My Top 5 NETFLIX shows...

by , Sunday May 14, 2017
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My Top 5 NETFLIX shows...

 

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Below are my TOP 5 favourite shows on NETFLIX

(no particular order)

** The information below is limited to prevent spoilers **

1) BATES MOTEL

RATINGS (as of May 2017)

IMDB: 8.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

BATES MOTEL is a psychological drama and a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' (1960) and explores the backstory of Noman Bates, a young man with an unusually close relationship with his mother. After the death of his drunken father, the couple moves to White Pine Bay, where Norma buys a motel they hope to build a future out of. However, things don't turn out to be so simple. The show progresses to show how Noman's mental illness deteriorates and becomes intensely dangerous, and it seems the only person unaware of the danger he imposes upon himself and others is his mother, blinded by the love she has for her child.

I immediately feel in love with this show because of the incredible performances delivered by the cast and the compelling narrative that includes the most unexpected plot twists. This is a great reason to begin watching the show as the first four seasons are all available on Netflix, so you can watch the characters progress continuously and the narrative continues to explore the grotesque themes and delusional characters the writers offer. I would recommend this show if you were a fan of American Horror Story, as this show too investigates some truly deep and disturbing themes and psyches of its characters...

 

2) ONCE UPON A TIME

 

RATINGS

IMDB: 7.9/10

COMMON SENSE MEDIA: 4/5

Once Upon a Time follows the story of Emma Swan, who at birth was practically destined to be the 'Savior' - for which her first task was to return to Storybrooke, where fairytale characters from traditional tales and Disney all live under different identities, without knowing who or what they are. And these characters include Emma's parents - Snow White and Prince Charming. The characters are all under the evil queen's curse, who seems to be the only character - and perhaps the menacing Rumplestiltskin,  who knows who they are and what they have done. Emma was banished to the land without magic and grew up in a world of uncertainty in a children's home. However, things are about to change for Emma Swan when she realized she was wanted and loved, and this is from her young son who suddenly turns up outside her apartment - the adoptive son of the Evil Queen.

There really is no way to simply state what this show is. I absolutely love it and would recommend it to anyone who needs a magical escape. The actors all portray compelling and loving characters you will grow to love... Well, most of them. It's also very exciting to say that one of the creators, Adam Horowitz, has just announced the production of a season 7! So I'd totally start watching...

3) STRANGER THINGS

RATINGS

IDMB - 9/10

Rotten Tomatoes - 95%

I don't think I have met one person who has doubted the incredible success of The Duffer Brother's Stranger Things, and I'm sure as a reader you have either seen it or at least heard of it. For those who haven't seen it, I certainly suggest you do. Set in a fictional rural town of Hawkins in the US during the 80s, Will Byers goes missing and disappears into the paranormal underworld where everything looks the same as the real world, but dark, empty and sinister. Will's mother (Winona Ryder) recruits the local sheriff to undergo an investigation seeking Will, who was captured by a thing-like creature. His dorky friends, however, decide to do some investigating themselves and befriend an alien-like girl with telepathic powers, who helps them uncover mysterious discoveries that lead them to Will. 

I find it really difficult to explain this show, it's just something you must see. I have always been inspired by the work of Steven Spielberg, especially from the 70s/80s era, so to see elements of his work recreated in this modern version set in the 80s made this a must for me. The performances by the children are absolutely phenomenal and cannot be doubted, especially as Millie Bobby Brown has recently claimed an MTV Award for best actress in a TV Show, and the show itself won 'Best Show of the Year' by MTV. It's funny, spooky, mysterious, romantic, and chuck in elements of fictional sci-fi and you've got yourself a perfect show to binge. 

 

4) THE BIG BANG THEORY

RATINGS:

TV.COM - 8.9 / 10

IMDB - 8.3 / 10

The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom, which I'm sure again you have seen or at least heard of. The first 8 seasons are on Netflix which makes this show very binge-worthy. It focuses on the friendship of four scientists, who although are very clever, or not so when it comes to social occasions, to chatting up women. Leonard shares an apartment with the very funny Sheldon Cooper who tends to make life very difficult for him, both of which are friends with fellow scientists Howard and Raj who also work at the same university. The show unwinds to show Leonards love for Penny - a blonde beauty who works at the cheesecake factory, yet aspires to be a famous actress, and her character is used for comic effect as her ironic social skills and common sense contrasts with the socially awkward and geekiness of the four men.

I defiantly recommend this feel-good comedy - every episode is very funny (in my opinion) and the writers never fail to impress. You become very attached to the characters and feel as though your part of the apartment too, so it's very sad when you finish the last available season. However, the awkwardness of the men makes it extremely amusing when they are thrown into situations characters like Penny are more used to. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) is an incredible character who has extreme social issues, and as a result of his characteristics, many find him very irritating which he fails to understand why thowing him in many dangerous situations.

5) 13 REASONS WHY

RATINGS: 

Common Sense Media - 4/5

IMDB - 8.7/10

13 Reasons Why focalises upon a very serious story which affects nearly every young person. School can be very difficult, and it was for Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford). This beautiful, evoking show shares the heartfelt story of Hannah Baker, who made 13 cassette recordings on the 13 reasons why she killed herself. Each episode is a different tape for a different person and why they contributed to the horrific decision on her death. Delivered to the sweet, kind-hearted Clay Jenson (Dylan Minette), we are left wondering what a soul like Clay's could ever have done to become a contribution to Hannah's death. But before we learn that, we learn about the ugly truths of high school and the people in it. People we don't even expect to be on the tapes for the reason they are just going to show the horridness of the world and how evil it can be. 

If you haven't seen this show already, I hope any of the information above doesn't give away any details, because it's something which everyone can learn from. This show really opens up towards the fact that you don't know what someone is actually feeling. Hannah often acted tough on the outside, but when she was alone, everything came crumbling down. It goes to show that society as a whole is using this persona or facade to hide away from the truth, which can be the most painful, emotional feeling anyone could ever endure.

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