Whenever we’re confronted with too much choice, you can easily lose half an hour scrolling through streaming services deciding exactly what you’re in the mood for. But fear not, I’ve done the scrolling for you. So, settle in. Here’s the stuff you should be watching on Netflix (UK) this September.
Bojack Horseman – Season 5
Bojack Horseman has cemented itself as one of the best things on Netflix, and the Emmy nominated dark-comedy, starring Will Arnett deserves all the praise it has received.
For those of you that might be new to the world of Bojack, it tells the story of a washed-up 90’s TV star and his battle with depression, addiction and regret. Pretty dark stuff for an absurdist comedy. Whilst it sounds like something that belongs to Adult Swim, Bojack is incredibly honest in its portrayal of depression and anxiety, as well as offering a unique social commentary around current issues. If you’re not already watching, Bojack Horseman is currently one of the most insightful shows on Netflix, no mean feat for the story of a cartoon horse.
The Good Place
What does it mean to be a good person?
After her humiliating death, Eleanor finds herself in The Good Place, an afterlife for those that were ultimately ‘good people’ on earth. The problem is, Eleanor was a terrible person. She befriends Chidi, an ethics professor, who endeavours to teach her how to be a better person. With the hotly anticipated release of the new season, The Good Place is truly great tv.
20th Century Women
In 1979 Santa Barbara, determined single mother, Dorothea is single-handedly raising her adolescent son, Jamie. She enlists the help of two younger women: Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbour, to support her with Jamie’s upbringing. Dialogue-heavy and full of heart-wrenching moments this film is a beautiful homage to what it means to grow up.
The Perks of being a Wallflower
Whilst Emma Watson’s accent leaves a lot to be desired, it certainly doesn’t detract from the poignancy in this coming of age drama. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the coming of age story of Charlie, who has spent his life watching others from the sidelines. Charlie is taken under the wing of free-spirited Sam and her brother Patrick, who help Charlie discover what it means to be young and in love.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
I mean, if you’ve seen Dirk Gently, then you’ll agree that the plot of this show is pretty much impossible to describe. Think BBC’s Sherlock mixed with The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and you have Dirk Gently. It’s a detective show, but not as you know it. Absurd characters, comedy and a genuinely compelling and confusing plot, makes this show worth a watch. Plus, Elijah Wood in an array of unusual costumes.
This film probably doesn’t require much of an introduction. Edgar Wright’s hilarious comedy about a London Met police superstar that’s relocated to a remote village has been widely hailed as a cult classic. Point is, it’s now on Netflix.
I’m Alan Partridge.
Steve Coogan plays Alan Partridge, a tactless and inept television and radio presenter. This classic comedy is currently in production for a new season, so it’s the perfect time catch up with Alan and his downtrodden PA Lyn. If you like The Office, The Thick of It and Black Books, then this show is for you.
So, what are you watching on Netflix this month?