5pm and 10pm are my golden hours in the day:
5pm is when dinner is being prepped and the kids are typically playing, reading and enjoying some quiet time (and know that mommy is not to be bothered during this hour as I’m busy in the kitchen).
10pm is when the kids are well into there bedtime (summertime hours tend to change this a bit…), the house is reasonable (reasonable being the operative word) and just before I call it a night (that is if I don’t have any work to catch up on).
These are the most prime moments in the day for my Netflix #MomSneak. Didn’t you know that sneaking is the new bingeing for us hustling parents?
So yes, while I’m whipping up the eggs and prepping (usually for this family favourite delicious popcorn chicken recipe here), I’m also catching up on an episode of Ozark or Outlander.
When are you most likely doing the #momsneak with Netflix?
If you’re looking for some new titles to binge on that may not have been on your radar before, these series’ definitely would be now.
Introducing CAC’s Top 10 uncharted #MomSneak titles that are not quite as regarded and noted as other titles currently available on Netflix but will have you excitedly awaiting your next sneaky MOMent.
10 Uncharted Netflix Titles Perfect For The #MomSneak
After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland with husband Frank, an MI6 officer looking forward to a new career as an Oxford historian. Suddenly, Claire is transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser, a strapping Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. A passionate relationship ensues, and Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives. “Outlander” is adapted from the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon.
I am still in total Outlander mode. These are one of those shows that leave you engrossed and constantly thinking about it and craving for more. Admittedly, I didn’t read the novels before watching (which is usually a no-no) but in this case, I’m not even sorry about it. Touching, raw and extremely gripping.
Created by Bill Dubuque (“The Accountant,” “The Judge”), this drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrde’s fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.
If you loved Breaking Bad as much as I did, then you’ll most definitely enjoy Ozark. This show provides a side of psychological thriller and unique family relations. I think most people will be drawn in only after a single episode given the pace. A compelling plot and excellent character development; Jason Bateman and Laura Linney were fantastic!
A police detective in 2016 discovers that she is able to communicate with her father via a ham radio, despite the fact that he died in 1996.
Sadly, although there is no confirmation on a season 2 renewal, I am crossing our fingers and toes that there will be. I absolutely LOVED this show! It’s a quintessential crime-drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat.
4) Lie to Me
The world’s leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his skills also make it easier for him to deceive others.
Honestly, I’m really just watching this for Tim Roth. He totally makes this drama series intriguing and wickedly comedic.
In need of an associate, big-time Manhattan corporate lawyer Harvey Specter hires the only guy who impresses him — college dropout Mike Ross. The fact that Ross isn’t actually a lawyer isn’t lost on Specter, who believes his new right-hand man is a legal prodigy with the book smarts of a Harvard law grad and the street smarts of a hustler. However, in order to keep their jobs, the charade must remain strictly between these two unconventional thinkers.
So this may not be a lesser-known title as every single person (well, almost every one) has watched or is watching this series but it’s definitely worth a spot in our list anyway because… Harvey Specter. Oh, and Meghan Markle (I just adore her).
6) Call the Midwife
Adapted by Heidi Thomas from the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this drama series is a moving, funny, colorful look at midwifery and family in 1950s East End London. It follows newly qualified midwife Jenny, who joins an eccentric, lovable community of nuns who are nurses at Nonnatus House. Jenny is surprised to find herself at a convent — she thought she was being sent to a small private hospital — and is initially daunted by her surroundings, most notably the formidable Sister Evangelina and the unconventional Sister Monica Joan. But Jenny gradually begins to find her way and develops incredible friendships among the nurses, as they are drawn into the lives and homes of the women and families they treat.
This series unexpectedly sucked me in after the first episode with captivating storylines that any parent (and even non-parents) will feel extremely attached to and will leave you in tears or laughter. Moreover, the soundtrack is excellent if you appreciate the golden oldies.
7) Switched at Birth
Bay Kennish is a teenager who grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Fellow teen Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age, was raised by a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. One day in her high-school chemistry class, Bay discovers that her blood type doesn’t match either of her parents’. Official tests confirm that Bay is not her parents’ birth child. When the Kennish family meets Daphne and her mom, Regina, they realize that the girls were switched at birth. The news prompts the Kennishes to allow Regina — who is experiencing financial difficulties — Daphne and Daphne’s grandmother to live in their guest house. The two polar-opposite families struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls, who try to keep their footing in both the world they know and the new one into which they are thrown.
This feel-good show really sparked more of an interest in learning sign-language for me. It sheds light on many topics such as interracial relationships, racism, Ableism, blended families and much more that anyone of any age can relate to.
This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly sinister landscape as they hunt monsters. After losing their mother to a supernatural force, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers who track mysterious and demonic creatures. Violent memories and relationship-threatening secrets add additional burdens on Sam and Dean as they investigate all things that go bump in the night. As old tricks and tools are rendered useless and friends betray them, the brothers must rely on each other as they encounter new enemies.
I love a good supernatural thriller and this series does not disappoint! Mixing fright with farce and a whole lot of eye candy (Hello Winchester’s!), this couldn’t be more of a perfect #MomSneak. And hey, in this home, it’s a #DadSneak too!
9) Black Mirror
Featuring stand-alone dramas — sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia — “Black Mirror” is a contemporary reworking of “The Twilight Zone” with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Each story features its own cast of unique characters, including stars like Bryce Dallas Howard (“The Help”), Alice Eve, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Cullen and Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”). Joe Wright, Dan Trachtenberg, and James Watkins are among the featured directors.
No other series genuinely petrified me and left me bewildered knowing how chillingly accurate these tales are. You’re most likely reading this on your smartphone, aren’t you? Watch this show.
10) The Keepers
Netflix’s latest docuseries tackles the unsolved murder of Cathy Cesnik, a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore. After disappearing on Nov. 7, 1969, Cesnik’s body was found nearly two months later — but to this day, the killer remains unnamed. In the ’90s, the case returned to the spotlight after one of Cesnik’s former students accused the high school’s chaplain of sexual abuse, and claims that she was taken to Cesnik’s then undiscovered corpse and threatened. Director Ryan White pieces together the story through conversations with friends, relatives, journalists, government officials and Baltimore citizens, hoping to uncover the truth.
I love a good docuseries and this latest docuseries that sheds new light on a 50-year-old murder case has certainly piqued my interest. Abuse has permanent, devastating effects on the victim, and The Keepers brings this to light in a striking, upsetting, but necessary manner. A docuseries done right!