12 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Series to Stream on Netflix

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I am a fan of the weird. Ghost stories have always been my favorite kind of stories to hear or read. And I LOVE to watch shows and movies that border on horror. No gore or slasher type movies, but anything that is just on the edge. I want to be a little bit scared. Or intrigued. I like the what, maybe, and if. I’m sure it comes as no surprise that they sci-fi and fantasy series to stream on Netflix are my favorites. And of those, here are 12 of the ones I love the most.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Series to Stream on Netflix

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Always and forever my very favorite show for so many reasons. I love the strong girl power theme, the funny bits, and of course, the supernatural element.

2. Fringe – I only started watching this series a week or so ago, and I’m almost finished with the entire thing. I love the John Noble character, Walter. He is amazing. But I knew that this series was for me when in the first season Olivia is accused of being “emotional” by one of her superiors and she responded with “you’re only saying that because I’m a woman.” YES!

3. Supernatural – Sam and Dean… LOVE them. I’m also beginning to see that I love a show that throws in a zingy one liner or mixes funny bits with the macabre. A a sucker for the clever.

4. American Horror Story – I resisted this series, probably because everyone loves it and talks it up so much, but also because it is just a little bit gory for my taste. BUT it is a really good show. I’ve watched three seasons and I’m anxiously awaiting the fourth. Jessica Lange is fantastic, and I love that they have given an older woman the role she plays in this show. Just watch it.

5. The X-Files – An oldie, but a goodie. David and I watched this series years and years ago when we were still just a young married couple. I was searching for something to watch and decided to “rewatch” it. To my surprise, I don’t remember hardly any of the episodes. It is almost like watching something I haven’t seen before. Still a very good series.

6. Hemlock Grove – This is a Netflix original. It is super weird, and sometimes a little sick if you think too much about the story line. It is also kind of confusing so you have to pay close attention to what is happening. But I still love it. Mostly because it is so weird and there is nothing else like it.

7. Being Human, UK Version – I love me some BBC shows, and never fear, those rumors you heard were false. Some of the less popular stuff will be leaving Netflix, but all of the good ones will still be there. And to celebrate you should watch Being Human if you haven’t already. It is a story about a ghost, vampire, and werewolf all living together, but it is really about so much more than that. I’ve heard the US version is not great, but this one is fantastic.

8. Doctor Who – You haven’t heard about how awesome Doctor Who is then you’ve been living under a rock. It really is that great. I thought it started a little slow, but give it one season and you’ll be in love.

9. Warehouse 13 – This is a series that was cancelled way too soon by it’s network, but I LOVE it, and I keep hoping that more episodes will be made available. It is about a team of people that chase down magical artifacts and store them in an enormous warehouse. There is also a theme that connects all of the episodes together, a greater purpose.

10. The 100 – I think this is a CW series that is still on. I started watching this about a month ago. There is only one season on Netflix right now, but I really like the show. It is about a group of teenagers that are sent to the Earth from a space station so many years after a nuclear war destroyed everything.

11. Merlin – This show is about Merlin’s early years, when he first met Arthur and before everyone knew that he was a great wizard. I like the different take on an old story. I was really sad when I finished this series.

12. Medium – I watched this show off and on when it aired on television. I liked it then and I still do. This is one where I watch a few episodes and then something else, but I always come back to it to see what Allison is up to.

Honorable Mentions: Torchwood, Alphas, The Originals, Witches of East End, Ghost Whisperer, and Charmed.

What are your favorite sci-fi and fantasy series to stream on Netflix? I’m always looking for something new.

Find Your Joy, Happy Mama Movement

The days before Christmas ushered in the anxiety that I feel almost always at that time of year. Would they like their gifts? Will everyone be happy? How will I get everything done? Couple my worries with my penchant for procrastination and by December 23rd I was a big ball of anti-holiday spirit.

Cady found me in the kitchen bent over grocery and to-do lists. “How can I help?”

“I don’t know. There’s just so much that needs to be done.”

“Well tell me what needs to be done.”

I ran down the list of all the things I wanted to make and all the chores that needed to be completed.

“Well you start the fudge and I’ll do the chocolate chip cookies. Then I’ll fold the laundry while you go to the grocery store.”

I stared at her dumbfounded. “Um… Okay.”

So I divided my list between me and her and we got to work. And she helped. Like really, REALLY helped.

At one point I looked up and saw her busy across the kitchen. My heart swelled. In that instant I was at once back in the kitchen helping my mom and also 20 years in the future standing side by side with Cady as we poured over recipe books together and planned out our holiday meals. Filled with joy, I turned back to the fudge I was making with a smile on my face.

Sometimes as moms we have to look for joy in our daily lives. This year make a commitment to find your joy.

Joy is not always easy to find. Sometimes it lurks in the corners of the small moments waiting for you to come look for it. As moms, we are often immersed in the busy and overlook the opportunity to find these snippets and recognize them for what they are.

This year the Happy Mamas are encouraging you to find your joy. To stop and look around for it. To recognize it when it appears.

I think this challenge fits in perfectly with my word for the year, care, and my mission to love more openly in 2015. How do I plan to do this? Well, I’ll tell you.

1. Stop. I get so rushed that I forget to stop and look around. I miss a lot because of this habit.

2. Be intentional. Some days are just hard. Bad things happen. Frustrations lie around every corner. It is easy, for me, to get bogged down in all of the badness. This year I want to be intentional about seeking out ways to find joy in daily life.

3. Care more. I want to care about others, people I know and people I don’t know. I want to care more about my family, my friends, and myself.

4. Be brave. Opening yourself up is so scary. At least it is for me. I want to be brave enough to take a chance on being hurt. I’m sure I’ll share more about this later.

5. Share. I’ve already told you that I believe “love begets love”. Share your joy. I know some people get all snarky or “you are making me crazy with your constant perkiness”. Do it anyway. Joy and happiness spread, and I promise you that even the snarky people would be way more happy about catching your joy than anything else that might be going around.

6. Join the Happy Mama Movement! If you have a blog, write a post about what makes you happy and share it with us. We would love to read it. You can start right now.

What makes you happy?