Netflix Shows Im Watching Right Now

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Terrace House: Aloha State

Lifestyle Reality
Four Parts / 30-40 min episodes
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*WATCHER TIP: Language is in Japanese, so must read subtitles*

WHAT'S THIS SHOW ABOUT?
Six kids (3 girls and 3 boys, ages ranging from 18-29) living together in Honolulu, all lazily (well, most of them at least) looking to find their purpose in life. Some know what they want but don't know how to get it, while others just want to find a spark.

WHY IS IT WORTH A WATCH?
Unlike many US-produced reality shows that I've attempted to watch in the past, there are no boisterous confrontations or artificial glops of drama. All of the kids exhibit some form of Japanese cultural norm, which is refreshingly tranquil and meditative to observe. Lastly, the commentary crew provides entertaining insight into the fragile psyches from each major scene.

WHO SHOULD WATCH THIS?
Anyone who is interested in Japanese language, wants to discover cool spots in Honolulu, or feels the need to study up on social cues from an outsider's perspective.

In case you are wondering, the answer is YES — I have seen the entire Tokyo series (also available on Netflix), which is better than Aloha State in my opinion.

 

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Last Chance U

Sports Documentary
Two Seasons / 60 min episodes
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*WATCHER TIP: Grown men shouting cuss words every other second*

WHAT'S THIS SHOW ABOUT?
Chronicles the season-long ride of a JUCO football program in East Mississippi, whose expected goal is always to win the national championship. Along with the on-field performances, the show focuses deeper into the off-field hurdles as well.

WHY IS IT WORTH A WATCH?
It's like HBO's Hard Knocks except with youngsters who, more often than not, don't have a back-up plan. It's rugged and raw, yet beautiful at the same time. The chance to peer into the intimate "life or death" situations is both exciting and sad all at once.

WHO SHOULD WATCH THIS?
Fans of sports documentaries (particularly football), people who can handle watching excuse-makers, and admirers of tough love practitioners.

 

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Somebody Feed Phil

Food & Travel
One Part / 60 min episodes
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*WATCHER TIP: Have food readily available to prevent extreme hangryness*

WHAT'S THIS SHOW ABOUT?
Phil Rosenthal (creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond") travels to 6 destinations and shares his journey through the beauty of culture and, more importantly, delicious FOOD. The show structure flows nicely and the cinematography dances gracefully between honest conversations and drool-worthy tabletops. 

WHY IS IT WORTH A WATCH?
Phil is a likable guy and his enthusiasm is palpable. In comparison to Anthony Bourdain's shows ("No Reservations", "Parts Unknown"), Phil's travels feel much more bright, communal, and light-hearted. There were moments when I'd catch myself slapping my hands on top of my head because seeing Phil consume irreplicable yumminess was just unfair :(

WHO SHOULD WATCH THIS?
Lovers of food and those who yearn traveling. If you enjoyed Phil's first Netflix series "I'll Have What Phil's Having", you'll devour this series to your eyeballs' content.