Netflix & Binge: 5 Netflix Shows You Need to See

March 18, 2019justabelfastgirl

Netflix & Binge: 5 Netflix Shows You Need to See

I planned a lovely honorary post on my homeland of Northern Ireland in honour of St. Patrick’s Day, however, I spent my St Patrick’s Day smashing through quite a big To Do list. When I find myself super busy with writing, studying, cooking (usually meal prep) and cleaning then I’ll stick on Netflix. 

Usually, I’ll Netflix on in the background and I’ll be writing away, but these are shows that physically made me stop everything I was doing and just sit there and watch. Now, the only time this laptop of mine leaves my hands is when I’m eating, showering and sleeping. So, for a TV show to make me just stop and watch – it must be good. Don’t take my word for it though, let me tell you about them and you can watch for yourself.

1. The Staircase

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WHY? WHY ARE THERE NOT MORE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS?! I have NEVER in my very long time on this Earth, ever been this floored by a case in my entire life, ever. Never, ever, ever. I don’t know if it’s because Michael Peterson looks VERY like Dr. Cox from Scrubs, or whether it was listening to the case that made me believe him, but just wow. When the verdict was read out I cried, I never cry, not over TV shows, not over books, not over films. I never cry over that stuff, but I cried. I was floored for a good 40 minutes and had to take a break to collect myself before watching the rest. 

Michael Peterson was accused of the murder of his second wife, Kathleen Peterson. He has written several books about his time in the Vietnam War so is a known novelist, but I don’t remember ever hearing about this case before now, which I found quite strange. A lot comes up that some people wouldn’t believe and I do think it will split people down the middle, as most of these cases do. All I can say without giving much away is Mr. Deaver should be charged and convicted for what he has done and Candace needs a Valium… or six.

There was so many things that came out, so many things where you are just like, “WHAT?!” Hands down, without a doubt, one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a very long time. Highly recommend you watch it, please come tell me when you do as I’m dying over here wanting to talk to someone about it and no one has seen it!

I can’t compare it to Making a Murderer as it’s a totally different case, taking place at a totally different time in a totally different place. Oh my goodness, someone please just go binge-watch this like I did so I can talk to you about it. I don’t want to give anything away because even the smallest comment I make about the case could spoil it for you so please, do yourself a favour and go watch.

2. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann 

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Say what you want to say about the McCann’s, their behaviour, whether they should or shouldn’t have left their kids alone to go to the Tapas Bar for dinner near the apartment on that awful night all those years ago. I grew up in a different time, a time where that sorta thing was pretty normal, it is what it is and the parents are paying the price over ten years later. 

The McCann’s are in the documentary, but they don’t take part in the documentary. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve watched it, or when you watch it. One thing that I’ve always thought and was proven to me when I watched this documentary was the absolutely appalling behaviour of the Portuguese Chief of Police. That man… I’ve no words. The hero for me was Jim Gamble (and no, not because he’s Northern Irish, but I’m biased…) for CEOP and everything that CEOP does. 

There are still so many unanswered questions, so much was missed, so many people weren’t spoken to and all the wrong people were. So much is wrong with this case and no one seems to be able to untangle the ten years worth of mess that has been caused. It is NOT a documentary to watch if child abduction or pedophiles triggers you. The reason I mention this is the talk about a certain website that will upset a lot of people. 

In a way it makes me sad that I’m so desensitized to this kind of website now and that I’ve heard so much about child sex trafficking, human trafficking and so much horrific stuff that I’ve seen, heard and as most of you know, been witness to, that none of it surprises me anymore. Not that I want to be surprised, but you get where I’m going with this. 

It’s worth a watch if, like me, you’ve followed the case from day one, are interested in true crime and like a good documentary. 

3. Abducted in Plain Sight

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This is another Netflix documentary (I swear it’s not a running theme) based on Jan Broberg who was a victim to grooming and sexual assault at the hands of her neighbour. Again, this will be one where you are sitting there, scratching your head and then yelling at your TV, laptop screen or mobile phone whilst watching it. 

It is one of those have to see to believe stories, I couldn’t believe half of what I was hearing and was thinking back to when I was that age and would I have been that gullible? The answer to that was a resounding, NO. Then again, my childhood wasn’t exactly normal and I was already an “adult” at that age. 

My heart broke for the father of Jan, you can just see the pain in his eyes, the hurt in his soul that he didn’t protect his daughter. That there were things he partook in, that, well… people make mistakes, don’t they? None of us are here to judge (I say as I judge her mother in the very next sentence, lol!) The mother, on the other hand, was something else… when she spoke about her “mistakes”, she smirked. When talking about what she did with the man that abused her daughter, it was like she was reliving some very happy times in her life…moving swiftly on.

What interested me (funnily enough given that it’s my major) was the psychology behind it all. This bastard of a man did so many wicked things to not only this poor girl, now a woman but her family, too. It really is one you need to watch as if I were to simply tell you here what it was about, you genuinely wouldn’t believe me.

4. The Haunting of Hill House

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Based on the excellent book by Shirley Jackson, the house on haunting hill tells the fictional story of a family haunted by a house for many, many years. I was absolutely delighted when this was turned into a series as I had bought the book with the plan to eventually read it. My friend Lucy happened to mention to me it was now on Netflix and that was it, I was not doing anything else for the next 3 days (lucky for me I only work part-time). 

Can’t spoil it for you, but remember when I said I didn’t cry at TV shows? Yeah… episode 6? I think it was? Yep, I cried, a lot. I don’t mean the eye leaking cry I did at The Staircase, but I mean full on losing a loved one crying at this episode. If you’ve read the book or seen the show you’ll 100% get what episode I’m referring to.

Is it scary? In all honesty, you’re asking the wrong person. I’m the girl whose nightmares involve a fully decorated pink room, and no, not because it’s pink. Don’t ask, cos I honestly don’t know, my therapist thinks it’s something to do with it being unfamiliar (insert shrug emoji here). If you don’t mind jump scenes that make most horror fans laugh, or some sad, sad scenes then I recommend it. I also highly recommend the book as I did actually read it after I watched the series. 

I really had to think about number five, I desperately wanted to include Ru Paul’s Drag Race in here because… well, do I even need a reason? There’s nothing better than a fierce QWEEN, except, maybe for a fierce QWEEN that knows how to do makeup like no one else. However, I know not everyone is as infatuated with the drag queen scene as I am, which for the record has nothing to do with that fact I’m bisexual. Yes, some fool DM’d me about this on Facebook the other day and asked me why I loved Drag Race so much, was it because I’m also queer? Don’t you just love 2019?
So, since my love and Ru Paul and the QWEEN’s kind of had an honorary mention, I thought of another documentary that I’d seen a while ago that plays on my mind daily. One that reminds me why I want to work for an establishment like CEOP, one that reminds me that I have this fierce passion within me to help people to not grow up reliving their demons every day, to have someone to talk to when they need it.

5. Inside the World’s Toughest Prison’s

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We all know by now that I believe in capital punishment, which means, I believe in the death penalty. specifically I believe that the death penalty needs to be brought back specifically for pedophiles and any single cunt that hurts a child or an animal. This is why I’ll never be allowed to be PM because I’d 100% bring it back if I could.

I mention this because even in prison, pedophile’s can choose to hide the crimes they have committed. In one of these episodes one talks of the fear, he has about being found out. This shows you that pedophiles are cowards, they are cowards that even in jail they are scared of the very thing that they have done to an innocent child… rape. I distinctly remember what he looks like even now, I remember jumping on the very laptop I write this from, and I searched for that bastard. I keep tabs on where he is even now just so I can one day click and find out he’s dead and no longer able to harm kids. 

With that being said, you’d be surprised how interesting life behind bars is. I was either very naive about what it took to keep a jail going, things that happen that you don’t expect or hear about and just in general what life is like for people. There is the usual gang activity that you’d imagine, but there is also a lot of other personalities, clique’s, prison bitches are really a thing, things that happen that you can’t help but be happy for certain individual’s and of course, your usual drama. It’s worth a watch to learn more about what goes on, if you like a bit of drama and if you want to better understand the criminal mind.

In Closing

I’d really like to know your thoughts if you have seen any of these shows and if you have any shows you would like to recommend in any genre then please leave them below as I think because of The Staircase I am on a bit of a binge watch now. I’m currently a few episodes into The Evil Genius. I already know a lot about this case so it’s interesting to see on screen what I’d already read about and listened to quite a few times. 

Hope you all had an amazing St Patrick’s Day whatever you did and if you had a drink, I hope you were sensible. 

Until next time,


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Comments (21)

  • Blogimommy

    March 18, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    A couple of these I would not be able to watch, unfortunately. I always end up putting myself in the shoes of the victims or parents and it makes my heart hurt. However, the prison documentary looks interesting. I’ll have to give that a looksee.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Ben Butler

    March 18, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Haunting of Hill House is CRAZY GOOD! It’s one of the best series I’ve ever watched. Every episode feels like watching a feature horror film.

  • Apeksha

    March 18, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Sounds like a great set of TV shows. I’ve recently started watching Lucifer, but I’m going to switch to the documentary about prison.

  • Mandy Mazliah

    March 18, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Oh wow these all sound like really compelling watches! I always end up flicking through Netflix for ages aimlessy so it’s great to have some suggestions to fall back on.

  • TheSuperMomLife

    March 19, 2019 at 3:45 am

    I’ve actually seen all of these. The abducted one is the craziest of all. I still can’t believe it.

  • norafiqin

    March 19, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I’m a huge Netflix fan and am always on the lookout for new shows to watch, so this is great! Gotta admit though, I’ve not heard of any of these shows and I’m excited to watch them!

  • Catherine

    March 19, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Sadly I don’t have Netflix but they seem to have some great shows I wish I could watch. Great list here!

  • Sara Welch

    March 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I loved so many of these. The Staircase was so compelling; it’s a great documentary!

  • Beth Pierce

    March 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I just finished the Disappearance of Madeliene McCann. So terribly sad she hasn’t been found. My heart grieves for her poor parents.

  • simplyvegetarian777

    March 19, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I am a Netflix buff. Great recommendations there.

  • Anne Wright

    March 19, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    me too, the hubby and i love watching netflix. you got awesome recommendations. thank you.

  • Authentically_Mi

    March 20, 2019 at 2:57 am

    I am always searching for new shows and movies to watch. I just started Abducted in plain sight

  • Becca Wilson

    March 20, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I have watched three of these – so I definitely need to check out the other two. These are some really great suggestions.

  • feleciamonique88

    March 20, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Abducted in plain sight was crazy!!! I couldn’t believe they let him take their daughter like that smh!

  • dearmummyblog

    March 20, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    We’re watching the McCann documentary and at part 5 of 8. Shocking really how the Portuguese police handled everything!

  • Emily

    March 20, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I am dying to watch the McCann documentary! I have been following that story closely and would love to see another perspective on the case!

    1. justabelfastgirl

      March 29, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      You should definitely give it a watch. It’s divided people even more now. That Chief of Police was just shocking!

  • sincerelymissj

    March 21, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I keep hearing how good the Haunting of Hill House is but I am too scared to watch it. Thanks for sharing the list

    1. justabelfastgirl

      March 28, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      Give it a go Missy, honestly it’s really good! Or if you maybe read the book first it could give you an idea of what to expect? As with everything else, though, they tend to change things in the TV/movie adaptations. Thank you for reading!

  • ChelseaMamma

    March 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I want to see Adducted in Plain Sight…..have you watched Dirty John – just finished it and it is brilliant

    1. justabelfastgirl

      March 26, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      I haven’t! I’ll need to have a look at it as its on my ”to watch” list.

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