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Netflix Fix: The Paradise

Take a short trip back to a time to when department stores were a novelty, not the norm.

Netflix Fix: The Paradise

Title: The Paradise
Year: 2012
Fix: Fluffy Period Piece

Netflix Summary:

A small-town girl with big ideas moves to the city and takes a job at The Paradise—the nation's first-ever department store.

FYA Summary:

Denise is a girl on a mission—and that’s to make a way for herself in London. But when her uncle doesn’t have enough work in his dress shop for them both, Denise is forced to turn elsewhere for a living. And in this case, elsewhere is right across the street—at The Paradise, the first department store in London, and Denise’s uncle’s direct competition.

Familiar Faces:

Matthew McNulty as Dudley

I know Matthew from Misfits, where he played a kind of sketchy guy with a secret. Dudley’s quite different; he’s a family man with a good head for business.

Elaine Cassidy as Katherine Glendenning

I know I’ve seen Elaine before, but none of her roles really stand out to me. She plays a spoiled, rich, high-society woman (i.e., Katherine) nicely, though.

Peter Wight as Edmund Lovett

It’s the bartender from Hot Fuzz! (Is it sad that I only know Peter from this?)

Patrick Malahide as Lord Glendenning

It’s Balon Greyjoy! (Again, I apparently need to watch more British TV.)

Couch-Sharing Capability: Low

The Paradise is a sweet, quiet show. There’s not a whole lot of action, nor are there a lot of “holy crap” moments of revelation to talk about. Also, the series is eight episodes long, so unless your friends and family enjoy binge-watching as much as you do, you might want to go this one alone.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Sipping Suggested

This isn’t the kind of show during which one needs to go on a bender. This is the kind of show that’s made for fancy cocktails or a good vintage. And a cheese plate.

Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Good

Currently, Netflix only has the first season of The Paradise available for streaming. The season ends on a good note, however, and not a massive cliffhanger, which makes it easier when it ends. I’ve had this show on my “to watch” list for a while, and I’m glad I finally gave it a chance. It was a great show to watch in the background while working on other projects, and before I knew it I found myself wanting to continue rather than just letting Netflix keep going because I wasn’t paying attention.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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