Top 5 Netflix Binges for Parents
It doesn’t happen often; maybe more often for some, maybe never for the rest of you, but we know how sweet those breaks are that we get during the day. It could be nap time when the kids are at school, or happily and quietly playing on their own (haha). And when those glorious golden minutes and/or hours occur, we often find ourselves queuing up Netflix. But what to watch? You want to make the most of your time watching, not surfing the titles trying to decide what to start. Here are some great ideas to cut your title search down and make more time for actual watching! I hope this list helps make you make the most of your next Netflix Binge Break.
A Classic Never-Fail: Gilmore Girls
This is an oldie but a goodie! I was late to the Gilmore Girls train (sad, I know). However, this is, in my opinion, one of the most binge-worthy shows on Netflix. It’s heartwarming. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll throw pillows at the tv. And with seven seasons and 153 episodes, think of how many piles of laundry you can mindlessly fold while you watch!
If you’re like me and somehow made it through the early 2000s without this show, give it a shot. You’ll love the mother/daughter/best friend relationship between Lorelei (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel), and feel all of the feels as Rory discovers her first loves (Jared Padalecki of Supernatural and Milo Ventimiglia of This Is Us) and chases her dreams. This is so much more than a coming of age show. It is a never-fail treat, no matter how many times you watch it through!
Feel Good: Queer Eye
If you need an uplifting show to binge, look no further! In this reboot of the early-mid 00’s series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, an all new incarnation of the Fab Five travels the Atlanta area spreading love, laughter, and lush makeovers wherever they go!
More than just updating wardrobes, this batch of truly incredible human beings (not gonna lie, I am a super fan), help people with vastly different beliefs and lifestyles become better versions of themselves. With makeover subjects ranging from a religious Christian and a political conservative, to a woman and a trans man, barriers are broken down, relationships are forged, and some hope restored in humanity. Do not watch this show if you’re opposed to shedding tears. I guarantee them at the end of every episode.
New on Netflix: Adam Ruins Everything
You may have seen this show on truTV, but now our favorite know it all has made his way to Netflix! Adam Conover tackles our everyday misconceptions and, in his unapologetic, dry humor way, sets us straight on things we’ve accepted as gospel truth.
From sex (news flash: virginity isn’t really a thing!) to home buying, to heftier subjects like immigration and prison, Adam does ruin everything you thought you knew about, well, everything! It’s quirky, it’s fun, and it might make you angry if you’re used to being right. At just over 20 minutes an episode, this show passes the time and leaves you feeling just a little bit smarter.
Documentary: The Mask You Live In
The Mask You Live In isn’t a series, but it’s an incredibly moving and thought-provoking documentary. This project explores the toxic effects of our gendered social expectations on boys and men, and on our world as a whole. In this 97 minute documentary, The Mask You Live In listens to young men tell their stories of struggle. Its characters grapple with how to challenge the assumptions and expectations the world has for them: violence, objectification of women and walls around anything resembling vulnerability.
Experts in various fields also share their insights into how we got to where we are with toxic masculinity, and how we as a society can start to get out. Even if you do not have sons, we all have boys and men in our lives, and they are deeply affected by what our world says it really means to be a man. This documentary is an eye-opening, humbling, thought-provoking and shows how desperately we need to do away with these damaging gender stereotypes.
Guilty Pleasure: The Tudors
We all have a guilty pleasure watch. You know the one I’m talking about. Maybe it has a cheesy storyline, maybe it’s a fluffy, sappy mess that’s so full of drama, even you can barely take it seriously. Maybe you love it to death, but for whatever reason, you know you’ll never hear the end of it if anyone finds out. The Tudors is all of this. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is King Henry VIII, and in this series, we follow his 40-year long reign. We meet (and mourn) his many wives (like Anne Boleyn, played by Natalie Dormer, who I am unabashedly in love with); we delve into his personal relationships with Cardinal Wolsey (Sam Neill of Jurassic Park) and the Duke of Suffolk (played by Henry Cavill, Superman); and we ride along for the tumultuous events that shaped the relationship between the Catholic and Protestant churches and Great Britain as we know it today.
Is it historically correct? Nope. Most of the show walks the line of fact and creative liberty and at times just jumps straight into fiction. But I stand by it being a good watch! Between steamy scenes, suspense and a cast of characters you get attached to just in time for their beheading, it’s just so delicious!
BONUS! Netflix and Chill-out: Peaky Blinders
Sometimes, when the stars align just right, you and your partner have some time to yourselves. The kids are asleep, the table is cleared and the argument of “what do you want to watch” begins. Might I suggest that, instead of spending an eternity searching through titles to find what you’re both in the mood for, you give Peaky Blinders a chance? It has action, drama and highlights the depths one will go to for family... and for their own selves. Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) stars as Thomas Shelby, a Birmingham gangster in the 1920s who navigates ambition, the family business, and those who would take it from him. This post-World War I crime drama is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and be a crowd pleaser for all. No fighting over the remote necessary.