My Online Watchlist

The age of cable television is dying and streaming services are taking over. I, like many others, don’t watch cable television. I subscribe to popular streaming services instead: Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Amazon Prime.

A lot of people joke that they don’t pay for their Netflix and that they just mooch off of someone else’s account. I’m on the other end of that, I’m the account owner and I have two moochers.

I’m currently waiting for some of my favorite shows to return with a new season so I’ve been watching a few new shows and of course rewatching some of my go-to’s. So, I thought I’d share what I’m currently watching and what I have on my watchlist.

I have many different tastes and like watching all sorts of shows and movies so if you have suggestions please drop them in the comments below!

Netflix

Currently watching:

  • Once Upon a Time – I’ve actually watched a good portion of this series but never finished so I’m starting over and currently on season three
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • NCIS – have started and stopped a while ago. I need to pick it up again.
  • Dexter
  • The Office – I have multiple friends who are almost mad at me for not having seen it yet so I just started it this past weekend.

To watch list:

  • Black Mirror – The most recent season. Heard it’s good.
  • Riverdale
  • New Girl – my best friend and co-workers love this series and I’ve seen an episode or two but haven’t started the binging.
  • Criminal Minds
  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
  • Designated Survivor – my mom and her boyfriend love this show.
  • Gilmore Girls – yup, never seen it, but I’m still a middle/high school girl at heart.
  • Gossip Girl – same as above
  • Supernatural – I’m a Vampire Diaries fan, thought this would be a good show to fill that void.
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • The Originals – again, Vampire Dairies fan but haven’t been able to binge this series.
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Queer Eye
  • Christopher Robin
  • The Ranch
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Reign
  • The Sixth Sense – saw it once and want to watch again, but I’m a scaredy cat and need someone to watch it with me.
  • Bird Box
  • Room
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

Hulu

Currently watching:

  • Law & Order: SVU – one of my all time favorite shows and I watch it when I’m not feeling anything else.
  • Family Guy – that background noise type of show that I don’t mind falling asleep watching.
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – I watched this a lot as a kid and I’m enjoying watching it again from the beginning.
  • Love Island
  • 9-1-1
  • Grey’s Anatomy – waiting patiently for the new season
  • Station 19 – also waiting patiently for the new season

To watch list:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • The Enemy Within
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – heard great things, should check it out.
  • Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD – a mom recommendation.
  • The Resident
  • Whiskey Cavalier
  • This Is Us – yeah… haven’t jumped on that bandwagon yet.
  • New Amsterdam
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – I want to read the book first.
  • Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists – saw all of PLL, gotta watch the spin-off.
  • Manifest – actually started watching this with the family on actual cable and then missed a few episodes so I have to start over.
  • Will & Grace – both old and new.
  • Shadowhunters
  • The Good Doctor
  • Mom – need to watch episodes I missed.
  • The Good Wife
  • Younger – started and stopped and have no idea why.

HBO

Currently watching:

  • I’m putting Game of Thrones here only because I’m still sad it’s over.
  • Big Little Lies – I haven’t started the new series yet, but I’m super excited.

To watch list:

  • Sharp Objects
  • Aquamarine – saw it when it came out and loved it. Need to watch it soon.
  • Ready Player One
  • Love and Other Drugs
  • Farenheit 451
  • Westworld

Amazon Prime

No “Currently Watching” unfortunately, just a to watch list:

  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Downtown Abbey
  • Z: The Beginning of Everything
  • November Criminals
  • Lady Bird
  • Wayne’s World – a classic.
  • The Glass Castle – read the book in school, want to see the movie.

Throw in your comments of your favorite shows and what I should add to my watchlist in the comments below.

Why I Jumped on the Game of Thrones Bandwagon

**This post contains spoilers from the final season of Game of Thrones.**

With the series finale of the HBO show Game of Thrones, I thought I’d share why I decided to jump on the ever-so-popular bandwagon.

I’ve always been a fan of fantasy, especially when you add in an original storyline and interesting characters that you get attached to. Of course, the author of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire that started the epic show knew how to make you fall in love with a character, and then he’d kill them off. G.R.R. Martin’s stories and characters were relatable even though they lived in the fictional seven kingdoms of Westeros.

The television adaptation of Martin’s stories made the characters even more relatable. The series, which began filming in 2009 has had a strong ten year run and gained followers from across the globe. The hype of the show grew more and more over the years and with the wait of a year and a half for the final season to premiere excitement grew even more intense.

It was this anticipation that friends around me had that made me want to join the Game of Thrones Fan Club. A lot of people always seem to want to avoid the mainstream trends and be original and I’m not afraid to admit I used to be one of those people. I’ve since realized that being a part of the mainstream isn’t always a bad thing and that you should watch what you want, eat what you crave, try that new hairstyle or buy that popular shirt because why not? Game of Thrones was one of those mainstream things that I told myself I didn’t need to watch. It again was the continuous build of excitement and the increase in fans around me that finally sealed the deal on whether or not I should watch the series.

About a year and a half ago I decided that I should probably check out this wonderful show that everyone was obsessed with. I began watching the show but didn’t get past the first season. It was hard to follow with all the plots, the characters and the strange going ons. It wasn’t until I finished school and had time to actually focus on the show that I started watching from the beginning again which was this past fall.

It was probably around the end of the first season when Ned Stark was executed that I got hooked. I felt for Arya and Sansa watching their father be killed for trying to uphold the truth and honor of the Iron Throne. I practically binged the rest of the series and slowed down when I got close to finishing season seven. As the last season had not yet premiered I wanted to savor the remainder of the streaming episodes. I was able to start and watch the eighth season as they came out every Sunday with the rest of the country.

Like all Game of Thrones fans, I had my hopes and predictions for the final season. Before the beginning of the eighth season, I was in the Targaryen Stark 2020 club and was all about the girl power that Daenerys exuded every chance she got. Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons was a role model.

I was rooting for Queen Daenerys until the end of the second episode. I really thought I wanted her to take the Iron Throne until her conversation with Sansa about the fate of the North. It was then that I realized the sweet and innocent girl from the first season was gone. The power hungry ruler had emerged and even supporters like the Starks weren’t going to be properly thanked after the war. And I had grown very fond of house Stark.

Unlike most fans (and critics), I think the final season was well written and effectively ended the series. I think Daenerys always had some form of evil, vengeance seeking part of her that remained dormant until she reached the point that she’d be able to act on it. In episode five, “The Bells”, she was given that opportunity.

Taking out her rage on the people of King’s Landing was a bit surprising, but it made sense. So when it came to either following murderous Queen Daenerys or ending the terror of more wars to come, Jon’s choice came with tears, but also with logic. Of course the assassination of the Dragon Queen couldn’t have gone unpunished so Jon’s exile and loss of the throne also made sense which many disagreed with.

Overall, the end of the series wasn’t my favorite, but it successfully wrapped up the decade long show.

It will be interesting to see how G.R.R. Martin finishes the series in his long-anticipated book. I haven’t read the books yet, but I’m looking forward to reading them in the near future.

For now though, our watch has ended.

Feature image from variety.com.