5 Binge-Worthy Netflix Series

I’m assuming that if you are a Netflix-junky like most of those living in first world countries, then you could probably call yourself a binge-watcher as well. Some TV shows I found on Netflix were fine and dandy, but I didn’t catch myself in a never-ending day of streaming with every series I stumbled upon. Personally, I love having a day every now-and-then when I can simply relax and unwind – heavily relying on a series from Netflix to keep me company. These were some of my favorite binges that went by way too fast:

Gossip Girl

Ahh, my first binge-watch. When Netflix streaming started to become popular, I remember my evenings that weren’t spent at the Disney parks while on my College Program were largely spent watching Gossip Girl. Before watching, I had always turned my nose up at the show – knowing the plotline mostly involved some snooty-tooty richy-rich kids who drank away their richy-rich miseries at the young age of 14+, causing hell for their parents without a care in the world. But all-in-all, it was all of that and more. I don’t know if it was Kristen Bell’s voice that kept me coming back after each and every “XOXO, Gossip Girl”, or the thought of kids somewhere actually living lives like that which continuously blew my mind. One thing was for sure, I zoomed through those episodes like Speed Racer and was deeply distraught once I had finished the series and finally knew who had been playing Gossip Girl all along.

Gilmore Girls

I remember stumbling upon episodes of Gilmore Girls on TV when I was younger, but it never quite caught my interest until I was needing a series with several seasons to keep me occupied. Now, I can’t imagine my life not knowing of the shenanigans those girls got themselves into – also, Lorelai is a beautiful name for a future child. Rory, the go-getting, intelligent daughter born to Lorelai out of wedlock, can take anyone back to their high school years of crushes and heartbreak. Plus, I was lucky enough to wrap-up this heartwarming series just as Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life debuted on Netflix! It’s not over yet, friends!

Parenthood

Ugh, Parenthood. Be prepared to have *cough cough* “allergies” a few times in this series following a close-knit family, with Zeek and Camille Braverman as head of the Braverman clan. As the series follows Zeek and Camille’s kids and their families, you will constantly be changing your mind as to who is your favorite character, only to end the series as a big ball of tears because you finally realize you just can’t choose. You love them all. This series faces things many families face nowadays – moving back in with the parents, surprise children, autism, infidelity, struggling marriages, adoption, and more. What this series does so well is show how this family loves through it all – even through all the fighting and the obstacles, you never question for a minute how much this family loves and cares for one another. On top of a fantastic group of actors, there is a beautiful plot line that can hook even the harshest critic. I would truly recommend this series to anyone.

Drop Dead Diva

Ok, this one is a little out there – but I am a sucker for a good fanciful comedy. Using the concept of reincarnation of sorts, a beautiful model is in a car accident and her soul goes to reside in the body of a plus-sized lawyer named Jane. Obviously we know the lesson that is to be learned here is about vanity, but the series goes on to cover much more ground with court cases and the life in a law office (or what I assume it’s like – I wouldn’t know).  This “Freaky Friday”-esque story is one of my guilty pleasures that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. Was it a corny series? Yes, absolutely. But I love lawyer shows almost as much as I love doctor shows, which leads into #5…

Grey’s Anatomy

I remember watching Grey’s Anatomy when it first premiered on ABC. I was in 6th grade and my best friend and I would call each other on commercial breaks via landline and gab about the latest goss on GA. I felt so grown up! That is, until my mom deemed it rather inappropriate for an 11-year-old to be watching and forbid it from our TV – my dreams were crushed. But now that there is Netflix streaming, I can binge-watch ALL 13 SEASONS and there’s nothing she can do about it – HA! Also, I‘m 22 now. But to be honest, shows like Grey’s Anatomy make me really want to become a doctor. And then it cuts to a scene where they are slicing into flesh and I’m quickly brought back to reality that I get queasy at the sight of any gore/flesh-wound/blood/what-have-you. So I live my dream-life through Grey’s.

I decided to write a fun, completely opinionated post this week as I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired lately. I’ve been in a funk since coming back to Shanghai from my trip home, missing my man, his little girl, family, and America in general. Thank you guys for reading and for being supportive even through my uninspired posts. I’m grateful for the people that have been placed in my life and I hope to continue bringing you raw and original posts in the future.


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