Shows I’m watching + top reader favorites

fair isle sweater cozy petite lounge outfit

Express joggers xxsp (similar), JCF slippers 6, A&F sweater (similar)// Outfit from this post

Back in December I asked you guys to share your current binge-watch obsessions with me in this post. I exported the comments, tallied up the suggestions, and have been making my way through some of them! If you’re looking for a new show to enjoy, below are a few of the most-recommended favorites from our community and my thoughts.

Firstly, a quick note on comfy joggers which are my uniform of choice for curling up on the couch:

  • The ones above are sold out, but Express makes good ones and has an updated pair stocked in petite & regular with great reviews.
  • I also have this pair from Amazon in XS that I’ve enjoyed for a year now. The fit is not perfect as the bottom opening is a little loose around my ankles, but the cropped length is good and fits me like a full length jogger. The material is light-medium weight and smooth against the skin. I wish the ankles were more snug, but nevertheless these have been very comfy for lounging around and even sleeping in!
  • For a cozy versus smooth finish, JCF has a pair starting in xxs with great reviews.
  • For petite active joggers, a ton of you have recommended Athleta but I don’t own any yet personally!

EDIT: Just added a new show below that I started watching (thanks to your suggestions), and am loving so far!

Crash Landing on You

Netflix
I only checked out this Korean series after so many of you mentioned it on a recent IG post, and on day 1 of watching, Nick had to pry me off the couch in the wee hours of the morning! It’s a romantic drama/comedy following a South Korean heiress who crash lands and gets stuck in the drastically different world of North Korea where she of course falls in love. If you aren’t familiar with “K-dramas,” be prepared for some cheesy elements, but I’m only a few episodes in and am already fully invested in the charming story and main characters. This isn’t a good multi-tasking show to have on in the background though (unless you speak Korean) as it’s subtitled. 

P.S. I almost didn’t recognize two of the actors from Parasite!

The Morning Show

Apple+
The Morning Show is full of stars – Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell (although I personally had a hard time un-seeing him as Michael Scott!). The series chronicles a #MeToo scandal at a fictional TV network, with many parallels to the real life Matt Lauer/Today Show saga at NBC. It’s uncomfortable at times given the subject matter, but a very intriguing and overall entertaining watch that had me at the last episode quicker than expected!

Jack Ryan

Amazon Prime
Action/drama isn’t my usual style of show, but this was playing in the background at home and I unexpectedly got sucked in through both seasons. It stars another former The Office actor in a totally different role (Jim Halpert as a…CIA operative?) that worked out quite well, and I quickly became a fan like many of you. Nick says fans of The Wire will also enjoy seeing Wendell Pierce.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Amazon Prime
A lighthearted and easy watch featuring strong female leads, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (so fellow Gilmore Girls fans are likely to enjoy this series as well). Miriam “Midge” Maisel starts out as a mid-century housewife with a textbook “perfect” life, but all that gets uprooted and sends her on an accidental journey of self-discovery through standup comedy. This one is worth watching in my opinion just for the fabulous fashion from the ’50s and ’60s!

Modern Love

Amazon Prime
You don’t have to watch these in order as every episode is about different characters, but they’re all based off real stories of love and relationships from The New York Times column with the same name. Fair warning, these are more complex rather than *feel good* love stories, and although this was a reader favorite, I couldn’t get into the series.

If you like this style of show, I was also introduced to Little America (Apple +) which is a similar anthology style series with each episode focusing on an American immigrant’s journey based off of a real life story. I’ve only watched a few episodes so far and while this won’t make it to my list of favorite shows, I think fellow immigrants may appreciate some of the themes. 

The Crown

Netflix
The Crown takes a bit more focus and concentration than some of the other series on this list (probably why we are still slowly working our way through it). It follows Queen Elizabeth II’s life and the politics and drama surrounding the royal family through the decades (it starts in the 1940s will wrap-up with its fifth season portraying their lives in the ’90s and early 2000s). While the accuracy of the show has been debated, the hair, make-up, and costumes definitely bring you back in time are fun to see.

Star Wars: The Mandalorian

Disney+
This was a title that was mentioned by quite a few people, but as I’m not a big Star Wars person, I haven’t watched it yet. Friends love adorable baby Yoda and tell me it’s moderately entertaining even if you’re not a diehard, and it’s family-friendly enough to watch with older children. (P.S. If you have a Verizon plan with unlimited data you can get a free 1 year subscription of Disney+, so it could be worth checking out after watching the Disney classics) 

Schitt’s Creek

Past seasons on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, current (and final) season on Pop TV
My favorite on this list, and a true lighthearted, easy watch. The first episode didn’t hook me but it’s worth sticking it out and giving some of the characters a chance (particularly Alexis!). I think most viewers know Eugene Levy created and stars in the show with his son Dan, but I recently found out his daughter Sarah also stars in it as Twyla! 

Along the vein of lighthearted Canadian comedies, another favorite is Kim’s Convenience, which admittedly took me several episodes to get into (I thought some of the Asian immigrant aspects were too over the top) but the heart of show and characters won me over. Now we’re just eagerly waiting for the newest season to make it’s way over to Netflix for American fans!

What shows are you enjoying lately? I’m always looking for new recommendations and would love to hear! 

 

26 thoughts on “Shows I’m watching + top reader favorites

  • Reply Kim February 13, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Appreciate your thoughts on THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (from a big Gilmore Girls fan). BTW, thanks very much, Jean, for the Amazon link and photo of your new Samsung Frame TV late last year. Best Buy dropped its price again during Super Bowl week, and we took the plunge with a 55″. Really like the TV so far and loving the improved look of our living room!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite February 13, 2020 at 9:28 pm

      So happy to hear that and glad you love the TV too! Admittedly we need to work on adding a few more pieces of “art” into our TV’s library aside from my toddler’s favorite picture of a dog 😆

  • Reply Petite Picks February 13, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Steve Carrell has had some diverse and interesting film roles, see the the big short and welcome to marwen. Although we all love Aniston and Witherspoon, besides the intrigue of those two collaborating on a project his presence would be the reason I start watching that show. Anyone watching Awkwafina’s new show or AJ and the Queen?

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite February 13, 2020 at 10:26 pm

      Am definitely interested in starting Awkwafina’s show (and enjoyed discovering that her real name is the same as my daughter’s!)

  • Reply Laura February 13, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Hi. Workin Moms. Another Canadian comedy that is great and really funny.

    Enjoy!!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite February 13, 2020 at 10:25 pm

      Agreed, that was a fun watch especially while postpartum! I included it in my breastfeeding tips blog post as a fun way to pass time during early pumping days 😄

  • Reply Merry Williams February 13, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Me and my husband LOVE Downton Abbey and it’s on Amazon Prime. The series is complete and last year the released a
    Movie in theaters. So dramatic AND funny! Beautiful sets and costumes!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite February 13, 2020 at 10:25 pm

      Big Downton fan as well and just watched the movie!

  • Reply Anonymous February 13, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    the stranger on netflix!

    • Reply Denielle February 14, 2020 at 9:09 am

      We are watching that also!

  • Reply JGC February 14, 2020 at 2:01 am

    Husband and I love Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (originally on CW, now on Netflix). Had read it was a good show, but wasn’t expecting much and was surprised how much we enjoy it. The songs are so original and funny and the characters are very likable. Also nice to see an Asian romantic male lead! Would consider it one of our top 3 shows of all time.

  • Reply Mireia February 14, 2020 at 3:03 am

    Modern love and The crown are really good shows!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Reply Pamela Lally February 14, 2020 at 11:11 am

    The Farewell now free on Amazon Prime. Have already watched twice on flights and now planning a third viewing with my husband. Favorite movie this year,

  • Reply Elsa February 14, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    I absolutely LOVED Dead to Me on Netflix, and binged the first season in two days! It’s a really smart, funny, dark comedy centered on a complicated female friendship, and deals with topics like loss and and infertility. Can’t wait for Season 2 to come out this year.

  • Reply Marta February 14, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I don’t have that much free time but I always enjoy seeing show recommendations. Netflix has been trying to make me watch Locke & Key and it seems amazing but I have so many shows I’ve wanting to watch for longer that I might give priority to those. I’ve fallen back into Dynasty, I’m loving all the drama haha and You is an obvious favourite.

  • Reply Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life February 14, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Kim’s Convenience can be a little bumpy sometimes but I see a LOT of our immigrant parents (mine and friends’) in them 😀

    Locke&Key was a fantastic comic, so I am really hopeful that the show will be great. I assume everyone’s seen The Good Place but if not, it was so delightful.

  • Reply Kelly February 15, 2020 at 1:44 am

    Fleabag!!

  • Reply Carla Krae February 15, 2020 at 4:51 am

    Target’s sleepwear/leisure brand has very soft and comfy joggers. At least down to xs. I have them in navy and black and they were very cozy when nights were cold in the bedroom earlier this winter.

  • Reply Anne February 15, 2020 at 10:06 am

    I love English period drama series and Mr. Selfridge and Poldark are good ones (and of course Downton!)

  • Reply Alexandra February 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Check out “Working Moms” on Netflix too if you like Schitts Creek and Kim’s Convenience.

  • Reply Anonymous February 16, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Sanditon on PBS is so good I hope they do a second season! I also like Katy Keene & Zoey’s extraordinary playlist.

  • Reply Katrina February 16, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    I got into Locke & Key on Netflix if you guys are into some suspense! It reminded me of The haunting of hill house mixed with a series of unfortunate events in one.

    Also! I love the Danskin joggers from Costco they’re so nice and cozy and fits me well as a petite. Only 10 bucks! 😉

  • Reply Ellie February 17, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Thanks for sharing the shows and your thoughts. I’m a huge fan of Schitt’s Creek. Have you tried The Good Place? It just ended after 4 seasons and is one of my all-time favourite shows. It has so much humour and hope and is really forking smart (it’s a Mike Schur show.) If you do watch it, try to avoid reading about it ahead of time. 🙂

  • Reply Angie February 17, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Have you watched “To All The Boys” on Netflix? So good!!!

  • Reply Elizabeth February 17, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this great list of show recommendations <3 🙂 And love this cozy look!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

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