Netflix – a love story

It started innocently enough.

A guy from work introduced us in casual conversation thinking we would be a good match.

It wasn’t a case of love at first sight, but there was something there that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I’m not going to lie to you, I was intrigued. Alas, my heart was with another.

Dave and I had been watching Game of Thrones via iTunes. Sure there was a delay in the sound and it kept crashing every now and then, but we’d had a meaningful relationship for months and I didn’t want to let some big sexy TV streaming giant move in and cut iTunes’ grass.

I guess up until then I just wasn’t ready to admit to myself that the consistent sound delay issues with iTunes had been wearing me down. The relationship wasn’t working anymore and it was time to move on.

Vulnerable, suffering withdrawal from Game of Thrones, and fully aware that winter was coming, (get it?!) Netflix lured me in with one month’s free subscription. *Hangs head in shame* One month free. What’s a girl to do?

To be perfectly honest, our relationship was slow to start. I watched a movie here and there and Miss Four enjoyed some Doc McStuffins on demand. We just couldn’t seem to find our groove. We drifted apart and weeks passed when we had no contact at all.

It wasn’t until I became so ill recently that I couldn’t even move from the couch, that my Netflix in shining armour came to my rescue. He suggested a few series that I might like. We’d only known each other for a month tops, but the way he kept coming up with the goods, I felt like he’d known me for years.

 

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He suggested Pretty Little Liars to me and the rest is history. I was gone. Well and truly gone. If I didn’t have a husband, kids and a job, I would quite happily slip off the radar and watch Netflix ALL. DAY. LONG.

You know what the greatest thing of all is though? When I finish one episode, another starts straight away. It’s as if he’s saying to me, ‘Don’t move a muscle, Renee. You just sit there, honey, and take it easy. I’ve got another episode you’re going to love coming at you in three, two, one.’

Because I’m a caring and sharing kind of person, I’ve conducted some extensive Netflix research for you.

These are my pick of the top four shows streaming on Netflix right now.

1. Pretty Little Liars

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’m hooked on this show as it’s a teen drama, but it’s seriously worth watching. From the producers of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars follows the lives of four girls dealing with the disappearance of one of their friends. Not long after the body of their friend is found, the girls begin to receive messages from someone called A set on tormenting them. It’s scary in parts and keeps you guessing.

2. Friday Night Lights

I became hooked on FNL when I was on maternity leave the first time around. When my friend recommended it to me, I thought there was no way I could get into a show about American football. After one episode, I fell in love with Coach Taylor and the relationship he has with his wife. Tim Riggins is very easy on the eye too. I’ve only watched the first three seasons, but thanks to Netflix I’m going to knock off the final two at pace.

3. Vikings

We first started watching Vikings when Dave found out his mate, who he used to sink pints with at The Foggy Dew in Dublin, was an extra on the show. We love Vikings because it’s something we can both get into. It’s quite gruesome in parts, but if you’re a GoT fan, it’s nothing you’re not used to.

4. Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black is one of those shows that people say you just have to watch – a bit like Mad Men and House of Cards. I’m only three episodes into this and must admit I’m not completely sure what I think yet. It has a great story line and is funny in parts, but sometimes the black humour is a little too much for me.

Are you into Netflix? What series are you binging on?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

80 comments on Netflix – a love story

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    June 2, 2015 at 6:40 am (3 years ago)

    We’re not on Netflix yet – we have a streaming issue with the gamers in the house….but I need to get on to it as our video shop just shut πŸ™

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Get onto it, Lydia and don’t tell the kids!

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  2. Amy @HandbagMafia
    June 2, 2015 at 6:46 am (3 years ago)

    My name is Amy and I am addicted to The Vampire Diaries. I have also re-watched OITNB and my 2 year old is addicted to Horrid Henry. #Netflix4Life

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Amy!! I used to watch The Vampire Diaries, but I lost touch with it. I’ll have to re-watch. Thanks for the reminder of how good it is. I’ve never heard of Horrid Henry. I’ll have to check it out.

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  3. Raychael aka Mystery Case
    June 2, 2015 at 6:46 am (3 years ago)

    I don’t watch TV, I do wonder what I’m missing but the time it frees up is how I manage to fit so much in. I occasionally watch the odd DVD with hubby and we do attend movie previews. I’m guessing one good series on Netflix and I would be gone.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, Raychael, I think it’s best not to risk it. As you were! πŸ™‚

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  4. Nadia @ City Mum ~ Rural Life
    June 2, 2015 at 7:14 am (3 years ago)

    Yes… I too have discovered a love of Netflix. I am completely addicted to Suits and The Blacklist. Friday Night Lights is great, but we’d already seen that before Netflix came!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Ooh great selections, Nadia. Thank you. I’ve been thinking of trying Suits.

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  5. Susan tyler
    June 2, 2015 at 7:29 am (3 years ago)

    Renee- Welcome to Netflix!!! Also add to the list- Justified- my very favorite series yet, Deadwood for the very best Western series ever, gruesome too. We loved Vikings. Netflix has a new release with JaneFonda and Lily Tomlin that is fun too! Have you watched Boardwalk Empire? then there is Lilyhammer- a fun NorwayMafia series. And yes, I need to go to meetings- standing up and reciting- Hi My name is Susan and I am a TV addict….. don’t forget to watch Shameless if available….just sayin- enjoy your commercial free addiction!!!!!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Susan!! I love it! I haven’t watched any of those, can you believe it?! I’m so excited. I may never leave the house again πŸ™‚

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  6. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    June 2, 2015 at 8:06 am (3 years ago)

    We have just been introduced to Netflix too and have just put together a post of our houses top picks. Always love OITNB and Vikings is for the Mr but my favourite is Unbreakabe! Hilarious!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh great, Karin. I can’t wait to read yours!

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  7. Mrs M
    June 2, 2015 at 9:15 am (3 years ago)

    I haven’t stumbled into Netflix land yet. We’ve got Breaking Bad on DVD and we’re only up to season 2, I’m sure after that Netflix will become our BFF.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh yes, it will, Mrs M. I hear very good things about Breaking Bad.

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  8. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    June 2, 2015 at 9:31 am (3 years ago)

    I experienced Netflix in the USA back in 2013. I got hooked on a few series.
    We are a Foxtel family and already have too much to watch. I like the idea of Netflix , and know we’d embrace it, but I just don’t know when we’d have the time to watch it!
    So right now I am resisting due to TV overload …
    L

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Well, if you have Foxtel I’d say you’re set. I haven’t had Foxtel for years. I miss it!

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  9. Emily
    June 2, 2015 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

    We’ve only just signed up, and now I’m scared! I think we’re going to start with re-watching Heroes.

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    • Hugzilla
      June 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm (3 years ago)

      LOL I loved that about Netflix. LOOK – here’s 500 new shows you haven’t seen yet! Nah. I’ll just watch Dawson’s Creek re-runs, thanks.

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      • Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
        June 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

        Haha, we’ve got soooo many new shows lined up, and John just said to me “maybe we should watch Lost again”.

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        • Mummy, Wife, Me
          June 3, 2015 at 9:28 pm (3 years ago)

          Haha good on you, John. It is the greatest show of all time!

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      • Mummy, Wife, Me
        June 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

        Lol! I know what you mean. Seriously, I would love to watch Dawson again though:)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Excellent choice, Em. I’m a huge fan of that show!

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  10. Mrs Organised
    June 2, 2015 at 9:45 am (3 years ago)

    We’ve hade Netflix now for a couple of months and are really enjoying it. I love that it’s on demand so you can choose a TV series and watch it from Season 1 Episode 1 … you do have to be aware of your data usage though, or you can get caught out! I hadn’t noticed that Friday Night Lights was one of the series available, so thanks for that … I think I now have a new series to watch!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, the data usage is a bit of an issue for us. I need to reassess our bundle πŸ™

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  11. Deborah
    June 2, 2015 at 9:52 am (3 years ago)

    I love binge-watching TV so Netflix would be amazing. I haven’t organised it yet as I’m in an apartment building and pay a fortune ($50/mth via body corporate fees) for 10 crappy Foxtel stations (via ANALOGUE, so they’re unwatchable). So the idea of paying more kills me… but as the old men in charge of our body corporate chose the 10 stations( 4 sport, 3news, 2 documentaries etc) there’s nothing I watch, I know I’ll succumb to Netflix soon!

    Deb

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh God, that doesn’t sound like a good setup at all, Deb. Hop on the Netflix bandwagon, I say!

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  12. Deb @ inner compass designs
    June 2, 2015 at 9:53 am (3 years ago)

    I have been hesitant to sign up to any of the new services because in the past things like quickflicks were crap. You are tempting me lol.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Check it out and see if there’s anything you think you’d like πŸ™‚

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  13. Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    June 2, 2015 at 11:09 am (3 years ago)

    I have heard good things about Netflix, but am also in a Foxtel contract grrr – never anything to watch on there. I am intrigued and tempted though! x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh what a bummer about Foxtel. You’d think they’d have a better selection.

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  14. Kristy
    June 2, 2015 at 11:10 am (3 years ago)

    Love it !! I tap into the US netflix for a bigger variety. Ive been watching Nanny 911, house hunters and my boys are loving the kids shows and movies. I was watching on my macbook and iPad, but now that panasonic has released the app for the our tv I can finally watch it on the big screen. I want to start watching wentworth as everyone has been raving about it.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

      OMG! Kristy, I didn’t even know that was possible. I bet the US one has ALL of the best shows. I’m going to have to look into that. Thanks for the hot tip!

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  15. Chantel
    June 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I havent jumped down this rabbit hole yet – we have Foxtel though, so haven’t needed to. When we move, we probably will stop our subscription, so that will be it. Very tempted πŸ˜‰

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  16. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    June 2, 2015 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh I’m such a streaming whore!! Love it and it’s so handy to beat the winter blues. Thanks for the suggestions, I’ve just finished MadMen and Outlander and was looking for something. I think Orange is the new black might be the go x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Ha! You crack me up! I haven’t heard of Outlander. I will have to check it out. Thanks x

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  17. jess
    June 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, how Netflix has captured my heart as well! I am a binge watcher and not ashamed to say it. I love that I am discovering new shows. A particularly dreary and sick weekend lead to discovered 3rd rock from the Sun again, and I was hooked!

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  18. stephanie@stephsjoy
    June 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm (3 years ago)

    we’re not on the netflix wagon yet, though we’ve been offered a free subscription from our data provider, just not sure if we will have time to use it.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Definitely give it a go, Steph πŸ™‚

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  19. Natalie @ our parallel connection
    June 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Orange is the new black … I want to see what that one us all about… My girls are massive fans if pretty little liars

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol! I KNEW it was for teenagers πŸ˜‰

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  20. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    June 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Orange is the New Black is like my favourite show, I cant wait for the new season to come out. Trent’s really into vikings so Im thinking I should start watching that just so I know what the hell he’s talking about. I liked Sparticus and GOT so I imagine it’d be alright.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm (3 years ago)

      I’ve heard good things about Spartacus too. I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks!

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  21. Hugzilla
    June 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm (3 years ago)

    You fell for the “first free month”. Dude, that’s a GATEWAY drug. Enjoy your addiction. PS. Dawson’s Creek re-runs for the win!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. You are so clever and witty. I love it!

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  22. EssentiallyJess
    June 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm (3 years ago)

    You MUST watch Brooklyn 99. That show is awesome!
    We tried the trial, but have committed to Presto. Same idea, but it runs through the TBox in our lounge and it’s unmetered so doesn’t effect our download. The kids love the shows, and I may have become addicted to Homeland…

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm (3 years ago)

      See that is awesome that it doesn’t affect your data. Maybe I need to check out Presto also, although we don’t have a T Box. Thanks! I’ll look into it. I love Homeland too!

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  23. Bec @ The Plumbette
    June 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m scared I’d lose so much time watching TV if we had this, but I only hear good things about it. I’m lucky if I even watch Reno rumble let alone what’s on Netflix. Glad you had something to watch while you were sick though. X

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:02 pm (3 years ago)

      I know, it’s hard to find the time, but I’m loving this as my little wind down at the moment xx

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  24. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    June 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm (3 years ago)

    We’ve just paid for our first month after the free trial and I have to say I’m hooked! I LOVE House of Cards and also the Fall, it’s such a great way to relax and not have to think about things for awhile.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Woohoo!!! Yes, I totally agree. Even better if you can find something you and your other half can both enjoy too! xx

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  25. Luisa @ Looking for mama me
    June 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I hear nothing but good things about netflix πŸ™‚ I just wish I had time for tv! I also loooovvveeee Pretty Little Liars, who cares if Im 10 years older than them! I’ve missed the last 2 seasons though sadly πŸ™

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Yes, I know! Embarrassing, isn’t it?! πŸ™‚

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  26. Mumma McD
    June 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I love Orange is the New Black! Netflix addict here too πŸ™‚

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  27. Vanessa
    June 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I haven’t subscribed to Netflix yet because I had a list of shows I wanted to watch and barely any of them are on there (a friend looked for me).
    I know what you mean about Orange Is The New Black – I have season 1 on dvd. It’s a good show, but I don’t know if I think it’s an enjoyable show.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, exactly!!! Thanks for putting that into words for me.

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  28. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    June 2, 2015 at 8:25 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m not on Netflix but yes to Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, Vikings, Suits and Greys Anatomy. Oh, and New Girl!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Great selection there, Malinda! I really need to get into Suits!

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  29. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    June 2, 2015 at 8:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Love Suits so much! Isn’t it good knowing you’ve got all that good viewing for Winter? x

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  30. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    June 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Not yet I’m not and probably a good thing as I’d probably never blog again – mind you my husband prob wouldn’t cry in pillow at night over that – I hope you’re feeling slightly better x

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  31. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    June 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m seriously out of the loop when it comes to TV … that’s what a month overseas does to ya!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm (3 years ago)

      It won’t take you long to get back on track, Janet. The sacrifices you make, eh?! πŸ™‚

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  32. Dannielle
    June 2, 2015 at 9:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I wish we had more download available we only get 15 GB a month, that’s living in the sticks for you!
    I love FNL, Zadada and I watched the whole series during my breastfeeding days with baby number 3, it’s a great series.
    Hope you are feeling better lovely xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Isn’t it?! I just love it! Thanks. Feeling a lot better πŸ™‚ x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

      You definitely are a busy household, Jodi x

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  33. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    June 3, 2015 at 10:53 am (3 years ago)

    I am freaking in LOVE with Netflix!!! I loved House of Cards and Suits! I’m going to try some of your picks next!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm (3 years ago)

      HOORAY!! I really need to watch Suits. So many people have recommended it!

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  34. Kathy
    June 3, 2015 at 4:09 pm (3 years ago)

    I can’t really see us getting Netflix in a hurry but then I’m not much of a TV watcher and I don’t know whether I would find the time to ‘binge watch’.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:10 pm (3 years ago)

      You’re probably lucky you haven’t signed up, Kathy. Steer clear of the addiction πŸ™‚ I’m hooked!

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  35. Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond
    June 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm (3 years ago)

    We are soooo loving Netflix. It has become a Saturday night ritual for my girls and I to pick out a movie and have a movie night. So far we have done the Princess Bride, The Wedding Singer and A Kinigts Tale. Loving it!!!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      June 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Great selection of classics there, Mandy. Can’t wait to show my girls those ones one day πŸ™‚

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  36. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    June 4, 2015 at 1:29 am (3 years ago)

    When I get into a TV show I just can’t get enough and will binge watch whole seasons (West Wing final season in one weekend – eek!). That’s my concern about Netflix – I may not see sunlight again! I’ve heard great things about House of Cards so I think that would be my first choice. Happy viewing xx

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  37. Mummy, Wife, Me
    June 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Yep, that is a problem. We may never leave the house again πŸ˜‰

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  38. Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    June 7, 2015 at 12:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I use to watch Pretty Little Liars – I loved the mystery of it – but after 2 series and still no further along I have grown tired and moved onto “Hart of Dixie” all watched via DVD’s. But you have to wait for them to come out, NetFlix sounds like the answer.

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  39. Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers
    June 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I only just found Netflix on the TV today – didn’t know my TV could do that so will now set about getting addicted!

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