Netflix Picks this August

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It’s getting to the time of year where all the shows I’m looking forward to seeing again are about to hit our screens – I’m anxiously awaiting the return of “Shondaland TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday)” lineup as it’s got Grey’s Anatomy and my new favourite, How To Get Away with Murder, as well as other favourites such as Criminal Minds and Law and Order SVU. However, in order to bridge the gap until mid-September, I’m relying on my old faithful Netflix, and she is not disappointing in the slightest. These are my Netflix Picks this month to tide me over, adding new obsessions to the pile while it’s at it!

A very new addition to the Netflix Original Drama collection is Narcos, a tale of drugs, violence, power and just how far some people will go to profit from drug trafficking. These are real-life stories of the infamous drug kingpins of the late 1980s – Pablo Escobar, likely the most famous drug trafficker in the world, is a key character –  and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. Its gritty storytelling details the many, often-conflicting forces – legal, political, police, military and civilian – that clash in the effort to control cocaine, one of the world’s most valuable commodities. The hair and costumes are spot on, It very interestingly makes you see a good side to the bad guys, it isn’t one of those shows that immediately tries to turn the audience against them. About 3/4 of the show is in Spanish and is subtitled, with English voiceover making up the rest – not the best for if you’re not in a very focused state or feeling tired, but if you’re able to watch it fully, then you get used to it quite quickly. We’ve only started watching but am definitely interested in checking out how the rest of the season plays out, 1 down 9 to go! Check out the trailer here to see if it catches your interest!

On the lighter side of things, we’ve also been checking out a lot of comedy, of which there is a great selection on there. We’ve giggled our way through Ed Byrne’s “Different Class”, one of his older videos but still a goodie.

As well as that, we’ve also enjoyed Michael McIntyre’s “Showtime”– I think he’s very relatable to anyone with kids, I know he’s meant to be like Marmite but I really like his sense of humour. This clip gives a bit of a flavour of what to expect if you’ve not come across him before..

Meanwhile, the Toddler’s Netflix Picks…

It’s pretty much same as normal around here, still willing Netflix to add even one more Peppa Pig series to it’s collection because I can basically repeat the words along with the narrator, and am drawing comparisons between it and an Ann and Barry book (for those who did not have the joy of Ann and Barry in primary school, much of their goings on contained “Ann likes cake. Barry likes cake. Ann likes baking with Mammy. Barry likes gardening with Daddy”. Not unlike “Peppa is wearing her swimming costume. George is wearing his swimming costume” etc….). Just a few more episodes for a bit of variety, please 🙂

I am trying to incorporate more Disney films which I saw as a young child in – and am realising just how unsuitable for kids some of the storylines are, thanks for that Disney, not that we noticed as kids! With him it really is a case of it’s on in the background but he’ll dance along to the music and it will hold his focus for a few minutes at a time. In the meantime, I’m getting to enjoy some of the old classics. Current favourites which I’ve found on Netflix have been Aladdin, with the genius that is Robin Williams’ improv as the Genie, Cinderella, Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (that last one is definitely one I’m wondering how they thought it was a good idea for a KIDS movie!).

We’ve also discovered Lily’s Driftwood Bay which is a really lovely series all about different adventures Lily goes on in her imagination – starring the vocal talents of Ireland’s own Ardal O Hanlon (yes, him from Fr Ted all those years ago) and the ever wonderful Stephen Fry. It’s produced in Northern Ireland and was originally made for Nick Jr. 7 year old Lily lives with her dad on a deserted beach in a beach hut, and has a big imagination which she uses along with the treasures she finds that wash up from the sea on the beach, to bring her to Driftwood Bay where her adventures happen. They’re short episodes (7 minutes long), so great for a short distraction but not excessive, and there are 13 out of the 52 episodes available on Netflix.

As well as all the stuff I have been getting to watch, my To-Watch list is getting longer by the minute – I’m seeing so many things that I’ve been told I’ll love or that look interesting based on the description or the trailer. Surprising nobody, I’m sure, there are a lot of documentaries on that list, but some fantastic films as well such as The Firm, 12 Angry Men (a re-watch as I mentioned last time, still not gotten around to it), An Eye for An Eye, and so many more. Some day I’ll get a chance to watch them all, I hope!

That’s me for this month summed up, how about you? What have been your Netflix picks lately, and what do you recommend I add to the very long To-Watch list? Have you checked out Narcos or any of the other shows/movies mentioned yet, and if so, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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If you liked this kind of roundup and want to see what else I’ve been wasting my productive hours watching  enjoying on Netflix over the past while, you can check out the rest of my posts here.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own, and I already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

 

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18 Comments

  1. August 30, 2015 / 9:35 am

    I wish I was able to watch netflix, usually the kids have it on if not were currently finishing watching Prison Break.

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:39 am

      Most of my watching is either done during creche hours or after bedtime these days, the toddler is well able to work the remote for the wii and the tv to put on his precious Peppa so we’ve no choice! Ooh, Prison Break is one I only saw some of a few years ago when it was on, might stick that on the To Watch list, have heard incredible things!

  2. August 30, 2015 / 10:03 am

    I must add Narcos to my ‘list’. We’re on Bates Motel at the minute…there’s a family with issues lol!
    Peppa still a favourite here too, I’ll think of Ann & Barry every time I hear it now 🙂 Mother Goose Club is another favourite, we’re hearing all the nursery rhymes from that!

    • August 30, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      I must check out Mother Goose Club! Bates Motel is on my radar as one to watch when the rest of my viewing is less dark, or else I may have issues myself! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. August 30, 2015 / 11:20 am

    Aladdin! Love that film! I recently watched Hercules on netflix, god its so good! I also watched Blackfish for the first time, so eyeopening!! Really recommend it if you havent seen it!

    • August 30, 2015 / 3:36 pm

      Ooh must add it to the list. Love anything Disney!

  4. August 30, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    We started watching Narcos last night! Really loving it! The hubby fell asleep at the beginning of episode 2 and woke up before the end, typical man right? 😉 x

    • August 30, 2015 / 3:36 pm

      I may have fallen asleep at the very end of episode 1, I blame the subtitles and exhaustion, definitely one for after coffee!

  5. August 30, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    We love Netflix, at the moment I’m watching Pretty Little Liars, baby loves Peg + Cat! Xx

  6. August 30, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    Definitely want to check out Narcos! But like you I can’t wait until How to Get Away With Murder returns 🙂 x

    • August 30, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      Really curious to see who dunnit!

  7. August 30, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Our internet’s too slow to stream anything, we can’t even get iplayer, although YouTube does now work! Whoop.

    I love Michael McIntyre. We used to play his herbs & spice piece a lot at my old job, when we worked in herbs and spices. Definitely lol

    • August 30, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      Oh No 🙁 I had that when I was living with my parents, and any time I return to stay with them, slow doesn’t even begin to describe the connection! McIntyre is brilliant, his piece about trying to leave the house with kids is my life at the moment!

  8. August 30, 2015 / 11:20 pm

    Just finished watching Orange Is The New Black and was devastated when I finished iy! I’m on Homeland now… loving it!

    • August 30, 2015 / 11:51 pm

      Ooh another one on my list, it’s meant to be fab! So much to watch, so little time!

  9. August 31, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    I’ve only recently got into Netflix, and I watched the whole of Pretty Little Liars in about three weeks. Now watching Gossip Girl, and then 90210 is on my list!

  10. August 31, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    What a great set of shows for people to be watching! I LOVE anything disney and this Narcos looks right up my alley – I’ll have to give it a look! xxx

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