The concept of the 'guilty pleasure' is contentious to begin with; after all, who's to say that what ticks the pleasure box of one person is less 'worthy' than another? (That said, there is only so much Keeping Up with the Kardashians that a human can watch before their brain starts to seep out of their ear.) 

However, whether you're sick, hungover, burnt out, desperate to switch your brain off or just simply in need of a bear-hug in the form of visual entertainment, there are more than enough options available at the click of a button. 

Below, we take a look at some of the finest guilty pleasures on Netflix, in both TV and movie-form. 


There's something about makeover shows that feels voyeuristic for all the wrong reasons, yet we remain addicted to them. That said, Queer Eye is a makeover show with a difference. A reboot of the 2003 series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, enlisting five gay men to overhaul your look, life and home may sound like little more than tokenistic guff. The truth is, there is real heart to some of these stories and before you know it, you'll have a Fab Five Fave (Antoni, obviously) and binged the entire series in one sitting. 


Keanu Reeves may have reinvented himself as an action hero for the 21st century thanks to the likes of John Wick, but we have a soft spot for his goofy early material and we don't care who knows it. There's something about the Bill & Ted films that appeals to both our sense of nostalgia and our occasional lust for some brain-numbing, silly fun – and what could be better than an overly-convoluted plot featuring a time-travelling phone booth, two numbskull wannabe musicians and their robot doppelgangers... and Death?


We know what you're thinking; why would you watch a documentary series about toys when you could be broadening your cultural palette with that new Shakespeare adaptation or the latest Scandi-crime series that everyone else won't shut up about? The Toys That Made Us, however, is both a nostalgia trip and a really interesting look at how the likes of Star Wars, Barbie, G.I. Joe and He-Man became the toys that defined generations and influenced pop culture for decades. If nothing else, it'll provide you with a few interesting facts for the pub. 


We balk at the mere thought of anything Mel Brooks-related being referred to as a 'guilty pleasure', but for many, this film will fall into that category. Nonetheless, the 1993 film – as ridiculous as it may be – is an absolute gem that still stands up to repeated viewings and can cure any bout of boredom or blues. Cary Elwes plays the titular man in tights in the re-telling of the famous Sherwood Forest hero's adventures, and there are some genuinely hilarious jokes and subtle little moments in the script. You could argue that there are better comedies on Netflix, but they just don't make 'em like this anymore. 


Hear us out on this one. If you maintain that you haven't got a soft spot for Annie, you're lying to both us and yourself. Of all the films that feature singing kids  (Bugsy Malone, Oliver!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, etc.), this is one of the least annoying. You may have seen it a million times as a youngster, but mark our words: this still has 'Sunday afternoon guilty pleasure' vibes written all over it, not to mention an enduring feel-good factor and songs that you'll be humming for days afterwards. On top of all that, it's also got the wonderful Albert Finney – what more could you want?