On the heels of my last blog post where I gave my top 5 films released in cinema this year, I figured I’d follow that up with some recommendations from the online streaming world. This is now the fourth year that I’m dedicating an entire blog post to Netflix programming, and as long as they keep pushing out quality content, I’m more than happy to offer my personal favorites from the year. Without any further ado, here are some of my personal favorite Netflix releases from this past year for the next time you have some time off to binge some quality content.
By now, it’s hard to deny the existence of the recent surge of nostalgic television, from the monsoon of classic 90’s sitcom reboots to the plethora of true crime reenactments. The current season of American Crime Story takes part in this nostalgia, and transports American television viewers back to the late 90’s with the reenactment of the events leading up to the assassination of Gianni Versace. Having been a fan of the highly successful first season revolving around the OJ Simpson trial, I expected nothing short of amazing with the proceeding season. As expected, I found myself clutching my sides in anxiety, gasping (and sometimes scream-yelping) at alarming pitches, and shielding my eyes from the intensity of the show. I watched in horror, bewilderment, and anger as the scenes played before me. Being that American Crime Story is another bullet point in Ryan Murphy’s long list of high-intensity, boundary-pushing television shows, I was ready for the sleepless nights I spent pondering the latest episodes and eagerly awaiting the ones to follow. What I didn’t expect was the sudden rush of empathy towards Andrew Cunanan as his life story unfolded before my eyes.
Over the past two years, I compiled a list of shows and movies I came across that I feel are binge-worthy, and being that today was my last day of work for the calendar year, now is the perfect time to continue that series. Netflix continues to slay the television game with its original TV shows, films, and specials. This year marked another great year in television for Netflix, releasing much-anticipated series, and premiering new seasons of their already-smash-hit TV shows. Here are five of my favorite Netflix original series from 2017.
I wrote the first part of this post about a year ago, and in that post, I talked about shows that I happened to stumble upon that weren’t necessarily new or trending. This time, I figured I would write more about Netflix Originals since so many have been released in the past year. Other than Fuller House and the Gilmore Girls revival, both of which I’ve already written about in two separate posts, here are some shows on Netflix you should watch when you have some time off.
I would like to first apologize for leaving this on the back burner for the past month. School, work, and extra-curricular activities have been taking over every minute of my life, and by the time I checked everything off of my to-do list, I was either too exhausted to sit down and type up a post, or more things just kept getting added to it. In fact, I’m trying to discretely type this up at work in between tasks, in case you wanted to gauge how immensely busy I’ve been. But now that the quarter is winding down and my schedule is freeing up as winter break approaches, I’d like to make up for lost time by writing a blog post everyday until Christmas (hence the name, Blogmas). Here is the first post, featuring some of my favorite things from the past month!
It has been four days since Fuller House premiered on Netflix, and three days since I began (and finished) streaming the entire first season. Since the official announcement was made almost a full year ago that a Full House spin-off would be in development, fans across multiple generations – myself included – intensely anticipated more news regarding the new upcoming series. Since the show premiered last Friday, mixed reviews circulated the internet, some criticizing the “recycled storylines,” others praising the self-awareness of the show. Having been a fan of the original series since I was a child, and finished watching the available season of the reboot, I’ve had some time to really put some thought into my opinion on Fuller House, and where I think the series should go from here.
While we are in the midst of the chaos of everyday life, we long for the sweet reprieve we get when the weekend comes. But two days following the work week is hardly enough to fully regain stamina to endure another full week of responsibilities, so we yearn for that long awaited vacation time. We begin planning each day of our time off, making a mental to do list of activities starting the minute we wake up on the first day of vacation – going on walks to the park, perhaps taking a trip to the gym, (finally) reading that book your friend recommended, starting to fill in the pages of that adult coloring book you bought last month, et cetera.
But for some reason, we never make it past the comfort of our bed with our computer within arm’s reach, leaving our bedroom sanctuary only for food and bathroom breaks. Since you are already scrolling through your social media feeds, Hulu queue, and Netflix library, let me regale you with a few of my favorites on Netflix that are definitely worth binge watching on your time off.
This past Tuesday, the television adaption of the famous slasher film franchise, Scream, premiered on MTV. Following the release of the fourth film of the series in 2011, speculation arose of whether or not the franchise would continue with a fifth and sixth installment. Along with this talk of more film additions to the Scream series, it was rumored that the film franchise would pick itself up as a television series on MTV. This rumor was received with reservation from the franchise’s loyal fans – how can the integrity be maintained from a slasher film reworked for television? MTV is known for taking great risks in their original programming, pushing television series to their absolute limit, broadcasting explicit scenes that would be deemed “inappropriate for television” by other networks. Tasked with the challenge of being able to maintain the integrity of the successful and beloved Scream franchise while staying within the confines of “television appropriateness,” as well as providing an entertaining show, MTV certainly delivered and seamlessly accomplished all of these things.
In 2013, news broke out of a new NBC comedy, then titled Tooken, that was to star Ellie Kemper as upbeat former cult victim, Kimmy Schmidt. Created, produced, and written by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the series would revolve around Kimmy Schmidt as she navigates her way through life in New York City after being held captive by a doomsday cult in Indiana for over half of her life. Originally slated to premiere on NBC, Netflix bought the series, which would then follow in the footsteps of other successful Netflix original series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.
TV Land is saying farewell to airing reruns of decades-old sitcoms and is now pursuing a different demographic to broaden their audience. With their first hit original series, Hot In Cleveland, ending next month, TV Land executives are looking for new ways to reach a broader spectrum of viewers, as well as reinventing their image. This includes stepping away from the multi-camera sitcom medium and nudging their way into single-camera comedy territory, their first venture being a new series called Younger.