Today I decided to write another pop culture article. During the long hours of lockdown, many people like myself have turned to streaming services like Netflix for their endless content. In this post I have compiled a list of some of my favourite Netflix shows, both originals and aquired content.
No. 5: Grace and Frankie
The concept of this show is relatively simple, two very different women who hate each other are forced to get along with life after their husbands (who run a law firm together) come out as gay and announce their impending marriage. It is one of the first Netflix original shows to last for five series and it is easy to see why. With Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin starring as Grace and Frankie respectively, the show is simply hilarious. During all the stress of lockdown, Grace and Frankie is something wonderful to laugh at.
No. 4: Glee
Glee is perfect escapism during the lockdown. Originally airing on Fox from 2009 to 2015, like so many others has regained popularity after it started streaming on Netflix. The musical-comedy follows the lives of the members of a highschool glee club. It definitely had its problems, with some of the storyline dragging on a bit during Seasons Four and Five and there are storylines and jokes that are definitely not PC by today’s standards but despite these issues, the show retains its sense of fun. The series is also famous for featuring numerous song covers. Everything from classic Broadway to Top 40. Many of these covers are better than the original and if you are looking for new music during the lockdown, I recommend listening to some of these songs on Spotify.
No. 3: Queer Eye
The only reality show to make my list, the Netflix revival of Queer Eye is reality TV at its finest. Featuring five LGBT+ men, known as the Fab Five, making over members of the public, known as Heroes, the show is incredibly uplifting. Something that makes the show unusual is that it doesn’t shy away from political issues. Many of the Heroes on the show live in rural areas and hold conservative views in contrast to that of the Fab Five, yet these conversations and exchanges of opinions are not shied away from and are discussed frankly, leading to a greater understanding from both sides. I also enjoy the fact that the makeovers are always realistic and practical and are tailored to suit the life of the Hero in question. This show is filled with positivity, making it perfect for a binge watch.
No. 2: Jane the Virgin
In my opinion, Jane the Virgin, is easily one of the most under-rated shows on Netflix. Originally airing on the CW and adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela, it follows Jane, a twenty-three year old Latina living in Miami. After she promises her grandmother that she would save herself until marriage, discovers she is pregnant after an accidental artificial insemination. The show uses a clever narrative device which allows the viewer to enjoy and find humour in its melodrama. This show both embraces its telenovela origins whilst parodying the genre. The characters, many of whom are of Hispanic origin are lovable, making this an addictive and incredibly enjoyable show.
No. 1: Unorthodox
Unorthodox, is both the shortest and most recent show on my list. Loosely based on the memoir of the same name by Deborah Feldman. Unorthodox follows Esty, a nineteen-year-old woman, who grew up in Brooklyn’s Satmar community (an Hasidic Jewish sect). The four episodes detailing Esty’s arranged marriage and eventual escape to Berlin are beautifully shot and entrancing to watch. The dialogue is spoken mainly in Yiddish, yet also features English and German. I watched this miniseries in one day and I am still fascinated by it. It shows an aspect of life many people are not familiar with and is incredibly informative. For this and so many other reasons, Unorthodox takes the number 1 spot.
And that’s my top 5 Netflix shows, I hope I have encouraged you to try them out.