By: Jocelyn & Alaina Young Drew
As the weather cools down, things are really starting to heat up in the Netflix binge-watching department. Nothing really gets to the heart of self-care like taking a solid 8 hours out of your schedule to go on a journey, be it a limited series (thank you BBC) or seasons upon seasons of our all time faves (looking at you, Friends). While we are always caught up on the more obvious (and excellent) choices like Stranger Things and Mindhunter, we are constantly sharing our latest finds that may be slightly off the beaten path. While this inter-office treasure exchange has been working out wonderfully for ourselves, it IS the season of giving and we realized that we were doing no one a service by keeping these hot tips to ourselves. Without further ado, here’s a list of our current 8 favorite shows on Netflix.
1. Alias Grace
Put this one under “if you liked Handmaid’s Tale then you’ll like this” category. Based on the 1996 Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, "Alias Grace" tells the story of young Grace Marks, a poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who is accused and convicted of the 1843 murder of her employer and his housekeeper. This gem checks off all the boxes: Period costumes-check, accents-check, murder-check, everything all wrapped up in 6 episodes-CHECK! Furthermore, “Alias Grace” boasts a current rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, so don’t just take our word for it!
2. The Great British Baking Show
This show is rainbows and puppies and warm cookies and hugs. You can’t help but feel great watching this show. Set in the beautiful Cotswolds in England, a group of hopefuls bake their hearts out all for the glory of being the star baker. Coupled with segments on the history of different baked goods and pastries, this show is both interesting and adorable. It doesn’t hurt that it’s hosted by the hilarious Sue Perkins and Mel Gierdroyc. Ready, set, bake!
3. The Mekong River with Sue Perkins
SPEAKING of the fabulous Sue Perkins, this 4 episode series follows her 3000-mile journey up the Mekong, Southeast Asia's greatest river. I laughed, I cried, and I learned a lot. Sue explores the landscape of this beautiful river and the people who live there and tackles issues like poverty, lack of education opportunities, and the giant hydroelectric dam-project that threatens a seemingly idyllic and unchanged existence. A must see!
Keeping things very British (apparently that’s the majority of what we all watch!), W1A is comedic television series that follows the daily work life drama at the BBC. This is often a comedy of errors as we watch people passive-aggressively get nothing done. Starring Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey and hilariously narrated by David Tennant, this piece of dry toast will have you pausing it to LOL.
5. Call the Midwife
AKA I’m basically a childbirth expert now. Okay, maybe not, but this drama series shows you a glimpse in the colorful life of midwifery and family in 1950s East London. Warning: this show has emotions in it and you will be moved.
6. Absolutely Fabulous
Lovingly known as AbFab, this long running British comedy series is not only fabulous, but rip-roaringly hilarious. Follow drunk BFFs Eddie and Patsy as they navigate behaving badly, haute couture, middle-age, and recovering from raging hangovers. This show is the perfect pick me up for a cozy day indoors.
7. Cold Justice
I love justice and I love boss babes and this show has both. Veteran prosecutor, Kelly Siegler travels around the United States with her trusty team of investigators to re-open some of the most perplexing cold cases. She is a total boss and embodies the perfect blend of empathy and a go-get-em attitude. Best part, you get to see a lot of these mysteries finally get solved!
This Netflix-original comedy anthology series explores diverse Chicago characters, modern romance, technology and culture. Season 2 was just released so there’s twice as much to binge. This series is also rocking a very high Rotten Tomato score at 94% so chances are that this show is pretty EASY to love.
Pro-tip: Always go full hygge when you’re binge-watching Netflix shows. Check out our previous post on how to make this winter extra cozy!