Growing up, we didn’t talk politics in my family. I identified as Republican but primarily because I had heard that my parents were and I live in Orange County. It kind of just made sense, especially since I didn’t know about the real hot button issues that separate the parties. There was nothing interesting about politics to me and so I never felt a need to understand it. With our current political climate, though, I have a real need to understand the circus that is Washington. And I kind of do, thanks to my favorite shows on Netflix. It may be a backwards way to learn politics (through fictional TV characters) but it has totally helped and I feel more informed than I ever have before. This post is sponsored by Netflix. As part of their #StreamTeam, I write posts every month and share news, crafts, recipes and/or opinions on Netflix and the content on the platform.
It all started a year ago when I decided to watch Scandal on Netflix while folding the laundry. I was quickly sucked in and went in to a deep binge spiral. It took a few weeks but I got through the first 3 seasons (luckily I work from home and have a LOT of flexibility in my schedule). It was the first time I’ve really been drawn to a drama. I usually prefer comedies to dark, moody shows. But I was hooked. I learned about the White House and politics and how cut throat it can be. It was the first time I really realized just how far politicians can go to get what they want. Yes, I realize that this is a TV show and stories written for the drama factor, BUT, especially now, I could see these types of story lines playing out. Scandal helped me see who the real power players are, who may have the ear of the President and why it is so important to have good people (who also know about politics and foreign affairs) in these positions.Prime Netflix watching time for me is when I fold my laundry and with all my other shows finished, or on hold to watch with my hubby, I had to find something new to watch. I searched around on Netflix and came across The West Wing. It’s totally a period piece now with no cell phones and pagers buzzing, but it is an even closer look at the fictional President and his staff.
Watching these shows has really helped me to decipher what is happening in our White House currently. And by decipher, I mean I understand who they players are and how they fit together. Can we really decipher anything that is happening at the moment?? Not really. Maybe it is all those years of having no understanding of how democracy actually works in this country but I have a real thirst for information. Netflix is full of great shows, documentaries and movies that can help me with my need for political programming.
Politics on Netflix:
House of Cards
The West Wing
Enemy of the State
Chelsea (Not every interview is political but several are. She talks to politicians and covers important issues like Planned Parenthood. It’s funny and informative)
Get Me Roger Stone
By the People: The Election of Barak Obama
How to Win the US Presidency
And SO many more. Our most recent binge is Madam Secretary. I started watching this on vacation and was 5 minutes in when my husband, too, was hooked and now we watch this every night. Until this show, I had no idea what the Secretary of State did and while I had heard the name Rex Tillerson, I didn’t know that he was our Secretary of State. This is a critical office for our foreign relations and, thanks to Netflix, I now know what that really means.
Is it sad that everything I know about politics I’ve learned from Netflix? I don’t think so. I learned how to tie my shows with a story about a rabbit, I learned the states, in alphabetical order, with a song. I think we all learn in different ways and it just took my love of television to get me interested in politics. Whatever works, right?
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