5 hilarious Netflix shows that make you feel like less of a jerk

Sometimes I think I am kind of a jerkface. Or at least the television I enjoy watching is full of a$$holes which makes me think maybe I have a little of that in me? I mean, you don’t think smarmy humor is funny unless you too are kind of mean, right?

Still with me? Alright! Maybe you too are kind of a meanie. If so, I suggest you stream these Netflix goodies so you can let loose and revel in your bad attitude, nay, OUR bad attitudes.

1. The League.I found this show when I pregnant and bed-ridden. OK, maybe I wasn’t bed-ridden, but like I said, I am a jerk and faked it a little so I could watch these until my eyeballs fell out. I even took to using applicable League quotes as blog post titles because they are so effing funny.

Oh, and if you actually care about plot, it’s about a group of long-time friends involved in a fantasy football league.

A few of my favorites lines:

“Words are bullshit. They are just useless sounds that we make with our stupid mouths. Knives… That’s how stuff gets done.” (Raffi)

“No. If Sofia and I split up, 50% of my time, I would have to spend 100% of my time with my kid. Right now, I’m rocking, like, 50% coverage 30% of my time. You cannot beat those numbers.” (Ruxin)

“You are not just clients to us, but nameless strangers with money as well.” (Taco)

“This dog is real, your baby’s hypothetical. And, I think, a mistake.” (Andre)

The current season of The League can be viewed on FXX.

2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. If I ever need to feel better about my own asshattery, all I have to do is stream an episode of ‘It’s Always Sunny” and I am Atlas no more. It is such a profoundly offensive show. You know the cool/not cool scale where one can ostensibly be so uncool they are cool? Maybe this show…actually,no,no this show can NEVER BE inoffensive.


It’s great and horrible all the same time. Current season can be viewed on FXX.

yes. dear God, yes.

yes. dear God, yes.

3. Louie. Louie CK writes, edits, directs and produces this hilarious FX show (show-off is more like it. ) Playing a fictionalized character of himself, he is a recently divorced dad of two girls living the dream in NYC while working as a stand-up comedian. As far as making the viewer uncomfortable, Louie nails it. But I think that is why I love this show – because normalizing the awkward and absurd means you can’t take yourself too seriously. Watch season 4 on FX in winter 2015

4. An Idiot Abroad. Ricky Gervais is such a massive jerk – the kind of jerk I totally want to befriend. Short story: Ricky’s friend, Karl Pilkington, hasn’t traveled much outside of the UK. Enter Ricky and Stephen Merchant who plot out international adventures to “help” Karl broaden his horizons. Needless to say, Karl is often unimpressed – especially when Ricky and Stephen throw him under the bus.

It’s freaking hysterical. Plus Karl got a book deal out of the whole thing and a few extra trips to exotic locales.

5. Wilfred. Netflix’s description: This offbeat comedy follows the experiences of a depressed man who becomes convinced that his neighbor’s dog is actually a man wearing a costume.

So yea, it’s pretty obvious why I am recommending this sucker. Oh, and it’s also fairly inappropriate. Catch the current season on FXX.

6. Arrested Development. Listen, if you haven’t seen this show, I really don’t know what to say. I mean, I guess I can “I’m sorry for you. You have been robbed of joy and happiness. Whoever denied you such pleasure should be strung up and forced to listen to the people who drive down my alley honking day and night.”

Also, this is the meanest, most dysfunctional family and I wish Lucille would have adopted me instead of Hel-loh “Annyong” Bluth. I hate that kid.

I am also pretty angry at the FOX execs for letting this one go and IN LOVE with the Netflix folks who produced another season (you know who you are).

So there you have it. If you are in a dickish mood, or just need your wicked behavior validated, watch any (I suggest ALL) of these shows. I mean, you can’t be that terrible when you compare yourself to pretty much any of the above-listed characters.

Caretaking Chronicles: Three Simple Words?

Ho-Ho has been up to a lot of shenanigans lately. After finding a box of her letters sent to me while she lived a state away back in the late 80s, it got my brain thinking of how my perception of her has changed/remained the same over the years. Check out my post on ChicagoNow for all the juice details.

5 must-see shows to stream on Netflix this fall

Oooh, it’s August and that means “holiday” time for our European counterparts. Alas, my vacation days dissapeared long ago..and thus I am not gallavating around some fancy land for a month. That and I have a four year old, so even if we are on vacation, we really aren’t “on vacation”.

Cue el televisió. Should I admit this? Whatever. Mr. Swirley has been traveling and I can’t always convince myself to go to bed at 9 PM, so  I get to sate my guilty desire to watch crappy tv on demand. Once again, Netflix gods, I bow to you.

Because I love you all so much, I want to share the crap that makes me squee with glee so you too can waste hours living the dream!

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1. “Ringer” includes some intriguing character including Jason Dohring (aka Logan Echolls) from Veronica Mars and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gist? It’s totally plausble. Twin 1 plotts againt twin 2. Operationa sneakypants and chaos ensues.

COME ON! It's the cutest dress ever. I can't believe i Just typed that.

COME ON! It’s the cutest dress ever. I can’t believe i Just typed that.

2. As a nearly 35 year old woman, I am not sure I can admit I heart Pretty Little Liars. That said, I totally sought out a dress worn by Lucy Hale‘s character, Aria, for a rehearsal dinner a few years back. Based off a YA book series, a group of girls are harrassed by the omnipresent “A” after their friend “Allison” is supposedly killed. And they wear lots of fun clothing. It’s definatley worth some guilt-inducing watching.

3. Royal Pains (hangs head in shame). Plot? Dr.gets in trouble, moves to Hamptons, falls in love with local, level-headed MD, deals with excentrc rich people, corner-cutting brother and “real mediicine”. Oh, and in case you are wondering, Dr. Hank’s hustler papa is “THE FONZ” aka Henry Winkler.

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4. Another quality must-see USA show  is White Collar. Why? Because Matt Bomer. That and a the plot is cute – former con man makes good by helping the FBI catch less attractive criminals.

Last weekend I threw out a Spice Girls address book. Nearly 20 years after I received that sucker. Sweet baby J.

Last weekend I threw out a Spice Girls address book. Nearly 20 years after I received that sucker. Sweet baby J.

5. Spice World. If you haven’t seen this movie, you have no soul. I used to watch this while working at the Video Station in Madison, Wi with my girl Susie. A customer even requested to speak to our manager because she found it to be somehow “offensive”. WHAT? Good thing I worked with Gen Xers who could give a sh!t what anyone thought.

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want to watch on Netflix. I am still lobbying for Overboard. Come on, suits!