We admit it — we watch a lot of Netflix. A lot of Netflix. There were some shows that we absolutely fell in love with… and some that we didn’t (I’m trying to be honest here). But since my friends are constantly asking me what they should watch — I’m going to tell you what I recommend. For this month’s Netflix post, here are some of my favorite shows that we streamed in 2017 — some are appropriate for adults and some are appropriate for kids.
Stranger Things 2
Are you surprised by this? I loved Stranger Things 1 and while Season 2 had it’s highs and lows, I am hooked on this series. It’s a bit scary, but some tweens and most tweens will be able to handle it.
This next one is NOT for the kids to watch:
Toast of London
This fall, our Netflix queue suggested a show called Toast of London. We admit we ignored it and then gave it a chance. What we found was a show that we just fell in love with – well written and acted and totally absurd! We’re actually on our second viewing of the series — which is only three seasons. We’re hoping it comes back for a fourth.
Matt Berry stars Steven Toast. The Toast in Toast of London. You may him as the horndog from the IT Crowd. We love his character Steven Toast, who is a bit of a mess. His wife left him and he’s in a play that everyone hates with a passion. He rents a room from another actor, his agent Jane is wacky, and his nemesis is a fellow actor called Ray Purchase, though Toast calls Ray “Bloody” Purchase.
If you notice, Toast always wears black and Ray always wears off-white. Ray is not a good guy — then again, Toast really isn’t totally a good guy either. Toast always says the wrong thing, people seem to really be annoyed by him, and he constantly sleeps with Ray’s wife, Mrs. Purchase – who is a prostitute, but apparently doesn’t charge anyone. There are some scenes with Toast and Mrs. Purchase knocking boots, but you don’t actually see any naughty bits.
Then there’s Clem Fandango. Clem works at the Voiceover studio where Toast comes in and does voice acting. He starts off dressing pretty conservatively but starts wearing crazier and crazier outfits. Every single time Clem speaks to Toast, he introduces himself and says, “Hi Steven, this is Clem Fandango” or “Steven, this is Clem Fandagang0”. Toast always replies, “Yes, I hear you, Clem Fandang0”. It gets very funny because Clem always acts like he’s never seen Toast before and Toast just gets annoyed everytime Clem speaks to him.
There are also crazy situations – Toast gets buried alive in one episode due to the whims of a crazy director, in another episode he gets an award for worst actor, but he had been told it was for best actor. It manages to be very funny and you can’t help feeling a little sorry for Toast, even if he causes a lot of his own problems. I love when the ‘fourth wall’ drops and Toast starts a song and sings into the camera.
I liked the series so much that I tweeted Matt Berry. I did show my kids a few, carefully monitored clips:
— Nancy Johnson Horn (@themamamaven) October 7, 2017
(Clem is the one on the left)
Check out Toast of London on Netflix.
Marvels’ The Defenders + Netflix’s Marvel Offerings
We loved Daredevil, we adored Jessica Jones, Luke Cage was good, and Iron Fist — well, we saw potential but thought it was the weakest franchise. When everyone came together in the Defenders? AWESOME!! While there was violence, we would let our 12-year-old stream this. It’s still a little too much for our 7-year-old and our almost 10-year-old.
Orange is the New Black
This is one of the first shows that made me a Netflix fan and we could not take our eyes off this season. Remember when I got to go to the set? Plus, one of my friends is a background actor on OITNB and I love to take a look for her in each episode!
We also enjoyed the whole series of the IT Crowd, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace and Frankie, and I just started streaming The Crown. I have Alias Grace on my queue and plan to watch that soon.
For the Kids
One of our favorite Netflix shows was A Series of Unfortunate Events. We were hooked from episode one and we didn’t want a miss a second Count Olaf’s nefarious actions with the Baudelaires. See the recap of the event we to last December.
My daughter will tell you that her favorite is My Little Pony. My youngest son became a big fan of The Flash.
Happy New Year – Ring in the new year anytime you want with on-demand New Year’s Countdowns on Netflix
The struggle to keep the kids excitement under control until the ball drops is all too real. With nine on-demand New Year’s countdowns you can make the special moment happen anytime the kids want to celebrate. Fan favorites like Trollhunters, Skylanders Academy, Larva, True and Rainbow Kingdom and more are available starting December 26 on Netflix.com/Kids.
And yes, we love this because it means my kids go to bed well before midnight!!
Good Ideas for Family Shows to Stream
Warm fireplaces, fuzzy blankets and a cozy night in with Netflix is all we want for the holidays. We’ve got festive titles all wrapped up and ready to stream this month, so fill up your queue and spread the holiday cheer with Netflix.
Don’t forget to check out my Queen Poppy Cupcake Tutorial!
A StoryBots Christmas
Dreamworks Home for the Holidays
What will you be streaming over this break?
Disclosure: I am a Netflix Stream Team Member. I am given product, certain opportunities, and I receive a free Netflix subscription in exchange for posting about Netflix. As always, all opinions are my own.
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