Netflix while social distancing
What to watch on Netflix while social distancing
by I Love Limerick Correspondent Elysha Ní Chúlain.
With the country being told to avoid as many social gatherings and outings as possible, many of us will spend the next couple of weeks at home. With most of us in lockdown for a week now, you’ve probably already cleaned the house from top to bottom and now the fears of boredom are starting to creep in. Don’t worry Ilovelimerick has you covered.
Correspondent Elysha Ní Chúláin shares her recommendations on what to watch on Netflix while social distancing to help with your lockdown blues.
NEW TO NETFLIX
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J Walker is a 4 part limited series produced by Netflix featuring a strong cast such as lead actress Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish. Based on a true story, an American washerwoman (Madam C.J Walker) rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire in the USA.
Tiger King – Murder, Mayhem, and Madness: Netflix’s latest true-crime docuseries, diving into the wild world of big cat owners and enthusiasts in an exploration of one man’s path from attention-seeking zoo owner to a convicted criminal. Over seven episodes, we get an exclusive look into Joe Exotic’s eccentric life and other characters in the big cat world—in a story that involves polygamy, mysterious disappearances, heavy drug use, cult-like leaders and the exploitation of both humans and animals.
Derry Girls: A binge-worthy comedy series produced by Channel 4 created by Lisa Mc Gee. The two seasons follow Erin and her friends as they grow up during the troubles in 1990s Northern Ireland and attempt to navigate the highs and lows of being teenagers. An achingly funny and beautifully lived-in comedy series from showrunner Lisa McGee, which will dramatically expand your knowledge of Irish slang when it doesn’t have you in stitches.
Schitt’s Creek: With six seasons, this hit series stars and is produced by Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy. The series was conceived by Dan Levy, who wondered how the wealthy families frequently depicted on American reality television, would react if they were stripped of all their money. The series follows the Rose family as they suddenly go bankrupt and the only remaining asset they have is an ugly small town named Schitt’s Creek.
Wizard of Oz: A timeless classic that I’ve probably watched over 100 times! The perfect movie to put a smile on anyone’s face during this hard time. When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz.
Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle: A new take on a family favorite featuring Hollywood’s favorite comedy duo, The rock (Dwayne Johnson) and Kevin Hart, which sees four students play with the magical video game of Jumanji during detention. Before they know it they are drawn to the jungle world of Jumanji, where they are trapped as their avatars. To return to the real world, they must finish the game.
Love is Blind: An addictive US reality TV show featuring a group of singles trying to find a match and fall in love without ever seeing each other face-to-face, as emotional connection attempts to conquer physical attraction. The show is packed with major twists and turns and of course loads of drama. This series blew up across all social media and now has created a huge fan club. Fans of the show have started hashtags for the show to do an international spin-off.
Clueless: A cult classic of the ’90s, the American coming-of-age teen Romcom film was written and directed by Amy Heckerling. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, Dan Hedaya, and Brittany Murphy. The plot centers on Cher Horowitz, a rich and beautiful high school student who befriends a new student named Tai Frasier and decides to give her a makeover. Through this, Cher gives her life a makeover and finds love on the way.
The Purge: An American TV series centered on a series of dystopian action horror films, presenting a near-future dystopian America which celebrates an annual national holiday known as the Purge, in which all crimes, including murder, are legal for a 12-hour period.
The Stranger: Probably the top trending Netflix series so far this year and for good reason. Harlen Coben’s latest creation shows a strange woman turns up in a British community to reveal the secrets of the inhabitants. The resultant human wrangling and mystery make this one of those series where ‘one more episode’ is never enough. The tying of those secrets together as the series unfolds reveals a lot more about the locals than they care to admit and uncovers a murky underbelly. This is a must-watch.
BEST YOU MISSED LAST YEAR
Russian Doll – Natasha Lyonne is spectacular in this unexpectedly delightful riff on Groundhog Day, about a smart-mouthed New Yorker who finds herself inexplicably dying each night and resetting to the same moment at her 36th birthday party. It walks a tricky tonal tightrope, balancing melancholy with hard-hitting laughs, and manages the feat with remarkable skill.