I don’t know about you, but we are always incredibly overwhelmed by choice when it comes to the myriad of streaming services, and the endless releases of new dramas. Here in the Kip office, we’re sick of the hour-long scroll through Netflix, to finally decide on a show that proves to be disappointing. So, we’re taking the guesswork out of it.
We know that you’ve probably already given Inventing Anna a shot, and sneakily given Byron Baes a gander, so we’re bringing you some more alternative suggestions from our top-secret sources (that totally aren’t the kip office, our mums, and best friends.)
So here they are, our cream-of-the-crop suggestions for a weekend binge!
1. Pieces of Her
Starting off with a series you may have already given thought too, Pieces of Her stars our favourite Aussie export, Toni Collette. Whilst the story is set in a sleepy Florida town, this series was filmed on our home soil and is a brilliant example of Australia finding its home as the go-to filming location for Hollywood in a post-pandemic world. This thriller will keep you on your toes, whilst rewarding you with some 80s flashbacks, Australian actors, and super recognisable Sydney locations.
2. Drive to Survive
I know, I know, it’s an unexpected choice and completely off brand, but we promise you, this series has more drama than MAFS. We were completely against giving this series a go, but here we are, writing to you as changed women, and now F1 mega-fans. You don’t need to know a single thing about racing to get hooked on Drive to Survive. You’ll meet every driver, follow the scandals, get invested into their dreams, and feel the pain of every loss. This turbulent ride is as juicy as it comes, and it doesn’t hurt that the drivers tend to be easy on the eyes…
Lando Norris & Daniel Ricciardio in Drive to Survive
The office (and my mum) would kill me if I didn’t mention that the new season of Outlander is out. The pitch for this one is easy: time travel, Scottish men in kilts, and a love story for the ages. If you haven’t gotten on board yet, now is your time.
Outlander, Season 6
4. Twilight and the works of Robert Pattison
This one may divide the office, but I’m a firm believer in the magic of Robert Pattison. With Batman now hitting cinemas, there’s no better time to revisit the roots of R Patz as the sparkling vampire of our dreams. If for some strange reason you just can’t fall for the cold-blooded swoon of Edward Cullen, try Tenet or Good Time for a totally different Robert Pattison experience.
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart, Twilight
5. Pride & Prejudice/ Emma
In preparation for the release of Season 2 of Bridgerton, one simply must brush up on their period dramas! I declare it! One could do so by indulging in the likes of Kiera Knightley’s Pride and Prejudice, or the recently uploaded, Emma.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
If you’re in serious need of some power suits, moustaches, and an iconic 70s soundtrack (I know I always am), Minx is your show. Minx follows the story of trailblazing feminist, and her accidental journey to publish the first ever erotic magazine for women. If that’s not enough already, you could watch this one for the set and costumes alone. It’s as groovy as it comes.
2. Bel Air
If nostalgia is what you crave, Bel Air might be your lucky ticket. This series offers a more serious twist on Will Smith’s 90s classic “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”. It’s everything you could want out of a teen drama, with cleverly interwoven commentary on Black Lives Matter. If Riverdale is your guilty pleasure, you’ll love this.
Bel Air (2022)
1. Turning Red
We seriously cannot wait to watch Turning Red. It’s the film we all needed as tweens that perfectly sums up the overwhelming and discombobulating experience that is puberty. 13-year-old Mei is torn between remaining the well behaved girl of her mother’s dreams, and giving in to the chaos and fun of her approaching teenage years. Each time Mei experiences one of her strong emotions, be it good or bad, she turns into a giant red panda. And to make it even better, Mei’s mum is voiced by our favourite Grey’s Anatomy gal, Sandra Oh.
Turning Red, Disney Pixar (2022)
2. The Emperor’s New Groove
Staying on theme with the animal switching, body morphing themes of Turning Red, I simply had to remind you of a personal favourite, The Emperor’s New Groove. David Spade’s character is turned into a talking Llama, the villain is voiced by Eartha Kitt. I won’t be held responsible if this ends up on repeat in your home for the next year.