Because I Watched

Because I Watched

The stories we watch on television and at the movies can impact the stories of our own lives. Each week we’ll hear stories from real people all over the world about the ways their favorite tv and movies have shaped them. Featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, Cara Buono, Bobby Berk and more.

Episodes

August 7, 2023 18 mins
Not sure what to watch tonight? We’ve got you covered! Now on Netflix is your go-to source for what’s premiering this week on Netflix – and why you won’t want to miss it. Presented in collaboration with Tudum.com, the Netflix site dedicated to fans. In this premiere episode of Now on Netflix, executive editor Henry Goldblatt is joined by writer Tara Bitran to preview the upcoming second season of Heartstopper. Plus, they share thei...
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Asking your mom about sex can be weird. This Israeli journalist vows to make it anything but for her teenage son. This essay was written and read by Sara Benincasa
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One Korean-American woman finally sees herself reflected in a romantic lead, and learns to embrace all the parts of her identity. This essay is read by Anna Cathcart, who plays Kitty on To All The Boys I've Loved Before.
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February 5, 2020 26 mins
An Egyptian woman struggles with her identity as a lesbian in a country that denies her existence. A mysterious stranger and the ladies of Litchfield help her find her way. This week’s essay is read by Dascha Polanco, who plays Daya in Orange is the New Black.
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January 22, 2020 21 mins
As a woman, being a standup comedian in India is not the norm. But Fatima finds inspiration and courage from two onscreen funny women and gives it a go. This week’s essay is read by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, who play Grace and Frankie on Grace and Frankie.
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December 18, 2019 38 secs
We'll be taking a short break for the holidays, but don't worry! We'll be back in the new year with more stories. Happy Holidays!
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December 11, 2019 23 mins
Four Texas teachers transport their students to 1980s Hawkins, Indiana where they encounter demogorgons, the Upside Down, and a newfound confidence in their studies. This week’s essay is read by Cara Buono, who plays Karen Wheeler in Stranger Things.
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December 4, 2019 18 mins
A Pakistani journalist catches the attention of the President after speaking out about the desperate need for women’s representation in media. This week’s essay is read by Shefali Shah, who plays Vartika Chaturvedi in Delhi Crime.
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November 27, 2019 20 mins
Homophobia tears a Venezuelan mother and daughter apart. The Fab Five reunites them. This week’s essay is read by Bobby Berk, a member of the Fab Five in Queer Eye.
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November 20, 2019 17 mins
Two sisters, worlds apart. One Royal family that bridges the distance. This week’s essay is read by Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Princess Margaret in Season 3 of The Crown.
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November 14, 2019 1 min
A new podcast from Netflix about how television and movies shape our lives, and featuring voices from your favorite shows. Join us Wednesdays starting November 20. 
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