13 More Netflix Recommendations for Fall
The season of Fall has arrived in the Midwest. Cool overnight and even with the sun shining brightly, it takes most of the day for it to warm up to a reasonable temperature. The trees are starting to turn color and we are bombarded with pumpkin everything. This is prime Netflix and Chill time.
Scrolling through social media, I often see people requesting suggestions for their next Netflix binge. Inspired, I started this series and it has become my favorite. No one can complain that I'm commandeering the TV and couch because it's research. This sixth installment is filled with comedies, documentaries, and beloved British television. Let's dive in!
1. Monty Don's Italian Gardens
As I get older, I treasure the time I get to spend tending to my garden. I love planting flowers and greenery. While I sometimes get irritated about pulling weeds, once I get a rhythm down, it becomes cathartic. It's incredibly satisfying to get rid of the invaders, especially my arch nemesis: poison ivy.
Scrolling through Netflix one day, I came across a British program where Monty Don visited people and helped them transform their gardens. I was in awe of how treasured gardens are to the British, and the transformations were astounding! After that, I searched for more Monty Don specials and found this program. He visits Italy with the intention of proving that the Italians appreciate color in their grand landscapes, not just acres of green geometry. He gets an inside look at historic properties, diving into the tradition of Italian gardening and witnessing some of the most beautiful and breathtaking gardens in the world. This program is such a treat because as you watch, not only do you get to view the awe-inspiring flora and fauna, but you learn the how and why behind it all.
2. Bill Burr Paper Tiger
In today's world of cancel culture, outrage, and taking offense to everything, Bill Burr is a breath of fresh air. He addresses all the popular topics head on with facts and humor. This special isn't for everyone, but I found it enjoyable and couldn't stop laughing. If you are not easily offended, this is a good way to let off some steam after a long day.
3. Dave Chappelle Sticks and Stones
Dave Chappelle really stirred up some controversy in his latest special. People were very divided, either they loved it or were appalled, and ready to completely cancel him. As a long time Dave Chappelle fan, I was looking forward to this as soon as I heard he was releasing it. This special is something else, but I think if you keep an open mind and listen, you realize that the best way to cope with the dark parts of life is to find the humor. That's why I added it to my list. I'm still a Dave Chappelle fan, and the only thing I was disappointed about was not being able to access the special bonus everyone kept talking about.
4. The Ranch Part 7
I have watched this show faithfully since it was first released. I am hooked! Last month, Netflix released part 7 and I cleared my schedule so that I could binge it all in one sitting. Of course, they left me hanging and I proceeded to Google to see if and when part 8 was coming. There's good news and bad news for us fans. The bad news is that part 8 is the final season. The good news is that it's coming early next year. I can't wait!
5. The Mind Explained
I've always been interested in psychology and that was actually my major in college. As I dived deeper into the field, I was fascinated with cognitive psychology and how the brain works. This show is right up that alley. It's a limited series, only five episodes. Learn more about how memory works, unravel the mysteries of dreams, discuss anxiety, become aware of how powerful mindfulness is, and uncover the strange world of psychedelic drugs. This is a series that will help you better understand your brain and you can easily binge all the episodes on a Saturday morning as you leisurely sip your coffee.
6. America's Book of Secrets
Documentaries are my favorite. There's nothing better than settling in with my morning cup of coffee and learning something new. As the title suggests, this series sets out to find America's secrets, uncovering facts not taught in history class. There are ten episodes, each diving in to a prominent section in American history. Learn more about the White House, the Pentagon, Fort Knox, and West Point. Unravel the mysterious world of the Freemasons and take a trip to famed Area 51. Discover something new about the FBI and Black Ops, and if you're interested, you can even learn more about the Playboy Mansion. This is a fascinating series that everyone will enjoy.
7. The Great Hack
America is still reeling from the 2016 election. Our country continues to be divided and the wound gets bigger with every news story concerning the president. On top of that, the entire world was somehow shocked when Facebook released that they had a massive data breach. Suddenly, people didn't know who or what to trust. Social media is a wonderful tool, but this proved that there is a very dark side to the internet we all know and love. As social media platforms become more riddled with ads, sponsored posts, and promotions, we have all, once again, become just a dollar sign to major corporations. This program addresses all these issues by taking a deeper look into Cambridge Analytica. It clears up a lot of things and after watching, you'll come away with a new look at our modern world.
8. Colin Quinn Red State Blue State
America seems to be split into a decisive line: either you're a republican or a democrat, and whichever you identify with can instantly villainize you in the eyes of the other side. It's never that simple, though. Colin Quinn addresses the current state of our nation with facts and humor, helping give the realization that no side is perfect or completely right. This is a must watch for everyone in America.
9. Saving Capitalism
Economics is a fascinating subject and in this program, Robert Reich dives full in to the current state of the U.S. economy. As someone with decades of experience in government and an expert in the field of economics, he offers intelligent insight, breaking down the current state of affairs and explaining everything in simple terms. He visits people from all walks of life, all across the country to listen to their stories and opinions. It's an interesting program that everyone should see!
10. Building Chernobyl's Mega Tomb
This is one I passed by on multiple occasions, but a couple weeks ago, my husband wanted to watch it and I obliged. I was pleasantly surprised at how it captured my attention. A team of engineers from France were tasked with building a dome to replace the dilapidated structure encasing Chernobyl's nuclear reactors. They had a strict timetable to complete the project and try to contain the deadly radiation. They included hi-tech robots in their construction to be used at a later date and it was interesting to see their design come together.
11. Holocaust Escape Tunnel
For years, survivors of the Holocaust, who were in Lithuania, told remarkable stories of an escape tunnel. Their families have always been curious about it and were happy when a team of anthropologists reached out, letting them know of their intentions of finding it. This program takes you to the execution site, now a preserved historical memorial, as the team sets out to uncover this mystery. Seeing the site and learning about the atrocities that happened there was sobering, but hearing the tales of courage and resilience was inspirational.
12. Kathleen Madigan Bothering Jesus
Kathleen Madigan is one of my favorite comediennes. In this special from 2016, she talks about her life growing up in Missouri, stories of her travels, and her family. She is relatable and will have you laughing the entire time. Grab a snack and settle in for a good time.
13. Encounters At The End of The World
Werner Herzog films are exceptional and in this documentary, he travels to Antarctica. Upon arrival, he comments on the state of McMurdo, which appeared to me to look similar to remote areas of Alaska. As he travels out into the wilderness of the continent, you get to see breathtaking views of land untouched by humans, and creatures that look like they walked straight out of a science fiction novel. It's incredible. This is a great documentary for the entire family.