Netflix is such a lifeline at the moment, with the UK still being in lockdown thanks to the C-Word. Can you imagine what it would have been like if this had happened 15 or 20 years ago, and how much more limited we would have been? It’s crazy. But anyway, I’m getting sidetracked! Essentially, I’ve been binge watching quite a few different shows in the evenings since going on lockdown and I’m also really enjoying reading these sorts of posts and seeing what everyone else is watching too, so here’s my May Netflix recommendations for you.
Three Identical Strangers
This documentary was recommended to me by my boyfriend and I absolutely loved it for so many reasons. Three Identical Strangers us about a set of triplets in America that were separated at birth. They were given up for adoption as children and given to different families from a variety of backgrounds and social status’ as part of a psychological / child development study. They were never told (and neither were their adoptive parents) that they had siblings. Only when two of the brothers met coincidentally at University, did the story of their childhood and upbringing begin to unfold.
Three Identical Strangers is fascinating but also I found it quite heartbreaking. Ethically, what happens to the triplets is so incredibly wrong, yet it is so interesting to see that different paths that they took individually. I think I enjoyed this from a psychological perspective more than anything, but it’s also just one of those stories that is almost unbelievable and so shocking that it’s hard not to be drawn in by it.
Living With Yourself
What’s the only thing better than Paul Rudd? Two Paul Rudds. In this slightly bizarre comedy series, Paul Rudd finds himself getting accidentally cloned during a spa treatment that claims to help him become a better person. What unfolds is a whole host of chaos as two versions of the same man are trying to live their best lives, all under the same roof, with a wife that has no idea she now has two husbands.
It sounds so weird and when I first saw this advertised I wasn’t super convinced, but it’s actually very funny and a good lighthearted show that you don’t have to think about too much!
One of my favourite seasons in a LONG time and definitely one of my May Netflix recommendations is The Stranger. The Stranger is a thriller about a mysterious woman that comes to a town and starts revealing people’s darkest secrets. Based on the novel written by Harlan Coben (who also wrote Safe, which is another recommendation!) The Stranger has multiple plots weaving in and out of each other, making you question every characters move.
The Stranger is definitely one of those shows that sucks you in, keeping you glued to the sofa to find out what happens after every unexpected plot twist. Every episode has some sort of shock moment or a clue for the audience which keeps you hooked and wanting to find out more. I’d definitely recommend The Stranger for any crime drama / thriller fans out there.
Now this is such a ‘me’ programme that I was being recommended it by basically everyone I spoke to. Unbelievable is based on a true story, and focuses on a teenage girl called Marie Adler who reports that she has been raped. Marie finds herself weaving through the deeply flawed American justice system, causing a lot of drama and destruction in her life. Unbelievable follows the aftermath of her rape, and two female detectives who deal with a similar case years later.
I won’t lie – Unbelievable is a bit graphic and I would urge that you take that into consideration before watching as some scenes are quite uncomfortable. But when it comes to the portrayal of female victims of crime, it’s excellent. So often missing in TV shows is an accurate representation of a victim’s journey, but Unbelievable doesn’t hold back in the slightest. It hits hard – but it addresses so many flaws with society’s attitude to rape and sexual assault victims and it’s just really important. Everyone should watch it.
I’m a bit late on the bandwagon with this one I think but another one of my May Netflix recommendations has to be Ozark. I’ve only about halfway through season 1 but I’m hooked. Ozrk follows a financial accontant who finds himself relocating his family to the Ozark mountains, as he has found himself laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel.
It’s not normally the sort of programme that I would go for, but the atmosphere and the suspense is what drew me in. I do find some episodes are slower than others, and sometimes I do lose my way with the plot, but on the whole I’m enjoying it.
I’m sure everyone has already watched Sex Education by now, but if you haven’t, where have you been? Sex Education follows a teen boy who starts to give out sex and relationship advice at school for money, as well as taking a closer look at the relationships amongst the students in the school.
I can’t scream and shout enough about this show if I’m honest. It covers so many topics relating to intimacy, sexuality, gender identities, sexual assault… It’s just so progressive and important for younger generations. I wish we had a similar programme when I was a teenager because I think it would really have impacted people’s attitudes and behaviours towards sex.
So, that’s it for my May Netflix recommendations. What have you been watching recently? Let me know in the comments!
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