It's Friday! Aka my favourite day of the week to just order or prepare something quick to eat, cosy up on my sofa and - you guessed it - chill the hours away before another Saturday of work. As always, Netflix has me covered for this, supplying me with an endless list of new things to watch, along with a couple of nostalgic favourites to revisit and re-obsess about. Here are my current favourites!
ANNE WITH AN E. I finished the entirety of two series a while ago, but I often still find myself missing the whole atmosphere of it and sneaking in a couple of episodes as a rewatch. The whole thing is just so pretty to look at and there's not an episode that didn't warm my heart in some way or the other. I even went out and bought myself the book, as I never got one for keeps when I was little. Anne of Green Gables is such a classic growing up story, and though it's quite different from the book(s), Anne With An E has utterly charmed me to bits and I'm so excited they recently announced a third series.
SUGAR RUSH. I don't often press play on a cooking show, and now I know why. It's so addictive! The deal with Sugar Rush? Four teams compete in three rounds. The first two rounds are all about cupcakes and confections, wherein the teams battle not only each other but the clock, as well. The quicker they bake, the more time they save for round three, in which they have to bake a cake that fits that episode's theme. So yup, it's basically Nailed It! with people who can actually bake. My favourite episode so far was definitely the one in Science Fiction theme, with Colin Hanks (whaaaaat?) as the guest judge.
AMAZING INTERIORS. I'm a bit of an interior freak, as most of you already know, and this is the latest in a whole bunch of interior shows I've discovered via Netflix. It's all about how a house, no matter how ordinary or boring on the outside, can harbour really cool things inside. Or... peculiar things, like every room being decorated in different holiday themes or one of the world's largest aquariums. It makes a girl dream big, that's for sure. One day when I win the lottery. You know, after I start playing it, to begin with.
MERLIN. Now, THIS was an absolute favourite of mine a couple of years ago. I was so into this series with my sister when it was airing on the BBC, absolutely smitten with Arthur and Gwaine, too. And then they cancelled it, leaving us with that dreaded last episode in which you just KNOW what's going to happen because you've heard, read and seen the story so many times before. And so... you end up not daring to watch it. That's right. I've never seen the last episode. Why? Because I couldn't even handle the gifs, let alone the images. It aired on Christmas Eve, for Pete's sake. I was in tears just scrolling through Tumblr after the episode aired. At the frickin' dinner table. Thanks, Beebs. So, for now, I'm enjoying the first series. We'll see how far I dare go.
PS: to all my fellow Merlin fans => remember this? ❤️
PLANET EARTH. I love a good nature documentary, I truly do. Blame those late nights spent watching National Geographic or Animal Planet when I was still living at home. And when it comes to nature documentaries, surely there's nothing that can top Sir David's escapades. I've seen both Planet Earths already, of course, but it's still one of my favourites to switch on in the morning during breakfast.
TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE. It's finally here! Netflix's adaptation of Jenny Han's YA novel was released today, and let me tell you: it's all we've been hoping for. I watched it this afternoon while I was suffering from a bit of a headache and I was miraculously reborn afterwards. Yes, I am exaggerating, but you get what I mean, right? I loved the book, was a real sucker for Peter Kavinsky and I felt exactly the same after watching the film. It's fun, quirky, and it made this 29-year-old A) quite sad that she hardly experienced anything like this in high school herself (can we get a do-over, people?) and B) actually feel giddy and confident in love for a minute there. You know, that feeling we all have after watching a good RomCom while sporting a ridiculous smile on our face: pure happiness.
So, that's it! My six current favourites. Still in the pipeline: a Doctor Who rewatch to warm up for the new series (and to get a much-needed dose of Matt Smith), finishing Jane the Virgin (I lost track of it when I rediscovered Merlin), Disenchantment and... Oh, I don't know. There's still so much to see!
Q: what are your current Netflix favourites? Any recommendations?