Must-sees on Netflix!

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Great series on Netflix and some fine wine… 😀

I’ve had a subscription to Netflix for nearly a year now and I haven’t regretted it for a cent… Mind, it’s not like I’m on Netflix 24/7… far from actually. I watch television every night, but it’s not always Netflix, it’s not always a serie and it’s not like I’m your typical binge-watcher.

Because of the variety of series and films that is on offer, I have become rather picky I must say. If I don’t like something from the very beginning, I stop watching it and choose something else.

And that’s why I like these ‘must-see’ lists. It gives me inspiration and it doesn’t take me an hour browsing Netflix to eventually turn off the television without actually watching anything! When I see Netflix-tips, I put them on my ‘to watch’ list and when I want to start a new series, I just check if there’s anything on that list that’s worth spending my time 🙂

My ‘to watch’ list has certainly been helpful for a number of series. Here are some of my favourites… I put the series down in no particular order as they are all very good, but very hard to compare.

1.House of Cards
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Summary

The first season of this American political drama starts, when Frank Underwood is denied being Secretary of State. He then starts a ruthless campaign to get what he wants, with his wife Clare being the perfect accomplice. You’ll get hooked very soon and you’ll want to see those 4 seasons asap!

How many seasons/episodes:

At the moment there are 4 seasons on Netflix, each consisting of 13 episodes of aproximately 50 minutes. The fifth season is being released in March 2017… and I can’t wait!!!

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What I think about it:

OK, this definitely is my favourite Netflix-serie. It has already won multiple Emmy Awards.

I think the casting of Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife Clare is sublime. I love how Spacey sometimes speaks directly into the camera, as if he is letting you in in all his secrets and manipulative ways. He plays a very believable Underwood. Robin Wright is fabulous as Clare Underwood… as ruthless and manipulative as her husband… these two are worthy of eachother!

Now normally if a serie like this has too many seasons, it tends to lose my attention and I sometimes get the feeling it’s an obligation to look at the entire series. But not so with House of Cards. The plots are always interesting and surprising, the acting is sublime and I love the cinematography, which brings a bit of rest in the hectic world of American politics.

I can’t wait for season 5 so I can endulge myself in the corrupt, manipulative world of Washington D.C. again!

Something for you?

House of Cards is something for you if you like political, dark dramas with lots of surprising twists. Watching House of Cards will give you glimpse a behind the American presidential election and that twisted electoral system!

2. The missing

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Summary:

The series starts with the abduction of Oliver, the 5-year old son from Tony and Emily Hughes. Eight years later, the boy still isn’t found. Tony, who doesn’t want to believe that his boy is deas, fanatically keeps searching for him, with the help of retired detective Julien Baptiste.The episodes keep shifting between the different time-slots, which helps to build on the anxiety.

How many seasons/episodes?

There are 2 seasons, but only the first season is on Netflix (8 episodes) at the moment. The second season was released quite recently so I guess that it will be on Netflix somewhere at the end this year.

The second season of The Missing (as well as the first by the way) was partly filmed in Belgium. My daughter, who’s a student at the film school in Brussels, had the chance to work on the set of the second season of The Missing for a couple of weeks (beaming with pride here 😀 ). It really was a big opportunity for her to work on such a professional set and she learned a great deal. So we were really anxious to see this second season. We saw it a couple of months ago on BBC and it didn’t disappoint!! So if you’ve got a chance to see it, don’t hesitate!!

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What I think about it:

From the start of the very first episode, The Missing really grabs you. It is a grey, raw, heartfelt series with outstanding acting, especially from the two main characters, James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor, who play the parents of the missing boy. They act so naturally, they put so much into their role… you actually feel their pain and heartache! It is no surprise they both were nominated for a Golden Globe for their performances. 

Although that in the second season his role is more important than in this first season, Tchéky Karyo puts down a very impressive Julien Baptiste, the French detective.

And last but not least, the director (Tom Shankland) also deserves some credits! He received a nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special during the 2015 Emmy Awards.

Something for you?

If you like drama, suspense and if you’re into psychological thrillers, make sure you’ve got a free weekend to binge watch this series!

3. The fall

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Summary:

The Fall is a British-Irish crime drama, which is set in Northern Ireland. When the police discovers a pattern in the murder of several women, superintendent Stella Gibson is asked to help in the progress of the murder investigation. It becomes clear that a serial killer is behind all these murders.

How many seasons/episodes:

There are currently 2 seasons on Netflix with a total of 11 episodes. The duration of an episode is about one hour, but the season finale of the second season is 90 minutes pure suspense!

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What I think about it:

And again a series in which you see how important the casting is. Gillian Anderson is just perfect as the cool, sophisticated and very determined  superintendent Stella Gibson. But I must admit that all credits go to Jamie Dornan, who plays the suspect. He grows in his role throughout the episodes, but I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just shut up for now 🙂

Something for you?

Definitely for you if you’re into crime drama with a psychological twist! Not for you if you want a lot of action and car chases…

4.Lovesick

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Summary:

Lovesick is a British sitcom which was formerly known as ‘Scrotal recall’. It’s about Dylan, who is diagnosed with chlamydia. Now he must contact all of his previous sex partners to inform them he had the disease and they should get tested themselves. He is helped by his friends Luke and Evie. The latter has had a crush on Dylan for years, but since she realised them being an item was a lost cause, she moved on with her life and now is engaged to someone else.

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How many seasons/episodes:

At the moment there are 2 seasons on Netflix, with a total of 12 episodes. I’m hoping for a third season, but Netflix hasn’t renewed the series… yet!

What I think about it:

I really liked watching this… and I must admit that I saw all 12 episodes on 2 evenings! Mind, the episodes are quite short (about 25 minutes) so it’s very tempting to say ‘oh, let’s just watch one more…’.

The acting is very natural and believable and it simply is a nice past time.

Something for you?

Definitely something for you if you’re into British humor and a down-to-earth look on things!

5.The Crown

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Summary:

The Crown is a biopic drama series, which tells the biographical story about the reign of  Queen Elizabeth II. The serie starts with the wedding of the Queen to Prince Philip.

During this first season, we become aware of the difficulties Queen Elizabeth II has as a young, unexperienced monarch. She wasn’t really prepared to sit on the throne of the world’s most famous monarchy at such a young age. Sir Winston Churchill was her first Prime Minister and helped her in her first steps of her reign.

How many seasons/episodes:

At the moment there is only one season on Netflix (9 episodes), but the second one is being filmed at the moment. Apparently the show’s writer (Peter Morgan) has plotted out six seasons, each season should cover a decade of the Queen’s life. So plenty more to come!
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What I think about it:

I have always been interested in the English monarchy, I cannot exactly explain… I guess I’ve got Princess Diana to blame! Victoria, The Tudors, The Other Boleyn Girl, Elizabeth,… these are but a few of the films and series I watched about the English Monarchy, so I just had to add ‘The Crown’ to that list!

I guess it must be extremely difficult to start putting together a screenplay for this kind of series. And I really like how they handled it: every episode deals with a political or personal item (e.g. the deathening London fog in 1952, the death of King George, the relationship with her sister Margaret,…). There are several flashbacks that show why and how these things were/became important to the Queen and how she tackled these problems.

The acting is very good, especially from Claire Foy (the Queen) and a stunning John Lithgow as Winston Churchill. I especially like the overall atmosphere of the series, the cinematography definitely contributes to this! You can also see that no expenses have been spared to make this series!

Something for you?

If you like historical drama, biopics and if you like the British monarchy than this is definitely a must-see for you!

6.Downton Abbey

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Summary:

Downton Abbey is a family chronicle about Lord and Lady Grantham, their grand country home Downton Abbey, and the staff living in the servant’s quarters. The series starts in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic, covers the first World War and eventually ends in 1925.

How many seasons/episodes:

The entire Downton Abbey series consists of 6 seasons, but there are only 5 seasons on Netflix up until now. The final season is expected in the fall of 2017.

Most episodes are about 50 minutes, but some of them are up to 90 minutes of pure enjoyment 🙂

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What I think about it:

I love family chronicles and costume dramas and I adore all these intrigues and love affairs… Downton Abbey is just pure entertainment for me! As in ‘The Crown’ no expenses were spared… the grandeur really splashes off the screen.

The time period which is covered in Downton Abbey shows how the aristocracy is struggling to keep all of their belongings into the family, often with ‘new money’ from America. This also becomes clear during the seasons.

The acting from most actors is great, but I especially love Maggy Smith as Violet Crawley… the things she sometimes says and the way she says it… priceless. She is such a stunning actress. And I love the interaction with Penelope Wilton who plays ‘cousin Isobel’.

Something for you?

Downton Abbey is for you if you like love affairs, family troubles, struggles between right and wrong, rich and poor. Watching Downton Abbey is like reading a fab novel… difficult to put down!

Which series can you recommend on Netflix? I might write them down on my ‘to watch’ list!

Love, Kathleen

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2 thoughts on “Must-sees on Netflix!

    Maxime said:
    January 24, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    The Fall is echt geweldig! Daar heb ik heel graag naar gekeken al 😀

    Liked by 1 person

      kaybe610 responded:
      January 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Zeker de eerste reeks vind ik daar mega-spannend van! 😀

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