It's the only way to describe my relationship with Netflix for the past couple of months. Almost monogamous.
I wouldn't be gorging like those lucky b*stards who can stay up all night watching their favourite film trilogy with only toilet breaks to mark the passage of time. Nope. But I'm struggling to find an excuse to buy a weekly paper now that I don't need the TV section any more...
Life is busy and full of appointments and schedules and phone calls that make normal TV watching almost impossible. Talk radio can be annoying and depressing. And just when I needed it most Netflix came up with a selection of programmes just for me. Perhaps this internet data collection thing works better than I thought! And here's how:
Grace and Frankie
Okay so I'm the wrong side of 50, but not quite as old as the stars of this new Netflix show. Yet Grace and Frankie grabbed me from the first scene, helped by watchable stellar superstars like Jane Fonda and Martin Sheen playing lead roles. It's a break up story with a few twists, a lot of clichés, and laugh out loud moments. It's comforting telly: I'm not expecting any grisly murder scenes or desperate dilemmas. It also features a 78 year old woman playing a 70 year old. Now that is cool.
Once upon a time
It's a soap! And I don't normally watch soaps, but this one has me hooked. Perhaps because it also has the escapism factor. It's set in a Fair City called Storybook with all your favourite fairy tale characters playing stock soap characters, but with a bit of magic thrown in, the wonderful Robert Carlyle playing one the arch villains and part of the action taking place in a fairy tale land, before a dark curse sends almost everyone to America.
And Netflix added seasons 2-4 just as I finished watching Season 1. Take a bow!
More about Once Upon a Time here.
For science fiction fans like me this new series streaming from June 5th looks promising, especially as it's from the makers of The Matrix. It's about 8 people around the world who find themselves in danger after their minds become linked.
Disclosure: I have received free Netflix streaming, and a streaming device as part of my membership of the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.