Our Top 5 favorite Netflix shows

Bryan & Kim's FaVEvery Wednesday this month, my wife Kim and I are doing a series on our favorite Netflix and Amazon Prime TV shows. The first week I picked my favorite Netflix shows; last week, Kim, her favorite Netflix shows; this week, our favorite Netflix shows, the ones we watch together. Then on the last two Wednesdays of the month, we’ll finish with our favorite Amazon Prime shows: mine, then hers. 

We had about 10 to start with, but then narrowed it down to these five, in alphabetical order. All the commentary this time is from Kim, because I didn’t have anything to say, beyond yes, you need to watch these.

Arrested Development

This was the show that made me love narrated comedy and Jessica Walter, who I’m convinced is fantastic in everything. Painfully awkward, joyfully absurd, you can’t help but pick your favorite Bluth (or Fünke) and root for them. I didn’t love the final season as completely as the others but it was still good.


This story of “good people who did a bad thing” unspools like great Shakespearean tragedy. You know it can’t end well, but you can’t look away. The third season will premiere Friday, May 26.

Dear White People

Watch this show. Have a discussion. Watch it again. Talk and listen. Mostly listen. Don’t let anyone who hasn’t seen it or whose back is up about it tell you what it’s about. Listen until you hear something you needed to understand.

Master of None

This show is like that delicious foreign film you want everyone to sit down and watch and you are frustrated because most of them won’t and they are missing out. It is beautiful. Aziz Ansari learned Italian for you. Watch his show. The second season premiered May 12.

Stranger Things

If you were like me in junior high, these kids were your friends. You had that bike, that room, your mom had that car. This is half the fun. The rest is the Stephen King flavored mystery and Stand by Me camaraderie. The second season is set to premiere October 31, 2017.

So have you seen any of these? What did you think? If not, tell us some of your favorite TV shows wherever you watch them. What are some of your favorites?

Yay! I read a book!


I don’t know what it is, but for the first part of this month, nothing has been grabbing me reading-wise. I had the second Nero Wolfe mystery, The League of Frightened Men, by Rex Stout out on ebook from Overdrive from the Free Library of Philadelphia since the end of last month, but for some reason, I just didn’t pick it up to read. I have the second Inspector Rebus, Hide & Seek, by Ian Rankin on hold, also on ebook at FLP, but it seems to be taking forever for it to come in. Finally, I decided to retry the one at left.

I’ve wanted to read Hiaasen for a while after hearing his name in connection with fellow Floridian authors and also journalists Dave Barry (The Miami Herald) and Tim Dorsey (The Tampa-Bay Tribune), both of whom I’ve read a little of and enjoyed. I stopped this one at the time, because I wasn’t in the mood for the silliness, but yesterday, I thought I’d try it again — and I’m glad I did. I read it yesterday afternoon as it became the first book I finished this month. Now based on this one, I’ve picked up the second one in the series, Native Tongue. I also checked out the fifth in Dorsey’s Serge Storms series, The Stingray Shuffle, when I checked out Double Whammy. Maybe I’m thinking of Florida because the weather here later this week is supposed to go up to the high 80s (Fahrenheit), which is unusual for us in northcentral Pennsylvania in May. I don’t know.

Other than reading, I’m continuing to work at the library and my wife Kim and I are watching various shows on Netflix, which we’re writing a series about on the Wednesdays of this month. The first Wednesday, I shared my favorite Netflix shows; this past Wednesday, Kim shared her favorite shows on Netflix; and this coming Wednesday, we share our favorite Netflix shows. Then on the last two Wednesdays, I’ll share my favorite Amazon shows and Kim will share hers. Semi-spoiler: One of our favorite Netflix shows is Master of None, and on Friday, the second season came out and we binge-watched the first eight episodes Friday night, then finished the last two episodes last night. It was/is the perfect binge-watching show (I think we did the same with the first season) and even as I’m drafting this Saturday night, I’m listening to a playlist on Google Play Music of songs from the second season.

I’ll leave you with this playlist I found on YouTube of music from the second season:

How has your reading been going so far this month? Any you’d recommend to others? Watching or listening to anything good? Share in the comments.