Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.


Summer goes by so slowly and so quickly all at the same time, it’s so strange. But, term is starting so soon and I’m just buzzing to get final year finished with!


Before I wanted to get into the heavier blog posts about uni, student life, finding your life’s calling, etc., I wanted to remind you to plan for time off from your studies. It’s so important to both your physical and mental wellbeing to plan for breaks and allot time for yourself to relax. You can’t be on your toes the entire academic year! If you plan for breaks, you’ll be more productive and efficient when you’re revising or prepping for tutorials.


And so, in the spirit of TIFF, the film festival in Toronto I’m currently volunteering for, here’s a list of stand-out movies and TV series currently on Netflix UK (as of September 2017) to watch in your down time.


Something to think about

These are films/series that are quite heavy and require you to really think about what you’re watching. This is not for the absent-minded watch-while-you-cook time of day.


Something to mindlessly enjoy

Pretty self-explanatory! These are for an end-of-the-day wind down and the you’re-ready-for-bed-but-not-quite-ready-to-go-to-sleep-yet time of day.


Something in between

These are not too heavy and not so light-hearted – just perfect for those days when you’re not sure how you’re feeling.

  • Stranger Things (55m per episode | horror, drama)
  • Luther – who doesn’t love themselves some Idris Elba?! (1h per episode | crime, drama)
  • Mad Men (47m per episode | drama)
  • Magic Mike (1h50 | comedy, drama)
  • Man Up – *cue eye roll* as I am not a fan of romantic comedies at all, but I’m trying to be accommodating for all my lovely readers!! (Thank you for reading!!) (1h28 | rom-com)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (1h34 | adventure, comedy, drama)
  • The Trip – based on the TV series (1h52 | comedy)
  • Amélie  – disclaimer: it’s in French, but it’s a classic for a reason! (2h2 | comedy, romance)


Naturally, this is far from an exhaustive list and you can watch whatever tickles your fancy. I highly, highly recommend the US version of The Office (please see title), another one of my favourite TV series of all time, but they took it off the UK Netflix a few years ago. So, you’ll have to find another way to enjoy the 9 seasons! In any case, I hope you end up watching at least one suggestion! I’m more than happy to have chats about anything on this list that I’ve watched.


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Hello! My name is Lucie and I’m a final year Law student. I’m from Canada, so the goal is to give you some insight on what it’s like to live and study in Leicester from an international perspective. Alongside my studies, I am an Equality and Diversity Champion for the uni, and I do yoga regularly.

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4 responses to “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.”

  1. Leon

    Thanks, I think that will be my new TV show 🙂

  2. Leon

    Cool list, I was wondering about Sherlock. Is it worth watching because I do enjoy detective programs but not sure if I should watch it?

    Also, I have a few recommendations for “Something to think about”.

    Prison Break (Amazing program)
    24 (also fantastic)

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