We’ve hit the halfway point in the year, and at last, the mid-year break will soon be upon us. With four weeks of relaxing and no alarms to drag you to school, you have ample time to start on, catch up or finish up your favourite series and/or movies. . Check them out here – they’re all easily available on Netflix too!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (5 seasons)
From the show-runners behind hit sitcom Parks and Recreation comes Brooklyn Nine-Nine, an American live action comedy centred around detective Jack Peralta (Andy Samberg) as he comes to blows with new commanding officer Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) at Brooklyn’s 99th precinct. With goofy jokes among a talented cast (if a bit heavy on the dad-joke humour), Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a fantastic pick to watch in one sitting or more – the show now has five seasons up on Netflix with a sixth on the way.
Watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix.
Friends (10 seasons)
If there’s one show that most would agree to be the grandmother of modern television comedy, it has to be Friends. Six friends bumble through 1990s Manhattan, meandering work, life and even love – the story may seem simple, but that hasn’t stopped Friends from going 10 seasons strong. A classic to catch if you haven’t already done so, and one that’s great to revisit over the holidays. For a start, here are five iconic episodes to get into.
Watch Friends on Netflix.
Rilakkuma and Kaoru (1 season)
For something lighthearted to indulge in, try out the stop-motion animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru. Through 10-minute shorts, follow the life of Kaoru (Mikako Tabe) as she juggles work life and her lazy but adorable roommates – popular Japanese San-X mascots Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma. A whimsical tale of a sleepy brown bear and his roommate office lady in one, fans old and new will definitely enjoy these quick episodes to unwind in-between a busy schedule.
Watch Rilakkuma and Kaoru on Netflix.
The Good Place (3 seasons)
It’s a story after death, but it isn’t a sad one. When the rude and dishonest Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) accidentally ends up at The Good Place after her death, she endeavours to become a better person with the help of her afterlife mentor. With its heart-warming elements of friendship and road to becoming a better person as well as some unexpected twists, The Good Place is more than just your usual sitcom.
Watch The Good Place on Netflix.
Derry Girls (1 season)
Set during the Troubles, a turbulent time in Northern Ireland in the ’90s, the award-winning Derry Girls documents the high school life of five girls in a Catholic girls’ secondary school. It’s not the doom and gloom you might expect, however – the girls are charming in a series peppered with dark, if raunchy, humour, while delving slightly into the lesser-known issues of Northern Ireland at the time.
Watch Derry Girls on Netflix.
Strong Girl Bong-Soon (1 season)
If you’re up for a good laugh with romantic undertones, this Korean drama is for you. Blessed with superhuman strength, titular character Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) uses her powers for good while desperately trying to gain the attention of her police officer crush In Guk Doo (Ji Soo). She soon becomes entangled in a love triangle involving her CEO boss Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyun Sik) while protecting him from threats. The series was such a hit when it first aired that it ended as one of the highest-rated dramas on cable television in the country – and we clearly see why with its delightful cast of characters and atypical premise.
Watch Strong Girl Bong-Soon on Netflix.
With Disney pulling out of Netflix and the impending Spider-Man: Far From Home in theatres as the continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the June holidays would be a good time to re-familiarise yourselves with our favourite neighbourhood Spider-Man with his first MCU solo movie. It’s not just your usual superpowered, good vs evil flick, of course – besides it being Spider-Man’s return to the Disney and Marvel fold, it also serves as a coming-of-age of sorts to young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he worked towards becoming a hero in his own right.
Watch Spider-Man: Homecoming on Netflix.
Mamma Mia! The Movie
Swedish pop group ABBA birthed some major infectious hits, which is why it made such a splash in theatres with Mamma Mia! The Musical. The musical is later adapted into a movie with a star-studded cast such as Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, who appear in catchy song and dance numbers revolving around a mother-daughter duo with the latter’s wedding on the horizon. A decidedly family-centric film where blood is thicker than water, you’re in for a swimmingly good time in Mamma Mia! The Movie.
Watch Mamma Mia! The Movie on Netflix.
If you think about it, this is the ultimate boss flex – when threatened with deportation to her home country, Canadian executive Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) forces her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to act as her fiancé so she may remain in the country and retain her position. Heading to Alaska to meet the latter’s family, both realise there’s more to the other beyond their surface work relationship. Coupled with a witty script and great chemistry between the two leads, The Proposal is bound to have you in stitches while waiting for the pair’s forthcoming nuptials.
Watch The Proposal on Netflix.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
They had initially planned to get married by the time they turned 28, so when Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) finds out that her college friend Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney) is getting married three weeks before her birthday and realises her feelings for him, she decides to sabotage the wedding in all ways possible. Noted for being a refreshing take on the romantic comedy genre, My Best Friend’s Wedding is no doubt one of Julia Robert’s best films to date.
Watch My Best Friend’s Wedding on Netflix.
In a touching tale about how appearances aren’t everything, Remy the rat (Patton Oswalt) develops a taste for fine food and dreams of becoming a chef like his idol Auguste Gusteau. Together with garbage boy Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), he attempts to achieve his culinary goal at the recently deceased Gusteau’s restaurant. A go-to film choice when one needs a pick-me-up, Ratatouille is one of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved animated films that viewers can watch again and again without getting bored.
Watch Ratatouille on Netflix.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
If you think your secret letters to your crush won’t come back to haunt you, think again – that was exactly what happened to Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), who finds herself in a pickle when five guys find out about her crushes on them. Based on young adult novelist Jenny Han’s book of the same name, this teen romance film features an ensemble of relatable characters and a fun cast makes its predictable plot enjoyable. The best part? It’s not the end; a sequel is on its way.
Watch To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix.
What are your plans this June holidays? Let us know in the comments below!