they clarify in the first segment. This series is like a history lesson mixed with a health lesson. That may sound dull, but I promise you that it’s captivating. It also spans many cultures, giving the material more of a global feel, which is cool. I am the laziest laze in the kitchen, but I have never felt so motivated to get up and learn how to make things. If you want to learn a thing or two about the nuances of food, not to mention the horror story that is processed food, you should totally hit this up.
I hope that something on this list sounds like your next obsession! Happy streaming :)