Social Butterfly: When Netflix is better than people

Photo via blog.compete.com
We've all been there. Fortunately, it doesn't have to ruin your night! Photo via blog.compete.com

Let’s call it the Netflix Nightcap.

We’ve all been there: Sitting at a party where the conversation isn’t really your cup of tea, you are single and everyone there is in a deadend relationship (that they sadly haven’t realized yet) or worse- you’re surrounded by young republicans with a self-righteous penchant for red meat and Tucker Carlson.

Netflix: Where everybody knows your na-a-ame (and viewing preferences). Photo via Netflix.com
Netflix: Where everybody knows your na-a-ame (and viewing preferences). Photo via Netflix.com

Sometimes, you just have to chalk it up, say your polite farewells and do what will make your night 10 times better: Netflix, baby. Can you remember a time before Netflix? When, God forbid, you were forced to rewatch actual DVDs instead of streaming them (30 Rock or anything with Leslie Knope)? I shudder at the mere thought.

Instead of cringing your way through conversations with people who wear too much plaid for their own good, imagine: It’s just you, at home, N-flix, and a warm blanket peppered with snacks and diet soda. You get to pick whatever you want, whether it be a delightfully shitty rom-com (anything with Katherine Heigl), action (Terminator), period piece (Downton Abbey ftw), documentary (the origami one) or Cheers (Ted Danson rocks).

That could be you. Image via cheezburger.com
This could be you. Image via cheezburger.com

So the next time you find yourself smack dab in the middle of a tired and pointless conversation with acquaintances you hope to God don’t add you on Facebook (there should really be a three hangout minimum), just remember that Netflix instant is waiting for you at home, with a barrel of laughs, tears, or just a simple warm hug of personalized entertainment.

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Television: Bored to Death

Bored to Death is my male-counterpart dream life realized.

As a child, along with half of Nickelodeon viewers in the 90s, I was obsessed with Harriet the Spy. I used to sit in trees and spy on my boring, old, yet nice neighbors, hoping for something exciting to happen. I even had a makeshift spy kit: My dad bought me special binoculars, I used a foldable mirror from Claire’s to spy around corners and I wore my notebook in my pants, just like Harriet.

Really. They are.
Really. They are.

(While searching for a relevant link for Harriet the Spy, I came across this amazing NPR article titled “Unapologetically Harriet, the Misfit Spy,” which is an awesome read.)

Jonathan Ames is the more realistic yet still fantastical version of our childhood spy Harriet. He drinks white wine, puts his private detective ads up on craigslist (because he’s a struggling writer) and gets himself involved into some good old-fashioned hijinks. Plus, his two best friends, Ray played by Zach Galifianakis and George played by Ted Danson, are so, so cool.

There’s something so sweet and well-intentioned about the show. All three of the men are smart, talented and good to each other. It’s a healthy and refreshing counterpart to the suffocatingly male-stereotyped days of Entourage.

Boy, girl, billy goat, whatever you are, you’ll like this show. If you haven’t seen it, you must give it a try!