You should definitely be binge watching these 5 Netflix gems; you won’t regret it! (Or not until you’re supposed to be doing work anyway…).
1. BoJack Horseman
I know it’s a talking horse, and it’s a cartoon, but these wonderfully weird 25-minute episodes are a mix of silliness and satire. There are laughs from the beginning but you’re more likely to love it after episode 2, cue the song ‘Kiss My Prickly Muffin’… Be patient, give it a chance and you’ll fall for the strange and compelling charm of this Netflix original.
It may be a cartoon but this is certainly not for children. Despite being set around a spy agency, it’s anything but serious, a show that manages to be so defiantly silly yet sexy and smart. What is wonderfully refreshing is the plethora of brilliant characters that make up the surrounding cast; along with witty one-liners and recurring jokes, the skilled writing prevails through the madness – get watching.
3. The Thick of It
For me Peter Capadli will always be Malcolm Tucker, the terrifying spin-doctor to a ‘non specific’ (most think labour) party government. The first two mini series have a charm (watch Rise of the Nutters), but the show really comes into it’s own around series 3 and 4. Those easily put off by the occasional (frequent) profanity should stay clear, but if you can stomach it, you’ll be chortling and smirking at how smart you are for getting the jokes.
No where near as famous as The Office comes this depressingly realistic portrayal of Andy Milman’s dream to become an ‘real’ actor. The best thing about the show is the gaggle of celebrities that spring up playing warped versions of themselves. One of my favourite moments on television is Kate Winslet explaining the correlation between Oscars and films about the holocaust.
Superheroes in real life- kind of, if real life were filled with mostly super good looking people who run around being very mysterious. The first two series are just the right mix of drama and cliffhangers, intriguing and compelling (if not a tad cheesy) and mostly will make you wish you could move things with your mind, or at least levitate your food shopping home from the big Sainsburys.