Is there any better feeling as a mom then when your kids finally fall asleep at night and you can bust out the snacks and hit that power button on your remote? Come on. Don’t even pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about.
Mindless television fries our brain AND takes our minds off all the stress of the things we deal with every single day. And if you’re stuck at home and having to socially distance again, then sometimes there’s nothing better to do than turn on Hallmark and watch holiday movies. Or, if you can only take so much sap and holiday magic, then turn to Netflix for the drama and adult humor.
Here are my top 4 binge-worthy shows to watch on Netflix that have gotten me through 2020. That is, if you still subscribe to them like we currently do (we also have Dish, Hulu, Apple TV, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime. I’m an equal opportunity entertainment-viewer).
Top 4 Binge-Worthy Shows to Watch on Netflix
If you can handle a lot of swearing and a little bit of blood and guts, Ozark is a must-watch. There have currently been 3 seasons released, which means this is one that can keep you entertained for a little while.
The Plot of ozark
After a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, financial advisor Marty Byrde (played by Jason Bateman) moves his family from Chicago to a small community in the Ozarks in order to set up a new operation and pay off debts to the Mexican drug cartel. This may seem like just another drama, but it’s not. And truthfully, I still can’t figure out who the bigger threat is: the drug cartel, the redneck local criminals who own just about everyone and everything in town, the shady layer, or the Byrds themselves. Watch it. Seriously. You won’t be sorry. Except for maybe during the last 10 seconds of the final episode in season 3 where you’re like “wtf did I just watch?” But in a good way that makes you want to stick around for season 4 once it’s released. Plus, I can’t get over Jason Bateman playing a serious role so that’s enough to keep me anxiously waiting for season 4.
The Queen’s Gambit
Okay, real talk. If I would have looked up what this show was about before diving into the first episode, I would have said, “No thanks, not my cup of tea.” I went into this thinking it was going to be about the royal family back in like the midcentury time period (is that a real time period?) I mean, I didn’t even know what a gambit was. I thought maybe it was something the Queen holds? Like a big stick with a jewel on top? And she holds it while she’s sitting on her throne? I mean, I’m still not 100% sure what it is, but I think it’s maybe a move in chess? Honestly that’s probably more accurate. But anyway, I was beyond pleasantly surprised and binged all 7 episodes of this limited series in a day and a half. It would have been one full day except Chad wasn’t a fan of the TV still being on at 2 am while I was finishing up episode 5. So..I had to finish the two remaining episodes the next day. But whatever.
The Plot of The Queen’s Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit is about Beth, an orphaned girl who is taught the game of chess by the janitor at her orphanage. She also happens to be addicted to pills, all at the age of 9. She goes on to be this child prodigy in the game of chess, and is an absolute genius, although, a socially awkward addict who never really learns what it’s like to be okay just being herself. You follow her story from child to young adult, and everything that comes along with growing up, battling addiction, and being on top of the world at what you do.
I found myself crying, I found myself cheering, and I found myself wanting to learn the game of chess. So bravo, Netflix.
If you haven’t watched Schitt’s Creek then you, my friend, have been living under a rock. I was beyond thrilled when Netflix picked up the 6th and final season earlier this year, so I could finally see the wedding of the year and cry my little eyes out. Do yourself a favor and watch this show immediately, bebe. And, I’ll love that for you.
The Plot of Schitt’s Creek
Bajillionaires who lose it all and have to rely on the one thing they have left: a small town in the middle of nowhere they bought as a joke years ago. You guessed it: Schitt’s Creek. This high-class family of four moves into a motel on the side of the road without a dime to their name, and you will love every single second of it. Plus, if you’re old like me, you’ll have a new appreciation and adopt a fascination with Kevin’s mom. If you know, you know.
Full of laughs and ridiculous storylines that is JUST what 2020 needs to lighten our loads and help us smile. Schitt’s Creek is worth every single second of couch time, I promise.
Emily in Paris
This is another one that is totally outside of the shows I typically watch. I am a drama-queen. Not in my actions, just in my taste in television. I instantly became hooked and finished this series in like, 2 days. It’s only one season, currently, but it sounds like Emily in Paris will be returning for season 2; we just don’t quite know when.
The Plot of Emily in Paris
Emily in Paris is about an adorably stylish and somewhat aloof American woman who takes a job assignment for a year in Paris. It would all be great, except she doesn’t speak French and knows even less about the country than she does the language. But one thing she does know is how to create an engaging social media presence that translates across any language. See what I did there 😉 It sounds super corny, especially when she falls for the hot neighbor who lives downstairs and happens to date one of her only friends she’s made since moving across the world. BUT. I promise, you’ll be hooked and clicking “follow” to ride along on her silly Parisian adventures.
Okay, so now do me a solid and tell me: what binge-worthy shows have YOU been watching on Netflix, or Hulu, or Amazon Prime, or the latest and greatest streaming service? Leave your favorites in the comments because I NEED SOMETHING NEW TO WATCH! And also, has anyone watched The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City? I’d like to talk about the girl who married her grandpa. No judgement. K Thanks.