Things get tricky trying to orchestrate quality time with your significant other when you’ve both got completely different interests. Watching Netflix with your partner can be hard work
While those differences are probably what drew you to each other in the first place, they can be a darn nuisance when you want to watch Netflix – but you don’t want to watch it on your own.
There’s something comforting about watching Netflix with someone else. Something about laughing at the same joke makes it more hilarious – it becomes a shared joke and sometimes an “in joke”. Even though you’re both fixated on something that is not each other, watching Netflix together can definitely bond people.
The thing is, when two people with completely different interests watch TV together, they need to find something that appeases both of them. They need a show that offers entertainment in ways that they enjoy.
Netflix has definitely revolutionised television-viewing. I have fond childhood memories that include watching The Brady Bunch and Seinfeld, while eating dinner. It was something we did as a family every day. In that aspect, Netflix has changed things. Now, instead of watching whatever is on free-to-air at dinnertime, we have a seemingly endless catalogue to choose from. Commercial breaks don’t exist; we can pause and rewind whatever we are watching; and, we can binge-watch a whole season the day it is released.
Maybe you’re looking for something to watch together over dinner, or if you’ll settle in to watch Netflix in bed at night. Or perhaps you’re looking for something light-hearted and funny, or if you want to get caught up in dramas that don’t exist in real-life. Here are 10 tried and tested couple-viewing-approved Netflix shows to add to your list.
#1: Brooklyn 99
This show has its fair share of strong characters, ranging from the butt-kissing goody two-shoes to the bulked-up body-building fanatic. It’s impossible not to find parts of yourself spread across the characters in Brooklyn 99 and it’s equally impossible not a crack up while watching.
#2: The Good Place
Kristen Bell plays an imperfect but lovable, self-serving loner who finds herself in the afterlife. This show has its highs and lows, but stick with it – it gets really good! If the humour and the drama aren’t enough of a selling point though, surely Doctor Becker is!
#3: Santa Clarita Diet
Perhaps one of the most under-rated shows around, Santa Clarita Diet is a must-watch. If you expect the world to believe that you and your partner don’t discuss zombies and strategise your survival during a zombie apocalypse, you’re kidding yourself. Santa Clarita Diet is so unique in its comedic approach to the undead – not to mention, it’s really amusing listening to Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant swearing.
Other than the sex scenes with the Duchess of Sussex and Patrick J. Adams? The premise of Suits sounds pretty boring, but the quick-witted characters drive the story. The lovable pain-in-the-ass, sometimes-antagonist, Louis Litt has tonnes of one-liners that will go down in history. Get ready for lots of witty banter (flash back to Gilmore Girls) and you might want to consider subtitles on this one.
#5: Grace and Frankie
While this show definitely does not sell itself a “blokey” show, it has a lot on offer. Light-hearted and sometimes dirty, Grace and Frankie is so much fun to watch. With the 4 protagonists in their 80s, the show definitely stands out. If not for anything else, please watch it just to see Jane Fonda designing and selling vibrators.
#6: Schitt’s Creek
This show does not disappoint. Created by the hilarious dad from the American Pie movies and his real-life son, it follows a super rich family that are forced to move to Schitts Creek – a town the father bought for his son as a joke. And, in case the mum in this show looks familiar to you, you may remember her as the mother shouting “KEVIN” from a much-loved Christmas movie.
#7: Good Girls
This show has got a lot going on and a lot to offer. It’s got the girl-power-factor, sketchy criminals and lots of drama. Watching 3 housewives robbing supermarkets is awesome. Watching them kick butt and try and take-over a whole illegal operation, though – that’s where the excitement’s at. Its funny and strangely satisfying watching these women work their way up in the crime business.
#8: The Ranch
This is your basic sitcom – easy to watch and consistently funny. The difference? It’s set on a ranch. Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson play brothers and mostly pull off their accents.
#9: Shameless (U.S)
The show has the perfect balance of swearing, sex scenes, offensive material and inappropriate events. There are no boundaries in Shameless and the characters are all so flawed, it’s really difficult to stop watching.
This show appeals in many different ways and it all comes down to the type of person you are and whom you surround yourself with. If you have autistic family members or friends, you’ll relate to this. Or, if you’re a teacher, a child-carer, a nurse, a therapist – anything along those lines – you’ll relate to this. Even if you have no idea what it means to be autistic, you’ll find this interesting and learn so much. This show is surprisingly versatile in how easy it is for anyone to watch it and love it.
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