Hi guys, happy weekend!! Everyone enjoys binge-watching a good show, but sometimes we run out of options and struggle to decide what to watch next. Here are some Netflix shows I’ve seen these past few months and I thought were worth discussing. If you’re looking for one, this is my honest opinion and recommendation. Today is actually the best time to relax and watch a good show.
I am currently 5 episodes into season 4 and I can say that, this show is without a doubt one of the best series I’ve ever seen! In many ways, it’s brave, daring, provocative, and touching.
Despite some of the more controversial plots, I admire how the characters (each of whom is so well-developed) bring to life so many powerful issues and emotions (for example, the deep pain of separation and betrayal in a love relationship + friendship among best friends who grew up together, the ugly class divide between the rich and the poor, teenage lust, lies, manipulation, and religious prejudice, and homosexuality). Each character is trapped by his or her own profound trauma and uncontrollable circumstances. I’m in love with the new characters, especially Patrick and Mencia 🥺.
I initially mistook this was another typical high school or college teen drama, but I was wrong. And the language really put me off at first because the only thing I watch with a different language is anime, but I got really interested after watching the first 2 episodes.
Always watch it with an open mind, maybe, you’ll walk away with some life, friendship, and relationship breakthroughs.
Atypical is a sweet family comedy about an autistic teen and his quest for love. It is humorous, fascinating, and moving. Atypical is able to pinpoint the meaning behind happiness, sadness, laughter, pain, and awkwardness to give the audience something to be inspired by in their own lives. The script has such a genuine tone to it. In their own unique manner, each character feels genuine and real. Keir Gilchrist’s performance as the lead is amazing! He performs an incredible job as Sam.
Atypical does an excellent job of establishing a realistic family for someone on the spectrum. There isn’t a single character who doesn’t belong. Overall, Atypical is a fascinating look at autism and how it affects those around those who are on the spectrum.
The hype, memes and TikTok videos (especially reactions to episode 3) made me curious about what this show was really about. I knew from the title that it’d be just plain sex but I wanted to see if there’s an actual story line. Sex/Life doesn’t try to stretch the boundaries of the soap opera genre. It does its job as a show’s bodice-ripper, peddling lifestyle porn that doesn’t satisfy Billie but arouses jealousy in its viewers. Notably, the sequences are shot through the eyes of a woman’s desire; the camera lingers over the male body with a care that is refreshing. Sex/Life prefers cheap thrills over truly sexy sexual depictions.
4. YOUNG ROYALS
This new Netflix series might be your cup of tea if you’re looking for a fresh drama that addresses teen angst, sexuality, and the pressures of royal life.
I had to check out the first season of the streaming platform’s highly anticipated show, Young Royals, because I’m a sucker for coming-of-age stories. After becoming involved in a huge scandal, Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) is compelled by his parents to enroll in Hillerska, an elite boarding school. He begins to explore his sexuality and newfound freedom while there, meeting new people and even falling in love. This only fuels his desire to detach himself from royal obligations, but when he learns that he is next in line to the throne, he is confronted with a difficult decision: Is it love or obligation to his family?
Young Royals, despite its predictability, does a fantastic job of expressing the conflict between LGBTQ themes and royal tradition. Keep an eye out for a new, more realistic take on adolescent life. I hope it gets a second season 🙏🏾.
5. NEVER HAVE I EVER
The show is another coming-of-age story and a breath of fresh air from other shows in the genre, and while it shares some similarities with others, it has many distinguishing features, such as the adult pov shown through celebrity narrations by John McEnroe, Andy Samberg, and Gigi Hadid; the comical exaggeration of South Asian lifestyles and mannerisms; or the sarcastic representation of South Asians. The actors has done an excellent job, despite their natural clumsiness, especially as the plot digs a little deeper into the lives of the primary characters, making them all the more appealing.
If you could put yourself back into your coming of age shoes, you’d notice the maturity in this show’s handling, which makes it appealing and even relatable on different levels. It tries to deal with a lot of themes at once, but if you disregard a few minor plot twists, it doesn’t feel rushed, and everything works out in the end. I really can’t wait to watch the second season of this show 🥺.
6. TOO HOT TO HANDLE
This is a fantastic show. The characters are all interesting personalities, and they were all stretched in ways I don’t think they expected, which made for an unexpectedly refreshing viewing! It was a beautiful escape while it lasted. The games and workshop was really a good measure for building a stronger relationship between the housemates. This is the show for you if you enjoy love and want to be entertained.
Jiva! is a South African based show. It tells the story of a young girl who aspires to be a professional dancer. She enters a dancing competition with her other talented friends in order to be taken seriously, and just as she is about to embark on this route to chasing her biggest desire, different things disapproving of her dreams begins to fill her thoughts that she almost gave up. The show is strong, ambitious, and full of heartwarming moments.
That’s it for now. Start one of these shows today and I promise you won’t regret it 😊.
Molayo x ✌🏾.9