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A Month of Netflix: What We’ve Been Watching

August has been a banner month for Netflix in our home. We’ve logged more hours on the couch than anyone should ever admit in public, and here is why:

The old show that I just binge-watched in its entirety because I couldn’t help myself: The West Wing . . .

I know. I should have watched it sooner. I love Sorkin. I love politics. I don’t have an excuse. That’s all changed now, because I watched seven seasons in a very short period of time, much to the chagrin of my wife, but it was worth it. If you haven’t seen The West Wing then stop what you are doing and watch it now. It’s so much better than the real politics on TV.

The new kid show that features popular artists covering Beatles songs: Beat Bugs . . .

Holy cow, this is a cute show. Granted, our boys are older than the targeted demographic for Beat Bugs, but they’re big Beatles fans (their middle names are Lennon and Harrison, respectively, so they didn’t have a choice), so we watched the whole series. My nephew, who just turned three, thinks it’s the greatest show ever, which says everything.

The new show that is scaring the hell out of my wife, but we can’t quit watching: Stranger Things . . .

I LOVE THIS SHOW. I could/would/should have watched twice as many episodes. And that’s my only complaint. Eight episodes? What the hell is that, Netflix? There could have been at least two whole episodes just on Steve’s hair. I know season two will have a ninth episode, but that’s still not enough. How about a Halloween special? Christmas?

The new show that I can dance to: The Get Down . . .

This is a fantastic (and fantastical) look at the birth of hip-hop and the death of disco, touching on the social issues of the time, which, spoiler alert, aren’t that different than the social issues of this time. Go figure.

The show that Netflix needs to make and I plan to take total credit for it when they do: Young Justice . . .

This is the rumor that just won’t die, and you’re welcome.

Next month I’m going to write about The Little Prince on Netflix, because it is absolutely wonderful, and you should know that.

This post was written as part of our relationship with the Netflix #StreamTeam. Netflix has a lot of great shows for the whole family available for streaming or rental, which is nice. All opinions are our own AND THE REST OF THE SMART PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

Whit Honea is the author of “The Parents’ Phrase Book” and co-founder of the philanthropic organization Dads 4 Change. He is the Social Media Director/Community Manager of the Dad 2.0 Summit. His writing can be found at Fandango, GeekDad, Disney, Today, Good Housekeeping, City Dads Group, Stand Magazine, The Washington Post and several other popular publications. He previously covered travel for Orbitz, CBS and AOL, and served as Editor of Family Travel for UpTake. Deemed “the activist dad” by UpWorthy and one of the “funniest dads on Twitter” by Mashable, Whit has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is the 2015 winner of the Iris Award for Best Writing.