Top Netflix Picks!

Though I'm embarrassed to admit it, Netflix is one of my favorite things. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to have a cozy night in watching your favorite shows. It can be a little overwhelming at times, however, because there are so many different things you can watch. If you ever find yourself wondering what to watch on Netflix, you've come to the right place. Here are some good things to watch next time you're feeling uninspired:

Parks and Recreation (2009).
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I'm pretty late to the party with this show, but this is a great series to watch casually. Shot in a "mockumentary" format, this show chronicles the happenings of the office of a small department of local government as they try to build a playground. Though Amy Poehler is hilarious as the lead, the supporting cast is brilliant and often steals the show. Chris Pratt is my favorite, of course.

Bomb Girls (2012).
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This series focuses on the lives of female factory workers during World War II. This is especially interesting because it's set in Canada and not the United States, so you can see how the war influenced everyday lives. It's a fantastic show filled with female empowerment, but not very well known. Definitely one of the hidden gems of Netflix.

New Girl (2011).
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I'm not usually one for sitcoms, but this is a rare exception. This show displays the hilarious mishaps that protagonist Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) and her three male roommates get into (my favorite roommate is Winston!). Not only is the writing on this show very smart, but the costuming is superb: I wish I could step into Jess' wardrobe and borrow her clothes.

Casanova (2005).
Image courtesy of PBS.
I'm a big fan of David Tennant, who stars as the titular character Giacomo Casanova in this PBS/Masterpiece Theatre mini-series special. The premise is that an older Casanova recalls the memories of his youth while writing down his memoirs, which follows historically with the real Casanova's Histoire de ma vie. If you're familiar with Casanova, then you can probably figure out that there are themes in this mini-series that are pretty risque. On another note, the costumes in this series are absolutely stunning.

Sherlock (2010).
Image courtesy of PBS.

With the recent airing of season 3 of Sherlock on BBC, I've been meaning to go back and rewatch the first two seasons. My love for this show is unreal, especially Benedict Cumberbatch's acting and the stunning cinematography and typography.

Hercules (1997).
Image courtesy of Disney.

This movie is a lot of fun! Though, in my opinion, it's enjoyed best while there are at least five other people crowded into your tiny dorm room and you're all eating takeout. This is easily one of my favorite Disney movies, though I didn't come to appreciate it as much until I was older. Also, the music is a lot of fun.

Emma (1996).
Image courtesy of Miramax.
I really, really love Jane Austen, and this adaptation of her novel Emma is one of my favorites. It doesn't drag, is pretty loyal to the novel, and keeps the viewer's interest. Gwyneth Paltrow does an amazing job!

What's your favorite thing to watch on Netflix? If you don't have Netflix, what's your favorite TV show or movie?

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