When you’re a mum and there’s a million things to do around the home, finding time to sit down and watch a show on a Netflix is something we all struggle with! We often find ourselves scrolling through the titles trying to find something that can entertain you, and let’s face it, make you feel a little better about the chaos in your home and the heaps of laundry that is most likely awaiting you. How many times has it happened that you spend 30 minutes trying to find a suitable show but just end up switching of the TV?
That’s why we’re sharing our top picks on Netflix this November with you, making sure you have an idea of mum-friendly entertainment available. (And if you just want 30 minutes of peace, we’ve even included a list of firm favourites for the children!)
Making a Murderer
True crime stories are so hot right now, evidenced by the immense popularity of the podcast Serial and HBO’s The Jinx. Netflix’s original series Making a Murderer, however, is probably the hottest of them all, documenting and recounting the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, two working-class Americans accused of the murder of 23-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Over its 10 episodes, the show exposes the failings of the Wisconsin justice system in blood-boiling detail.
Having spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery is exonerated based on new DNA evidence. However, shortly after his release, he becomes the prime suspect in Halbach’s murder, and Avery is put through the ringer once again by law enforcement figures that seem to have it out for him. What follows is an anger-inducing sequence of events that involve forced confessions, unconvincing (and possibly planted) evidence, dodgy lawyers and a complete presumption of guilt from almost everyone involved. Compelling, infuriating and tragic, we guarantee you won’t be able to stop watching Making a Murderer once you’ve started. – Hannah
The Crown Season 3
Let’s face it, us Brits love stories about the Royal family and behind-the-scenes details to political and personal events affecting them. The 3rd season of The Crown does not disappoint as the Royal British Family is scrutinized as aristocratic freeloaders while England in the Swinging Sixties confronts an economic downturn and fierce nationalism. The third season is expected to cover the decade after the 1963 Profumo affair scandal – touching on everything from the decolonisation of Africa and the Caribbean to Apollo 11’s moon landing in 1969. The drama will also focus on Labour prime minister Harold Wilson’s road to Downing Street and the 1966 Aberfan disaster in Wales, which resulted in 144 deaths.
In terms of personal relationships, this series will chart the tumultuous marriage of Princess Margaret and photographer Lord Snowdon. We will meet grown-up versions of the Queen’s eldest children, including Charles – who was crowned Prince of Wales in 1969 – and Anne. Charles’s early romance with Camilla will also be a key focus of the plot and personally the bit I’m looking forward to the most. – Hannah
Young scientist Lisa is about to make a breakthrough that would save the lives of millions of kids, but she needs funding to go through with the trials to bring her technique to the market. After various opportunities doesn’t work out, Anne, a woman of extreme wealth, makes her an unexpected offer – but it comes with a twist. Anne wants to spend a night alone with Lisa’s husband, Sean, a former professional athlete and if the couple agree to the terms, Lisa will get the funding but can never ask her husband what happened during his time with Anne. This series is very close to Indecent Proposal but with the gender roles swapped. – Carly
If you want an easy watch and a great binge, then turn on Selling Sunset. The reality show focuses on the luxury high-end house market in LA but with lots of drama in the office! Given Los Angeles’ sunny location and the abundance of rich and famous people living there, the real estate market is attractive and lucrative. It can also be ruthless as agents fight over clients and properties. “Selling Sunset” showcases the drama at The Oppenheim Group, where elite real estate brokers sell the luxurious life to their affluent buyers. It really is a very good show! It has the perfect mix of characters, opinions, drama and fabulous homes to keep you glued to your screen. – Carly
Holiday in the wild
Christmas is right around the corner so it’s time we get into the festive season and what better way to do than with a romantic movie. What do you do when your husband asks for a divorce? Go on a safari to Africa? probably not. I think most of us would handle the situation a bit differently to how Kate Conrad (Kristin Davis) who decided to take a solo trip to Africa. Which by the way was meant to be a preplanned second honeymoon. She meets a rugged yet gentle pilot (Rob Lowe) and we’re taken on a beautiful journey as they fall in love. If you’ve seen Eat Pray Love the movie, then you’ll love this one and I would definitely recommend watching it with friends, if you have teenage kids they can watch it too. – Jade
This movie stars one of my favourite actresses (Meryl Streep) so I may be a bit bias because I love her movies. The movie is about a series of interconnected events, that centre around leaked documents that surfaced in 2016 and exposed corruption and tax avoidance around the world. The story is narrated by Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca (played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas), who act as our guides to the complicated regulatory and economic matters that enabled, massively wealthy individuals to avoid paying taxes on their money, often by hiding it in offshore accounts. This movie is funny yet educational, not forgetting the all-star cast. It’s worth watching. – Jade
People don’t always know where their food comes from, and sometimes there is a rotten underworld involved in food production. Each instalment in this series follows a different corner of food production, focusing on a specific subset of the industry. The series exposes the corruption, waste and real dangers behind every day eating habits in a world where global supply chains are increasingly intertwined and consolidated. – Jen
Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, decides it’s time to find a girlfriend, a journey that sets Sam’s mum on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence. Sam’s entire family must adjust to change and explore what it means to be “normal.” When a child has special needs, every day at home doesn’t suddenly turn into a Very Special episode of television. It’s just another regular day, and Atypical innately understands that. And yet it’s impossible to witness the Gardners’ experiences and forget for even a second that they’re a family in a television show. – Jen
The Politician is a combination of Glee, with its rich mix of characters and Election in the way it sets up a too-cutthroat-for-its-own-good high school campaign season.
Payton was born under a lucky star, adopted out of a working-class world and into the obscenely wealthy Hobart family. Payton has known since he was 7 years old that he is going to be the president of the United States. The first step toward that goal is to become his school’s student body president. To do that, he will have to navigate the treacherous political landscape of Saint Sebastian High School. – Lauren
Chick Flick pick of the month
Chick Flick movie starting Ryan Reynolds from 2008 but so worth watching! Also staring Elizabeth banks, Isla fisher and Rachel Weisz, this movie sees Reynolds telling his daughter about the three loves of his life – unknown to her and the audience which one is her mother. Sweet, simple and funny – all the makings of a feel-good rom com!
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