When I first heard the word “shelfie” I had no idea what it meant. So, naturally, I started guessing: Sean Connery trying to pronounce the word “selfie”? An elf on a shelf? A small piece of seafood? A gift you got but never use and it languishes on a shelf, all alone? When a bully hangs one of his or her victims from a shelf?
Turns out, a shelfie is none of the above. It’s a word coined by Netflix that refers to a TV show that you want to (binge) watch but just haven’t had the time. So it sits on your virtual shelf unwatched, gathering dust.
Around here, our shelfie list is pretty long, in part because the school day is so long. It starts with an hour drive to school, includes an hour (twice that on Fridays) to get back home, and finishes up with an hour or two of homework (not including the time spent arguing about it). By the time we add in a dog walk, some dinner, and a little exercise, it’s pretty much time to wake up and start all over again.
So our shelfie list keeps on growing. Here’s what’s on it now.
Narcos. A Netflix Original. The true story of Colombia’s violent drug cartels. Since I loved “The Wire” and “Breaking Bad,” this one seems like a natural.
Scandal. DC lawyers who make scandals disappear while keeping the wheels of government well greased. I spend a lot of time in DC and I want to see whether the fictional players are anywhere near as sleazy as some of the actual ones I’ve met.
Gotham. What is it about Bruce Wayne, The Joker, Penguin, and the rest of Gotham City’s underworld that’s so engaging? No idea, but I’ll always be first in line to see it and my 12-year old daughter will be right there with me.
Orange Is the New Black. Another Netflix Original. The concept sounds loony–a privileged women ends up in prison–but it just keeps on winning awards. I have a terrible feeling that I’ll groan through the first episode, then watch a second to be sure I hate it, and then watch the rest of the seaason in one night.
Madmen. I took some classes on advertising in grad school and have been intrigued by Madison Avenue (the “Mad” in the title) ever since.
Sons of Anarchy. What little boy hasn’t had a fantasy–if only for a few minutes–of riding a Harley without a helmet. Plus, I met one of the show’s actors who convinced me to give it a shot.
Luther. Back to “The Wire.” Idris Elba was riveting. Plus, there’s some talk about him possibly playing James Bond. But he’ll have to kill Daniel Craig first.
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team and I receive occasional promotional products and some early access to programming. But all of the opinions are mine and mine alone.