Still Chillin' (with Netflix!)

 There is no denying 2020 has been a terrible year for entertainment.

Theatres are closed. Many have gone out of business permanently. Concerts have all been cancelled. Production has shut down on television shows around the world. And the shows that are being made have become...weird. We are watching people sitting around inside their own homes, talking about things that happened in the past. Back when we were allowed to have fun. Not fantastic.

Luckily, we are continuing to discover shows worth watching on Netflix. 

My top choice is Giri/Haji. This show ticks all the boxes for me. Murder? Check. Romance? Check. Great acting? Check. Visually stunning? Check. Add international locations, brilliant writing, exciting plot, and even an unexpected modern dance scene!!

Giri/Haji is a totally unique production, a collaboration between Japanese and British television. Set in Tokyo and London, the cast is made up of both Japanese and British actors. The storyline follows a Japanese detective whose brother gets caught up in Yakusa criminal activities. Yes, you will need to read subtitles, unless you speak Japanese. But this is a small price to pay for a fabulous TV show.

Atypical is also worth watching. Frequently funny, while also tender and moving, this show explores the trials and tribulations of a family with a son on the autistic spectrum. He's very high functioning, able to get good grades in school and snag a valedictorian girlfriend. There's plenty of family drama as well as romance here. And three seasons worth of episodes.

We have cruised through 8 seasons of The Great British Baking Show. Now we have to wait for each episode to be doled out weekly, on Fridays. If you enjoy cooking shows, comedy, and competition, you must sink your teeth into some British baking. There's plenty of excitement--cakes toppling over and caramel burning--plus loads of British cursing. 

We recently discovered a show called Love. I didn't instantly fall in LOVE with it, but after a couple of episodes, it's growing on me. It's mostly a comedy, with enough laughs to keep me interested. 

And if you also have HBO, you should check out The Undoing. Anyone who loved Big Little Lies will be just as fascinated with Nicole Kidman in this new role. There's murder, which is high on my list of must-haves, and mystery, as well as phenomenal acting from Kidman, Hugh Grant, Donald Sutherland, and others.

What have you been watching lately? Are you still loving Netflix? Are you watching The Bachelorette this season? Do you think Claire and Dale are going to be married soon? Let me know!!