As 2017 comes to an end, it isn’t uncommon for people to sit back and reflect on the year behind them. Cherish the memories made, the struggles you overcame and the habits you picked up. One of my favourite habits of 2017 is my Netflix binging. At the beginning of the year, I realized that the saying “a happy wife makes for a happy life” doesn’t just apply to wives, but Moms too!! If Mom isn’t happy, then nobodies happy!! This year, I let myself forget about the cleaning, the laundry and the blogging and occasionally loose myself in show on Netflix!
The first show that I was highly obsessed with this year was 13 Reasons Why. This show followed the aftermath of a girl named Hannah’s suicide. In an intricate and heart-wrenching tale, Hannah leaves behind 13 tapes about 13 people who in some way had an impact on her life which led to her suicide. Each episode shared a different story and her relationship with a different person. We see high school through the eyes of a teenager and learn how the relationships, situations and support they receive can change the outcome of one girl’s life. The show was dark, but the content was real, thought provoking and something that many people can relate to. It wasn’t an easy show to watch but it opened up my eyes to the mental health issues and situations that teenager deal with these days. Something to watch out for in the coming years with my preteen!
The next show that I couldn’t stop watching was the OA. The OA was mind blowing series about a blind girl, Prairie Johnson, who returns home after disappearing 7 years prior. Her sudden return is not the only miraculous occurrence: everyone is shocked to learn that Prairie is no longer blind. While the FBI and her parents are anxious to discuss Prairie’s disappearance, what happened during her disappearance slowly comes out in a confusing tale to a bunch of high school kids. The twists and turns in this show has you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I couldn’t stop watching, hoping if I watched one more episode, I would finally find out what happened. It was an escape from reality that kept me thinking from the first episode to the last.
The last show that I couldn’t stop watching this year was Riverdale. Archie is a character of my childhood. I grew up reading his comics and watching his cartoon show on Saturday mornings in the 80’s. When I saw that they were coming out with a TV series, I was a little worried. How could they possibly bring Archie to real life? Well they did and did a fantastic and entertaining job. The series begins with Archie returning to high school after summer break. While navigating the troubled waters of sex, romance, school and family, teen Archie and his gang become entangled in a dark Riverdale mystery. The only question is what will Archie do next?
Apparently, I’m not the only one who took binge watching to heart this year! According to a Canadian study, Canadians started the year off bingeing with Sunday, January 1 being the most popular streaming day and continued this trend throughout 2017, as Canada ranked second globally for having the most members to binge Netflix every single day. The strangest part is not what we watched as a country, but HOW we watched it. Though bingeing was standard in 2017, not all series were enjoyed in the same way by Canadians…
The Shows We Devoured in 2017
We took an escape from reality in 2017 by devouring (watching more than two hours per day) drama series likes of Greenleaf, Suburra: Blood of Rome and Ingobernable. The question of ‘whodunit’ (and didn’t do it) in The Keepers and The Confession Tapes also had us watching with might.
The Shows We Savoured in 2017
We needed a laugh this year and found that solace by savoring (watching less than two hours per day) shows like Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Friends from College and Big Mouth. We also took care to enjoy the splendor of The Crown (it is a visual feast fit for a queen after all).
The Shows That Got Us Cheating in 2017
We couldn’t resist the thrill of a thrill and shamelessly watched ahead of our significant others on Narcos, Ozark, Black Mirror and more (don’t tell Marty).
The Shows That Brought Us Together in 2017
Whether for the adventure, Chief Hopper or bromance (#DadSteve), Netflix members ranked Stranger Things as the top show to watch together as a family. Nostalgia also scored top points for family watching via Fuller House and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. These two were big hits in our house!!
Which shows did you binge watch this year?
Series viewed less than two hours per day were identified as ‘savored.’ Series viewed more than two hours per day were identified as ‘devoured.’ Data was inclusive of the new show or new season launches of Netflix originals from November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017, only. Additional information on the Netflix Binge Scale here.Methodology: Popularity based on the average daily viewing hours per member between November 1, 2016, and November 1, 2017
Based on more than 60,000 survey responses from Netflix members between October 24-30, 2017. The sample is representative of an adult population who watch TV shows as a couple in 32 countries. The survey included new show or new season launches of Netflix originals from November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017, only.
Based on more than 60,000 survey responses from Netflix members between October 24-30, 2017. The sample is representative of an adult population who watch TV shows with their family in 32 countries. The survey included new show or new season launches of Netflix originals from November 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017, only.