So, we're in isolation for the foreseeable future which means you're in one of two camps: the I'll clean my house and exercise everyday camp or the I'll finally get to watch every series on Netflix whilst lazing on the couch camp! I know which one I fall into if you've read either of my Netflix posts before, you know I love nothing better than snuggling down on the sofa and getting stuck into the latest series! (Gossip Girl Review / What To Watch During Lockdown 3)
I've seen most of series on Netflix, so when it came to choosing what to watch during isolation I had to find new favourites and perhaps even get tempted to watch a show I swore I never would, but I for one am glad that such a streaming service exists to keep us all entertained during this enforced quarantining!
Now this is the show I swore I would never watch! Everyone else had already seen it years ago (I too had seen the odd episode here and there) and didn't want to get involved with it at all. I don't even know why, because I am now addicted and can see exactly why everyone loved it!
I'm ready to admit that it's as good as everyone said it would be and if you haven't already, you NEED to watch it!
If you don't know what it's about - like how could you not!? - it's set in New York City and follows the lives of Blair, Serena, Dan, Chuck, Nate and Vanessa who all live in the upper east side and go to a fancy prep school. It follows their lives as they all try to navigate adolescence all the while trying to juggle all that being an upper east sider and name dropping brings with it.
It's easy to watch and of course Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley and Ed Westwick are all very good looking and knowing what they go onto afterwards makes you yearn for this time when they were all relatively young.
There's 6 seasons and about 20-25 episodes in each season so plenty of episodes to keep you occupied during this really weird time! If you're anything like me, you'll binge on it all day and all night, getting through season one in a matter of hours and be on season three in no time! Just me? Okay then!!
No but seriously, it's a brilliant show and will draw you in from the very first episode. It's perfect escapism - especially at the moment - and it's great to disappear into another world for a few hours.
This show is absolutely brilliant and will make you laugh, cry and be nostalgic for the 80s! It stars Ed Westwick of GG fame as cockney double glazing salesman in Essex Vincent Swan who will do anything if it guarantees a sale.
It also stars James Buckley and Joe Thomas from The Inbetweeners who still live up to their adolescent idiocy, their banter is still the same and makes for an hilarious watch which is very welcome right now!
If you're after a show which highlights just how sleazy salesmen used to be then this is right up your street, or if you remember how sleazy they used to be! If you didn't know, Ed Westwick is actually British and his cockney accent is very real which just adds a whole other layer to this already fantastic show!
There are two seasons here so plenty to keep you entertained. The banter between the the sales team will have you in stitches and the tactics they use to make a sale and how set Vincent is on becoming manager of the store.
The way Vincent breaks the third wall by talking to the camera directly, inviting the viewer into his world and describing how to get a sale for example, is new ground and something which isn't really done normally. It brings the viewer into their world, making them an accessory to their shoddy dealings.
I'd highly recommend White Gold if you're after a laugh and loved Ed Westwick's character in Gossip Girl, tune in to see him play a different character and the banter with two of the lads from one of the best male adolescent coming of age shows out there!
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
I have watched both seasons of this show and I absolutely loved it! If you were a fan of Sabrina The Teenage Witch back in the day then you'll absolutely love this show as it's the darker, more grown up version of the childhood favourite. All the characters from the 90s show are there, the aunts and of course Salem the cat!
This adaptation of the "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" tale is a dark coming of age story that traffics in horror and the occult. In the remained origin story, Sabrina Spellman wrestles to reconcile her dual nature - half-witch, half-mortal - while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family - including aunts Hilda and Zelda - and the daylight world humans inhabit.
The juxtaposition of Sabrina trying to be a 'normal' teenager and fighting the dark forces of evil is quite brilliant, it says that Sabrina also struggles with all of the normal chaos that ensues when attending high school and trying to fit in.
There are two seasons so plenty to keep you entertained. Everyone raved about this show when it first came out and I for one was also very excited too - I totally bought into this new, darker side of Sabrina and her adventures into hell. It's slightly scary but not overly so at all so everyone can enjoy it.
At some points Sabrina can be a little annoying, like wanting to go to hell to get her boyfriend back and acting like every other normal teenager that it can be somewhat frustrating to watch, but at the same time that's exactly what she is so you would expect her to do! I guess it's just hard to juggle normal school with witchcraft and becoming the queen of hell!
As well as following Sabrina's trials and tribulations we also get to see how her dark ways affect her friends, boyfriend Harvey and cousin Ambrose. As a teenager she wants to act out and do her own thing against her family - like every normal teenager I guess! - whether this be in the mortal world or not. Sometimes this works out for the best, but most of the time it leaves her aunts fighting her battles for her or in the worst case, dying.
It's a wild ride to be on, but most definitely worth it and I would watch it again if I could!
On My Block
I think this show is quite underrated on Netflix as I haven't seen many people talk about it but I stumbled across the first season two years ago and had been waiting for the second season ever since!
This show follows a quartet of bright, street-savvy friends who are navigating their way through high school, including all of the triumph, pain and newness they experience along the way. Lifelong friendships are tested as Monse, Ruby, Jamal and Cesar confront the challenges of adolescence and life in their predominately Hispanic and black neighbourhood in South Central LA, in this coming of age comedy series. It is one of the best teen shows on Netflix and I wish there were more like it available. The way these teenagers act with one another is so well done that you really begin to care about the characters and what they're going to do next. It all starts with them wanting to find the roller-world money, little do they know what chaos will ensue once they do. I really love this show and want more people to watch it because it's just so brilliant. It's a wonderfully acted show with a great storyline which will make you want to find out more after every episode. If you're after a show which will make you feel good and help you forget about the world outside, I can wholeheartedly recommend On My Block. I urge you to watch it and not fall in love with the characters afterwards. Roll on Season 3! Virgin River
This show is so wholesome it really made me feel good, so it is definitely the right show to be watching right now! Virgin River follows Melinda Monroe, who answers an ad to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River, thinking it will be the perfect place to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind. But she soon discovers that small-town living isn't quite as simple as she expected. She must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home. We don't know what memories Melinda is running from initially but as the show runs on we soon learn what they are. At first Mel isn't welcomed and the stuffy doctor, Vernon Mullins doesn't certainly doesn't as he believes he can do everything himself just like old days. Mel soon starts falling for the local barman, Jack Sheridan. At first she denies her feelings but soon falls hard for him, which as we all know, wil
l only lead to heartbreak unfortunately. Nevertheless though, it is a really lovely tale in the same vein as another lovely show on Netflix, Heartland. So if you're after a show which will leave you with a warmth in your heart, then give Virgin River a go. It has been commissioned for another series so no need to worry about tuning in and watching.
So there, you have it. Five binge worthy shows for you to get stuck into while we're all doing our best to slow the spread of this nasty virus. I know it's difficult and I'm struggling too but at least we can all agree that Netflix has been a god-
send during this and I hope it will continue to be so once this is all over and we're trying to find our normal again. Let me know if you watch any of these shows or if you have other recommendations for me I would love to hear them! Let's try and get each other through this and stop the spread. Sending you loads of love,