Netflix Picks for Mom, Tweens, Boys and Dad


It’s been a cold winter, which has meant lots of cozy time in front of the television enjoying our Netflix subscription.

The types of shows we watch fall into a few categories – Mom-only, Mom and Tween Daughter (sometimes son #1 join us for company, but plays on his iPad), Dad-only and finally Dads and 8 year-old boys (and sometimes big sister). So what have we been streaming?



netflixI’ve become hooked on Suits. I kept seeing previews on USA Network while were in the US over the winter holidays, so I decided to give it a go once I got home. I like that it’s shot in Toronto and that one of the stars is from Toronto (and cute, too). The show is set in New York City with Patrick J. Adams (the Canadian guy) playing Mike Ross, a college dropout with a photographic memory masquerading as a lawyer at a top law firm. Gabriel Macht plays Harvey Specter, Mike’s mentor at the firm. Harvey knows Mike’s secret. The show is about the wheeling and dealing, backstabbing and politics at a large law firm. Add Mike’s secret and some hot romance and there you have it.

Mom and Tween Daughter

We have been able to enjoy quite a few PG and PG-13 romantic comedies and chick flicks together. As I mentioned earlier, sometimes one of my sons joins us, but covers his eyes during the kissing or plays on his iPad.

Just Go with It

netflixAdam Sandler is always a favourite in our house. Last weekend we watched Just Go with It with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. It was pretty standard fare. Adam Sandler plays the goofy Jewish guy looking for love when it’s right under his nose and it all works out in the end. Not Academy Award material, but great fun to watch as a family.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

netflixMy daughter is familiar with Kate Hudson from her role as Cassie July in Glee, so she picked How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. If you haven’t seen it, it’s cute, funny and exactly what you would expect from a romantic comedy with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies’ man who bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson writes for a ladies’ magazine and is assigned to write an article on “How to Lose a Guy in 10 days.” They meet in a bar after each of the bets are made. And…they fall in love….

The Nanny Diaries

netflixIn The Nanny Diaries, Scarlett Johansson is a college graduate who goes to work as a nanny for a super-rich New York City family. She moves into the maid’s quarters in their apartment and the job is not what she expected. She has to juggle their dysfunctional marriage (adultery), a romance with the Harvard-hottie in the building, and Graydon, the spoiled brat in her charge (who really just wants the mommy that is nowhere to be found).


Ken Burns Baseball

netflixAll of this is hearsay because I have not watched Ken Burns Baseball – Innings 1 – 9. Over 18 hours and 9 episodes (1 episode per inning), documentary-maker Ken Burns traces the history of baseball from its origins through the early 1990′s. Each episode covers a couple of decades in the 20th century and highlights some of the key players. Baseball is a game of numbers, statistics and details. Perfect for the baseball lover, but not necessarily for the baseball lover’s wife.


netflixMy husband wants to know when Derek Season 2 is going to start streaming. He watched season 1 of Derek over a couple of days. The British television comedy-drama is written by, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais. The show is set in a nursing home. Gervais, plays the lead character, Derek, a helper in the nursing home. Derek is socially awkward and could be described as simple, but it’s his caring for the residents that stands out.

Dads and 8 Year-Old Boys

The Croods


All the kids and Dad watched The Croods. The Croods is the story of a cave family whose cave is destroyed and must travel through an unfamiliar world. It’s a terrific adventure with lots of humour to please the adults.


Nacho Libre

netflixNacho Libre was a big hit with the boys. So big that they made sure all of their friends watched it. I did not watch.


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Stephanie is co-founder and co-editor of Her Magazine. A graduate of Queen's University and The London School of Economics, she spent over 15 years in financial services marketing. Stephanie is a mom of 3, with a tween daughter and identical twin boys.

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