In case you missed it, 2018 saw Netflix release a string of shows and films that beefed up our entertainment diet! From Nappily Ever After to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, it’s safe to say that all our boxes were ticked. Haven’t watched them yet? Get ready, ’cause you have some bingeing to do.
Keep scrolling for nine of our favourite Netflix shows of 2018…
It’s been fifteen years since the Emmy Award-winning series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy revolutionised reality television. The series has returned to Netflix and is going global, introducing audiences around the world to a modern aesthetic, diverse perspective and a brand new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion). This season, Queer Eye trades its original New York setting for communities in and around Atlanta, Georgia. Our new Fab Five forge relationships with men and women from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from LGBTQ rights and social commentary, to how to make the best farm-to-table guacamole and more!
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina re-imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that brings in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Girlboss is inspired by the New York Times best-selling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal. The series centres on Amoruso (Britt Robertson), who began selling vintage clothes on eBay and, by the age of 28, had built the multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal.
Girlboss launched on Netflix in April and was created and executive produced by Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect 1 & 2, 30 Rock), who also serves as showrunner. Charlize Theron (Monster, Young Adult) and Sophia Amoruso also serve as executive producers. Girlboss stars Britt Robertson (Sophia), Ellie Reed (Annie), Alphonso McAuley (Dax), Johnny Simmons (Shane) and Dean Norris (Jay).
It’s lifestyles of the rich, famous and evil in Aaron Spelling’s classic 1980s primetime soap opera. In Season 1, oil baron Blake Carrington marries Krystle, and his daughter, Fallon, weds Jeff Colby to save the business from ruin.
To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean Song Covey’s love life goes from imaginary, to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved—five in total– are mysteriously mailed.
From New York Times Bestselling Author, Jenny Han, the film adaption of the popular YA novel stars actress Lana Condor (Alita: Battle Angel, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Noah Centineo (Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, The Fosters)
The series begins in Madrid during 1928. The National Telephone Company opens its headquarters in the city centre and hundreds of women queue up to get a job as a ‘cable girl’ – in the only place that represents progress and modernity for women at the time.
Four girls, coming from very different backgrounds, start working as operators. From that day on, jealousy, envy and betrayal get mixed up with their hunger for success, friendship and love.
Nappily Ever After
In Nappily Ever After, Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan) has a seemingly perfect life — a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously maintained, flawless head of hair. But after a life-changing event doesn’t go according to her plan, and a mishap at the hairdresser, her life begins to unravel.
Eventually, Violet realises that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one she really wanted.
Inspired by the short-lived, but beloved, show from the 80s, GLOW tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling.
In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby but was sucked back into work when her picture perfect life turned out to be very different from how she imagined. At the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), a washed-up, B-movie director who must now lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling stardom.
Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain, is also where three working class kids have just been enrolled after their academy was destroyed by an earthquake and the local council divided up the students between the different schools in the area. The clash between those who have everything and those who have nothing to lose creates the perfect storm that ultimately ends in a murder. Who is behind the crime?
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