The good thing about the winter is that the miserable weather gives you a great excuse to hunker down with your favorite person and binge-watch your favorite shows. Here are the ones that we’ve enjoyed recently, all on Netflix.
I love me some Jason Bateman. He’s just so likeable, even when he’s playing a financial adviser/money launderer who’s forced to move his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks at the behest of the drug cartel that employs him. We watched the first season in just a couple of weeks, it was so fun and exciting. The show is equal parts crime drama and family drama, with Bateman and Laura Linney, the parents of the story, just as worried about the Feds and the drug lords as they are about how their children are adjusting to the move and the fragile state of their marriage.
While waiting for The Handmaid’s Tale to return, I started watching Alias Grace at the suggestion of Netflix, and you know what? I liked the eight-episode mini-series even better! Based on another Margaret Atwood story, the plot is Downton Abbey meets Gone Girl, a 19th-century murder mystery told by Grace Marks, the servant of a wealthy household and unreliable narrator who has been convicted of the crime. But did she actually do it? That’s the question that’ll keep you watching way past your bedtime.
If you haven’t seen any of the previous three seasons of Black Mirror, you can still jump right into this latest one, as each episode is a stand-alone story about a not-so-distant future. Just a few decades from now, society still looks very much like it does today, but technology is more advanced, making it possible to see through your children’s eyes so you can track them anywhere they go, find your soulmate through a rigorous, computer-led program, upload your consciousness after death, and other fun, yet disturbing, possibilities. Each episode is like a mini movie that incites plenty of interesting conversation afterwards.