My newest Netflix recommendations for a relaxing afternoon

The weather is getting colder and fall has officially begun, so why not spend a lot of your free time just snuggling in your bed or on the couch, with a blanket and some hot chocolate, watching a movie or tv series on Netflix? It’s been a while since I wrote a blogpost with my Netflix recommendations, and since then a lot of new tv shows and movies have been added that I just love to watch! If you’d like to read my first blogpost with Netflix recommendations, you can click over here. Do read along if you’d like to know what my current recommendations are!

The last time I did a post like this, I only recommended my favourite tv series to you. This time I’m going to do both: I’ll give you a couple of tv series and movie recommendations, most of which are Netflix originals (so I’m pretty sure everyone is able to watch these on Netflix). Let’s start off with the tv series!

1. Friends, 1994-2004, 10 seasons
Friends definitely belongs to one of my favourite tv series ever! I only started watching it for the first time in January, when it came out on Netflix, but when I was a little child, I used to watch small scenes when my mum and older sister were watching the series on tv. I know that this series has some issues – but I actually kind of expected that from a series that’s filmed in the 90’s, so I don’t really mind.

All the episodes of Friends are about 20-25 minutes long, which is perfect to watch when you don’t have a lot of time! I finished watching the tenth season a couple of months ago and already missed it so much, that I immediately started a re-watch. It’s such a hilarious and cute series, so when I’m feeling down I instantly feel so much better when I’m watching this!

2. Stranger Things, 2016-now, 2 seasons so far
I think most of you know what Stranger Things is about, because this series is one of the most watched tv series on Netflix, but for those of you who don’t know: Stranger Things is a science fiction series about the disappearance of Will, a young boy who lives in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, and the appearance of a young, mysterious girl with telekinesis powers.

I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t watched this series yet, but if you haven’t watched it yet and you’re a fan of fantasy/science fiction: you should totally try this series! I know there’s a lot of hype about this series and I didn’t want to watch it at first, because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but I’m so glad that I gave it a try. I couldn’t stop watching once I started!

3. 13 Reasons Why, 2017-now, 2 seasons so far
Just as Stranger Things, most of you probably know what 13 Reasons Why is about, but if you don’t know: 13 Reasons Why tells the story of Clay Jensen. He’s mourning the loss of Hannah baker, a girl he knew from school that recently committed suicide, when he finds a mysterious package on his doorstep. Inside the package is a box with seven cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, where she tells you about thirteen reasons why she killed herself. And if you’ve received the box and are listening to the tapes, you’re one of the reasons why…

I know there’s a lot of controversy about this series, because it’s very triggering and some scenes are really detailed (and really hard to watch), so if you’re easily triggered, this series might not be for you. Other than that, I really love this series because it’s so real. The problems happening in 13 Reasons Why are so realistic – they happen every day in real life, and this series really is an eye opener and starts conversations.

4. Dark, 2017-now, 1 season so far
Dark is actually not an English tv series, it’s German. It’s a science fiction series about time travelling, and it all starts when a young boy mysteriously disappears in the small German town of Winden.

A couple of months ago, when I was still in high school and my German was really, really bad, my teacher suggested that I should watch this series on Netflix with German subtitles, to practice my German reading skills. I didn’t really expect much of it at first because it was a little confusing (especially with the German subtitles), but a couple of episodes in I started to really enjoy it and understand it better. It reminds me a bit of Stranger Things, and the plot, the special effects and acting are so well-done. After I finished watching it for the first time, I immediately watched it again. It also actually helped me with my German (because I passed my exams with a really good grade).

I don’t think a lot of you have heard about this series before, but I really recommend it because it’s just so good and well-thought-out. Instead of me choosing for German subtitles, you can also just choose the option for English subtitles and it will be a lot less confusing!

5. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, released on October 26th
Okay, I know this series isn’t actually released just yet (it’ll be released on October 26th), but I couldn’t not include this in my list. I’ve been so excited for this series ever since Netflix announced that they would produce it. It includes all things I love – witchcraft, magic, dark stuff, what’s not to like?

I know that this is officially a spin-off off the tv series Riverdale, and I love watching that series. I don’t particularly think Riverdale is a very good series, though, but sometimes a little brain candy isn’t all that bad, right? I do believe that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is going to be very different from Riverdale and hopefully also a lot better, so I can’t wait to start watching right in time for Halloween!

Those were my Netflix tv series recommendations! If I have a lot of free time and just want to binge-watch, these series are my go-to (well, except for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, since that one isn’t available just yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll binge-watch that one as soon as it’s out). Now for the Netflix movie recommendations, I’ve watched every single movie of these and really enjoyed them!

1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, starring Lana Condor, Noah Centineo 
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is such a cute romance movie, and most of you have probably already seen it, but I just wanted to include this on my list because I loved watching this movie so much! I haven’t read the books yet (sorry!) but I’m going to read them soon, hopefully somewhere next month.

So To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about Lara Jean, who’s used to being an unpopular, unnoticed girl in high school, until the day her secret love letters get send to the boys she’s addressed them to. To stop her current crush (who is also her sisters ex-boyfriend) from thinking she’s in love with him, she does something that will change her life for good.

2. Sierra Burgess is a Loser, starring Shannon Purser, Noah Centineo
I’ve loved Shannon Pursers’ acting ever since she starred in Stranger Things and Riverdale, and I was so excited to find out that Netflix had made a movie with her in the lead. When this movie came out on Netflix at the beginning of this month, I couldn’t wait to start watching.

It’s about Sierra Burgess, a girl who doesn’t really fit the ‘traditional’ high school standards of beauty. She gets bullied by Veronica (your popular mean girl kind of type). Her life changes when she suddenly gets a message from a guy and they start texting. She begins developing feelings for him, but then she finds out that he thinks she’s actually Veronica – so should she keep up the appearance of being Veronica, or should she be honest and tell him who she really is?

I know that this movie has some issues – Sierra does some pretty messed up stuff in the movie, but I also found it realistic, because her behaviour is not perfect (nor is anyone’s behaviour in real life, we’re all human), and I really enjoyed watching this movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, you definitely should!

3. Irreplaceable You, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman
Irreplaceable You is about Abbie and Sam, who are engaged to be married, but their lives are suddenly changed forever when they find out that Abbie has terminal cancer. Not knowing what the future holds for Sam, Abbie tries to find a new love for him so that he’s got someone to take care of him when she’s not there anymore.

This movie was such a beautiful but heartbreaking movie, and I definitely recommend that if you’re going to watch it, you should keep a box of tissues near while watching (I know I needed them, lol). It really made me realise the important stuff in life – and to live every day to the fullest, because you never know what might happen in the future.

4. Set It Up, starring Zoey Deutch, Glenn Powell

Set It Up is a romance comedy movie about Harper, who has dreamed of being a writer but is currently working as an assistant, and Charlie, who is also working as an assistant. They both work in the same building and are really overworked, so when the two of them meet, they come up with a plan to set up their bosses, so that they can have some more free time.

I was so excited for this movie to come out on Netflix, because it was described as the traditional rom-com movie that we all love, and it definitely was everything I expected it to be. I loved the acting (especially Zoey Deutch, she’s one of my favourite actresses). This movie was so funny and romantic, and it is perfect to watch when you’re tired and just need a relaxing afternoon to unwind.

5. How It Ends, starring Theo James, Forest Whitaker
How It Ends
is a science fiction/apocalypse movie and tells the story of Will and Samantha (the latter is played by Kat Graham), who are expecting their first child. Will flies to Chicago to visit Samantha’s parents, intending to ask them permission to marry Samantha. The next day, however, it all changes when Will’s on the phone with Samantha and they hear a mysterious sound. The call is disconnected and Will, unable to reach Samantha, goes on a journey with Samantha’s father to find her.

I really enjoyed watching this movie, because it’s not only about the journey to find Samantha, it’s also about the relationship between Will and Tom (Samantha’s dad). They didn’t really like each other at first, but the journey to find Samantha brings them closer together.

These were all my current Netflix recommendations! I’d love to know which of these you have already watched, and what your recommendations are (because you can never have to many tv series and movies on your watch list, right?), so please let me know below in the comments!

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  • Reply
    23/09/2018 at 09:12

    I like Set It Up movie too. I’d recommend Atypical, it is about an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum who searches for love and independence.

    • Reply
      23/09/2018 at 09:21

      Yes, Set It Up was such a fun movie right? ? Ooh, I haven’t seen that one yet, so I’ll put it on my list! ❤️

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    26/09/2018 at 12:37

    Great list! I added Irreplaceable You to mine. Thanks for the recs.

    • Reply
      26/09/2018 at 12:45

      You’re welcome! Enjoy watching Irreplaceable You! ?

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    Love of cotton
    26/09/2018 at 17:30

    As you’ve said, yo saw Dark with German subtitles. Which level do you have? I have an A1 but I know a little bit more. Would I be able to understand them?

    • Reply
      26/09/2018 at 18:09

      Hi dear! I have B1-B2 level for German reading, it’s a little higher than A1, so it might be a little difficult for you to understand. You can choose for English subtitles, though, so I definitely recommend the series to you! 🙂

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