Our Love-Hate-Love Relationship With Netflix

Sometimes Gracefully

Sometimes Gracefully

Darebear and I have been out of touch with the “regular television world” ever since we discovered the wonder that is the Netflix “Watch Instantly” library. The cartoons! The movies! The documentaries! Oh the places we could virtually and digitally go from the comforts of our living room couch!

I exaggerate. Sort of.

Our desire to sit through an hour long show riddled with commercials and gut-wrenching cliff hangers was extinguished by the phrase “Watch Instantly,” and the option of watching an entire show’s season in one sitting brought Saturday movie marathons to an entirely new level — a level that takes perseverance, dedication, and a strong will, I might add.

Have you ever tried watching an entire series on Netflix in one sitting? Or have you watched something on Netflix long enough for Netflix itself to question whether or not you’re “still watching” the show and haven’t forgotten to turn off your television?

YES I’m still watching this show, Netflix. I am still alive. Quit judging me.

Sometimes Gracefully

Sometimes Gracefully

Anyways. Darrin and I have removed ourselves from the regular television world and have placed all of our movie watching eggs in the Netflix basket. It’s been working wonderfully! Until last night. When we decided to trust selections that Netflix thought we might enjoy.

Boy was Netflix wrong.

We were hoping to watch a lighthearted and predictably inspiring sports documentary about soccer stars from around the globe {T-minus 7 days until the World Cup, people. Time to gear up!}. The movie’s image was colorful! The title was catchy! We ignored the movie’s description because our Netflix viewing history was filled with happy movies! And we were eager to ignite our soccer loving spirits! Netflix couldn’t let us down! Instead, however, we were given a horrifying and sad and graphic and astounding documentary of soccer stadium disasters, deaths, and other tragedies. It would be an understatement to claim that our movie night’s “mood changed.” We couldn’t stop watching the film. It was one of those “I don’t want to watch but I have to watch but I don’t want to watch but Darrin is watching so I better watch but I really really don’t want to watch and I just can’t believe this is real footage and why are they showing these images? well I’ll just close my eyes for a little bit” kind of documentaries.

We finished the movie feeling depressed, disoriented, and a completely horrified. Way to go, Netflix. Thanks for the suggestion and completely ruining our lighthearted hopes for a relaxing movie date night. We didn’t even reach for the popcorn.

Afterwards, we tried to numb our disturbed minds by watching a whole lot of Cheers before falling asleep. Talk about an emotional roller coaster! First, we watch an array of awesome movies and shows found on Netflix. Then, Netflix suggests an incredibly sad documentary that almost tears out our heartstrings. And then, Netflix directs our attention to the satiric humor of Cheers. Love-Hate-Love…it’s a vicious, television/movie streaming cycle.

Sometimes Gracefully

Sometimes Gracefully

Let this be a lesson to all of us Netflix users: don’t judge a Netflix movie selection by its featured image. Also, reading the movie description before committing yourself to a night of emotional turbulence appears to be an important component when wandering through the Netflix library {insert a “DUH!” here…and a whole lot of eye rolls and “I can’t believe you didn’t read the movie description” declarations. I wasn’t wearing my glasses, OK?!}.

What about you? Love Netflix? Hate Netflix? Love-Hate-Love Netflix?! 😉

Have a great Thursday!

10 Comments

  • Reply Rachel G June 5, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I do love Netflix–and I prefer to watch my television shows in bunches of episodes at a time, so that’s probably why. But I do read the descriptions!

  • Reply jennifer prod June 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    love love love for your new blog design — but i feel similarly about that outfit. upon closer examination, i have a shirt that’s 90% identical – just more sheet at the bottom instead of lace. again, great minds…

  • Reply Carlee June 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Just came across your blog and I love it! I also love your casual outfit. Sometime I would totally wear. I also have the same relationship with Netflix. Have you seen the movie Blackfish so depressing.., but also good.

    Carlee

    http://www.thelittlesloth.blogspot.com

  • Reply Monique June 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Cute casual outfit! My kind of style!
    Cheers
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  • Reply Kristin June 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Cute outfit! Just loving the shirt.

  • Reply Taylor Bishop June 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    “Yes I am still watching” haha that drives me crazy too!

  • Reply sammie June 6, 2014 at 2:32 am

    oh my god that sounds horrible.i haven’t used netflix once so far and i think it’s also not available for my country 🙂

  • Reply Maxce June 6, 2014 at 5:28 am

    I really like the necklace and the stunning sandals! it’s very cute and pretty! 🙂
    Love from France <3
    Cécile
    http://www.maxcebycecilej.com

  • Reply Khatu June 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Love your hair! What size iron do you use?

    http://www.iamkhatu.blogspot.com

  • Reply Jessie Langley June 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Hahaha this post had me in stitches… I mean not the part about horrific deaths… but you know. I’m the same way though, hubs and I can’t watch series WHILE they’re on anymore. It’s all about that instant gratification. Also great outfit 🙂

    Jessie at Blush and Blonde

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