From 20th to 26th or October it's National Parents Week. The aim of this is to highlight the need for parents to get a break, where you possibly can. With a two year old going on three barreling through the house it can be tough to have some quiet time and catch up with the TV shows that everyone is talking about. That's where FoMo comes from, by the way. FoMo stands for "Fear of Missing Out". This is where we have found Netflix to come in extremely useful. Whether it's me burning through "The Good Wife", or hubby's obsession with Raylan Givens in "Justified", we've both found something to pass the time. However it was only recently that we started watching something together for the first time that we've actually stuck with. We've tried to start a load of shows that have had great first episodes, but then the quality dips.
Then we discovered "Homeland".
It's the story of a United States prisoner of war who comes home after eight years and has to re-adjust to his family life. Of course it's not that simple. There's a female CIA agent who suspects that he may have been turned to the side of the terrorists while he's been there.
The show stars Damien Lewis as Nicholas Brody, Claire Danes as Carrie Matheson, and one of my favourite actors Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Carrie's superior.
The first three seasons are on Netflix, and hubby and I flew through them. It's a really easy show to follow despite all the political games that are being played, and the acting is great from all involved. The great thing about having multiple series of any show on Netflix is not having to wait for the pesky cliffhangers to get sorted. Well, until you finish a show anyway.
There are thirty-six episodes of this show on Netflix, twelve per season, and we finished the whole lot in three weeks. What I had heard before watching "Homeland" was that the first two seasons were great, with the third being disappointing, but when you're watching a show in two or three episode per night chunks, it feels like you're watching one really long movie. I didn't really notice a drop in quality in the last twelve episodes. The environments changed from the corridors of the CIA offices, but I thought it gave the whole show a bigger scope with the bit of globetrotting thrown in.
What shows, if any, have you binge watched on Netflix? Do you think watching a box set of a TV show has become more enjoyable than, say, a trip to the cinema?
*Disclaimer: I have become a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this I received a complimentary subscription for one year & an Apple TV (Box). All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........