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It’s been a long time since I shared what TV I’m loving [in fact, almost 2 years!], but I share a lot on Instastories and you guys seem to be interested in what I’m finding to watch on Netflix/Amazon. I thought I’d do a post on the best things I’ve watched lately in case you’re needing some ideas! When it comes to TV/Movies, I’m either all comedy or all dark psychological thrillers/mysteries; nothing in between. So, I’m going to jump right in and let you all in on the 17 best things I’ve watched lately.
The Five – I mentioned this show in this post and it’s worth a second mention. I love, love, LOVE this show. I couldn’t stop watching. It’s about
Safe – I watched this after I finished The Five because it’s done by the same guy [who also is apparently a good author!? need to look into that]. This was SO good. It has the guy from Dexter as the lead and goes into the story of a widower whose daughter goes missing. As he searches for her, he uncovers a ton of secrets about the people around him, including his deceased wife. This moved super fast and the twists and turns were crazy.
Santa Clarita Diet – I’m just about done with season 1 of this show and I am surprised how much I like it. This show is about a woman who, overnight, turns into an “undead” who eats people. Her husband and daughter then get tangled up in her quest for food, which of course results in a few murders. It’s actually really fun! Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant have great chemistry and the supporting cast is super entertaining.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – I know this show isn’t for everyone but I LOVE it. My girlfriend and I binge this show together and always end up hysterically laughing. Titus is definitely the standout character and I hope he gets his own spin-off. I think this show only has a season or two left, which I think is perfect. I highly recommend this show if you want a quirky, LOL type deal to binge on.
Grace & Frankie – This show is HILARIOUS! It’s about two women whose husbands end up falling in love with each other and they’re left behind. Their friendship is real and genuine and proves it’s never too late to find your tribe.
LOVE – This show only got better and better for me. It’s done by Judd Apatow, so if you like his movies, you’ll probably like this. Gillian Anderson and Paul Rust have an adorable chemistry that gets sweeter and more genuine as the show goes on. In their quest for love, they endure ups and downs and you’ll laugh and cry in the same episode. I absolutely adore this show.
Ali Wong Comedy Specials – OK, this woman is hilarious! While I prefer Baby Cobra over Hard Knock Wife, she absolutely had me in stitches in these specials. Especially if you’re a mother, you will keel over at her bits about pregnancy, delivery, and motherhood. I want to be her friend in real life. I recommend watching these over a few glasses of wine with girlfriends.
Ugly Delicious – If you’re a foodie, you have to watch this show. Led by David Chang [of Momofuku fame], and a cast of special guests [including Aziz Ansari!], he takes you around the world on cuisine-driven quests. My favorite episodes were Fried Chicken [so much history!] and Pizza [amazing narratives from so many regions]. These are fun and funky and easy to watch.
13 Reasons Why – I know this show caused a lot of controversy, but I personally loved it. Season 1 was gut-wrenching and raw and I think I watched the whole thing in 2 days. Season 2 didn’t pack quite the same punch, but I may have even liked it more. As a parent, it’s terrifying to think of the things kids endure in adolescence, but it also takes you back to your own high school experiences. I think it starts an important conversation and actually made me step back and rethink the way I had treated people in my own life. You never know what burden some are carrying and this is a great reminder that being kind should always be a priority in your relationships.
Crazy Ex Girlfriend – This, like Kimmy Schmidt, I know is not for everyone but I adore it. Rachel Bloom is a comedic genius and her portrayal of Rebecca Bunch as the stereotypical Crazy Ex GF is hysterical, real, and refreshing. The supporting cast is great and the songs are hilarious. I rewatch this show even though I’ve seen all the seasons because it’s so good. Season 4 will be the last and while I’ll be sad to see it go, I think it truly ran the perfect course. Also, if you’re old like me, Cappy from GREEK is in it! Swoon.
Black Mirror – Oh man I love this show. It’s single episode almost mini-movies and a lot of it is set in the future where technology can take some scary liberties. My favorite episodes are “Be Right Back”, “San Junipero”, “The Entire History Of You”, and “Hang the DJ”. I encourage you to go into this show with an open mind and let each episode take you for a ride.
Fuller House – I’m a 90s baby and grew up loving Full House. As an adult and parent, I am not ashamed to admit that I have watched every single episode of this series and love it! While it definitely can be cheesy at times, I got fully invested in the story lines. I love the entire cast, especially DJ’s son Max. He’s so cute! The cameos from Uncle Jesse don’t hurt either 😉
Shameless – I watched the entire first SEVEN seasons while I was on maternity leave. I know, it’s insane. But it’s SO good! It can make you laugh and make you cry. Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy are the perfectly imperfect father/daughter duo. Every character is a hot mess in their own way and it’s so fun watching their shenanigans and seeing the family grow up, together, and apart. Also, Ian and Mickey. Enough said.
Breaking Bad – This is my favorite show of all time. The character development is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in another show. You follow Walter White in a crazy journey of making meth to support his family while he is ill. You’ll fall in love with both him and Jesse and also get so frustrated with them you’ll want to scream. I need to rewatch this show again soon. It’s so good.
Making a Murderer – By now, you’ve probably heard of this, if not already consumed it. It shows the story of Steven Avery, who after serving 18 years in prison wrongfully, is let go only to then be charged with a murder of a local woman. It also goes into the prosecution of his nephew and the entire thing is crazy and heart-wrenching. I think they’re making a season 2 and I can’t wait.
Parks & Recreation – This is one of my favorite comedy series of all time. Ben and Leslie are the best, and so are April and Andy. I love every cast member of this show and it never fails to make me laugh. Mike and I often have this on as a background show because we love it so much.
Better Call Saul – This is a prequel to Breaking Bad and follows Saul Goodman, who eventually gets caught up with Walt and Jesse. Much like Breaking Bad, the character development in this show is great and it totally sucked us in. I recommend watching Breaking Bad first, and then if you like that, get started on this.
Atypical – This show is so, so darling. It’s about a family of four and how they navigate life with a son who is on the autism spectrum. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream at the TV. The chemistry of the characters is so wonderful and I cannot wait for a 3rd season. If you’ve been watching a lot of dark TV, this is a great feel-good reprieve.
Ozark – We started this show late but devoured it. We watched the first season is less than 2 weeks and are about to watch the second. It’s about a father who has a dirty secret that he’s actually a money-launderer for the drug cartel. Not by choice, he’s forced to relocate his family to the Ozarks to make right on a situation that went wrong. The twists and turns are jaw-dropping and the suspense is crazy. This is a super good thriller.
The Confession Tapes – This is a real world docu-series about different crimes and how the perps confessed and how it impacted the outcome of the tragedy. It’s super interesting and also gives some insight into how the judicial process works.
I Am a Killer – This satisfies the nosy bone in my body as it gives a first-hand account from killers themselves that are on death row on what they did and why they did it. It’s so easy to just see a killer and label them as only that, but this gives you backgrounds and true reflections of their personalities and how their lives got them to where they are.
So, there you have it! There’s truly something for everyone on this list. Let me know in the comments if you’ve seen any of these or if, based on these, you have any recommendations for things I may like!