By: Kristen Finstad
Friends – spring is finally in sight. Here in Wisconsin, we’re looking at 40s, 50s and 60s over the next couple of weeks, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We all survived a couple of rough months full of snow storms, ice storms, and polar vortex temperatures, and, I’ve gotta say, Netflix has helped us through it. On those cold Friday nights when the roads are less than ideal, the last thing we’ve wanted to do is leave the house. So we’ve watched our fair share of shows, documentaries and movies, and I’ve come here today with a list of some of our favorites. Everybody loves a good Netflix recommendation, right? You may want to write these down:
I’m late to the party here, since I’m pretty sure everybody has loved The Office for, oh, probably a decade or more. But this show has just been perfect for some lighthearted comedy and belly laughs after a stressful day at work. Highly recommend if you’re a little late to the party, too.
Full House is my childhood in a nutshell. I can remember coming home from school everyday and flipping on Full House reruns, so its resurgence a couple of years ago was so exciting. I will say, parts of it are cheesy and just not quite as effortless as the original in the 90s, but it’s heartwarming and nostalgic at the very least. 🙂
Making a Murderer
I got on the Making a Murderer bandwagon early on when the first season came out and it was all anyone could talk about. It’s mindblowing that all of this went down right here in Wisconsin, and the documentary is just fascinating…it’s hard to look away! The second season did not disappoint either. I am fully invested in this case.
Call us nerds, but Andrew and I can’t get enough of Planet Earth or anything similar. I mean, how on earth (no pun intended) do these camera guys capture this kind of footage? How long do they sit there waiting for a snake to chase a lizard, or a lion to outrun a gazelle? Any insight would be appreciated. Regardless – it. is. fascinating.
You ever notice these series on Netflix about each decade? We started with The Nineties and have now worked our way into The 2000s, and it’s so fun to reflect on things from our childhoods – some things that are forever engrained in our memories, and some that were over our heads as kids. Our goal is to finish every decade on Netflix!
The Innocent Man
If you liked Making a Murderer, you’ll love The Innocent Man. We were really impressed with this one, and it filled the void we had after finishing season two of Making a Murderer. I won’t give anything away, but, you should watch. 🙂
If you haven’t noticed, we love us some creepy documentaries. This one falls right in line with that theme, but pertains to the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of a nun in the 1960s and some controversy regarding priests and ongoing abuse being discovered.
Wild Wild Country
If there’s any topic that will sway us from our usual murder mysteries, it’s a good cult documentary. We’ve watched movies, TV series and listened to podcasts about several cults, and this one was one of the most mindblowing.
The Royal House of Windsor
Yes, I am one of the millions of people worldwide who set a 4am alarm on the days of the royal weddings. I studied abroad in London, and have always been pretty fascinated by the royal family. They’re kind of a mysterious family, but this documentary reveals a lot about the family’s history and dramatic past.
Abducted in Plain Sight
This is one of the most recent documentaries we’ve watched, and one of the most disturbing. And that’s all I have to say about that. If you’re intrigued, watch it. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.
When we’re four hours deep in creepy documentaries, the perfect pick-me-up is an episode of Dogs. The series features several dogs around the world and what makes them so great. And what could be better, honestly?
We’re not always into dramas, but this one drew us in right off the bat and kept us in suspense. It tells the story of a young FBI agent who was one of the first to try to understand the mind of serial killers and what makes them the way that they are. It was technically fiction, but was based on stories of real serial killers. Definitely recommend!
I’m sure there are plenty of other things we have watched recently, but these are the ones that have stood out to me and would be the first ones I’d recommend to someone with a similar taste in shows. A couple of documentaries that are next on my list are The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann and The Ted Bundy Tapes. Anyone seen these yet? What did you think of them?
What are some of your go-to bingeworthy shows on Netflix? Favorite documentaries? Favorite movies? Have you also watched some of these on our list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!