So several years ago, V argued for cutting our cable connection. He concluded that we weren’t really using it much and what we wanted to watch, we could download. He installed Apple TV and another box that allowed us to hack into movies.
I don’t really watch TV that much so it was fine. The problem was that when I did want to watch something, I couldn’t just access it. I had to search for it online and/or download it. Sometimes I couldn’t find it, or it wouldn’t work. Sometimes, by the time I did that, someone else would have commandeered the TV.
Still, TV isn’t really my thing so I just sucked it up.
However, during the coronavirus, perhaps because the internet is just slower, or because we were watching TV more, this system started getting (even more) annoying. So finally we caved and got Netflix (ironically missing out on the free trial).
I was super excited, and diligently went through all the options, googling the best shows and what not. I had a minor fight with V when he suggested that I was one of those people who would keep scrolling through the choices and not choosing anything. I’ll admit that I am an agonisingly slow chooser but I don’t see why that shouldn’t be the case with Netflix FFS.
A week on and I sheepishly have to admit that my enthusiasm has somewhat waned.
First, I am reading Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Lamp, so I’m in a Tudor phase. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a single Tudor show on Netflix. I settled for Versailles but couldn’t quite get into it. I want to try The Borgias and Medici, but they aren’t accessible here. I fear that were they available, they might be similar to Versailles, which was a bit OTT (a similar complaint I had with The Tudors, honestly). I tried a Swedish murder series, but couldn’t get into it.
So, I ended up downloading Wolf Hall and watching that instead. Insert facepalm emoji.
Then, the very reason we moved to Netflix was because our usual channel for watching Project Runway has stopped working. Project Runway is our family’s version of the Ramayana. It appeals to all genders and age groups (even V who pretends he’s not into it). We watch it during dinner on Saturday nights (yes, we are a family that watches television during meals, against the mindfulness doctrine. We try to avoid this during dinner, but don’t always succeed. I’ll be honest, I’d rather be reading a book while eating than talking to people, a habit I’ve cultivated ever since I moved out of my parents’ house).
Project Runway is a show that appeals to my and Mimi’s interest in fashion and Nene’s competitive instinct. We discuss which designs and designers we like best, and who we think will win that episode. A nice bonus is that Project Runway is quite queer friendly, featuring gay characters and their backstories, so that aspect of life gets normalised for the kids too.
Now, I know you were thinking this all along, but Project Runway is not on Netflix. It has its own similar show, which I will get to eventually, but are mid-way through Season 18 and we want to finish it. So, now, we have ended up downloading Project Runway and watching it off Netflix too.
V has watched some movies on Netflix but even he feels he’s not that into most of the choices. Right now, it seems to be working most for the kids, who are thrilled to select a new movie every day or to watch their favourites with clear reception and no buffering.
What are your favourite Netflix shows? Recommend away!