From Oval Office to Netflix – an Obama Story

In the spirit of writer neutrality, I shall phrase the following sentiment as follows: it seems that a lot of people aren’t too pleased with Barrack Obama’s presidential replacement. In fact, it could be said that Donald Trump attracts a fair bit of outrage. One may even argue that, collective disbelief at his candidacy – he was a TV show host after all – has become fiery indignation towards the actions of his presidency. Ironic it is, therefore, that Obama is making the opposite career shift, going from POTUS to TV executive.

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Aggretsuko – Making the Daily Grind Kawaii

I have a favourite people-watching game, which, I’m sure is not exclusive to myself, and which includes identifying members of the public as members of the animal kingdom. This is not a cruel or jeering pastime, I assure you, but more in line with the fact that I sometimes think that an individual has a distinctly ‘zebra-personality,’ or even an ‘otter essence,’ perhaps, maybe, they may possess a feline feeling of aloof cool.

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Netflix Secret Codes

A Netflix homepage will list categories based on algorithms that factor an accountholder’s personalised viewing habits and preferences. Therefore, each account is presented with an entirely different set of suggestions than the next, and may be locked out of being shown a specific category due to a watching something that may not entirely reflect their tastes.

However, by using a simple web address trick, you can find any one of Netflix’s many genres and sub-genres when changing certain numbers in a URL. Specifically, when logging into Netflix, type into your search-bar to bring up one of the thousands of genres that are listed in Netflix’s library. This way, you, rather than an algorithm has control of the content that you can stream, binge, or ‘chill’ to.

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Why we’re excited about Sky’s Britannia

With Britannia, Sky Atlantic brings a new historical period drama that marries a medieval setting with fantasy elements. This is a combination not unfamiliar to fans of contemporary television epics. We’re keeping a close eye on the programme, eager to see if the show is merely a Game of Thrones clone, or will create a cultural phenomena in its own right. With GoT off our screens throughout 2018, Britannia will either fill the void it has left, or remind us of what we’re missing. So, with high expectations, we’ve comprised a list of the reasons why we’re excited about Britannia, first airing on January 18th, 2018…

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Predictions

Season 7 of Game of Thrones, like the seasons that preceded it, set conversation ablaze. You don’t have to be of a particularly discerning mind to notice that both diehard fans and casual viewers have been theorising about the television juggernaut, its characters and its prophecies. You could even argue that Game of Thrones has replaced talk of the weather as a unifying conversation topic that allows friends, colleagues and strangers to connect, albeit in a less soul-destroying manner than meteorological small-talk. A part of the draw comes in from the fact that detailed theorising and slow-building intrigue is all the more valuable in an age binge-viewing and the instant gratification that it accordingly inspires.

Season 7 of GoT saw some long-debated theories finally become realised, ending years of fan conjecture. Airing on Sky Atlantic in 2019, the eighth and final series of Game of Thrones is still some time away, giving us ample opportunity to further debate existing theories and to consider new ideas on how the show will end. Spoilers ahead

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Most Binge Watched Netflix Shows

Netflix has always been secretive when it comes to the viewing figures for its shows. This, I surmise, is a pre-emptive defence against criticism in the case that any of their original content flops, if their shows fail to meet their hype. Although we do not have viewing figures or ‘ratings’ of the series released on the streaming service, Netflix has in fact released data on what they describe as their ‘binge racers.’ Truly, binging has become a large part of our culture in manner of ways and for a long time instant gratification has changed the way we consume visual media. According to Netflix in 2017, 8.4 million binge racers watched an entire series within 24 hours. Here we list the ten most binge-raced shows on Netflix by a UK audience, and wonder whether their consumption is due to a quality of content that is insatiably moreish, or whether many a viewer has fallen asleep before the ‘are you still watching’ message flashes on their screen. Regardless, the future of television seems not to be television, but online…

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Top Three British Sitcoms on Netflix UK

January 2018 saw a long yearned-for wish finally granted to many a Netflix viewer. All 10 seasons of the US smash hit sitcom, Friends, have been added to Netflix UK. Fans of the show were famously dismayed when Channel 4 and E4 stopped airing repeats back in 2011. The programme, in its syndication, became a perennial comfort, almost always on air, which is a subtext that I’m sure is not lost given its name.

Whether you are a long-suffering fan, or are looking for a Netflix programme to binge-watch to help you get through the winter months, you are likely to find some enjoyment in the most successful sitcom of all time. However, if Friends is not the viewing companion that you are looking for, then do not fret, as here we list an alternative – the top three British sitcoms available on Netflix UK…

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