Planning on staying in this weekend? Unsure what to watch on your lazy Sunday morning? We have picked out the best of this week’s Netflix to make your decision-making a tad easier. This week is an especially good Netflix week if you’re a fan of comedy, but we have also thrown a little something extra in case you’re not.
In his second Netflix special, comedian Aziz Ansari plays in front of a sold-out Madison Square gardens and muses on topics such as American immigration, and the complexities of dating in the modern age. Ansari, best known as the enterprising Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation, is incredibly funny, and sharp-witted, yet also manages to be one of the most likeable comedians around.
30 Rock fans rejoice! Writer, SNL alumna, and all-round funny lady, Tina Fey is back with a new sitcom, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The comedy focuses on the titular Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), a woman who has been rescued from a doomsday cult, and who starts over as nanny for a New York socialite (Jane Krakowski). With a relentless upbeat attitude, Kimmy takes on a world that she never knew existed anymore, all with a huge smile on her face.
Continuing this week’s comedy theme, also new to Netflix is documentary Harmontown. The film follows Community writer and creator Dan Harmon on a tour of his podcast series, after he was fire from Community in 2012 – a mistake which resulted in the poorest season of the show, and which has now thankfully been rectified. What begins as an exploration of the Community fandom, results in an exploration of Harmon himself, an incredibly sharp and witty man who we follow as he comes to terms with the loss of his greatest achievement.
Bates Motel is a fascinating concept for fans of Psycho – a look at Norman Bates’s (Freddie Highmore) teenage years, and his uncomfortably close relationship with his beloved mother (Vera Farmiga). A dark and chilling series, Bates Motel however is not without its humour, managing to play on the audience’s knowledge of Norman’s future on numerous occasions. It also boasts excellent performances from its leads, with Highmore capturing the nervous vulnerability of Norman, and Farmiga being the show’s shining star.