Just as the exhausting buzz around Making A Murderer gives way to a House of Cards frenzy before the inevitable water cooler chat that will accompany season two of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, let’s take a moment to celebrate the shows on Netflix that no one is watching. No one, that is, except you.
A quick office poll has revealed that while Team ELLE might be all about ‘Better Call Saul/ Chelsea Does / Love’ in public, behind closed doors in the comfort of our own homes we are binging on obscure Danish comedy spin-offs, sappy rom coms and shows made for teenage girls.
If you’re not fussed about having your finger on the throbbing pulse of the TV zeitgeist, there is a whole wealth of weird, dull, retro, esoteric and yet strangely compelling programming at your fingertips. So next time you search Netflix for something new to watch - go deep; you won’t regret it.
Lotte Jeffs, Deputy Editor
RITA is my new obsession. It’s Normcore TV at its best - a Danish comedy drama about a badass teacher in a state secondary school and her family. Nothing really bad ever happens and if it does, its been miraculously glossed over by the next episode. The cast is extremely attractive and Rita is a total fox even though she only ever wears a plaid shirt with skinny jeans and carries this shabby canvas tote around all the time. I’ve got really into the minutiae of life in small town Denmark – everything is so appealing, from the open sandwiches they eat for lunch to the fact they hang their mugs on pegs and the school corridors are lined with bean bags. It seems such an open, progressive and cool environment. After watching three seasons and the really very niche Rita comedy spinoff show Hjørdis I now speak Danish. Tak for dat.
The Best of Me
Hannah Swerling, Features Editor
Don't tell anyone but on a dark, rainy night when there is nothing left to watch on Netflix, I've been known to watch a Nicholas Sparks film. Last week, it was The Best of Me. And I feel sick about it. It goes against my better taste, judgement and moral code to watch such drivel. The Notebook is different because it featured Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams and even brought them together in real life but every subsequent Sparks book that's been adapted for the big screen is exactly the same stupid story of a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love with a spirited, rich girl and are they are torn apart by unnecessary obstacles. I hate every minute of these films yet I am compelled to watch them when the well of Netflix has run dry. The leads are inevitably hot and they always live in some ludicrously picturesque part of America and I've even been known to cry at the ending. I'm not sure whether that's because of the sad ending or self-loathing.
Fern Ross, Associate Editor (Production)
I watched four hours of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a pretty basic comedy set in a police department all about the interactions between the co-workers without moving from the sofa a few Sundays ago, and I am not a binge-watcher. I basically want Terry Crews who plays the chief to be my life mentor, and Andy Samberg, the lovable useless new recruit my second husband.
Him & Her
Bibby Sowray, Digital News & Features Editor
Him & Her, a comedy about a very normal straight couple totally passed me by when it was on TV a few years ago but it is genius. I watched all three series in a couple of days of binging. And felt a little bereft.
The Decoy Bride
Alice Wignall, Content Director
The Decoy Bride is an utterly shoddy rom com. It's a sort of Scottish Richard Curtis film but even less good than that suggests. It looks like it was made for about £250 and like it rained every day while they were doing it. Everyone's doing the wrong accent. All the relationships are confusing. Every single rom com cliché is deployed. I'd watch it every day if I could.
Sunil Makan, multimedia picture editor
Otherworldly shenanigans with Warlocks, Vampires, ‘shadow hunters’ and the like. I often find myself thinking why am I watching this? Is it because I’m too lazy to grab the remote or (secretly) utterly engrossed? I guess we’ll never quite be sure. But you can bet I’ll be watching the next episode. Most definitely.
Emma King, Deputy Chief Subeditor
Fuller House is the spin-off from the US's Full House (an early 90s sitcom about a young widowed father who enlists the help of his brother-in-law and his childhood friend to help him raise his three young children.) In this contemporary spin-off the Tanner family’s adventures continue as DJ Tanner-Fuller shares a home with her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy who help raise her three boysI caned the entire season in one go.