The Great Netflix Binge of Summer 2017!

As you might know, summer is not only for catching up with your super long TBR list that continues to grow, but it’s also a prime time for catching up with your favorite and to-watch list TV shows. There have been a lot of shows I need to personally catch up with my Netflix queue hitting a high number (it’s out of control).

Here is just a small selection of some of the shows I plan to watch this summer…

*Note: Currently, all of these shows can be found on Netflix.

Master of None – Season 2

Synopsis: This series was created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, and stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to make his way through life.

Master of None is a brilliant comedy that mixes laughter with social issues. I enjoyed Season One so much and I liked how each episode focuses on a particular topic, from parenting to cultural experiences. It’s nice to experience “smart comedies” like this show and I love how the overall narrative is connected in each episodes. Season One left with a cliffhanger so I can’t wait to see how Dev’s adventures will continue. Aziz Ansari is amazing!

Descendants of The Sun

Synopsis: A love story between Captain Yoo Shi Jin, Korean Special Forces, and Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, surgeon at Haesung Hospital. Together they face danger in a war-torn country.

I was so excited to see that Netflix added this drama among with many others to their website (the variety of options is a lot better now). I’ve heard a lot of positive things about this show and I’m looking forward to seeing the story since the show is a mixture of drama, action, and romance. Not only was this show nominated for several awards, but it also stars Song Joog-ki and Song Hye-ko, who are both fantastic actors that I’ve enjoyed in previous works. If you know of any other K-dramas that are recent or that I should definitely watch please share some recs. I’m always looking for new shows to add to my watch list.

Anne With An E 

Synopsis: The adventures of a young orphaned girl living in the late 19th century. Follow Anne as she learns to navigate her new life on Prince Edward Island, in this new take on L.M. Montgomery’s classic novels.

Though I’ve never read the books (but plan to), I’ve always enjoyed Anne of Green Gables adaptations. One of my favorites growing up was the animated edition released in the early 2000s. It showcased the goofier and fun-loving side of Anne that we all know and love. As far as I’ve heard, I know this newest adaptation is much darker, so I’m curious to see this new take on the beloved classic. When you think about it AOGG is actually a pretty sad story considering Anne being an orphan and some of unfortunate obstacles life has thrown at her. But I like that her character is somewhat of an optimist and strives for the best.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 3

Synopsis: A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.

I’ve enjoyed this show since Season One, and I liked that in Season Two some of the focus was shifted more towards the other main characters such as Titus, Jacqueline, and Lillian. On top of that the show still kept its comedic touch while also starting to focus on the more serious issues. They expanded upon some of the psychological issues that Kimmy is dealing with from living in the bunker and how she’s trying to address those problems. I felt that Tina Fey’s character kinda outshone the rest of the cast and I hope in Season Three that this balances out.

Two Fathers

Synopsis: Seven years ago, two men were notified that the women they both dated had disappeared after giving birth to a baby girl. Not knowing who the father was, the two bachelors decided to raise the baby together. Tang Xiang Xi, the smooth-talking lawyer, and Wen Zhen Hua, the sensitive florist, and the young Tang Wen Di make up a non-traditional family.

My good friend Stephanie at Life’s a Cup of Tea highly recommended this show to me after devouring this show in many binge watching sessions. I told her I would get to it during the summer since the show runs about 70 episodes total, but she assures me that every moment is worth it. The show’s premise looks fun and it seems like an interesting take on some a plot that’s been done before. I haven’t watched too many Taiwanese dramas, so I can’t wait to watch this!

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Synopsis: When a mysterious fire kills their parents, the Baudelaire children are placed into the care of their distant relative Count Olaf, an actor who is determined to claim the family fortune for himself. Following Olaf’s failed attempt, the Baudelaires set out to elude Olaf and uncover the mystery behind a secret society from their parents’ past.

After the epic let down of the movie studios not continuing the movie franchise of A Series of Unfortunate Events, my hope was once again renewed by the promise of Netflix’s new adaptation. I’ve seen a few trailers for this series and so far I’m impressed with the costume design, settings, and the glimpses of Neil Patrick Harris as the wicked Count Olaf. I adored this series when it was released to so I’m excited to experience one of my childhood favorites in a brand new way!

And those are some of my shows I plan to watch this summer! What will you be watching? Do you have any recommendations of shows I should absolutely watch? Comment below 🙂

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4 thoughts on “The Great Netflix Binge of Summer 2017!

  1. I’m glad to hear that the secondary characters in “Unbreakable” have moved forward; I was pausing after S1 but this makes me want to return.

    As for others you’ve mentioned, I absolutely love Series of UE: it is SO MUCH fun that I do not allow myself to watch more than one in a sitting because sometimes I just really need that kind of gleeful enjoyment and silliness and clever aside-ness and knowing it’s there is wicked awesomeness. (Even so I’m more than halfway done already.) I need this even more because I am watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” which I wholeheartedly recommend. Just, wow.

    “Master of None” is a fave too and I ration them as well (but fortunatley the second season was only released a month ago). I haven’t seen the new “Anne” yet and am a little hesitant but it’s on my list. Is “Kim’s Convenience” available to you? It’s a CBC Show about a Korean family who runs a little shop on Queen Street; it’s not “Fresh off the Boat” but it’s light and fun, while still making some keen observations (based on a play of the same name).

    1. Yep, secondary characters of “Unbreakable” do get more screen time and plot, so I’m hoping that’s the same for season three. I can’t wait to watch Series of UE and Handmaid’s Tale, they seem awesome. I love CBC shows, haven’t watched them in a while though. I haven’t heard of Kim’s Convenience, so I’ll have to look it up and see if I can catch it on TV or online. If you know any other CBC shows I should check out, please feel free to send me some recs. I always love finding new shows to watch. 🙂

  2. Mmmm, good choices! Series of Unfortunate Events had a few things that I didn’t love but mostly I really dug it. I love that they got Patrick Warburton to be the narrator — I’ve loved him ever since Newsradio, and he’s flawless in SoUE.

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