What to Watch on Netflix Over the Holidays

What to Watch on Netflix Over the Holidays

And relax! The Christmas break is just around the corner, and it’s finally time to unwind, spend time with friends and family and recuperate after this nutty year. I don’t know about you, but I need some serious Netflix and chill time (not the dirty kind), and I’m really excited to curl up on the couch with a great boxset. If you plan to do the same over the holidays here are 12 movies, documentaries and TV shows to add to your Netflix playlist…

Movies

What to Watch on Netflix Movies Christmas

1. The Fundamentals of Caring

First of all, you can’t go wrong with a Paul Rudd movie. Ever. He’s like Mark Ruffalo – everyone loves him! And The Fundamentals of Caring is a really engaging, sweet film. Paul Rudd plays a writer who becomes a caregiver to a disabled teenager as a way to recover from a personal tragedy. And together they take a road trip, pick up a hitchhiking Selena Gomez and find a way to battle their demons.

2. Bride Wars

If you’re looking for a cheesy rom-com to watch after waking up with a hangover Bride Wars is ideal! Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway play two BFFs who go to war after choosing the same date for their weddings. The plot is a little bit ridiculous, but it’s fun to watch and includes one of the greatest fashion references on film… “You don’t alter Vera to fit you. You alter yourself to fit Vera. What do boys learn in school?”

3. Good Will Hunting

If you haven’t seen Good Will Hunting you’re missing out on one of the greatest movies ever (and Robin Williams at his absolute best). And if you have seen it there’s no harm in watching it again. It’s the perfect film to view with all the family, as it’s sure to please everyone. And I don’t think I’d do it justice if I tried to summarise the plot, so if you’re not familiar with the classic watch the trailer for a little taster.

4. Say When (titled Laggies in the US)

Say When is one of the strangest movies I’ve watched all year. Keira Knightley (with a semi-awkward American accent) plays a woman going through a quarter-life crisis. She runs out on her boyfriend, strikes up an unlikely friendship with a 16-year-old (played by Chloë Grace Moretz), and then falls in love with Chloë’s dad. It’s a bizarre storyline, and got mixed reviews, but I enjoyed watching it on a lazy weekend.

5. Labor Day

I’ve never been a big fan of Kate Winslet movies, but watched Labor Day earlier this year after it kept popping up in my suggestions. And I actually really enjoyed it. Based on the Joyce Maynard novel, it follows a depressed single mother and her teenage son, who house an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend. Naturally Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin fall in love, and then things get complicated…

6. Like Crazy

Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin are brilliant in this movie about a couple struggling through a long-distance relationship. At times it’s so raw, and actually quite painful to watch, so don’t expect a feel-good romance with a happy ending. But it’s a film everyone should see, because it depicts relationships in such a realistic way. And Jennifer Lawrence also makes a brief cameo, looking utterly babelicious!

Television

What to Watch on Netflix TV Christmas

1. Grace and Frankie

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are absolutely hilarious in this Netflix sitcom. They play lifelong frenemies who suddenly become accidental roommates after their husbands announce they’re having an affair and want a divorce. The supporting cast are also brilliant – especially June Diane Raphael, who plays Jane Fonda’s sassy daughter.

2. Amanda Knox

This is the documentary that got everyone talking this year, and it’s an absolute must-see. Granted, it’s not exactly cheerful Christmas viewing, but it is fascinating. For the first 30 minutes I was convinced Amanda Knox was guilty, but by the end of the documentary I felt it was unlikely she had any involvement. What is certain, however, is how deeply painful this lack of clarify must be for Meredith Kercher’s family.

3. The Crown

I know, I know, everyone is talking about The Crown right now. So it’s hardly surprising to see it on another Netflix playlist. I don’t usually like period dramas (you couldn’t pay me to watch Downtown Abbey or The King’s Speech), but I really enjoyed this 10-part series. Especially Matt Smith’s hilarious turn as the Duke of Edinburgh.

4. The Get Down

The Get Down has literally been sitting in my Netflix list since it premiered earlier this year, and I finally started watching it this week. Hopefully I’ll have time to finish it over Christmas, because it’s completely addictive. The musical series was created by Baz Luhrmann and is set in 1970’s New York. You’ll love the soundtrack, and the cast are absolutely brilliant – especially Justice Smith in the lead role!

5. Gilmore Girls

As you know, I’m obsessed with Gilmore Girls. But I actually only started watching the beloved show this year. And it’s now up there with Friends, ER and Friday Night Lights in my list of TV favourites. So if you also missed it the first time around definitely give it a go over Christmas. It’s sweet, smart, funny and heartwarming. Basically everything you could want from a comedy-drama.

6. Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin is the perfect show to watch with your sisters or cousins this Christmas. It’s a totally over-the-top telenovela, following Jane, a virgin (as the title suggests) who gets pregnant after being artificially inseminated by accident. If you were a fan of melodramatic shows like Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives I doubt it will take you long to get into the story.

What will you be watching on Netflix over the holidays? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, so please leave a comment below…

{FYI all titles were available on Netflix UK and Ireland at the time of posting. Unfortunately they may not be streamed in all regions.}