The New FOMO

FOMO is prevalent in most of our daily lives. The fear of missing out. It varies from person to person, and varies to each person as they go through different stages of their lives. For me, it used to be FOMO for nights out – nights that I was too wrecked after work, and wanted to do no more than curl up with a cup of tea and a few episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, but forced myself to go out for fear of missing a great night out and the stories that would go along with it. As I’ve gotten older, become a Mammy and developed a far greater respect for sleep, I’ve noticed the focus of my FOMO change – it’s now in shows I, and others in my social circle, watch. Everything has to be watched as quickly as it is possibly available to avoid spoilers, to avoid some internet being telling you the twists and turns of the episode to disallow you to enjoy the surprises for yourself. (Thank you very much, Facebook spoilers for Game of Thrones). 

Netflix has added to this dilemma; and taken away from it in some regard – there is now no excuse for me not having seen those series that EVERYONE is watching, I can’t say I don’t have the channels, or the box set, they’re generally right there waiting for me. I’ve managed to avoid spoilers for most of them, but fear my time is running out. I do feel a little like I’m missing out, so I’m creating a To-Watch List of a number of shows and films that I keep getting “Oh my god, how have you not seen this?” (yeah, I’ve never seen Dumbo, Pocohantas or the Godfather trilogy, so shoot me!).

In no particular order, my list contains:

House of Cards – because everyone has raved about it. House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed by Netflix, recently renewed for a third season. It seems like the kind of thing I’d be into; I think I have actually watched the first episode and as memory recalls I loved it, but never kept watching because other things, life, got in the way, and re-runs are easier to concentrate on when that happens. Definitely on my to-watch-soon list, when we manage to run out of The Good Wife…

Breaking Bad – I’m on my own for this one, as the Lovely Man has already seen every episode (and I’ve seen a million spoiiers), but apparently it is a must watch so its on the list. We’ll see. I’ve heard rather violent things. However, crap tv generally doesn’t develop such a cult following, so its likely worth a go.

Brave – It’s Pixar, its kick ass princesses with a feminist stance and a Scottish accent – I’m actually shocked I’ve not seen this one yet (or Frozen for that matter) – think this one may be a snuggle on the couch, “Ooh, look at the colours E” watch on a rainy Sunday.

The Godfather – Ah, mafia madness in a trilogy. Apparently I’m strange for not already having seen this movie. It’s on the To-Watch list, I just haven’t gotten around to it, and now I’ve no excuse. It’s kind of one of those classics that everyone assumes everyone else has seen – it’s also been declared one of the world’s greatest films so it’s probably a shame I’ve not caught the memo until now.

Also on there which I have seen, and if you haven’t you should definitely have FOMO:

The Sixth Sense – Fairly sure everyone knows the ending by now, but its worth a watch 🙂

Sherlock – a must see. Gripping and definitely not enough of it, once you see one you’ll be hooked! Love Benedict Cumberbatch!

The Shawshank Redemption – I have actually spoken to people who haven’t seen this, which I happen to think is criminal. Fantastic film, definitely should be on any film bucket list. It is quite long though, at a good two and a half hours, so make sure you have time to sit down and relax properly – a quick episode this is not! Who doesn’t love Morgan Freeman?

What else would you recommend as a must see, for fear of missing out on the next great thing?


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.





  1. You need to watch Breaking Bad…..I usually hate shows like that with the violence but there’s something about it….It had me well and truly hooked.

    1. So I’ve been told! Its just been a time thing lately, I’m terrified I’ll get hooked and refuse to sleep and eat and mind my child 😛

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