Time is precious, particularly if you’re just back at college. Scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch can take longer than whatever you end up watching. We’re here to make the process a whole lot easier!
Here’s what we watched for the first half of September:
If you’re a Family Guy fan, you’ll probably love this. The comedy is very similar but with fresher characters and better comic timing (I never understood the long pause after Family Guy jokes). Paradise PD is about a small-town police department made up of bad cops. Not bad like under-the-table, sneaky cops, just shitty ones. The show follows awkward Kevin Crawford as he tries to fulfil his dream of being a police officer despite the protestations of his father, Chief Randall Crawford (Tom Kenny).
There are some really funny moments in the show, but you have to slog through quite a bit of stagnant air before you chuckle. There are plenty of gross gags, and that doesn’t appeal to everyone, so if you like your comedy smarter than that you may want to give this one a miss. The one thing it has going for it, however, is the interesting cast of characters; Bullet is a police dog addicted to confiscated drugs he’s tasked with guarding, and Gina (played by Sarah Chalke) frequently sexually assaults an obese colleague because of her fat fetish. It’s all very low brow, but if you have nothing else to do at the weekend, it’ll do.
Verdict: BIN IT! Unless nothing else tickles your fancy, in which case sure, watch it.
This is an oldie, but a lot of people we spoke to hadn’t gotten around to watching it yet. Maybe because a horse is the main character? Who knows. We don’t have an excuse, but tried out season one over the weekend. Bojack Horseman was released in 2014 and follows Bojack, a washed-up 90s sitcom star who plans to return to celebrity relevance with a tell-all autobiography. He dictates it to his ghostwriter, Diane Nguyen, who he develops feelings for, while navigating life with a freeloading roommate, his rival Mr Peanutbutter and ex-girlfriend/agent Princess Carolyn. It’s set in an alternate world where humans and animals live among each other and all seem to be pretty much equal.
Will Arnett is in the title role and we love him in pretty much anything (except the short-lived show Flaked where Arnett tried to branch away from comedy… which we’ll try to forget…). He has such a brilliant voice he could read a shopping list and make it funny. He brings Bojack to life as this narcissistic ego-maniac who has no hold whatsoever on his chaotic life. The show addresses lots of serious issues while being really funny simultaneously. Bojack is addicted, self-absorbed, depressed, anxious, jealous and petty many times during the show and it’s often like looking in the mirror. It’s quite a feat for a cartoon to pull off, but it’s the pinnacle of good comedy: teaching life lessons without you even realising because you’re laughing too hard.
Verdict: BINGE IT!
This is neither a comedy nor a cartoon, but it was a welcome break last week from all of the gutter humour and bright colours. Poldark is set in late 18th century Cornwall after the American War of Independence and follows Ross Poldark as he attempts to gather the ruins of his life together. If you love historical series, pretty scenery and even prettier people, you’ll love this. It’s Downton Abbey, but better.
It stars our own Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) as Ross who tries desperately to rejuvenate his father’s failed estate and save the tenants under his care from starvation. He also attempts to mend his broken heart after the engagement of his childhood sweetheart to his cousin Francis. This is helped immensely by the chance meeting of a girl who becomes Ross’ kitchen maid after he saves her from local thugs.
I didn’t intend on watching this show, but my dad is crazy about it and every time I made a cup of tea I decided to sit for a few minutes to watch. Well, my tea always went cold because I was hooked. And you will be too. Treat yourself this week and give Poldark a go; the acting is superb, the cinematography is spectacular and it’s just damn good entertainment.
Verdict: BINGE IT!