Crossed Off the Netflix List

All these shows have thirty minute episodes and are pretty easy to binge watch if you have the time.

Here are the shows, I’ve caught up on:

Grace and Frankie:

When season one was released two years ago, I went through the season pretty fast. At first I was a little hesitant to watch the show because it didn’t seem like something I would be in to, but I like to give most shows a chance and so I watched it. I immediately fell in love with it. All the actors are great and they really do work well together. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin play Grace and Frankie (in that order) and are perfect counterparts to each other. Grace is a little more “put together” and Frankie is the free loving spirit animal I always wanted to be. Their ex husbands, Sol (Sam Waterson from Law & Order) and Robert (Martin Sheen from well it’s Martin Sheen, you should know who he is) are so adorable together. If you don’t know the premise  of the show the husbands of Grace and Frankie come out as homosexual and in love. So Grace and Frankie move into their family shared beach house together and start off not so much friends and grow to love each other. I actually enjoy watching their children more on screen. Grace and Robert’s daughters are Brianna (June Diane Raphael) and Mallory (Brooklyn Decker), and while you don’t see Mallory that often she has her funny moments. Brianna is my favorite of the two daughters, which I think has a lot to do with the fact that she is almost a perfect mix of Grace and Frankie. Frankie and Sol have two sons, Coyote (Ethan Embry. I have loved Ethan Embry since I was a teen and I squeal anytime I see him in anything.) and Nwabudike aka Bud (Baron Vaughn). They are both hilarious in their own quirky ways. Needless to say the cast work so well together on screen and that is part of why I love this show so much.

For some reason when the second season came out last year, I only watched half of the season. I don’t know what happened or why, I guess I just forgot about it. I wasn’t reminded that I needed to finish the show until the third season was advertised. Oops. So once I finished 13 Reasons Why and I decided it was a perfect time to watch Grace and Frankie. I definitely needed something light hearted. Now I don’t want to go into much of the show because of spoilers and all. I just wanted to say that over the three season watching Grace and Frankie’s relationship just grow stronger is beautiful and hilarious at times. Their story kept me interested the whole time and all I did was smile. If you want to watch a sort of coming of age for some 70 year old ladies, then you should watch this. Or if you like unique family sitcoms, you should watch this. Or if you just need something to watch and don’t care what it is, watch this. I love it and I hope that there’s a season four!

Girlboss:

When I first saw the trailer for Girlboss, I was kind of like, “eh, maybe.” Netflix released it on April 14th and my son and I happened to be sick that day. So there was no cleaning or really true mothering going on. While my son played, napped or watched some weird kid shows on an iPad (like I said I just needed to do nothing,) I watched Girlboss. It’s sad to say that I finished it all in one day. There were only thirteen episodes and they were 30 minutes a piece. So it was very easy to go through the show quickly.

Girlboss is the true-ish story of Sophia Amoruso who started her own clothing website Nasty Gal. She was a young woman who had a hard time keeping a job and was definitely self centered, which she acknowledged, so when she lost another job she decided to sell a vintage jacket on eBay. She succeeds in selling a jacket she paid nine bucks for and she got over $600 for it. So this is when she decided to start selling more vintage clothes, some she would alter and some she sold as is. So the show basically follows her journey from eBay seller to creating her own website. Her friends in the show are entertaining and I kind of liked them more than the main character. Although I will say that the actress Britt Robertson (who I just found out is from Greenville, South Carolina, woot woot) did a great job of playing Sophia Marlowe (character’s name on the show). I just don’t think I cared much for Sophia. The dialogue was good and I found myself laughing a few times. This show is definitely a good simple watch. If you need a filler show, you should watch this. It’s definitely entertaining.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: 

This is another show that I enjoyed the first season so much but when the second season came out I for some reason just stopped watching. I don’t know if it was lack of interest or what, but I just stopped. They just announced this week that the third season was coming out soon and I decided maybe it’s time I finish watching the second season.

I loved the first season so much. I mean the show is created by one of my favorite people in the world, Tina Fey! Of course, I was going I love it. It has the quirkiness of 30 Rock and pretty much anything that Tina Fey does. I love all the characters and the crazy story line. But as I watched the second season, to catch up, I just felt like it wasn’t as good as the first season. I don’t know, maybe it’s just too quirky, which I don’t think that’s possible. I don’t know why I wasn’t into it that much. I still love the show and I love that Tina Fey was in it. Also there was an hilarious appearance by Joshua Jackson (Pacey from Dawson’s Creek, if you are one of those people who don’t know actor’s names and just the characters they play. I know people like that.) Which I will add maybe I loved his appearance because I’m Team Pacey all the way and he points out some important stuff about Pacey and Joey’s relationship to Kimmy Schmidt. Overall this was still an entertaining show and I did still enjoy it, but was just slightly bored with the second season. I’m hoping the third  season is good. If you haven’t watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and you need a funny weird show, then you should watch it. If you were never a fan of 30 Rock or Tina Fey’s then don’t watch it.

 

What I’m watching now on Netflix: 

I finally decided to try Bates Motel out. I know I’m way behind the times on that show. I just never really had a desire to watch it until now. I was looking for a weird creepy show with some twist and turns. So I figured I would give Bates Motel a go. When I don’t feel like watching that I’m re-watching Supernatural or Buffy. I’m also in the process of watching the new season of Death in Paradise

What I’m watching now on Hulu: 

I’m not really watching much. I’ve been keeping up with the few current shows that I watch, but to be honest there aren’t very many. This year’s television seasons are all just a little “blah. I don’t know what’s up with it but I just don’t care about any of the shows I normally watch. I did decide to try out Lucifer again and I have been re-watching some Golden Girls’ and Wings’ episodes every now and then.

What I’m watching now on Amazon Video Prime:

I decided a while back to re-watch Doctor Who from the 9th doctor and on. I’ve been doing this probably since Christmas and I just sporadically watch it. If you know the show, then I will tell you that I’m on Clara’s first season with the Doctor.  I’m trying to get back into it because I’ve never watched any of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who and I would like to.

Side Note: It may seem like I watch a lot of shows, but the shows mentioned above are ones that I watch during spare moments throughout the day and night, mainly at night. I go weeks sometimes not watching some of these shows. It’s all sporadic. I don’t want people to think I sit around all day watching TV.

 

Crossed Off the Netflix List

I’ve noticed that I don’t write much about what I’m currently watching or have watched recently. So this is the start of what I guess you could call a featured post series. I don’t know what technical term to use, but basically anytime I finish a tv series or catch up on a current season of a show offered on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and so on, I’ll write a “Crossed Off the List,” post to discuss any thoughts. I won’t talk about every show I watch, just the ones that need to be talked about. 

The People v. O.J. Simpson – American Crime Story

I want to start off saying that I’m actually surprised that my husband and I even watched this. One night we were trying to figure out what we were going to watch on TV and I threw out the names of the current shows we were watching but we were both pretty, “meh,” about each option. So I was scanning through Netflix, just naming off shows and then I jokingly said we should watch The People v. O.J. Simpson. My husband sincerely said we should. I was honestly surprised that he said yes but I hit play anyways kind of relieved that we landed on something.

We actually got addicted to it. Which is hilarious because we were both alive when the events depicted actually occurred. I lived in Japan at the time but I remember seeing bits and pieces on the news. I don’t know if this is because I saw it when I went to visit my mom back in the States or if the Air Force showed bits of the case, but I remember it. I remember my parents talking about it. I remember everyone talking about it. So you would think that watching The People v. O.J. Simpson would just be a repeat history lesson but it wasn’t.

I learned things about this case that I don’t think I ever knew. Things that I never saw in any behind the scenes documentary that I would watch years after the trial. For instance, I don’t remember Chris Darden, (co-prosecutor) being much of anything. I feel like anytime I saw court footage he just always seemed to be sitting there. Well Sterling K. Brown, who played Chris Darden, certainly showed me that there was a lot going on with Darden. He was going through so much internal struggle, people calling him horrible names because he was doing what he thought was right and constantly being goaded by Johnnie Cochran, played by Courtney B. Vance in the show. I felt so bad for him.

That being said, I felt even worse for Marcia Clark, played by Sarah Paulson. I remember when the events were playing out in real time, people were harsh towards Marcia. People would call her names and make comments about her appearance. I even developed a preconceived notion about her because of what others were saying when I was younger. But after watching this show, I now know that she was treated unfairly. People were so horrendous towards her and it made me sick. Even when she tried to lighten up her appearance, which she shouldn’t have had to do in the first place, people still found disrespectful things to say about her. The lawyers of the opposite sex were not treated like this at all. And to top it off, she had ex-husbands who were defaming her in public, saying she was a horrible mom or releasing nude photos of her on the beach. Who does that? It was awful.

Granted Johnnie Cochran also had exes coming out of the woodworks with offenses he made but I didn’t feel awful for him because he did some bad things, like domestic violence and having a secret child with his mistress while married to the woman who accused him of beating her. I also never realized that the defense team were at such odds with each other. It always seemed to me that they were just cool as cucumbers in all the videos I saw, but that wasn’t so. They were constantly at each others throats. I mean maybe I was too young to notice and others saw the tension when it was really going on, but I didn’t. 

I know that some of these issues were probably over dramatized for the television viewers, but I still feel that the show built on the core emotions, events and drama of the actual crime and trial. Overall I think it was good and I think if others are down for some kind of behind the scenes look at what was going on during this so called “trial of the century,” then they should check it out.

13 Reasons Why

This is a Netflix original TV series recently released. I remember the trailer looked interesting and I wanted to check it out. I was hooked within the first episode. Now I’m not going to go into too much about the show, like I did with the OJ show because there really isn’t a lot I can say that wouldn’t spoil it for others. The People v. O.J. Simpson was previously on FX before it was on Netflix and it’s part of history, so I figured most people know what went down, so no worries about spoilers, but that’s not the case with 13 Reasons Why.

I will tell you that this show was intriguing but at the same time I could barely watch it. There were so many emotions rushing through me while watching 13 Reasons Why and it was quite overwhelming. I couldn’t watch too many episodes in a row at one time. It broke my heart because I felt that it was a true, maybe slightly exaggerated, representation of what teens are going through nowadays. I’m so glad that I didn’t going through my teen years during the days of social media but I’m scared for my own children. I feel like everyone should watch this show to kind of open their eyes to what are the issues teens are dealing with and maybe even learn from the show. I also feel like teens should watch it just so they can maybe prepare themselves for certain scenarios they may get caught up in. But overall everyone should watch it because it touches on the rough subject of suicide, something that we all need to be more aware of as far as signs and causes. 

Check it out but prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster. 

Well those are the two shows that I’ve finished or caught up on, on Netflix. Give me your opinions if you’ve watched either of these shows. 

What I’m watching now on Netflix: 

Currently I’m catching up on Grace and Frankie! And occasionally I re-watch episodes from Buffy, Supernatural or Bob’s Burgers, when I don’t feel like watching something new.

Till next time!