With Gents of London Barbershop opening its doors again, football being back on and the pubs finally serving a thirsty nation, it does feel like lockdown is starting to ease.
Memories of a toilet paper drought, watching The Tiger King and doing a Joe Wicks workout in your pyjamas thankfully seem a long time ago.
However, as we head towards a life slightly more normal existence, this is a perfect time to look back on the months where the sofa and the remote control became among our best friends by compiling a list of the top 5 series the Gents of London barbers watched on Netflix during lockdown.
Don’t let the subtitles put you off (it means you put your phone down and watch at least); this was quality, a Spanish crime drama that over four seasons featuring two massive heists with more twists and turns than a Lionel Messi dribble.
With a criminal mastermind called the professor leading a motley crew of characters, all with city names and complex characters, it’s fast-paced, sexy, violent and utterly gripping.
Tokyo, Berlin, Nairobi , Denver and Helsinki etc. are characters that the audience individually develop a relationship with Over the series, and make the viewer feel part of the action.
It is visually stunning with standout scenes in almost every episode, very memorable imagery (the iconic Dali masks have become a global phenomenon) and comes with a killer soundtrack.
Highly recommended, it would be a “crime” to miss this!
Starring, written, produced and directed by Ricky Gervais , the two seasons on Netflix are capable of having you howl with laughter and be welling up with tears in the same scene.
Dealing with the fallout of his wife’s death, and his subsequent decision to do exactly what he wants may not immediately sound a topic for comedy. Still, the writing and acting of not only Gervais, but a stellar cast of familiar faces make this one of our lockdown hi-lights!
Beautifully written, absolutely hilarious and with some of the finest swearing seen on TV, this is a dark comedy that focuses on human nature, and is one that Gents of London urges you to put on your list!
With a holiday seeming to be off the list for 2020, Netflix got it right releasing White Lines, a drama set on Ibiza following the story of a girl searching for clues to her brothers’ murder on the island 20 years ago.
Told In real-time and in flashbacks, it gives the audience at least a sight of the beaches, clubs and settings that the coronavirus has denied us from visiting this year, and offers us Sex, drugs and house music, even if we are home lockdown on the sofa !!
Enjoyable, visually pleasing, and with an excellent cast of British actors, it is worth a watch for those missing out on some shenanigans in the sunshine.
Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, Ozark is the tale of a married couple forced to relocate from Chicago to the Ozark Lake region of Missouri to launder money for a Mexican Drug Cartel.
The entire Gents of London Barbershop team really enjoyed this one, with a brilliant parallel between the ordinary lives of a financial advisor with everyday problems such as extramarital affairs and their teenage children, running alongside issues with ruthless Mexican gangsters and local drug dealers. The show is very good at moving between scenes of healthy family life such as mealtimes to those that represent the violent and ruthless world of organised crime.
Full of twists, superbly acted and very addictive as you watch the family become more immersed and adept at living in the criminal underworld, one not to miss!
With live sport also falling foul of the “Rona”, Netflix played a blinder in rolling out this documentary that followed the career of Michael Jordan, and with particular emphasis on his final season (the last dance) with the Chicago Bulls!
Superbly put together, this is not just for sports or even basketball fans and gives an insight into one of the greatest and most recognisable sportsmen on this planet.
Mixing live action to satisfy our sports cravings and interviews with teammates, opposition, coaches and sportswriters.
On the court action, and what goes on behind the scenes in professional sport is detailed alongside the hysteria that followed Michael Jordan wherever he went.
Another reason why Netflix is worthy of your hard-earned pennies, this is something that significantly improved our lockdown and was binged through in only a few evenings.
So there you have it, the Gents of London Barbers Top Five Netflix Recommendations over the last few months.
Some Crime, some sport, some sex, some drugs, plenty of massive songs, lots of laughs, a few tears and a whole lot of sofa time. Sounds like a decent mix in or out of lockdown !!
Think we’ve missed one out or not listed your favourite? Freely comment below.
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