Netflix is full of programming for every mood, circumstance, event and need you can think of but here are four gems you can’t afford to miss.
- 1. Downton Abbey
This British drama series was something I gave a chance out of a feeling of obligation. After hearing about the series several times I finally halfheartedly gave it a try. I was hooked after the 15 minutes. Taking place in Yorkshire during the reign of King George V this series follows the Crawley family and their servants through times of great events like the sinking of the Titanic, World War 1 and the Spanish influenza pandemic. Anyone that spent a day in school in the U.S. knows at least general facts about these huge events of the time but it’s an interesting take from a British, well off family. It’s different and personal. Waiting for season 3 is murder!
- 2. House of Cards
This Netflix original I came across in the hunt for another exclusive show Netflix is showing. A mix of political secrets, disgruntled employees, little known truths and skeletons this series is raw, dirty, funny (at time hilarious) and somehow confuses you into actually rooting for the bad guy. A political drama centered on Francis “Frank” Underwood the House Majority Whip in present day D.C. After not being appointed to Secretary of State he goes into full-fledged revenge on everyone he feels had even the slightest involvement in what he considers betrayal. You find yourself sympathizing with his victims and in the same breath feeling a bit giddy at the success of his puppet-mastery. Dying for season two to begin.
- 3. “Marley”
Who hasn’t heard of Bob Marley? Well this music documentary introduces you to the actual man. Filled with interviews of Marley, family and close friends this is one of the few biographical documentaries that I’ve seen that wasn’t boring and purely fact after boring fact. Such and intriguing individual, “Marley” takes you through the music and straight to the man, Marley. I loved this documentary and was more than pleasantly surprised.
- 4. Mona Lisa Smile
Heard of the movie but never had much interest in it, the title was put-offish, but because I have yet to be disappointed by a Julia Roberts movie I gave it a shot. Set in the 50s, in a Massachusetts private school for women, Roberts plays an Art History teacher/feminist who at first wasn’t taken seriously by her students later inspiring them to be more than just wives and mothers. Robert’s character of course gives off a motherly, protective and selfless tone for the entire movie so of course this is a no-brainer feel good movie.