Nine Netflix (K)Nockouts

Finished re-watching Friends for the thousandth time? Here are nine Netflix binge-watchable shows for any mood.

iZombie

Seasons: Four.

Episodes: 13, 19, 13 and so far six in season four.

Run Time: 40 minutes.

A comedy-drama-horror, each episode is like a mini-movie. Major modern Buffy vibes, just replace all the vampires with zombies. Liv is a medical student who, goes to a party, dies, wakes up from the dead and becomes a zombie! To stay as human as possible she eats human brains, cooked up into many different meals including cinnamon buns, stir fry, etc. The meals aren’t a big part of the storyline but it’s a li’l somethin’ somethin’ that gives me a little laugh in each episode.

Liv starts working in a coroner’s office with Ravi which means she has unlimited access to brains AND when she eats a brain, she has visions of the original owner of the brain’s memories and takes on their personality traits!!! These memories and visions help detective Clive Babineaux to solve murders as Liv takes on the role of a psychic.

Rahul Kohli (Ravi) is the love of my life. Rose McIver (Liv) deserves a damn Oscar. David Anders (Blaine)’s character is 95% Spike from Buffy, which means you’re immediately in a love/hate relationship with him. Also Aly from Aly and AJ is a cast member (Peyton), so even if you watch just to see how gorgeous she still is, go for it! 

Moz rating: 9/10.

 

Santa Clarita Diet

Seasons: Two.

Episodes: 10 per season.

Run Time: 25/30 minutes.

Moving on from undead to even more of the undead… Santa Clarita Diet is a cross between Dexter and Desperate Housewives and I loved it so much, it even featured in my March Favourites. Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are the definition of couple goals.

Definitely more of a comedy than iZombie, Joel and Sheila Hammond live in the suburbs of Santa Clarita, California, working real estate careers and looking after their teenage daughter. Until Sheila begins to crave human flesh… Battling neighbours and teachers, dealing with a little bit of murder, and trying to solve the mythological mystery behind Sheila’s new found zombie self.

Moz rating: 7/10.

Jane The Virgin

Seasons: Four.

Episodes: 22, 22, 20 & 15 so far.

Run Time: 40 minutes.

Laugh ’til you cry and cry from a broken heart, these characters make you FEEL stuff. I have never been as emotionally invested in a series as I have with Jane The Virgin. You’ll fall in love with Jane’s family and come to care about them as fiercely as she does.

Jane (Gina Rodriguez), a virgin from a religious Latina family, starts out in season one as a waitress in a hotel in Miami but her life changes dramatically after a doctors appointment gone awry. A modern telenovela, each character connecting to the next through incredible and surprising plot twists.

It’s almost impossible to give an overview of this show without revealing spoilers and going on an emotional rampage rant but please take my word for it and start watching!!!

Moz rating: 9/10.

Brooklyn 99

Seasons: Four.

Episodes: 22/23.

Run Time: 20 minutes.

Brooklyn 99 is piss-yer-pants funny, I keep hearing rumours about it getting cancelled and I will sign every damn petition to stop that from happening. Andy Samberg and Terry Crews are all you need in a police precinct sit-com.

Character development is the main storyline through the seasons but that does not detract from the hilarious cases that make each episode and plot line so wonderful. Somehow all of the characters (besides Hitchcock and Scully, even though on occasion they can be not-so-gross) are likeable, despite most of them being egotistical and immature. Boyle is so the Kris Jenner to Peralta’s Kim Kardashian!

Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) is the main focus of the show, he’s obsessed with work, is incredibly childish and tries to incorporate Die Hard in as many cases as possible. Each character is so strong that I could list three personality traits from each one, and you’d be able to guess them all correctly by the end of the third episode!

Moz rating: 8/10.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Seasons: Two

Episodes: 8/10.

Run Time: 45/50 minutes.

My first ever monthly favourites (January 2017) featured the first season and my opinion carries through over a year later now the second season has finally been released!

I was obsessed with the books when I was younger and loved the movie that came out in 2004 but my concerns about this series being over-Americanised were firmly squashed after the first few episodes of season one. Neil Patrick Harris is a perfect Count Olaf, extra confirmed during the short musical numbers in season two! Patrick Warburton has the most soothing but sinister voice, spot on for Lemony Snicket.

Each of the books gets two episodes and the slight differences in the Netflix show that veer from the books and the movie keep it interesting without going too far off the original plot to disappoint the O.G. fans.

Moz rating: 7.5/10.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Seasons: Three.

Episodes: 18, 13, 13.

Run Time: 40 minutes.

The comedy compliments the real, hard-hitting topics addressed during the three existing seasons rather than it seeming like mocking or making light. It’d be easy to try taking the piss to get a laugh but what they’re doing with this show is groundbreaking and insightful. It emphasised the issues rather than making them seem insignificant like some shows do.

The musical numbers are incredible, I would SO go and see Crazy Ex-Girlfriend the musical on broadway. Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch is the most perfect casting I have ever witnessed, though she is a creator so knowing that she created the role for herself makes me love her even more.

Rebecca starts out in season one as a high powered attorney in a New York law firm, smart, beautiful and rich but also suffering with anxiety and depression. She ran into a summer camp ex-boyfriend, Josh Chan, from a decade ago and remembers it as the happiest time in her life. He mentions moving back to his hometown of West Covina, California and she decides to move there herself, telling everyone (and herself) it’s because she got a wonderful job offer, but in reality it’s to try and win Josh back.

I am on the edge of my seat awaiting season four!

Moz rating: 8/10.

Dynasty

Seasons: One.

Episodes: 18 so far.

Run Time: 40 minutes.

Although Dynasty only has one season so far, it’s certainly one to watch. Season two has already been announced and I am hyped! It’s a modern reboot of the 80s classic (which I must admit, I’ve never seen), but the Carrington family have me well and truly hooked.

Moz rating: 6.5/10.

Rupaul’s Drag Race

Seasons: Two-Ten.

Episodes: 10/14.

Run Time: 40-60 minutes.

Watch out for the ‘yaaas queeeen’, it’s contagious. Anyone who’s anyone knows Drag Race, can name the winners from each season in order and could sing Sissy That Walk backwards.

But for those martians out there that haven’t a clue and think I’m talking about some kinda car show, Drag Race is a reality TV show where drag queen contestants flaunt their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent in various sewing, dancing, singing, acting, comedy challenges every week. The weakest two contestants per episode have to lip sync for their lives to keep their spot in the competition until the winner is crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar.

Top seasons on the Moz scale:

3 – Winner: Raja, my favourite from the season.

4 – Winner: Sharon Needles. Queen to remember: Latrice Royale.

6 – Winner: Bianca Del Rio. Queen to remember: Adore Delano.

8 – Winner: Bob The Drag Queen. Queen to remember: Kim Chi.

9 – Winner: Sasha Velour, also my favourite from the season.

Moz rating: 8.5/10.

Riverdale

Seasons: Two.

Episodes: 13-17.

Run Time: 40 minutes.

Based on the 1950’s Archie comics but so far I’ve seen no correlation apart from the names… So trashy it could pass for a soap, after the death of one of the rich and popular Blossom twins on the 4th of July, the whole town of Riverdale investigates the murder.

Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica ‘Nancy Drew’ the town’s misfortune with the help of their families and classmates. I’m beyond in love with FP Jones and want to become a South Side Serpent soooo badly. Season two is proving deeper and darker and much more interesting! Murder mystery it is indeed.

Moz rating: 7/10.

 

Are you currently watching any of these? Let’s natter!

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