I did the two under two thing; my kids are 21 months apart. That means I spent about 4 straight years giving baths, getting little people to bed and then crashing myself. During this time, I did manage to watch a little TV, of course always on my DVR. During my bath and snuggle giving years, my tv repertoire consisted of a few Law & Order franchises, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives and American Idol. That’s about all I could keep up with.
Then as the fog of motherhood started to lift, we got an Apple TV. The first time I turned on the shiny black box, I found another shiny red button – Netflix – right there on my screen. I used to love the DVD by mail service, so I clicked another shiny new button on my tiny new remote and I found Cauiou. And SuperWhy. And Tinkerbell. And Jake. I couldn’t believe these shows were just waiting for me. So of course I called the kids into my bedroom and we snuggled in front of our newfound best friends. That night after I put my kids to bed, I found The Killing (my mom, an avid TV lover, had been telling me to watch it, but who had time?). One week later I binged my first TV show and had a few more circles under my eyes to show for it. Devastated that the season was over (and if you’ve watched Season 1 you know what I mean), I thought what now? I looked around and I found all these shows that I had been hearing about, but never watched. GLEE. If you try to pop into that show having never watched it, it’s ridiculous! But start from the beginning and I FINALLY got what everyone was talking about. Then I found Revenge and Scandal. And that filled up about a month of my TV watching time. My husband didn’t get it…what was I watching all this time? I explained to him how all the seasons of Mad Men were on Netflix (we still had one of the Season 1 DVDs at home because I kept them so long, Blockbuster kindly sold them to me), he didn’t believe me and clearly thought I had joined a TV cult of some sort. I finally convinced him to give it a try and before we knew it we watched all of Season 3 and he was hooked. Then we found Breaking Bad...WE WATCHED ALL FOUR SEASONS. Then he wanted something lighter so we tried Sons Of Anarchy. :) I went on a business trip and he watched two whole seasons without me! You get the idea.
We watch something on Netflix almost every day and we have fallen into a rhythm that I hear other couples talk about. We have shows we watch together (The Killing, Damages, House of Cards), we have shows one of us stopped watching because the other one watched ahead (Sons of Anarchy). Shows that I LOVE but still fall asleep to every Friday night (Sherlock, The West Wing). Shows we pile up in the My List feature (House, Lost, Friday Night Lights, Bates Motel, Rectify)...but never actually start watching. And I have shows that I watch all by myself (GLEE, Revenge, Scandal, Orange is the New Black). And while I like being in the know about current shows, watching all these great shows on Netflix is really just for me. I grew up in a TV watching family and yet I missed out on some fantastic shows while I was busy keeping two little people alive (by the way, my kids are still alive, but at 4 and 6 they are much easier to take care of!). In fact, I started Nip/Tuck last night, I thought it was a reality TV show when it was on…boy was I wrong.
So this month, we pulled together a list of primetime shows that you too may have missed out on...and some gems that might not have hit your newsfeed, but you might just fall in love with.
Titles you've heard about, but haven't had time to watch:1. Orange Is the New Black
3. Pretty Little Liars
5. Breaking Bad
Wait, what was that show? Sleeper hits you may have missed:
1. Weeds2. Call the Midwife
3. Freaks and Geeks
5. Top of the Lake
Watching a TV show is inevitably an excuse for a snack. And if you’ve started watching Scandal, It doesn't take many episodes to realize main gladiator, Olivia Pope, has a big glass of red wine and bowl of popcorn after a long day. Like Olivia, I know many of us parents feel like the "fixer" in the family too -- so click here to learn how to make your own Scandal-worthy snack for the ultimate indulgence.
Moms and dads, what are you enjoying on Netflix? I’ll be sure to add it to My List.