Happy Thursday, friends!! Ah! We had an AMAZING two days at our #ajworkshop, and if you missed the big twist, you have to check out this. We’ll have a full recap soon, but today, we’ve got a little something fun for you!
We were recently talking with one of our sweet #ajbrides, who is preparing for her husband to be deployed, and she mentioned that she was going to be in desperate need of some good Netflix recommendations while he was away. We started sharing our favorites with her, and then realized there are probably LOTS of people out there who are looking for a new show to binge watch on Netflix! New mamas who are up all night, dreamers working two jobs and just need a little escape, movers and shakers stuck at home with the flu, or, you know, maybe a husband and wife team who worked so many hours that they’re own bodies started protesting! We all need some “junk-food-jammie-days” in our life, right? We’ve watched these series all the way through (and then some!) so if anyone has some new recommendations for us, send them our way! So, without further adieu, here are our top 5 All-Time Best Shows on Netflix!
1. Gilmore Girls
Anyone who knows us knows we’re Gilmore Girls fans to. the. core. If you love witty writing, fast dialogue, and quirky, lovable characters, trust us, you’re going to be hooked! It’s soooooo good, you guys!
We always contest that if the show’s title didn’t sound so girly, it would have a much larger audience. It took Amy quite a bit of convincing to get Jordan to watch his first episode with her back in our college days, but as soon as he did, he fell in love with it too. It’s just such a smart, funny show.
We’ve seen every episode a billion times (give or take) and love it just a little more every time we watch it. We own all seven seasons on DVD and use to lug them everywhere with us! We even took them to Europe and watched over 50 episodes on that trip! Anyone who’s ever flipped through the channels on an international cruise ship will understand that! So you can imagine how excited we were when we found out the show was coming to Netflix!
Last year, we crossed a major bucket item list off our list, which was get as close as we could to the real Stars Hollow. Our dear friends Justin & Mary made all of our Gilmore dreams come true when we were visiting them Connecticut. They took us to the town the show was based off of and we even got to tailgate at a Yale game. We. were. in. heaven. We’re still hoping to #demossandwich Lorelai and Rory one day, but until then, we’ll just be content sipping coffee from our Luke’s mugs and watching this show on replay!
We have to admit, we started watching this one because, you guessed it, Lauren Graham (our beloved Lorelai!) was in it! We were going through Gilmore withdrawals at the time (before it was on Netflix) and thought Parenthood might be worth a try. And we’re so glad we did! We quickly fell in love with Parenthood in its own right and it immediately became a Demos household favorite. We watched this show when we were still teaching elementary school, and watching the story of Adam and Christina, two parents trying to navigate raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome hit us right in the heart. The whole family dynamic on Parenthood just feels so real, and it’s definitely the reason we had to start buying tissues in bulk at Costco! This show makes us both laugh, makes Amy cry, and that’s why it’s such a Netflix gem!
3. The West Wing
So many power suits, so little time! Jordan is a total political junkie. Seriously, he knows the names, states, and parties of the U.S. Senators like most men know NFL Football. So, any television show or movie with presidential themes is always at the top of his list. From The American President to Scandal to Ides of March to House of Cards (see below), it’s a bit of an addiction. Maybe that’s because Jordan was voted “Most Likely to be President” in high school, and he still hasn’t completely given up on that idea! Demos 2040 anyone?! But The West Wing is a staple around here because the writing is so good, and it’s definitely one of the most realistic White House dramas around (not that we don’t love Olivia Pope!). The characters are so lovable, which is how Jordan hooked Amy in! Amy’s favorite character to watch is C.J., while Jordan’s favorite is Leo. This is another series we own on DVD, but can’t help but watch on Netflix all the time!
4. Friday Night Lights
In real life, Friday Night Lights aired on television before Parenthood ever existed, but in our Netflix world, that was reversed! We fell in love with Parenthood first, and then found out that the creators of Parenthood had another show together, and decided even if it was half as good as Parenthood, it would still be better than most! And, that, ladies and gentleman is how Amy got hooked on a show about football! We both loved this one, not because of the game, but because of the characters and the stories that they built around a little high school football team in Texas. Brian Grazer and Jason Katims know how to cast a show, ya’ll! There are SO many cross-over actors that are on both Friday Night Lights and Parenthood and we can’ t get enough of them. Also, for all our fellow Nashville fans out there, Connie Britton plays the coach’s wife and all we can think about is Miss Rayna James! Then we proceed to play all the Nashville albums on Spotify while we edit.
5. Head to Head: Grey’s Anatomy & House of Cards
Okay, so we couldn’t agree on this last one! Jordan makes so much fun of Amy for still watching Grey’s Anatomy, but Amy is just committed to this show! To the end. It’s been on since we were seniors in high school, and we have thee great memories of watching it with Jordan’s mom and little sister over a big package of Oreos (and plenty of milk for dunking!). Ten years later… and it’s STILL ON TV!! The show has been through more freak accidents, deaths and illness than most people (including Jordan) can handle (in fact, most of the faces in this picture have either died or almost died!) but Amy just feels like she needs to stick with this one ’til it’s over. And if you’re SERIOUS about television consumption, this is the one to dive into because there have already been ELEVEN seasons and a new one is coming this fall!
And on the flip side, Jordan loves House of Cards. But it makes Amy feel dead inside. Like there’s no hope left in the world. All the back-door politics and manipulation… She watched the first six episodes with him and just couldn’t take it anymore! But Jordan, being the political junkie he is, is fascinated. So while Amy is crying over who just died on Grey’s Anatomy, Jordan is on the edge of his seat over who Frank Underwood is going to get next. This one is especially fun for you TRUE bingers out there because they release an entire season at one time. Jordan watched Season 2 in two days!
And there you have it, folks! Our top 5 Netflix obsessions! So, what we want to know is, where do we go next?! Who has some stellar Netflix suggestions?! What are your favorites?! We’d love to hear from you!
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