Whilst we eagerly await the dreaded return back to uni *yawn*, we may as well Netflix ’til our heart’s content while we still can.
If you’re going to spend all your free time tucked up in bed watching Netflix, then you may as well make it somewhat educational. If you want to spend your nights in watching something that will make your heart explode and your heart to burn, then boy do we have the list of lists for you.
Ranging from light-hearted homosexual humour to the darkness of global warming and gorilla poachers, BB have compiled a list of our favourite TV shows and documentaries to watch on Netflix at the moment. You will learn things about the world and about yourself, so read on to find out more!
Please Like Me
Our favourite dorky comedian / actor / writer / director Josh Thomas has a cult-hit TV series called Please Like Me, a story of a twentysomething Josh who comes to the realisation that he is in fact gay after being dumped by his girlfriend played by Caitlin Stacey. His life is in shambles most of the time and he tries to awkwardly navigate through the challenges thrown at him.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
You will not come out of this movie the same person as you were going into it. Don’t read any spoilers or summaries before viewing, in fact we aren’t even going to tell you what it’s about. Just watch it.
This oscar-winning documentary tells the story of a football team in a poor area of Tennnssee, filled with kids without a bright future. A football coach changes all of that. Even if you have no interest in American football, or sports in general, you will enjoy it way more than you will think. Plus, a perfect movie to watch with your boyfriend / tinder date / brother.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Anything created by Tina Fey is bound to be a riot of laughs, and sure enough this show doesn’t disappoint. Kimmy Schmidt spent 15 years in an underground bunker thanks to a doomsday cult, and is not living in NYC. Her mission? To pursue a normal life. Tina Fey’s mission? To turn the tables on cults, racism and refugees and bring awareness to it through humour. Genus.
This beautifully made series is about a 25 year old Queen Elizabeth faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy. The British empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray and a young woman takes the throne. It reveals the Queen’s private life in a way never seen before, behind the locked doors of Westminster and Buckingham Palace.
This eye opening documentary about global warming and the meat industry will change your perception of the world. It may be poignant enough to turn you vegan, or just simply make you re-consider your relationship with meat. It wasn’t enough to make me give up my small cheeseburger meal at 3am after a night out but it definitely got me thinking. It’s incredibly interesting and a great prequel to Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary of a similar genre: Before The Flood.
Bill Cunningham New York
The late famed fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, in his trademark blue workman’s coat, photographs people on the streets on Manhattan. He is a monk for fashion and Richard Press’ documentary explores his ascetic lifestyle. Watch it and you’ll never think about integrity the same way again… you’ll also never love New York as much.
This documentary plays out as if it’s a horror movie: beautifully shot in the Congo, Africa, the story focuses on the struggles between park rangers and a long list of evil adversaries including poachers, oil company goons and an Islamic revolutionary army. The story of the endangered gorillas and the great lengths people will go to in order to protect them will break your heart and give you a glimpse of hope in humanity at the same time.
And that’s just a week’s worth of shows, right?! Ahem. If you need us, you’ll find us in a dark room armed with snacks.
By Alex Scoffell