Thursday, October 22, 2015

Erin Rhew's Top 10 Netflix Instant Shows to Start Watching

I am a binge-watching, Netflix junkie. I look forward to my Saturday afternoons where my entire day consists of my TV remote, a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips and six hours of commercial free TV!  So, you can just imagine how insanely excited I was when Erin Rhew sent me her Top 10 Netflix Instant Shows to Start Watching.  Not only is she an amazing writer, but she totally gets me!!!!

Take it away Erin...

Ok, I’m terrible at doing my top 10 of anything or telling you my favorite of something because I always have to qualify it. I’m like, “Well, my favorite Western about Wyatt Earp is Tombstone.” I think part of it is because my interests are so diverse. I’m a girl that will watch football, rom coms, adventure, sci-fi, and most anything in between. I don’t have a favorite book genre because I love fantasy, sci-fi, dystopians, romance, historical fiction…I could go on.

I think it boils down to this: I like a good story. So, here are 10 Netflix Instant shows I’d recommend. They’re not THE only top 10, nor are they MY only top 10, but it’s about as close to nailed down as you can get me on this topic. Haha! Oh, and they’re in random order because I can’t rank them without obsessive qualifiers. ;)

1) Bones—This storyline is amazing! The characters are rich and complex, and the tales are fascinating. I’ve always loved a good “who-dun-it” and catch-the-bad guy crime series, and Bones delivers. I think in another life, I must have been a medical examiner or something because I am fascinated by those types of shows. Plus, on the show, I adore how Brennan—the female forensic anthropologist—is the logical, non-romantic one while Booth—the male FBI agent—is the emotional, romantic one. It’s the opposite of the traditional portrayal of gender roles and makes for comical situations for both characters. It just started its 11th season, so other people really like it too! ;)

2) Prison Break—If you love action, adventure, and intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I recommend Prison Break. Brothers Michael and Lincoln are under the gun to escape Fox River Penitentiary before Lincoln is executed for a crime he didn’t commit. But they discover the people who framed Lincoln will stop at nothing to put him in the ground. It’s a heart-pumping good time. Oh, and good news, they’re planning a 24 style reboot to this show!

3) The 100—If you are like me and are both a sci-fi and dystopian lover, then prepare to have your nerd fantasies come true. We’re talking space AND a post-apocalyptic world! Air is running out on the Ark, the ship that ensured the survival of the human race after nuclear war, so the ship’s council votes to send 100 criminals down to the surface to see if Earth’s inhabitable. Since they send adult criminals through the airlock, the only ones left on board are teenagers. These teens are sent down and discover Earth is inhabitable, but there are still so many pieces of the puzzle they never accounted for.

4) FringeMore sci-fi, but this one is like sci-fi meets Bones. This show explores crimes committed through science and sends FBI Agent, Oliva Dunham, on the hunt. She’s paired up with mad scientist Walter Bishop and his shady but exceptionally smart son, Peter. I love the interplay between the characters and “helping” them solve these complex crimes. We’re talking telekinesis, space/time continuum, shared brain activity, and more. It’s geekdom at its best!

5) Gossip GirlHoly moly, I adored this guilty pleasure! We follow the lives up Upper West Side teens and the wannabes who try to weasel into the group. Only, there’s a catch. Someone, Gossip Girl, tracks their every movement and reports it. Can’t hide your misdeeds with a spy like that! This group manages to get themselves in all sorts of crazy entanglements. And I promise, you’ll find out the identity of Gossip Girl in the end. ;)

 6) The Vampire Diaries
Two words: Stefan and Damon. Enough said. LOL! Alright, alright, there’s more. This tale blurs the line between good and evil. When Damon blows into town, you’re sure he’s the bad brother, but Stefan has some pretty big skeletons in his closet too. The arrival of these two vampires turns the small town of Mystic Falls upside down, and the paranormals just keep on coming, including some of the most ancient vampires around—the Originals. If you like the Originals, you can also watch their spinoff show on Netflix.

7) New GirlAdmittedly, I’ve not seen this one, but everyone keeps telling me I just HAVE to. So, I’m adding it to the list because of popular demand and because it’s on my to-be-watched-list. Oh, and the female lead is the little sister of the female lead in Bones, so it has to be great, right?? ;)

8) RoswellAliens. Need I say more? Three aliens landed on Earth as children and assimilated into society. Max, the brooding alien, saves the life of a girl he’s crushing on and accidently reveals his secret to her (Sound familiar? Well, this show predates Twilight). They begin the whole complicated love situation between a human and alien, complete with alien hunters and a decree from the home world to shake things up.

9) ReignThis show totally appeals to the history nerd and period piece lover inside of me. You’ve heard of Mary, Queen of Scots, right? Had a legitimate claim to the throne, plotted against Queen Elizabeth, got beheaded. It’s a common theme for royals back them. BUT this show takes you back to Mary’s teenage years. Back to the time she thought she could wed the future French king and rule England, France, and Scotland. Ah, what a dreamer. But plots and intrigue abound in the castle, as they often do, and Mary’s story takes us on quite the thrill ride.

10) HeroesWhen I first heard this show’s tagline “Save the cheerleader, save the world,” I was like, “Huh?” But I’m a huge fan of X-Men and the Avengers, so I thought I’d give this bunch of supernaturals a try. And I’m so glad I did. The bad guy, Sylar (played by Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto), is an amazing character. Quinto gives him depth and humanity amidst his depravity. And who doesn’t want to have a superpower? I mean, come on. We all wish we did. Bonus points if you can match the character from Prison Break with a character from Heroes!

Thanks for hosting me today, Trisha! 

Layla’s world tumbles out of control when she discovers the truth of her parentage and realizes the Prophecy—the one she upended her entire life to defend—is incomplete. When her new friends share the entire Prophecy, the revelations contained within it alter her destiny and challenge everything she and Wil believe in. Now, she must confront the Outlander queen to save the Ethereal kingdom while grappling with this new reality.

Tortured and imprisoned, Nash accepts his fate and offers the First Ones the one thing he has left to give: his life. In a desperate attempt to save the people he loves most, he surrenders himself to the Outlander queen and a destiny darker than he could have ever dreamed possible.

Wil, tormented by the consequences of his choices, realizes he may never be able to uphold his end of the Prophecy. His mistake casts a deep, foreboding shadow over his kingdom and those he loves, while its ripples threaten to shatter both the Prophecy and everything he and his family have sworn to protect.

 In this epic conclusion, lives are lost, kingdoms clash, friendships are tested, and love and fate collide.

About the Author

Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police."

A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by

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