Sometimes you just need to watch a bit of trash, know what I mean? I mean, highbrow documentaries are all very well (check out my 8 documentaries to watch on Netflix post if that’s your thing) but some evenings my brain feels like mush after a busy day working and mumming, and all I’m fit to do is soak up some ridiculously addictive, slightly guilt-inducing viewing on Netflix. It’s like the urge to eat a burger and chips – once it’s there that itch needs to be scratched.
So, if you’re currently on the hunt for a new show to get addicted to on Netflix then look no further. This post is all about the easy-viewing. The type of show you’ll want to watch after a night of sleep deprivation and a day of stress. I’m not talking here about the award-winning, amazingly written and grown-up shows like House of Cards or The Good Wife. No, this is all about the guilty-pleasures that probably won’t win you any cool viewing points…
1. Gossip Girl
I was so late to the party on this one, so when I stumbled across Gossip Girl on Netflix eight months ago it was like discovering a hidden gem. A hidden gem that everyone else already knew about, but all the same. Set in New York, this show is all about a group of super-rich trust fund kids. They’re privately educated, drive around in limos and aren’t particularly nice to each other, but as the show goes on you come to love them and actually care about what happens to each character. Also: Chuck Bass. Enough said.
2. Friday Night Lights
I’m currently in the throes of Friday Night Lights addiction, thanks to Ellie from The Mumday Times. On paper this doesn’t sound like the kind of series I’d like. It’s all about a highschool football team in Texas. But, just like Gossip Girl, the writing is brilliant (funny and gripping in equal measure) the plots addictive and the characters loveable. There’s an indie quality to it too, with the odd deliberately out of focus shot and cool soundtrack, making it a slightly more sophisticated version of 90210. And if that’s not enough for you, then it’s worth watching just for Tim Riggins and Coach Taylor alone. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
If the above two picks aren’t trashy enough for you then you may as well go all-out and gorge on some utterly low-brow 90210. I binge-watched the first three seasons then lost interest after discovering Once Upon A Time and The Returned. Still, it was a good session of binge watching while it lasted. It’s a good one to watch during the winter because it’s set in Beverley Hills against the backdrop of blue skies and golden beaches.
4. Orange is the New Black
This is a bit of a cheat because everyone knows Orange is the New Black is, actually, exceptionally cool. Still, it’s easy-watching, addictive and I even enjoyed it when I was at my most emotionally sensitive post-birth, when I had to stop watching the beloved Sons of Anarchy because it was too violent (sob). I haven’t been as gripped by Season 3 as the first two seasons, but the writing’s still great and, if anything, it’s just got funnier – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
5. Call the Midwife
Not trashy at all, really, but I like to think of this as comfort viewing for the soul, so it’s being added to the list. Call The Midwife is set in post-war East London. It’s funny, sad, interesting and horrendously easy to watch. Like a packet of Pringles, I could quite happily binge on a whole season in one go if I was left to my own devices.
Tell me, what TV series would you add to my guilty pleasures Netflix list? Any recommendations? I’m going to need a new one once I’m done with Friday Night Lights!
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