My Top Netflix Binge-Fest Picks

Netflix has to be one of my favourite recent discoveries. Being able to watch an entire TV series as and when you wish is both fantastic and fatal! It is far too easy to just carry on watching your new found favourite show until you realised you've watched 5 episodes in one sitting or 4 seasons in two weeks...Just like the stereotypical 'popular' girl in our favourite High School comedies (plenty of which are on Netflix FYI) Netflix just isn't very good at making us wait for it!  
So here are my some of my top Netflix binge-fests:

  • Gossip Girl - I started watching Gossip Girl early this year just to see what all the fuss was about - let's just say I got hooked. My Gossip Girl addiction really took a hold on me, I could not stop watching it, even staying up through the night just to find out what would happen next. For those of you that haven't seen it, Gossip Girl follows a group of incredibly rich friends who live on the Upper East Side of New York and outsider Dan who lives in lowly Brooklyn. The main focus is their extravagant lives documented by anonymous internet blogger 'Gossip Girl' (who remains pretty much fictional until the later seasons). There is drama like you wouldn't believe, fashion, parties, back-stabbing - and not just from the teenagers either their parents are just as bad - all set against the beautiful backdrop of New York. Real New York too, not just a set! The characters are the kind you love you hate, they are all flawed in some way but you find yourself rooting for their redemption, to learn from their mistakes and climb their way back up to the top. In short, Gossip Girl will have you on the edge of your seat and begging for more.

  • Greek - I watched the odd episode of Greek back when it was on TV (BBC3 I think?) years ago, but it's only since I found it on Netflix that I've really got into it. Greek follows the fictional sorority Zeta Beta Zeta and rival fraternities Omega Chi and Kappa Tau at Cyprus Rhodes University and focuses on siblings Casey and Rusty Cartwright. Casey is in the middle of a whole load of boy drama while trying to do what she can to line herself up to be the next sorority president, whereas nerdy Rusty is the new kid trying to prove himself in the Greek system while holding down his taxing Honours Engineering course. Unlike Gossip Girl, Greek is a lot more lighthearted. Sure it has drama, but usually the kind of obstacle that is solved by the end of the episode and never life or death. Instead Greek has me laughing at the  fraternity hijinks of dares, parties and sabotage and rolling my eyes at the boyfriend love-triangle drama and rivalry. It's easy watching, but with more depth than a sit-com. 

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Buffy is a bit of a blast from the past. Watching the odd episode as a kid she was the ultimate badass high school heroine, whereas now it can be a little cringey in the special effects departments and some of the single episode storylines are questionable (teenagers being possessed by Hyenas anyone?!). If you take it with a pinch of salt, Buffy is still pretty awesome to watch. The comic timing and relationships between the characters holds the show together, Buffy Willow and Xander are the ultimate friendship trio in the battle against evil. Anthony Stewart Head is perfect as exasperated librarian Giles, and who doesn't love the mysterious vampire Angel? I can't watch so many episodes of Buffy in one sitting, but the mix between high school drama, sci-fi monsters, and crime investigation (it's no CSI but I do find trying to figure out what is causing the supernatural happenings before they do to be a guilty pleasure!) does keep me coming back for more.



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