Cuddling up on a couch this weekend under your favorite blanket?
Yeah, us, too. It’s cold out and we don’t really feel like braving it.
That makes this the perfect time to catch up on (read: binge watch) all those Netflix originals that have come out in the past year. We’ve viewed *cough* more than *cough* our fair share of them, and have picked out some of the best and left off the definite worsts. Because just because you’re trying to kill time doesn’t mean you should have to waste it.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Marvel has been coming out with a bunch of series on their super heroes who don’t get to see the limelight very often. Our favorite among them so far has been Luke Cage. There’s a lot to love. The cast is almost completely minority, showcasing the experience of millions of Americans and the talents of tens of phenomenal actors. The writing and performances are completely on point. And, like all great works of art involving a super hero, there’s a powerful moral of the story at every turn. We’re on the edge of our seats waiting for Season 2.
If you haven’t watched this one yet, you must change that. Even if you’re not into horror. This is a Sci-Fi series in the vein of Stephen King (as in, it feels like Stephen King created it, and he himself actually likes it,) that has us as lost as we were when we were watching Lost. It’s not scary so much as it is anticipatory as you try to untangle what the heck is happening in this otherwise typical 1970’s suburb where children are disappearing.
You know how there’s been this philosophic yet very real tech question lately about what it would be like if we could upload our consciousness? Travelers tackles that question. Then it adds time travel and another layer of moral questions by sticking those consciousnesses into the brains of present day people as they’re about to die—so those consciousnesses can save the future. They do all this while trying not to violate orders by changing any auxiliary events—including saving the lives of their new found friends. It’s intense, original and will make you think.
Grace & Frankie
Want something that will make you laugh? This dramedy focuses on the relationship between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as they adjust to the facts that their husbands left them—for each other. They’ve been romantically involved for decades, but the wives just assumed they were business partners the entire time. Shifting family dynamics, the realities of aging, and discovering new beauty in old relationships are all areas covered in this light show on a serious topic. The best part about this one is that unlike the others on our lists, there are already two full seasons to binge on, and season three’s release date isn’t that far off: March 24, 2017.
If you don’t have Netflix, you’ll have some trouble watching these shows as they aren’t available anywhere else. Luckily a monthly subscription is super affordable. Cozy up and get your promo code here.