I would like to argue that Netflix is one of the best inventions of the modern world.
And, I’m not just saying that because I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. In fact, my commitment to the team is based on the fact that I find the Netflix service to be such an amazing gift to humanity.
And don’t even get me started on the genius who came up with the term: binge watch.
Particularly when you’re sicker than a dog and forced to wallow in your infected juices on your couch for hours at a time.
Now, I’m a mom, which means that being sick and resting through it is just not a luxury I truly have in life. We had three basketball games this weekend, baseball practice, and an end of season banquet to attend.
But, when I finally made it home each evening and collapsed into my couch space, I stayed there for hours thanking Netflix for keeping me sane while I was barely able to stay alive.
Let me help brighten your next near death day.
What to Binge Watch on Netflix When You’re Sicker Than a Dog
Even if you saw it already, you’re going to want to revisit it in preparation of the recently announced, soon to be released, season 2!
Jane the Virgin
It is light, it is funny, and Jane is my favorite TV girlfriend right now.
I watched the old episodes before going into the new. If you have time for this then I’m thinking you have more than a seasonal flu situation going on and I’m sad for you. If you watched it in the good old days, just watch the revival -there are only a few disappointing parts.
I watched every episode when it aired originally, but that was ages ago -before I had kids and a job and the ability truly question how they all had so much time to hang out and still make their rent.
My children did this one to me. In the Office years, I watched sporadically. I didn’t start at the beginning and when I did enter, I didn’t watch steady until a couple of seasons before the end. I know I didn’t watch the finale -I think I was pregnant and unable to handle the emotion of it. About 3 months ago, my middle and high schoolers discovered it -they have fallen in love with the entire staff. We can’t make it through a dinner without quotes or through a day without someone bringing up their favorite Office moment. I had to start rewatching it so I’d know what they where laughing about.
Once Upon a Time
This is one of those shows with a super long running, convoluted story line that picks up and takes off at different points across the seasons. It adds characters, loses them, and brings them back again repeatedly. The timeline tends to jump around as well so leaving and coming back is hard. I watched the first two seasons no problem and then fell off and haven’t been able to recover. It’s a great show so I’m excited to dive in and catch up.
Parks and Recreation
Up there with the Office for me and my experience was similar (didn’t start at the beginning, didn’t watch consistently, but loved it when I did). I’d watch this over and over again just to watch Aziz say “treat yo self”.
One Day at a Time
It’s a remake of a classic that you may recall from your growing up days and it’s a great one to start with the kids. The Dudes all fell in love with the characters in the show and are desperately awaiting season 2’s release.
Another throwback remake, this one even features many members of the original cast. It’s an easy watch and if you’re trying to recover with the kids around, it is a good choice to keep them entertained as well.
An oldie but goodie that is best watched in rapid succession so as to reduce confusion. I watch with my teen so he can explain it to me. My attention span and ability to make sense of the earth time continuum is just not large.
*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and receive insider news and cool swag as part of my affiliation. All opinions are my own.