There is nothing I hate more than being bored out of my mind and not knowing what to start watching on Netflix, especially when I am in the middle of a Minnesota winter. So whether it’s too cold, a rainy day, or you just don’t feel like doing anything, here is a guide of some of the best TV shows and movies to watch based on what you could be feeling on a dreary, Netflix-necessary day.
If you love Arrested Development but need something new: Schitt’s Creek
Schitt’s Creek is the new Arrested Development, where rich-family-goes-broke meets the dry humor of Parks and Rec. With Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, this show will you give the best, uncomfortable laughs and cringes you could ever ask for.
If you love Cupcake Wars but get stressed out too easily: The Great British Baking Show
Is it just me or do most cooking shows cause stress because you aren’t sure if they will finish on time? Then The Great British Baking Show is the perfect fit for you. Although they have a time limit, the show is based on actual baking, not just trying to beat the clock. Plus, who wouldn’t want to listen to British accents talking about sugar and butter?
If you need a Sandra Bullock marathon: Hope Floats, While You Were Sleeping, and Two Weeks Notice
Thank God three of Sandra Bullock’s best movies are on Netflix (if only The Proposal was on it). Hope Floats is one of her most underrated performances. It is the perfect movie to remind you how important your family is and how hot Harry Connick Jr. is in a cowboy hat. I recommend watching them in the above order.
If you are an aspiring frat boy turned super hero: Limitless
After the movie was created, CBS turned Limitless into a TV show. While it only got one season, it is still a cool show that makes you think about what life would be like if someone had the kind of power to be basically all-knowing.
If you want the ultimate best-actress movie: Mona Lisa Smile
Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin and Marcia Gay Harden, what’s not to love? Anytime I need a reminder that I should be proud to be a woman, Mona Lisa Smile reminds me of how far women have come in education and independence. You can’t help but feel inspired after watching this movie.
If you love the Kardashians but don’t want to feel like complete trash: The People vs O.J. Simpson
While I have no interest in O.J. Simpson, I get my crime and Kardashian fix in one show! Although I feel like they push Robert Kardashian to mention Kris Jenner in stupid places, it is still cool to see another side of the Kardashian family.
If you like Psych but need a new crime fighter with a different crazy specialty: Lie To Me
Cal Lightman, the show’s main character, specializes in body language and facial expressions to be able to tell if someone is lying. It is pretty clear he knows people could see him as a quack, so he plays that to his advantage and tends to humor those who doubt him. Like Shawn Spencer from Psych, nothing is better than proving someone wrong by adding some dramatics to his specialty.
If you want to feel like a kid again: The Lizzie McGuire Movie/a Hilary Duff marathon
Whenever I feel like being a kid, I turn to Hilary Duff, so The Lizzie McGuire movie is a natural choice. Cadet Kelly and Beauty & the Briefcase (which is terrible movie but fun to laugh at) are also on Netflix so I recommend making a marathon out of it.
If you wish Law and Order storylines were more than just one episode: The Killing (seasons 1 and 2)
The Killing takes 23 episodes to figure out one murder. This could seem excessive but every episode leaves you hanging and makes you think the killer was someone different from the last episode. I started saying “one more episode” thanks to The Killing. This show is the ultimate binge-worthy choice.
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