Kick Back With These Netflix Picks This Summer

by Samantha on June 15, 2014

Parents can take a well-needed break with these titles

DISCLAIMER: As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I will be providing monthly thoughts and suggestions about movies currently showing on Netflix. As with all content on this blog, opinions are completely my own. 

Summertime and the living is easy.

For some of us.

For others, it’s a crazy couple of months trying to coordinate camps for the kids and activities to keep them busy during the long, very long, break from school.

Suffice it to say that many of us are beat after a stressful day of working (at home or at the office), doing laundry and making dinners.

We want to kick back and relax because heavens knows, we deserve it!

One of my favourite things to do is to pour myself a glass of wine after the kids have gone to sleep and and turn on Netflix. I know I’m not alone here as the service is a staple for tired parents everywhere. After endless hours of watching kiddie programming and shows, one’s brain can start to feel a bit mushy, so it’s no wonder that parents immerse themselves in more adult-friendly programming after the kids are down for the evening, despite their exhaustion. It’s that “me time” that we crave that makes finding a great TV show or streaming movie so compelling.

This past month, I was invited to a pre-screen of one of my favourite Netflix shows, Orange is the New Black, which is now available in its entirely (Seasons 1 and 2) for streaming. If you haven’t seen it, I would encourage you to check it out as it’s a great form of escapism (into prison, no less, but trust me on this one).

OITNB

Here’s a picture from the pre-screen with some of my fellow/fave bloggers (left to right) Deborah from Raising My Boys, Heather from TJZ Mommy and Erica from Yummy Mummy Club:

Mom Blogger Pic

Of course, I was late to the Breaking Bad party (what else is new) but I caught up really fast and devoured the full five seasons earlier this year. I’m still going through withdrawal about what is probably the best TV series ever (in my humble opinion) and am seriously reconsidering watching the whole thing again. Just because.

You can stream the complete Seasons 1 through 5 on Netflix but be forewarned: the show is addicting as…meth?

Breaking Bad Image

Another show I’ve started watching lately (yes – again – late to the party) is Mad Men. As some of you know, I work in the PR/Marketing field with many agency years behind me. For this reason, this show resonates on so many levels but you don’t have to be in the business to “get” the appeal of this program. Not being a fashion buff of any kind, there’s still fascination with the style of a bygone era which is displayed in the show. In other words, you could watch it for its clothing alone (and beware: some of the hats, shoes and outfits being rocked by those Mad Men women are to die for!).

But there’s more.

The show forces us to revisit some of the many archaic and sexist attitudes towards women that are a staple of the program. It wasn’t too long ago that women “had their place” and it was usually subordinate to men. And the constant smoking and drinking in the office are enough to give you a morning-after, smoke-imbued hangover from just watching. If you’re interested in not only the fashion but the social and cultural attitudes that are reflected in the show, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

Mad Men

Of course these are just three of the many options out there, ready to stream when you’ve managed to carve out some well-deserved “me time” without the kids. Here are some other titles on Netflix that I haven’t gotten to yet but have heard great things about. I’ll be checking them out soon:

  1. Weeds
  2. Call the Midwife
  3. Freaks and Geeks
  4. Shameless
  5. Lilyhammer
  6. Wallander
  7. Suits
  8. Pretty Little Liars
  9. Sherlock
  10. Friday Night Lights

 What about you? What are your favourite “grown up” shows that you can’t miss on Netflix? Leave me your suggestions in the comments section below. I’m always looking for new suggestions :)

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