The Netflix Quandary

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We are big fans of Netflix in our house and have ditched cable TV in favour of using it.

My mum lives in rural Dorset and just before Christmas a faster broadband service became available, so they had a new router installed, which gave me the chance to introduce them Netflix too.

Over her birthday my Mum dropped numerous hints that she wanted to watch The Crown, a Netflix original series that follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

The Crown

Instead of buying a boxset, I decided to get them a Netflix Gift Card, which are available at many retail locations. Being new to Netflix and having not had an account before, they received a free month of service, in addition to the amount of the gift card. After the free month, Netflix will then start to deduct the monthly charge for their plan from their gift card balance giving them a whole year of TV.

After setting up their account and a brief training session, we left them to it.

Let’s just say the whole two series of The Crown were watched within a week!!

Mum is a binge watcher just like me!!

The problem is that now she has devoured The Crown, we need to suggest new things to watch and so far, our suggestions are not their cup of tea.

Hubby and I loved The Crown too, but also like our American TV shows like Designated Survivor, Jessica Jones, Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black. But after some dabbling into some of these series, they are not that keen.

This is where you come in………do you have Netflix?

Are there any, preferably British shows, that you recommend?

In other news there are some fabulous new additions coming to Netflix for the month of January, including ALL episodes of FRIENDS which are now streaming!!!!


I know my kids are very much looking forward to series 6 of the Adventures of Puss in Boots too.

Puss in Boots

So there you have it, some new recommendations for Netflix for this month, just for you!!

What series are you watching at the moment, or do you have one to recommend to my Mum?


34 thoughts on “The Netflix Quandary

  1. Becca Talbot says:

    I have used Netflix before, but only ever a free month trial here or there. I watched a documentary called Blackfish when I had it, very sad but very educational and eye-opening. I’m not really a fan of series like The Crown, hence why Netflix isn’t one for me. I can survive with EastEnders on the BBC iPlayer hehe x

  2. Sophie says:

    Had to get rid of mine. As my other half is too tight to spend a fiver a month on TV. But little does he know that In have another plan in place ha!

  3. Kira says:

    We are obsessed with Netflix in this house and would honestly be lost without it ! I love the crown!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I’ve never had netfix so don’t know much about it, but I think I would love The Crown and end up binge watching it all!

  5. I’ve not seen the crown but we are getting Netflix as like you we’ve ditched our regular TV package. I’ve heard good things about The Sinner too. Have you seen it?

  6. Tanya says:

    I’m not sure if it’s British but my Mum is absolutely loving Reign right now! I’ve been bingeing Friends since it’s been added but I’ve just finished Bitten and Grimm. I didn’t realise you could get gift cards for Netflix, what a great idea for someone wanting to try it

  7. Louise says:

    I’m very much an American TV show kinda girl, so I can’t think of any British ones on there that they might like. Once Upon a Time has a lot of British actors in, though. Maybe they’d enjoy that?

    Louise x

  8. Jenni says:

    I don’t have Netflix but I really want to watch the crown so I might have to get it just for that. I know I can’t have the free month because I used that up years ago x

  9. Clare says:

    I never knew you could get a netflix gift card, what a great idea!

  10. Katy Stevens says:

    I’ve bought my Mum Netflix recently and she has been loving it! I love popping in and having a nosy at what she is watching!

  11. Michelle Murray says:

    We are currently binge watching Friends on Netflix. Even after all these years they are still so good!

  12. We love Netflix too! Seen the two seasons of The Crown. Love it.

  13. Matt D. says:

    I’ve always been curious about the Crown. Just don’t have the time for a new series at the moment.

  14. How great that Netflix do gift cards! Fab gift idea! I’d recommend Sherlock maybe, but they are only short series for a binge watcher!

  15. Sonia Cave says:

    We have only just got our TV connected a year after moving! I love the idea of netflix though

  16. Emily Leary says:

    What a brilliant idea that Netflix offer gift cards. I know what all of my friends and family will be getting for their birthdays now!

  17. Kirsty says:

    I never knew that Netflix did gift card. That’s pretty cool. I watched season 2 of the crown in 3 days. Loved it!

  18. Melanie says:

    Ooo I never thought of this, a Netflix Gift Card would make for a perfect gift x

  19. My mom loves the Crown! I have recently gotten into it but I love the shows that have some depth to them.

  20. Amy says:

    I’m so happy that every episode of Friends is now on Netflix! I would love to start watching The Crown but am currently engrossed in Game of Thrones. Maybe after! x

  21. Oh yes I had seen on Twitter that Friends is now on Netflix, which is amazing! Saves me going through my DVDs now 🙂

  22. The Crown is on my list! It looks so good. I am obsessed with Peaky Blinders, American Horror Story and Back Mirror. We definitely watch more Netflix than cable TV. I can’t imagine a world without Netflix now! x

  23. The netflix gift card sounds like such a great idea! And I am so happy about friends being on there, I’m working through all the seasons now x

  24. Grant R says:

    Netflix has loads of great British TV and I think there may even be a British section within the search page! Think of the classic British dramas of recent years and there’s a good chance it’s sitting in there.

    Try Sherlock, Wallander, Luther, River, Jonathan Creek, Hinterland and loads more. For period pieces, there is Parade’s End, The Windsors, Victoria, Dickensian, War & Peace, North & South, Pride & Prejudice, Poldark and Daniel Deronda. I’d also recommend Top of the Lake, although it’s a little dark.

    And what a great gift idea! 🙂

  25. Danielle says:

    We also devoured The Crown in 1 week! Some time ago we watched Breaking Bad, I wasn’t sure at first but it quickly became addictive! There is also the follow up which we haven’t watched yet – Better call Saul.

  26. Sarah Bailey says:

    I have to admit we haven’t watched the Crown we have just finished rewatching White Collar, catching up on The Travellers and now we are back to Gotham! There is so much choice.

  27. Oh I love Netflix, I am currently watching ‘Crazy Ex Girlfriend’ which is an excellent show and well worth a show. The Crown is great too! x

  28. Joanna says:

    I haven’t seen the Crown yet bu I do watch Netflix as well. I have been waiting to come back from my holiday only to be able to watch the new season of “Black Mirror”, which I find brilliant (but maybe not suitable for your mom).

  29. We’ve been talking about getting Netflix too. We could really do with that internet upgrade coming here though first.

  30. Tori says:

    I ADORE the Crown. I’ve been watching Peaky Blinders too (but again, maybe not one for Mum…)
    I watched a whole load of documentaries about stately homes such as Highclere Castle – I think it was called Secrets of Highclere. I really enjoyed it and there was “Secrets of…” other homes too 🙂

  31. If your mum enjoyed the Crown then maybe she will like the Tudors. I have watched it all before but now that it is on netflix I want to watch it all again 🙂

  32. I’ve not started watching the crown yet but got sucked in to The Sinner. Still love the old favourites like friends etc too though.

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