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NETFLIX SHOWS TO KEEP YOU COMPANY

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Having received mixed reviews after its first season, this recreation of Lemony Snicket’s series is entertaining, at the very least. The theatrical Neil Patrick Harris brings life to the sinister Count Olaf, doing everything in his power to steal the Baudelaire fortune, much to the dismay of its three young heirs. You may want to take snack breaks in between each episode, though, as the "unfortunate events" might prove to be too sad to binge-watch.

2. One Day at a Time

If you grew up with sitcoms like Family Ties or The Wonder Years, then you may appreciate this series remake of a 1970s sitcom of the same name. It follows newly single mother Penelope navigating through her new life in Los Angeles, raising two children while supporting her mother. The series provides both laughs and tears, and portrays the same sentimental, old-fashioned family values you can find in the original series by Norman Lear.

3. The West Wing

Before Madam Secretary and House of Cards, there was The West Wing, a political drama that ran from 1999 to 2006. The show offers an insightful look at the lives of those who worked directly for fictional President Jed Bartlet. The general audience demographic of this three-time Golden Globe-winning show consisted of high-income viewers.

4. The Honourable Woman

Produced by BBC Two, this Netflix-acquired series, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal at her best, is not receiving as much attention as it should. The eight-part series follows Anglo-Jewish Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal) and her success after she takes over her father’s arms business. She’s since been attempting to restore peace in the Middle East through a charitable foundation, but after her business partner dies in a questionable suicide, drama and mystery follow. It may sound cliché, but expect the unexpected from this show.

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

If you’re after a lighter source of entertainment, this Emmy-nominated comedy is a cross between 30 Rock and the ‘90s film Blast From the Past. The plot essentially revolves around the titular character adjusting to life in New York after being rescued from a 15-year cult immersion. She then moves in with a gay street performer called Titus. From that brief synopsis alone, you can imagine what hilarity ensues.

The Crown

If you haven't already, there's still time to catch up with The Crown before the second season kicks off later this year. The most expensive Netflix series ever produced tackles the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s basically a manners masterclass and a history review rolled into 10 episodes starring jewel-clad royals with issues. Afterward, you can review each episode of the first season with our guide.

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MOVIES TO WATCH AGAIN

E.T.
One of Steven Spielberg’s most memorable creations, this blockbuster was a pioneer in its genre and is one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Thow it back with a comedy starring a young Matthew Broderick when teen movies were simple and unassuming.

Grease
Another classic teen movie, Grease is the perfect summer film, partly because you get to sing along to Summer Nights.”

To Kill A Mockingbird
It’s probably been a while since you’ve seen the movie adaptation of the Harper Lee classic. To entice you, might we remind you that it stars the dashing Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.

Moonrise Kingdom
This underrated film contains all the visual elements expected of a Wes Anderson work, and an unlikely pairing of two young misfits.

Atonement
If complicated dramas are more your beat, check out Atonement. A few minutes in, and you’ll stay glued to its compelling portrayal of lies and desire.

The African Queen
Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn team up for this tale of adventure; one that landed its leading lady her fifth Oscar nomination and its leading man his only Oscar.

Amélie
This French romantic comedy explores the unusual life of Amélie, a charming young woman on a quest to better the lives of those around her.

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