I realized that I have been talking about all these tech products that I hardly ever use and ignoring the ones I use every day. No longer! So let’s talk about Netflix. I love Netflix. There is always, always, always something on. I am old enough to remember when TV ended. They called it the end of the broadcast day, played the national anthem and then there was a test pattern and nothing to watch until dawn.
Well, I could watch my dad snore as he slept on the floor in front of the TV but that was boring. So I would go read. It just occurred to me that I might have had insomnia at the age of eight.
Anyway, there is a lot of useless crap on Netflix but that is okay because what I think of as useless crap might be something you really enjoy and vice versa. I never watched Friends or The Office but man do I love The Great British Baking Show and Jeopardy. I rewatch episodes and still get most of the questions wrong.
And there are all those lists about the best movies on Netflix and the best TV shows and I read through them and maybe add a show or two to my list and then just rewatch Sherlock. I wish there was a way I could share my list with you. Let me see what I can do. You can but it looks like a lot of work for very little payoff so never mind.
Here, I will share ten titles grabbed at random from my list.
- One Day at a Time
- How To Get Away With Murder (I am embarrassed to admit I just started watching this)
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (I am old enough to have seen this in theatres)
- The Last O.G. (I bought the cookbook!)
- Sex Education
- Obvious Child
- Russian Doll (I just finished watching this and I am reeling in the best possible way)
- Money Heist (My friend’s husband insisted I watch this and I still haven’t but I will)
For some people who don’t watch TV, Netflix isn’t a big deal. Maybe to them it’s a negative development. I don’t wholly agree. I think what we watch on our screens matters and services like Netflix expand what we see. Shows from around the world. Shows from creators who would never have had a voice within the former system. Russian Doll would never have been made a decade ago, maybe not even 5 years ago. It isn’t perfect but it is a move toward a broader horizon. Joan Didion said, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
So live a little.