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3 TV shows that will keep you hooked

As a TV show enthusiast, I have all sorts of favourites. I am not picky on what era a show is from and if it is really good, I have found myself watching, and then re-watching TV shows later on while diving further into the story and character development. I will be patient and give a show a couple of episodes to pick up, but there have certainly been a number of shows that have had me hooked by episode 1.

Here are 3 of those TV shows that will catch your interest quickly and keep you hooked. Plus, an added bonus, all 3 are available on a new platform called Chili and are ready to be binge-watched.

The Night Of

“The Night Of” is a 2016 American crime drama miniseries with 8 episodes. It is based on the first season of BBC’s “Criminal Justice”, following the story of a New York City murder case. Riz Ahmed plays Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan, Bill Camp as Dennis Box, Payman Maadi as Salim Khan to name a couple of the main characters. After Naz, a Pakistani-American student, meets a woman and spends a night of partying with her, he wakes up to find her stabbed to death beside him. He is charged with her murder. The miniseries takes you on a psychological tour of the characters, portrays different cultures in distinct presentation and tells a story that goes beyond standard storytelling.

Big Little Lies

“Big Little Lies” has a strong following, and for good reason. It debuted on HBO in February 2017. “Big Little Lies” is set in Monterey, California and follows narration from the viewpoints of three women, Madeline, Celeste and Jane, portrayed by stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley respectively. Each of them are mothers of first graders, and each have their own demons they are battling in their home life while trying to keep up the face that they show the rest of the world. It being downright relatable and powerful has undoubtedly drawn an audience. “Big Little Lies” shows real problems that real people face. The plot includes heavy topics, such as domestic violence, abuse, murder and infidelity. The show demonstrates the strength gathered from these women supporting themselves and one another, something that will have you rooting for the characters along their drama-filled journey.

Sharp Objects

The TV show “Sharp Objects” is based on the novel Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, the author of the ever popular book Gone Girl. “Sharp Objects” follows Camille Preaker, a reporter in St. Louis portrayed by Amy Adams, who returns to her hometown to investigate the kidnapping and murder of two local girls. The show carries you between Camille’s internal thoughts and drifting mind to how she carries the investigation externally. Camille’s character might be monotone, but between Amy Adams’ performance and the beautiful editing of the show, you feel like you really feel what she does.

Do you have any TV show recommendations? What are some of your favourites?

Unlocking Netflix Content From Across the Globe

Unlocking Netflix with a VPNPhoto by John Schnobrich on Unsplash

Despite the fact that we have a Sky box, I would guess that at least 75% of what gets watched in our house is through on-demand services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. The kids love being able to watch what they want, when they want (although that’s usually a strict rotation of Full House, Sam and Cat and Victorious!) and Husband and I get really tired of the usual ‘flicking through Sky before announcing there’s nothing on’ routine that we get sucked into almost every evening.

However, despite the fact that Netflix adds a lot of new content all the time, we’re starting to get to a point where we feel like we’re exhausting all of the films and shows that are available to us. There’s no doubt that Netflix still offers great value for money – as of 2016, statistics showed that the average user pays around $0.20 per hour of viewing and managed to avoid a massive 160 hours of adverts per year by watching on-demand. But, hey, we’re greedy and want more from the service!

We recently discovered that if you watch Netflix through a VPN, you can access WAAAY more content – if you don’t know what a VPN is, it’s an app that you can utilise on your phone, computer or pretty much anything that connects to the internet to secure your internet connection through another server.

When you connect to a server, you can connect to most places in the world (depending on the VPN provider) so your IP Address will appear as if you are in that location. What’s great about this is that in doing this you can access content from that country – so say you’re based in the UK, you can access US Netflix – which has almost double the content the UK Netflix has!

The best part is, a VPN doesn’t have to be pricey, with some just costing a couple of dollars per month, which means that you’ll still be paying very little for absolutely loads more content than you’d usually be able to access.

With estimates that Netflix will spend a mind-boggling $13 BILLION on content this year alone, it’s well worth using a VPN to allow yourself to get access to as much of this content as possible, especially if foreign film and TV is your thing! Husband and I are big fans of Scandinavian crime dramas, of which there seems to be very few on UK Netflix, but unlocking our subscription with a VPN would allow us to enjoy more of what we like.

According to The Motley Fool “The results speak for themselves. Netflix added over 26 million subscribers in the trailing 12 months ending in March, nearly 6 million of those in the “saturated” U.S. market. As long as Netflix continues to add subscribers at that kind of pace, the content spending is working. At some point, the company will hit an equilibrium where increased spending doesn’t result in a meaningful increase in subscribers, but that day still seems far away.”