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The Good, The Bad & The Naked

Naked Attraction has returned to Channel 4 for its second series. I hadn’t watched it before but when season 2 premiered it was dominating conversations. When you first explain it to people they often think you’re winding them up:

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Before watching it I was convinced it couldn’t be true – surely the genitals would be blurred or the glass boxes would somewhat cover each individuals modesty? But no, the contestants stand in those boxes with everything hanging out.

Initially the British side of me was shocked at what it was seeing but after various episodes and discussions with my friends, Naked Attraction is a brilliant TV show and I think that it is integral that people (especially teens) give it a watch.

Growing up is difficult and a huge part of being a teenager involves trying to figure out if you’re normal and how to fit in. Experiencing changes with your body is a lot to comprehend and Naked Attraction shows the extent at which people’s bodies can vary. Most importantly, the show presents normal, everyday bodies – not airbrushed models that we are conditioned to believe are representative of the population. The contestants are typical humans with individual preferences. One contestant may choose a curvaceous partner whereas another will go for the edgy individual covered in piercings.

Furthermore, Naked Attraction is not limited to opposite sex partners similar to most dating shows. It goes one step further and has contestants from the LGBT community. On one episode there were two contestants going through the process of transitioning and it was insightful to understand the changes that a member of that community goes through. Being open about topics like this will begin to normalise it and make it widely acceptable – it’s time to leave discrimination in the past.

Overall, the show is informative, inclusive and an important tool for encouraging body positivity. Yes, it’s a bit shocking to see so many penises and vaginas in one go but we are the generation of freeing the nipple! It’s time to put our prudishness aside, start embracing our bodies and educate ourselves. Congratulations Channel 4, for once again pushing the boundaries.

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Rick & Morty

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Adventure Time meets Back to the Future. Rick & Morty is a new cult classic, filled with hilarity and dark humour.

The series follows a sociopathic, drunken scientist named Rick on adventures with his easily distressed Grandson, Morty. The creative freedom that Adult Swim has is made evident throughout each episode – each one is entirely different from the last and consists of bizarre and unique intergalactic creations.

This is a series, similar to Archer, that gets better each time you re-watch it. Upon the second binge I picked up on so many subtle references. Whilst on the surface the series is absolutely ridiculous, it is also carefully crafted with a vast amount of intelligence. The show has shown superhuman strength by even applying pressure to superfood giant McDonald’s to return Szechuan sauce to the menu after a brief introduction in 1998 for the release of Mulan.

What makes the show even more endearing is just how awesome the creators are. They are the type of people I’d enjoy playing beer pong with and getting a pizza at the end of the night. Check out this video to see what I mean:

Enjoying getting Schwifty!

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Fleabag

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Ever feel as though you need a television series to reassure you that life isn’t perfect and that you’re not the only person lost in the middle of it all? Then this is for you.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whom you may recognise from Bad Education, plays the lead character (whose name we never find out so we shall refer to her simply as ‘Fleabag’). From calling her step mum a c*** to breaking up with her boyfriend so he’ll clean the flat, Fleabag is the ruthless, witty, sarcastic and selfish person that we all secretly want to be. As a viewer, you can’t help but find her somewhat charming due to her honesty and “fuck it” approach to life.

I won’t go into the plot because I don’t want to give away any spoilers but over the six episodes it’s easy to relate to Fleabag; her strong relationship with her best friend Boo, awkward sexual encounters, struggling with a career and a disorganised family dynamic. You’ll laugh, cringe and cry. Whilst being hilarious throughout each episode, the entire series deals with grief and guilt in a beautiful and elegant way, if a little frightening due to the accuracy. Small and seemingly irrelevant moments transport Fleabag into a flashback from a happier time and the true impact of dealing with grief is portrayed.

Above all, its painfully honest. Take this quote, for example:

“You know that feeling when a guy you like sends you a text at two o’clock on a Tuesday night asking if he can come and find you, and you’ve accidentally made it out like you’ve just got in yourself, so you have to get out of bed, drink half a bottle of wine, get in the shower, shave everything, dig out some Agent Provocateur business, suspender belt, the whole bit, and wait by the door until the buzzer goes?”

We hate to admit it … but it happens.

Fleabag’s subtle asides and raised eyebrows straight into the camera lens give an Office-esque feel and fully engage the viewer. I’d recommend this to every 20 something trying to find their way in life.

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Schitt’s Creek

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What started off as something I put on whilst hungover and planned to fall asleep to soon turned into a binge watching session accompanied by pizza and suppressed memories from the night before.

Schitt’s Creek is incredible! The 20 minute bursts of humour mean you can comfortably watch six episodes in one sitting (I assume for a normal person, for me it’s more like an entire season in one sitting. Then a food break. Then a return to start the next season. Student life has its advantages).

Briefly explained by WikipediaThe series stars Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, a wealthy video store magnate, and Catherine O’Hara as his wife Moira, a washed up soap star. The couple loses all their money because of their crooked business manager’s theft and failure to pay their taxes and are forced to rebuild their lives in their only remaining asset: the small town of Schitt’s Creek, which they once bought as a joke gift for the birthday of their son. They wind up living in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel with their pampered thirty-something adult children: the son, David, and a daughter, Alexis.

This show has been the first series since the US Office that I have thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and remained engaged throughout the entire episode. What makes the series even more special is the fact that the creators, Eugene Levy & Daniel Levy, are father and son in real life as well as in the show. If you’re looking for an upbeat, hilarious and heart-warming show then this is the one for you!

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5 reasons why Netflix binges are good for you

We’ve all been there – you’re three episodes into a new TV series on Netflix and swear to yourself that once you’ve finished the next episode you’ll seize the day and go outside. Three more episodes later and Netflix asks “Are you still watching?” At this point, you’re probably staring at yourself in the reflection of your screen and questioning what you’re doing with your life. But fear not! I have experienced this myself but now I’m choosing to embrace my Netflix binge watching days.

1.It gives you something to talk about. 
There is no better way to break the ice when meeting a person than to talk about a TV show you’ve both watched. Double friendship points if you’ve both reached the same episode and can discuss the entirety of a series. Most of my day at my old job consisted of discussing Breaking Bad and potential storylines that we thought may arise. Now just imagine how rubbish it was for the one person that hadn’t seen one episode and couldn’t join in the conversation. Netflix binges = friendships, it’s basic maths.

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2. You feel as though you’ve accomplished something.
Yes, in reality you’ve just spent the day in a horizontal position whilst eating snacks. However, finishing a TV series or a trilogy of films gives you so much satisfaction. You’ve battled those cliffhangers and come out as the champion. No longer will you have to worry about Gossip Girl and whether Dan Humphrey ends up with Blair or Serena, or wonder if Michael Scott will ever return to the US Office. You’ve got your closure and now you can carry on with your life (or just start again from season 1).

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3. It makes you appreciate days that you actually leave the house.
As much as we all love a Netflix Binge, there is an inevitable sense of regret that you haven’t done anything deemed as “productive” that day. But this is a good thing! 1 day spent with Netflix can result in the next day being twice as productive to make up for any time wasted.

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4. You learn new facts about a variety of topics. 
There are a huge amount of genres on Netflix so whatever your brain is craving to learn, there will be a programme to teach it. What have I learnt so far? Breaking Bad – Drug cartels are dangerous. The Blue Planet – There are some weird alien fish in the sea. American Horror Story – No matter how twisted Evan Peters’ character is, you’ll still find him loveable.

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5. Netflix Binges are a great excuse for laziness.
Netflix Binges can be classed as an activity and a valid excuse for not going out. Telling your friends that you’re staying in tonight to finish watching Narcos is far more likely to be accepted over telling them that you’re staying in bed. Friends understand the importance of Netflix and won’t try to talk you out of it, whereas having an early night will quickly be criticised. Perhaps we’ve lost sight of what we truly need to be fully functional human beings but for the foreseeable future I’m happy to swap sleep for Netflix.