Half Term fun with Netflix nannies = my love story with Netflix so far
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- Published on Monday, 12 October 2015 11:00
- Last Updated on 10 October 2015
- Monica Costa
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School holidays are upon us again! And here we are figuring out half term fun activities for our children. Check London Mums’ list of things to do this half term for inspiration. During downtime at home, there’s no shame in using what we call the Netflix nannies i.e. great programmes that will entertain our children while we cook, do the laundry and get on with all chores that require our undivided attention.
If you thought you were alone using Netflix nannies, well … you were wrong. According to a recent survey on 2,138 British parents, the average child between 18 months and 5 years old will watch on average 6 hours and 48 minutes of TV a day so that parents can get a bit of peace and quiet, or get on with the housework. Netflix appears to be at the top of most-watched channels by children.
These are the programmes on Netflix which London Mums believe are the reasons why children are so hooked.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman show
If you like a mix of time travel and horrible histories then the newly launched Netflix programme Mr. Peabody & Sherman show will provide hours of entertainment leaving you mums with peace of mind: this has in fact an educational angle. Mr. Peabody, the smartest dog in the world, and his boy Sherman, host a zany late-night comedy show broadcast from their swanky penthouse in front of a live studio audience. Anything can happen in this show jam-packed with exciting segments, great musical acts and very special guests like outrageous neighbours and hilarious time-travellers they meet with the WABAC machine.
In each episode, the co-hosts interview a number of historical figures, like George Washington and Edgar Allen Poe, and bring musical guests to the stage. Starring Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Rick & Morty) as Mr. Peabody and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Strain) as Sherman. Season 1 is comprised of 13 episodes. In the first episode alone, we learn lots of funny anecdotes about Napoleon, the origin of custard (yes I mean the pudding) and the battle of Waterloo.
I bet these cartoons will be watched over and over again (also by parents) because they include so many interesting facts that, similarly with Horrible Histories, stick better when heard several times. Priceless!
This hilarious series, based on the best-selling books, proves that sometimes the most memorable moments in history are also the least pleasant.
London Mums and Kids’ Club are huge fans of everything Horrible Histories. Check this interview with the cast – they think that Shakespeare would binge watch Netflix if he lived now ….
The dolls are based on four girls with a sassy attitude and fierce intelligence starring in a Netflix original series. They represent the teenager trend that smart is the new cool. It’s not bad and enjoyable even for the mums.
I am quite baffled on why kids (and lots of parents alike) like SpongeBob. This series has a huge success but it’s not my cup of tea and it will never be. I find it too silly but my 9 year old son loves it.
Maya the Bee
To coincide with the Movie release of Maya the Bee later this month, there’s an animated series that is not bad at all and reminds me of the original cartoons from the 80s. It’s the story of a young bee named Maya who leaves her hive to discover the beauty and mysteries of nature, making new insect friends along the way.
There are a few Peter Pan movies on Netflix (animated and features) – Must-see films before the release of PAN on 16 October 2015.
Check out my 3 minutes interview with Hugh Jackman who stars as pirate Blackbeard in the new feature film.
At the European press conference for Pan I managed to ask one question to Hugh Jackman: ‘You were born to be Blackbeard (I agree with your wife who thinks that Hugh / Blackbeard is the sexiest pirate ever played on screen)! The audience is left wondering what life events turned Blackbeard so nasty. Is there anything in the backstory of your character that gives some more clues? And also will there be a prequel movie about Blackbeard?‘
Listen from Blackbeard’s mouth what he has to say! It would be a shame not to listen the wonderful deep voice of Hugh Jackman. You can watch Hugh answering my question between minutes 20.43 and 23.06. Enjoy!
Dennis the Menace and Gnasher
Dennis’ mischievous adventures are one of Diego’s favourite programmes. I cannot say the same for me, but if it gives me half hour of peace and quiet then be it.
The first spin off to Madagascar has kept the fun of the original characters and entertained us for weeks. As a parent it’s highly watchable, so it gets my thumbs up.
KIDS’ FREE ZONE
When it’s mummy time, I really like to watch things that are either super beautiful (aesthetically) like Mad Men (not on Netflix but I have all DVDs) or something really quirky which Netflix has plenty to offer.
I found really interesting to see what’s been written about the work behind scripts of Netflix Original series and how the screenwriters know the moment people fall in love with the series. You may recall how I fell in love with Breaking Bad and how long it took me to get hooked to that series. At some point I knew that these weird characters had became part of my life. With Breaking Bad it took me several episodes as you can read here. Apparently most people got hooked with Breaking Bad at episode 2, which is remarkably soon considering it took me at least 6 episodes to fully get into it.
But with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt it was love at first sight because Kimmy’s slapstick gags reminded me of my favourite sitcom of all times: Friends. But apparently most people get hooked at episode 4.
Better Call Saul
Spin offs aren’t always well written and often disappoint. This cannot be said for Better Call Saul which is a very quirky prequel to Breaking Bad and once more a testimonial to the greatness of the screenwriters behind it. The intricate intertwined stories of the characters are rich in details and well constructed. You simply cannot get enough of it. That’s why Netflixers are often defined binge watchers. OMG!
For me Marco Polo is a very special Netflix Original Series not just because it’s the story of an Italian explorer (like me), but also because I had the pleasure to be invited to the world premiere in New York where I was a guest among stunning actors and producers of this wonderful historical drama.
With an unusual (blind) superhero like Daredevil I got hooked in the first episode, but apparently most people fell in love with the character in Episode 5.
Grace & Frankie
I cannot wait to watch super quirky sitcom Grace and Frankie’s second season. The show’s septuagenarian sex symbols – Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda – play frenemies whose husbands (played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) announce they’re in love with each other and plan to get married. Beyond quirky…
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums