Netflix O-bsessions | The Office, Orange is the New Black & Orphan Black

Today I thought I'd do a little Netflix post as I haven't done one in awhile and I have been watching some really great shows lately. I really should be ashamed of how addicted I am to Netflix but I have a feeling I am not alone in my obsession so that makes me feel a little better! There just isn't very much on live T.V that is worthwhile watching anymore and any shows I do watch I tend to watch on demand in my own time - preferably sans adverts. Netflix on the other hand lets me choose what to watch and lets me watch as many episodes as I want to (or more realistically as I can) in one go! I also thought I'd write this today because I noticed all my favourite shows begin with the letter 'O' and I geeked out a little bit over the idea of O-bsessions, which you probably don't find amusing at all, but  oh well (pun intended)!

I seem to be rambling so let me get back on track...

The Office

I'll admit I only started watching The Office after reading Mindy Kaling's amazing book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and finding out that she both wrote for and stared in the hit comedy series. I'm too young to really remember the original U.K version other than some memories of Ricky Gervais doing that dance and I'm pretty sure that the U.S remake was heralded as awful by us brits at the time. I've seen enough adverts on Comedy Central to know it starred Steve Carrell and a little about the whole Jim-Pam will-they-won't-they thing but that was the extent of all my knowledge of the show. Until now. For a sit-com that revolves around an office, it is hilarious. Alright a lot of the hilarity is in a cringe-worthy kind of way but it is still really funny. I just can't believe some of the things that Steve Carrell's character Michael Scott comes out with! The romance between salesman Jim and receptionist Pam is very sweet, and the office pranks, arguments and general hijinks are just great to watch. There's also 9 seasons and each one is over 20 episodes, so that's a lot to watch! We're on season 6 now and still loving it, in fact I think the show actually gets better as you go on.

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Orange Is The New Black

I only started watch OITNB this last week when I needed something to fill the void that Orphan Black had left and I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I'm so late to the party with this one as people have been raving about it for ages now but it just didn't seem like my kind of thing before. The plot centres around Piper Chapman who has been thrown in Prison for drug smuggling about a  decade after she committed the crime and how she copes (hint: not well) in her new incarcerated state. As well as Piper we get to meet a whole cast of other unique characters and as the episodes go on we get to learn their backstories too which I think is a really nice touch. As well as the women we get to see how Piper's fiancee Larry (played by American Pie's Jason Biggs) copes back in the outside world along with her family and friends. I would say the show is a comedy-drama, there are a lot of really funny parts but it also deals with some dark themes. It's also great to see so many strong and unique female characters in one series, and from many difference race and backgrounds too. Sure there is a fair bit of stereotyping, often played up for comedic value, but it is definitely a step forward to see more highly developed female characters especially when the male characters are perceived to be more weak and one-dimensional.

Orphan Black 

Orphan Black is my most favourite recent discovery. It's actually been on my playlist for awhile but I just haven't got around to watching it and now I realise how much I'd been missing out on! I know I am going to struggle to talk about this because I don't want to give anything away and spoil it for you, so I will just say this now - go and watch it! In the first episode a young woman named Sarah Manning witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her, being an opportunist thief she steal the woman's handbag and later visits her apartment. After finding bank statements revealing the departed Beth Childs had $75,000 in the bank Sarah decides to impersonate her in order to withdraw the cash. The fact that Beth was a cop makes Sarah's plan a bit more complicated, and as she find information about three other woman who look exactly like her things begin to get strange. As the series continues Sarah discovers she is a clone and meets two of her 'sisters', gun-touting, soccer-mom Alison, and evolutionary developmental biology student Cosima. She also realises a religious group is attempting to kill them all and they are also being monitored by scientists. There is a lot going on in Orphan Black but thankfully most of our questions are answered shortly after they are raised (something Pretty Little Liars could learn from!). The best thing about the show are the personalities of the clones, they are so so different and I always struggle to get my head around the fact that they are all played by the same actress - the amazing Tatiana Maslany. Sarah's foster brother Felix is also brilliant and hilarious. The show is very female-driven and its amazing to see the clones represent an incredibly wide range of strong women.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my o-bsessions, let me know if there's any other shows beginning with 'O' that you recommend!



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