Singles looking for romance face two major hurdles. The first: connecting. If you’re seeking a partner, which is your preferred singles outlets? If you’ve had your eye on someone at the office, or college, you might be plucking up the courage to approach them during a coffee break? Here’s a recommendation. Forget offline dating for a while, and try out the online dating world. The most convenient route is to join a digital service. Whether you’re drawn to a steamylocals, an outlet aimed at local dating, or whatever, these online platforms will introduce like-minded individuals. These sites have evolved into so much more than simply a place where singles can sign up, create an account and then access the details of kindred spirits. They have become vibrant communities for people to interact with a diverse range of like-minded people. The second hurdle: where to go for your first date? A simple solution is to watch a Netflix series – an enjoyable activity that will encourage you to bond. Here are five of the most recommended TV shows for this occasion.
The titular star of this tragicomedy, BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) is the most unlikely anti-hero for an animation. An alcoholic has-been TV star, he is self-loathing, and also jaded towards the superficial world of Hollywood and stardom so quick to create celebrity stats, then remove it again in the blink of an eye. Consistently praised for tackling serious issues like depression and mental illness, your date night will be consumed by laughter, and deeper pondering.
The brainchild of writer, satirist, and TV critic Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror is an often black but hugely entertaining Netflix show to enjoy on your date. The setting is a dystopian society, where technology has become central to existence. While this naturally makes for convenient and streamlined communication, it also introduces more complex and interesting questions about our relationship with gadgets. As the title suggests, the notion of individuals burying their noses in black screens reflecting their flaws and insecurities is hardly the stuff of fantasy – we see it every time we stroll down the street.
The Haunting of Hill House
One particular TV genre that is always recommended for a date is paranormal horror. This might seem the polar opposite to some frothy rom-com, but what better excuse could you have for snuggling on a couch, anticipating the jump scares?! This series certainly provides many of these, as siblings revisit the titular Hill House, focusing on their insecurities while dwelling on the events that caused them to flee their childhood home in 1992. What makes this supernatural show so chilling is that rather than being ‘in your face’ like some zombie horror feature, the nightmares lurk in the background. Constantly.
Another topic that might seem counterintuitive to a romantic date night, Mindhunter is about the FBI profiling of serial killers. But unlike a movie like Silence of the Lambs, where we witness some horrific murders, the bulk of the action here is psychological. This gives a much more vivid sense of being drawn into the narrative, as we sympathize with the twin agents, Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Tench (Holt McCallany), playing a cat and mouse game, often with figures that have long haunted society, such as Charles Manson, or David (‘Son of Sam’) Berkowitz.
When They See Us
A re-enactment of a real-life miscarriage of justice from 1989, this gripping Netflix show will prey on your mind. A woman is brutally gang-raped and left for dead while jogging across New York’s Central Park. The police department, the mayor, and wider US society, are all demanding quick justice for the successful white woman. A bunch of black kids who happened to be in the park at the same time find themselves in the frame. Against the terrible odds weighed against them, cajoled into signing confessions under the threat of violence while languishing in police cells, exacerbated by one Donald Trump taking out newspaper ads calling for their execution, their loving families fight for justice. At times difficult to watch, there will be so many talking points for you and your partner.
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