9 things to watch on Netflix today to distract you from the snowpocalypse

That Emma has caused quite a mess of things around the country today, all thanks to her pal the Beast from the East. Still though, snow day!

While it's great craic outside building your snowmen and your snowball fights and what not, it's also pretty damn lovely to admire the view from the comfort of your couch and to use this day to catch up on some of the mighty fine offerings Netflix have given us recently.

1. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

If you have been missing David Letterman from your life since he retired from late night television almost three years ago, in case you didn't know already, the veteran talk show host is back with a very special monthly chat show on Netflix.

Each show consists of just one in-depth interview over the course of 60-minutes, both inside and outside a studio setting. Letterman has quite the impressive lineup of guests too, with none other than former President Barack Obama opening the show in January's episode, while George Clooney was the second guest of the series this month.

2. Everything Sucks!

Relive the nineties - or see what it was like if you weren't there - in this new comedy which just arrived on Netflix recently. Set in the real life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, Everything Sucks! is a quirky, funny coming of age story that revolves around Boring High School’s A/V Club and Drama Club - two crews of nerdy-edgy outsiders, who join forces to make a movie and endure the purgatory known as high school.

3. Queer Eye

Netflix's update of the original Emmy Award-winning series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. This time round we have a new Fab Five - design expert Bobby Berk, food expert Antoni Porowski, hair expert Jonathan Van Ness, fashion expert Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown - who are in Atlanta, Georgia to revamp the lives of the city's straight men helping them with grooming, diet, their wardrobe and everything else they can think of. Much more than simply a makeover show, Queer Eye touches on everything from LGBTQ rights and social commentary to how to make the best farm-to-table guacamole and more.


4. Seven Seconds

If you fancy something a bit grittier to watch on your snow day, this new anthological crime drama arrived on Netflix recently and sets about exploring the human stories behind the headlines. Called Seven Seconds, it's from creator and executive producer/showrunner Veena Sud (The Killing) and is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios. The first series follows the aftermath of black teenager Brenton Butler being accidentally run over by a white police officer in New Jersey. The cover-up that ensues results in an explosion of racial tension in the city.


5. Manhunt: Unabomber

Another gripping one to stuck into today. Starring Paul Bettany, Sam Worthington and Mark Duplass, it gives a fictionalized account of the true story of the FBI's hunt for the man known as the Unabomber, the infamous American terrorist who took part in a nationwide bombing campaign between 1978 and 1995 targeting those involved with modern technology.

6. The Revenant

If you really want to see a man struggle with the elements today, watch The Revenant - the movie the finally bagged Leonardo DiCaprio his long-awaited Oscar in 2016. While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains life-threatening injuries from a brutal bear attack. When a member (Tom Hardy) of his hunting team kills his young son (Forrest Goodluck) and leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back to civilization. Grief-stricken and fuelled by vengeance, the legendary fur trapper treks through the snowy terrain to track down the man who betrayed him.

7. Everest

Another one to put our snow struggles in perspective today. It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, and focuses on the survival attempts of two expedition groups, one led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and the other by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal). Not one to watch if you're afraid of heights, mind.

8. When We First Met

If you fancy something a little light-hearted of a snow day, you could do worse than checking out this new romantic comedy on Netflix. It's fairly by the numbers but will entertain for a couple of hours. It stars Modern Family and Pitch Perfect's Adam DeVine as a man who realises he can go back in time to re-meet the girl of his dreams and try find a way to stop himself becoming friend-zoned.

Yeah. Sure look, only if you're stuck

9. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

In case it wasn't evident from the title, Joel McHale hosts this weekly series that takes a look at pop culture and news through celebrity guests, comedy sketches and video clips. The premise is reminiscent of one of McHale's former projects, The Soup, but being on Netflix instead of basic cable gives McHale more leeway to be more adult-oriented than he was on that long-running show. Each episode premieres on Sunday, providing a recap of the week that was in the entertainment world. In addition to hosting, McHale serves as an executive producer of the eponymous series.


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