One thing I love to do is recommend my favorite, newly-discovered shows or films to anyone with ears and a willingness to listen. I love sharing with the world, or even just the person sitting next to me at a coffee shop, what moved me or impacted me that day, week, or month. It’s honestly one of my weird quirks; it’s a weirdly intimate thing because you can learn quite a bit based on what someone recommends to you and why.
So, I’ve scoured the desert of streaming services for some hidden gems of visual entertainment for you to enjoy. Feel free to leave any suggestions you may have in the comments and let’s make this a conversation.
1. Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)
This is a hill I will gladly die on: Schitt’s Creek is one of funniest shows on TV right now. In fact, it might be the funniest television show. I’m biased, though, because this show is right up my alley; it’s 100% my type of comedy. The humor is so clever. The cast is stellar and has the best comedic timing I’ve seen in years. I’m upset it took me so long to discover this gem, but I binged it so quickly. It’s a great, easy watch that you can go through quickly. So when the Office leaves Netflix, I suggest fixing that giant hole in your heart with Schitt’s Creek.
2. Bosch (Amazon Prime)
This show gets overshadowed and overlooked as one of the great crime dramas out there. It’s not hard when you share a streaming platform with a self-proclaimed Fleabag or a gaggle of comediennes led by one Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Bosch is about the titular Bosch, an L.A.P.D detective, who is in the process of solving one murder while simultaneously standing trial for the murder of a serial killer.
The show highlights the different facets of a well rounded, three-dimensional, cop character and not only shows his unorthodox work methods, but also shows how this trial has affected his relationships and his personal life. It’s such a fascinating and unique take on the crime procedural and it’s so well done.
3. The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
If you love horror, this one’s for you. While the show has it’s fair share of jump scares, the true horror is masked in the characters (a family that has lived through their fair share of tragedy). The show’s horror is a slow burn; it’s the best kind of horror in my opinion. It keeps you on edge constantly. The show is based off the book of the same name and it seamlessly cuts between flashbacks of the kids living in the haunted Hill House and the present day. 10 out of 10 would recommend for anyone wanting that horror-inspired creep fest in between seasons of Stranger Things.
4. Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Okay, so the Marvel namesake definitely helps. But what sets Jessica Jones apart from the other Defenders content on Netflix is the actual story arc of Jessica herself. Season 1’s story arc, alone, is a beautifully upsetting tale of a recovering abuse victim in its purest form. You can see that Jessica is clearly going through some shit throughout the series, especially in that inaugural first season. That, in and of itself, makes this show so interesting. This is the kind of content you don’t see in any typical superhero show or film. It’s heavy but it’s definitely worth every second of viewing.
5. Castle Rock (Hulu)
I’m not hopping off the spoopy train yet. If you’re a fan of Stephen King, you’ll LOVE Castle Rock. (I mean, chances are you’ll already know the source material.) For those who’ve never heard of the show here’s a quick synopsis:
Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.
This show is so well done and super creative. Much like Bosch, this show has gotten totally overshadowed by bigger shows like the Handmaid’s Tale. But don’t let that get you down, it’s sooooo good!
Definitely check these out and let me know what you think! I’ll definitely be adding more to this list and make sure I’ll keep the film and TV show recommendations coming for you. Share your favorites in the comments below! Until then, signing off.