10 Shows and Films on Netflix to Binge Watch on a Snow Day
It’s forecast to be -47 degrees here in Chicago on Wednesday and we are currently ankle-deep in snow. The second coldest day on the record books. On top of the frigid temps we have been hit with two snow storms and an icy rain storm. Needless to say I have been spending a lot of time in my house as of late. And Netflix has become a huge part of my weekly routine - even more so than normal. If you are stuck indoors as well here is a list of shows and films that will get you through the winter slump.
The Good Place
Hilarious and addictive,. Kristen Bell and Ted Danson are hilarious and the entire premise of this show is genius. Netflix currently has the first 2 seasons available (the 3rd season ended recently and so should be available sometime soon). Each episode is only 30 minutes long and will keep you laughing and on your toes at the same time.
Friends from College
I just binge-watched this show over the weekend and had to include it on this list. It is a Netflix original show with 2 seasons available for streaming. And it’s hysterical. Each character is a hot mess in their own way and pretty much none of them are likable - but in the best possible way. You will take sides, you will will root for certain’s cahacter’’s downfalls - and you will do it while laughing hysterically and marveling at how these people are still friends with each other.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
This is not for the faint of heart. However, if you enjoy true crimes and serial killers this is a must watch. Just don’t watch it at night, or right before bed. Seriously. Learn from my mistakes. Despite that warning this was a really well made documentary and I learned so much about Ted Bundy but also his victims - things that are not well known or readily available via Google. It’s a compelling watch.
So….basically Penn Badgley plays a modern-day version of Ted Bundy. Not really. But kinda. This show will creep you out, frustrate you, entertain you, make you angry and if you’re smart and haven’t done so yet - invest in a good pair of curtains or blinds.
Who knew the Airbnb business could be so cutthroat? I started watching this one day out of pure boredom and I am so glad I did, because it is ah-mazing. Some of the contestants are kind of awful in a really entertaining way (specifically Brent and his partner Leroy) . The competition is stiff and you get to see different parts of Australia which is pretty cool. I blazed through this show in on Saturday it was so entertaining and engaging.
Back With My Ex
Seriously, Australia has some of the best reality shows. This one showed up in my recommendations after I watched Instant Hotel (another Aussie reality show). Four couples try giving their relationships a second (or in come cases, a third, fourth or fifth) chance. The drama is real folks. Their is baggage galore and you will find yourself rooting for some couples to never speak to each other again. And others you will find yourself rooting for and hoping they make it work.
Starring one of my eternal baes, Mads Mikkelsen this Netflix original film centers around an assassin who is two weeks from retirement. He retreats to a cabin he owns in Montana awaiting his 8 million dollar retirement payout from his employer. Unbeknownst to him his employer has been killing off retired assassins to avoid paying out their pensions. And he’s next on the list. Shoot-outs galore, Mads Mikkelsen without his shirt on (and nothing on at some points as well)…it’s like John Wick the show edition. And it’s awesome.
I resisted watching this for long until I finally gave in. It’s what I would categorize as “mindless” entertainment. The story lines are insane and completely unrealistic - but soooo fun to watch. I liken it to an 80’s nighttime soap opera but with teens. It even has some famous 80’s and 90’s teen icons in it like Molly RIngwald and Luke Perry. If you want to be thoroughly entertained with no emotional investment in anything that happens - this is the show for you.
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
If you were on social media during 2017 then you would have been hard-pressed to avoid hearing about the unmitigated disaster that was the Fyre festival. Or as Netflix so aptly calls it, “The greatest party that never happened”. The creator of Fyre festival, Billy McFarland, is currently in federal prison serving a six year sentence for wire fraud. His partner rapper Ja Rule is being sued along with McFarland for fraud and for millions of dollars in unpaid bills. This story is way more compelling than it would seem on the outside. This story will suck you in - and even shock you. Lord there are moments that will shock you lol. Pro-tip - watch the Hulu documentary after this one to get an even better picture of the breadth and scope of the fraud that took place.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
I have mentioned this on TMW a few times as it’s one of my favorites shows I’ve watched recently. It was created by the same producers who created Riverdale. But - this shows is leaps and bounds better than Riverdale IMO. Darker, grittier, with better story lines. Watch the entire first season and then watch the hour long Christmas episode to be up to date before the show returns in April.
What are you currently loving on Netflix? I am always looking for new things to watch so tell me your recommendations in the comments section.