Christmas is coming fast, but rather than throw together a list of Christmas related things to watch, I've decided to pick some TV shows that are available on Netflix chosen by myself and hubby that you might enjoy over your Christmas break. What we've done is taken into account that some people may get longer holidays than others. People working in retail don't get near as much time off as teachers, for example. So we've chosen shows that have a varying number of seasons. The thinking is that shows that have more seasons would suit people that are on longer holidays.
Bringing Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho" up to date in a modern setting was never going to be easy, but this show pretty much pulls it off. Telling the tale of a young Norman Bates and his beloved Mother. Freddy Highmore plays Norman fantastically, recalling the nervous energy of Anthony Perkins in the original film, and Vera Farmiga steals the show as his mother.
Believe the hype. Netflix's own adaptation draws inspiration from both Michael Dobbs' novel and the 1990 TV adaptation by Dobbs and Andrew Davies. Kevin Spacey gives a fantastic turn as Francis Underwood, a charming but utterly ruthless Congressman. They say behind every good man is a greater woman, and in Francis' wife Claire (played by Robin Wright) we have a lady who is every bit his equal in her unwavering ambition. Brilliantly written and shot, this show is a treat.
Even though there's less episodes in this BBC adaptation, each episode clocks in at about 90 minutes each, The role that gave Benedict Cumberbatch his big break, it similar to "Bates Motel" whereby we have a modern version of classic stories. The sight of Sherlock using a phone may have come off as contrived, but it actually works. Cumberbatch's delivery of the rapid fire dialogue, and his chemistry with Martin Freeman as his beleaguered Watson, this one is well worth your time.
Just to lighten things up after all the drama from the shows listed above, "Scrubs" is the perfect antidote. Starring Zach Braff as a rookie doctor from his first day, this show brought equal part big laughs along with some serious moments along the way. As JD, Braff is surrounded by a cast of fantastic characters, from the perpetually angry Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) and JD's best friend Turk (Donald Faison). Netflix have the first six seasons and there isn't a bad episode in the bunch.
5. House (8 Seasons, Episodes Per Season Range From 16-24).
Hugh Laurie's "House" is a medical Sherlock Holmes for all intents and purposes. A grumpy genius with his own drug related issues, House is a fascinating character. He can go from likable to unlikable in the space of mere minutes, and the show managed to keep itself fresh by changing the cast around every few seasons unlike a lot of other shows which start to go stale after five or so seasons of the same faces. While there are a lot of episodes of this particular show, the pace is so fast that they absolutely fly by, and it's easy to get caught in the "just one more" trap.
*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........