Mother’s Day is two days away, and if you’re all out of ideas on what to get your mummy dearest (or perhaps lost track of time), then you might consider giving her the rather valuable gift of your time. You cannot put a price on time after all.
We know plenty of mothers who want nothing more than just to spend a little more time with their grown up children. So, we suggest, after spending the day with her doing all the things she loves the most, curl up in front of the television and bond over some heartwarming, funny, and downright relatable shows.
#1 Grace and Frankie Season 1 – 3
This series follows the lives of two unlikely women (Grace, played by Jane Fonda and Frankie played by Lily Tomlin) who are brought together after their husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) announce that they are in love and want to get married to each other. Grace is a retired cosmetics mogul and Frankie a hippie art teacher, so naturally there is a good deal of conflict, hilarity and heart when their worlds collide.
The show tackles dating as a much older woman, struggling to find a new definition of family, and the ins and outs of coping with fear and heartache. Expect lots of laughter, tears, and a series that will remind you not to take your own parents for granted.
#2 Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
If you’ve got a steely bond with your mother, then this series will resonate with you on several levels. If you haven’t seen the original series, definitely start there first as A Year In The Life is set almost 10 years after the last season. It features arguably the most iconic mother-daughter relationship in the history of TV, and captures the crazy emotional rollercoaster that is single parenthood, growing pains, too much coffee and small town life.
#3 Jane the Virgin Season 1 - 2
As the name implies, this is a story about a girl named Jane, who finds herself pregnant despite still being a virgin (after being mistakenly artificially inseminated during a visit to the gynae). Think of this show as an accessible, comical and somewhat meta take on Latin American telenovelas (soap operas). It’s both a tender family drama and overblown comedy that makes you fall in love with the characters. Perfect for a full day binge-session with your mother! Check out the trailer above if you need more convincing.
#4 The Sound of Your Heart
If you and your mum love Korean dramas, this is an excellent choice for you both. The South Korean sitcom is based on Korea’s longest-running webtoon series and follows the ridiculous daily lives of a cartoonist, his girlfriend and his imperfect family. Running Man star Lee Kwang-soo plays the role of lead character cartoonist Jo Seok. It hit 100 million views and became the top Korean drama on China’s Sohu TV site and is finally available on Netflix.
#5 Anne: Season 1
As someone who read almost all the books in the Anne series by L.M. Montgomery as a kid, I’ve been extraordinarily excited for the release of Anne. The story that was published in the early 1900s features the coming-of-age story of a feisty young orphan girl who fights for love and acceptance and finds her place in the world. Netflix’s reimagining of the novel explores a darker and more grim story behind the heroine, her curiosity, enthusiasm and rebellious optimism. Showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett of Breaking Bad fame has created a series that is both full of heart and inspiring. And the issues the story tackles of gender equality, bullying and prejudice while crucial in the 1900s are still incredibly important today.
#6 Meet the Patels
This may be a documentary, but don’t let that deter you because this show is one of Netflix’s hidden gems. It’s about 30 year old small-time actor Ravi Patel, a first generation Indian American immigrant, who remains unmarried much to the frustration of his parents. The film delves into the expectations surrounding marriage as an immigrant, and follows Ravi on his journey to make his parents happy by allowing them to help him find a girlfriend (by circulating his dating profile like a resume through friends family and marriage websites. It ticks all the right boxes feelings-wise, and is I daresay a must-watch. Check the trailer out for yourself!
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