All TV Shows I have seen on Netflix & Prime Video in 2020

Hey my loves,

so with Covid-19 still happening and pretty much everyone still in lockdown I thought it would be a fun thing to look into my watchlist of 2020. I wanted to see which TV shows I have seen on Netflix as well as on Amazon Prime. And instead of telling you why they are great or awful I would just give you a list of my must-see’s, nice for background noise, reality tv and something fun.

I ranked my must-see’s in the order I would suggest it to you. All the others are in no particular order. Have you seen any of these TV Shows? Let me know in the comments. I am also always open for suggestion for new TV shows, so hit me up if you know any good ones I might have missed last year.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

What I am Watching During Quarantine

Hey my loves,

since this quarantine-thing seems to be going on for a lot longer I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite tv shows and movies I watched during the last few weeks. As well as share the top 3 from my bestie Miri, which you would know from blog post like

I don’t know about you, but in the first few weeks of this all I didn’t do much else besides binge-watching tv shows and movies. If you like I could also write a post about how I got out of the rut and into doing actual productive things. It wasn’t very easy, and I still have some days where I don’t do anything, but most of the time I am actually staying quite busy.

Now, I have a few tv shows I have watched during quarantine. Some of them I’ve finished, some of them I’m watching while puzzling and some I can only watch the weekly episodes.

My Top Tv Shows during Quarantine

Community is great if you want something in the background while doing some household stuff or while your puzzling, it’s also super funny which lifts your mood like nothing. I binge watched the entire season of Locke & Key and am super excited for the news about a season two. I really enjoy watching Station 19 and have to say that season 3 is by far my favorite so far. Station 19 also inspired me to start watching Chicago Fire again.

Z Nation is just a really entertaining zombie apocalypse show which in the current situation is a little morbid, but the show is just too good. Last but not least, I also binge watched I am not Okay with this in one day. I wasn’t sure if I would like it but man I freaking loved it. Highly recommend it!

My Top Movies I watched during Quarantine

I feel like pretty much everyone has seen Contagion by now even though it is probably the worst movie to watch while in quarantine, but it is just really good. I love a good Jason Statham movie and that includes the animal movie The Meg. I really like this one I feel like it has a good structure to it and is quite entertaining.

I recently rewatched not only the original movies from Jurassic Park, but also the second one from the newer one. They are just classics and really entertaining. I wanted to see Snowpiercer for a real long time and finally got around to watching it and it was so good. The whole story line is super intriguing and I really like the fact that it’s shot in one place. Last but not least, I watched Lost Girls. This one is definitely not a feel good movie but I am a sucker for a real life event movie and this one is just horrorfying. Really should watch it if you are into real crime movies.

Miri’s Top Choices

Here are the three top movie Miri has watched during this time: Aus dem Nichts, Frank and The Purge. She also loves to watch TV Shows and recommends the following:

  • Narcos
  • Halt
  • The Mandalorian
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Catch Fire
  • La Casa De Papel

What are some of your favorite things to watch? Tell me in the comments, I’m always down to try some new tv shows.

Stay home, stay safe and stay healthy.
XoXo, Jasmin.

The 3 Best Non-English TV Shows – Guest Entry by Miri

What’s up folks?

This is Miri. The last couple of years I have always been on the lookout for new, exciting TV dramas, and, as we all know, the best (or, at the very least, the most) entertainment is still produced in the US and Britain. However, there are a few golden pieces of TV I’ve come across that may completely escape the English-speaking viewers. Of course, being able to watch something in its original form, without dubbing or subtitles, is always the most rewarding, but trust me when I tell you that for the three shows I will introduce to you, dubbing and/or subtitles will not ruin the fun.

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No.3: Gomorra – La Serie

Gomorra is an Italian TV series produced by Sky about the mafia in Naples, Italy. The show is based on the nonfiction book by Roberto Saviano, who infiltrated the Camorra (the mafia’s local name) and published names of important people and detailed information on the organization’s illegal operations. Saviano’s book was so close to the truth that he has had to live with a constant protection detail due to threats. Herein lies the series’ biggest advantage as well as its biggest flaw. The stories told are so realistic and so sinister they not only make for prime entertainment, but they also serve as a constant reminder that what we see here is not fiction but bitter reality; this knowledge creates an intense viewing experience. Because of its realism, however, we have no one to identify with. Everyone is evil, no character is likable. Every person portrayed in-depth is either a hateful, cruel beast of a human, or an innocent soon to be killed. That is reality in the mafia, and that makes the show hard to watch, so those who like gritty crime shows with hero figures may be disappointed or confused. We are constantly reminded that we are not watching standard, easily digestible TV because of the violence that always undercuts each scene, every piece of dialogue, always threatening to break out. Everybody is fair game, no one is safe, not even little children.

So why is this show worthy of your time? For one, it is something that needed to be made to expose the violence that exists day to day to a broader audience. The people live with fear, the young kids grow up believing that they will never get out of their parts of the city. Honest jobs are rare, so if you need money, you have to turn to crime. The show brilliantly portrays the way in which the kids in Secondigliano take the crime and cruelty for granted, even emulate what they see in their childish games.

Also, and we as viewers should never take this for granted, Gomorra is incredibly well-made. The cinematography is stunning, especially in the third season, where every frame would be worthy of being hung on a wall as a piece of art. The original score is haunting and creates a unique atmosphere. In these gorgeous images, we see devastation and beauty exist side by side.

Lastly, the characters may be unlikable, but they are strong and interesting and captured in amazing performances by talented actors. The show has been renewed for a fourth season set to air next year, and I cannot possibly imagine what may happen next, but the first three seasons all centered on the relationship between Ciro di Marzio and Gennaro Savastano. There is an entire army of characters, including some strong women, but Ciro and Gennaro and their connection with one another has driven the show forward. It is brutal, and disgusting, and beautiful all at once.

No. 2: Deutschland 83

Everybody in Germany who loves great TV entertainment has had to turn their backs on German TV productions. Most shows produced in Germany, by Germans, for a German audience, are not very good, and every German will agree with me, I’m sure. I think the problem is that the German networks are, on the one hand, very hesitant to allow change (which is why, when Breaking Bad was aired on free TV, it was hidden in a very small channel Saturdays at 10 pm). Experiments are never welcomed with open arms. On the other hand, the prime networks probably think we, the viewers, are stupid. They do not seem to have a lot of faith in our comprehensive abilities. These issues make it all the more astounding that such a show as Deutschland 83 exists at all. It is a well-written, intelligent, thrilling show about the tensions between East and West Germany in the 1980s. Martin Rauch, a young man who firmly believes in the government of East Germany, is forced to go undercover for the Stasi in West Germany, posing as a soldier named Moritz Stamm. The real Moritz has been killed to make room for Martin. Suddenly, Martin is ripped out of his safe, relatively comfortable existence with his sick mother and his (unfaithful) girlfriend and thrust into the colorful world of West Germany, where all the restrictions and trade embargos on American merchandise of the East do not exist. But Martin also continuously risks his life for his country, spying on the West, stealing important data, only barely escaping from being discovered. The stakes are high, as would be the punishment for treason.

Deutschland 83 thus manages to combine history lessons on East and West tensions and the Cold War with a genuinely thrilling espionage story. The actors are amazing, and the soundtrack includes some of the best songs from the 80s. What makes this show so entrancing, however, is the development the main character undergoes over the course of the episodes. Martin starts as a rather naïve young man who firmly believes in his government’s values, that East Germany is right and everybody else is wrong. When he is forced to go undercover in the West, he refuses at first, but with a few patriotic lines, his Stasi handlers, who include his aunt, manage to convince him that what he is doing is “the right thing.” This serves as one example of how fanatic patriotism is akin to brainwashing. And the longer Martin works for the Stasi, the more ruthless he gets, until even human lives seem to pale in significance compared to his mission. Subtly fused into the compelling thriller is the story of how one finds his or her identity, sometimes by consciously turning away from what you know. The show is also very well-made, as lighting and editing basically scream American TV standards. And, indeed, it is a co-production between German network RTL and the AMC. If only we could have more collaborations such as this one. A second season is supposed to be coming this year, and I can only hope that t will be able to compete with the first one.

No. 1: Bron/Broen

The Bridge is a Scandinavian crime drama I discovered on accident while I was browsing articles for my bachelor’s thesis. The pilot episode begins with a female murder victim on the Øresund Bridge, a bridge that is 5 miles long and provides a direct connection between Denmark and Sweden. The body discovered has been placed exactly at the junction of the bridge where the official border between Danish and Swedish territory runs, even though the border crossing is not marked on the bridge. Also, the body of the victim is cut in half, one half each lying on Danish and Swedish territory. As the upper half is immediately identified as belonging to a known Swedish citizen, the Swedish police claims the case as theirs. On closer inspection, however, it turns out that the lower half of the body belongs to another victim, making it two cases of murder. The lower half is discovered to be that of a Danish woman, and thus a cooperation between Swedish and Danish police forces becomes necessary. The bridge obviously stands in for more than just a geographical connection between two places; it also symbolizes the cooperation between two nations, as well as the language gap that is artfully bridged in the show. The original title, Bron/Broen, means “bridge” in Swedish and Danish, respectively. As I do not speak Swedish, or Danish, I watched the show in German, so the language barriers that the characters may encounter at times was completely lost on me, but I do know that when the Danish characters speak, there are Swedish subtitles, so the language definitely factors into the viewing experience for native Scandinavian audiences.

Even without the language barrier, however, the show makes for a unique experience. In part this is due to the clearly Scandinavian crime thriller vibe. Muted colors, sparse lighting, and imaginative murders create an oppressive, sinister atmosphere that provides a welcome distraction for those viewers who are tired of polished, over-produced shows where everybody looks pretty and the bad guy is always apprehended. This is one thing The Bridge has in common with Gomorra: there can be no happy ending. The bad guy is never caught, or if he is, he has been caught too late.

What really makes this show worthwhile is its main character: Såga Norén, homicide detective in Malmö, is the strong female lead women have been waiting for. Interestingly, she is the antithesis of what societal norms predetermine a woman should be. An excellent detective, extremely intelligent, with an almost perfect memory, Såga is incapable of understanding social cues and engaging with other people on an emotional level, which makes her come across as cold and rude in the beginning. Once the audience gets closer to her, it becomes clear that she must have some form of Asperger’s Syndrome, and although she has never been diagnosed, Såga herself is aware, as she says at one point, that she is “not normal.” She never tries to hide this fact about herself, however, which gives her a range of freedom in social interactions others can only dream of: not inhibited by the unwritten rules of “proper” conduct, Såga has sex whenever she wants, with whomever she wants to have it, without ever coming across as anything but self-assured and determined. On the downside, her condition, and the love she has for her job, make her incapable of maintaining relationships, and she has a hard time finding, and keeping, friendship. Såga’s job is her life. Not interested in hobbies, police work is all her life consists of. We learn more about her tragic backstory as the seasons progress, and it fits right into the sinister mood of the show. Basically, if you love Scandinavian crime thrillers and strong female lead characters, this show is an absolute must. I am currently waiting for the fourth, and final, season to arrive on Netflix, because I would really like to see how Såga’s story concludes. If you have the opportunity, just watch it. It is time well spent.

Do you know any non-English TV shows that would be worth watching? I would love to hear some suggestions. Also, follow me on Instagram if you want: miri_mh8

10 Things you can do to relax

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I will talk about ten ways you can relax whether it’s after work or University. I love doing all ten of these things and they help me to unwind after a busy day or week of Uni.

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10 Things I do to relax:

  1. Read a book – I’m currently still reading ‘The Night Circus’, because I’m still working on some things for Uni so I barely want to read anything else besides that.
  2. Take a bath – I love having a bath, it relaxes me and my muscles. And it takes care of my body without any work!
  3. Pamper yourself – as with taking a bath, I also love taking care of my face and with that comes face masks. Here are two I currently love: L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks Review.
  4. Treat yourself – whether it’s some chocolate or those boots you wanted, if you can afford get it.
  5. Watch Netflix  – or any streaming service! I’m currently loving ‘The Bold Type’ and started to re-watch ‘Criminal Minds’.
  6. Turn off your phone – sometimes you need to take yourself offline and in today’s world the best way to that is by turning off your phone.
  7. Go for a walk – leave your phone at home and take some me-time on a walk.
  8. Turn on some music and dance – if you are super stressed out I can highly recommend doing this. You will feel so much better!
  9. Do some Yoga, a workout or meditate – taking care of your body can be done in many different ways and one way is to train it and that you can do with your brain as well.
  10. Have a laugh with your friends – spending time with my friends relaxes me the most, I tend to just laugh about everything and I forget about my problems!

What do you do to relax? Share them with me and the others in the comments. I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Things to Do on a Cold Winter Day

Hey my loves,

today I’m sharing all the things with you I like to do when it’s too cold and too grim outside. Enjoy!

Reading a Book, Cozying up with a Blanket & Hot Tea

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Winter time is tea time. Well, it’s in my house. I love tea! In this picture I’m drinking a berry flavored tea, it was so good, well until I knocked it over with my feet. I’m so clumsy sometimes. Winter time also means you get more time to read, well in my case not so much, unless it’s the holidays, but you all know how much I love to read.  And most important is a warm fuzzy blanket.

Watching Movies & Tv Shows on Netflix

We all love Netflix, but I think it gets more use during the Winter months. Don’t you think? I love to rewatch all series or watch Holiday movies. Here are my Top 10 Movies and Tv Shows I like to watch:

  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Friends
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The Walking Dead (although I’m still stuck somewhere in the 5th Season)
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Big Hero Six
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Love Actually

Slipping into something cozy & Spa-Day

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Winter time is the time of the warm, oversized sweaters and super cute slippers, but also the time where I like to take some extra minutes for my skin care. Here are some DIY Face Mask Ideas and some super cute sweaters:

Studying, Cooking & Baking and Solo Dance Parties

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Now, I also like to do some University stuff, and when I can I also prepare stuff that happens after the holidays, so I have more free time in the beginning of the year. I also bake and cook a lot more during Winter, because obviously, I have to try out new baking ideas for Christmas. And also I like to test the meals I’m going to cook for my annual Christmas Dinner with friends. And a dance party on your own: Do I have to explain that one? Just kidding, but I think a solo dance party here and there avoids winter blues.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to show it some love. I would really appreciate it! What do you do on cold Winter days? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.