Every night after we put Emma to bed, we sit down to flick through the channels and try to find something to watch. We usually only have a couple of hours before we inevitably get too tired, but I’m always moaning that there’s nothing to watch on TV. So when we were invited recently to join the Netflix Stream Team, I was delighted. No more endless scrolling trying to find something to watch, time to get stuck in to what so many of our friends and family keep recommending to us.
I have to admit that I’m a bit behind with the times – we’ve had a Virgin TiVo box for a long time, which allows you to stream Netflix direct to your TV…but we’ve never given it a go. Even further than that, it’s been years since we’ve had an account! Lately I’ve been hearing more and more about the Netflix original series’ that I had been told will have you hooked in no time at all. I was just excited to join the Stream Team and make up for lost time.
Being part of the Stream Team means that over the next year, we’ll have full access to all those shows you’ve been meaning to watch along with brand new ones too. I’m already in love with it! To welcome us to the team, we got a lovely box of goodies including a brand new iPad for the family share. It’s been so handy, especially for watching our favourite new series. I’ve often thought that’s why I never really got into Netflix in the past, as I didn’t have the right medium to watch it on.
So what have we been watching?
the grown ups
13 Reasons Why: We started off with the popular series that we have heard so much about. As ever, I’m a bit late to the party with this! To be honest, I was a little reluctant to start watching a series about teen suicide but I was really impressed and watched the whole series in just a few days. The series is narrated by Hannah Baker, who has a series of demoralising things happen to her, which lead to her suicide.
Having known that my stepson watched this series beforehand, I was quite worried that he’d been exposed to some of the themes in the series – rape, bullying, victimising others. But having watched the series, I thought it was brilliant. These are things we do need to be talking about with teenagers – we need to talk about how we treat others and the cause and effect it has on them. We need to talk about death, suicide and how to spot if people around you just aren’t coping. I’d really recommend this one to watch!
Stranger Things: Straight after finishing 13 Reasons Why, I started watching Stranger Things, Series 1. I asked on Twitter what others’ would recommend to start with on Netflix and this series came head and shoulders above the rest. I found this one a bit harder to get into, but by episode 3 I was hooked and binge watched this one too! It’s such a gripping series and I was just intrigued the whole way through as to what was going on.
James, 13 years old
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: James introduced us to this US police comedy series and we all love it! In the past, we’ve all watched Modern Family together and this was similar in the style of comedy. I love to find something that’s easy to watch at the end of a long day, so I’m sure we’ll enjoy working our way through the series.
Prison Break: James is also enjoying Prison Break and has watched quite a few already. He’s always been a fan of crime drama, such as Midsomer Murders or Poirot and this is another one to add to the list.
Emma, 2 years old
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: I was excited to see what Emma would make of having so many programmes to choose from but her first choice was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It’s her favourite book and she was in her element to see the caterpillar wiggling around on the screen. The film is about 30 minutes long and features 4 short stories by Eric Carle and Emma will sit on the floor completely gripped watching all the way through.
Dora The Explorer: I knew Emma would be requesting Dora The Explorer soon enough as she loves the series on TV. She actually thinks she is Dora and keeps calling her ‘Emma’, very cute. It’s great to have so many TV series on hand to watch whenever we’d like and I can’t wait to watch some more over the summer.
Over the next year, we’ll be getting hot off the press news from Netflix and will be sharing with you on the blog. Let me know if there are any series you would like to know more about and I’ll be sure to add them to our ‘what to watch next’ list. If you also have any tips on how to avoid Netflix taking over your life, be sure to let me know as I think I am going to need it!
Disclaimer: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team