Netflix to the Rescue!

netflixBoo, it’s winter. I don’t always watch a lot of TV, but when I do it’s because I’m hooked on a series and binge-watching, thanks to Netflix.

Had a bad day? Netflix to the rescue!

It’s pitch black outside before dinner is even on the table? Netflix to the rescue!

Your infant insists on cluster feeding all night? Netflix to the rescue!

The kids have been cooped up inside and finally went to bed? Netflix to the rescue!

The entire family is down with the flu? Netflix to the rescue!

But what if Netflix has been coming to the rescue a lot lately and you just finished binge-watching your latest obsession? Don’t worry… we’ve been there too. Here are a few recommendations for what to watch on Netflix from our team of writers. ICMB to the rescue!

Our favorite Netflix recommendations:

If you want something relatable…

Gilmore Girls. As mothers, daughters, and some of us mothers of daughters, you won’t be able to help but love the Gilmore Girls. You’ll rage when you see Rory making the same mistakes her mom made, and you’ll sympathize with Lorelai when you watch her try to be a better mother than the one she had. Romance, real life, and some fast-paced dialogue will keep you hooked. BONUS: Rumor has it that Netflix is working on a Gilmore Girls revival series featuring four 90-minute episodes taking place in the present day (which would be 8 years since Rory graduated). Ahhhh we’re excited!

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We recommend watching Parenthood with a tiny infant on your chest. 🙂

Parenthood. This is a must-watch in my opinion. I watched the entire series during my maternity leave which explains why we went through so many boxes of Kleenex. It’s an incredible series with an amazing cast that comes together to portray the Braverman family, three generations of people who go through the highs and lows of love, loss, marriage and babies.

If you want something funny and light…

New Girl. Zooey Deschanel stars in this cute and funny comedy about a 20-something school teacher who moves in with a loft full of boys. It’s just quirky enough to make you laugh and remind you of the days that you had roomies, too. The romantic tension is always on display, but it’s the friendships that make the show solid gold.

Friends. This one was on everybody’s list since Netflix released the entire 236 episode series last year! I think I’ve seen them all over the years, but it’s a show that I can always flip on and it never disappoints.

3rd Rock from the Sun. If you grew up in the ’90s, you’ll remember this hilarious show about four aliens who come to Earth to observe how humanity works only to find themselves in strange new bodies with strange new emotions. This is a little blast from the past that is always fun to watch!

If you want something dramatic…

Orange Is the New Black. Careful, this Netflix original is highly addicting! Likely because it brings you into a world that you will (hopefully) never experience, and that is always fascinating. You’ll follow Piper as she figures out how to hold her own in prison and does a lot of soul-searching along the way. Each episode also highlights another inmate and the series of events that landed them behind bars! It’s crude, but certainly entertaining.

House Of Cards. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright star as the soulless politician and his CEO wife. The series is powerful, smart, sexy, and at times, downright disturbing. It is a fresh and exciting recommendations

Friday Night Lights. Another show that I personally became obsessed with…I clicked play on this show in the first trimester of my pregnancy when fatigue was at a high, and I never looked back. The famous story of a small Texas town obsessed with football has one of the most memorable family units in television history: Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton just crush it as the coach and his supportive and strong wife. The show tackles racism, poverty, teen sex, and crushed dreams like no other.

Brothers and Sisters. Basically a soap opera, this show features the usual characters— a large, dysfunctional yet still loving family—but manages to reel you in quickly. Sally Field is perfect as the family matriarch, and her amazing-looking brood of children couple and uncouple to your heart’s content. Drama and heartache are guaranteed.

If you want a documentary…

Making a Murderer. Oh you know, the docuseries that the whole world seems to be talking about. The show tracks the life of Steven Avery, who served 18 years for a crime that DNA evidence later indicated he had not committed. Later, while fighting a legal battle over his previous incarceration, Avery became a suspect in a new heinous murder case.

Fed Up. This primarily focuses on the sugar industry and how much sugar is included in our processed food. Watch this if you care about what you’re putting in your body and what could be causing obesity rates to skyrocket over the last few decades.

Blackfish. This focuses on the story of a captive whale that took the lives of three individuals and the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity. The story is very fairly thoughtfully presented. It’s an interesting watch that will certainly change the way you look at performance whales.

What would YOU recommend?!? You know we want to hear it so please comment below!
Jessi is a creative, organized and enthusiastic girl mom with a soft spot for country music and all that it entails. She's a single mom to two sassy little girls (born in 2014 & 2018). She's putting down roots in West Branch, Iowa, just a few miles from her hometown of West Liberty. Jessi works in fundraising, event coordination and community development and enjoys hiking, crafts, bargain hunting, party planning, and taking in the simple joys of life. She is admittedly addicted to funny memes, is passionate about philanthropy, and is completely smitten by the adventure of motherhood.



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