Social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine are all terms and actions that we have had to embrace and adhere to during the last couple of weeks and will likely continue to do so in the coming weeks and months. It can be very difficult for people and households of all different age groups and family make ups to do, but it remains a very important and vital strategy that we all must continue to abide by to help reduce against the spread of COVID-19. This isn’t an ideal situation to be in during the start of spring, but I thought I could try and help with some Netflix recommendations for the adults in the family. Services like Netflix are a great alternative or supplement to your television programing, and have a very large and broad scope of content. I’ve put together a list of 10 shows (In no particular order) that I have enjoyed and hope it can help some of you sift through the plethora of choices.
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Breaking Bad – Seasons 1-5
Created by writer and director Vince Gilligan, breaking Bad is one of the heavy hitters on this list. Walter White is a highschool chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer. Through a series of events and introductions he eventually finds himself as one of the most dangerous and notorious methamphetamine dealers in North America. The show brings you along Walters journey and his transformation into a criminal mastermind in a way that makes him both the antagonist and protagonist.
Ozark – Seasons 1-2
Ozark is an American crime drama starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. A Chicago man finds himself in a very serious money laundering scheme gone wrong, and must suddenly relocate his family to the Ozarks to attempt to make amends with a Mexican drug cartel. Bateman plays economic advisor Marty Byrde who has to mastermind bigger and more elaborate schemes to facilitate the cartels money laundering needs, all while trying to keep his family safe. This series plays out with various plot twists that keeps the viewer guessing and on edge.
Explained – Seasons 1-2
Produced by news site Vox, Explained is a docu-series that shines light on topical issues that impact people’s lives, but aren’t always part of the daily news cycle. Episodes usually range from 15-20 minutes and cover a wide range of subjects such as the worlds water crisis, diamonds, cricket, billionaires and animal intelligence. I find the series very easily consumed and also the kind of show you feel a little more informed after watching.
Schitts Creek – Seasons 1-5
Written and created by Canadian father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, Schitts Creek is a about a married couple that finds themselves suddenly bankrupt and having to move their family to small “ugly” town named Schitts Creek. This sitcom is a very credible and award winning Canadian made show that was very well written and casted. It’s a feel good comedy that is about love, humanity and told in a hilarious way. It provides a good honest laugh and will quickly become a Canadian classic.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – Seasons 1-11
One of my favourite on this list, C.C.G.C is hosted by famous comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld, in which he interviews other famous comedians and performers that he has idolized and admired throughout his life. And did I mention they conduct every interview in a classic car hand-picked by Jerry enroute to grabbing coffee? What’s not to love here. Guests range from the likes of Dave Letterman and Jerry Lewis, to Martin Short and Dana Carvey. This show provides you with insight into the inner thoughts and working ideas of famous actors and comedians and provides loads of laughs in very short and consumable episodes.