Want to live in a Netflix show? We’ve ranked the most liveable worlds
In the Bojack Horseman universe, there’s a good chance you could be half-animal — but at what cost? (Netflix)
The wonderful thing about television is that it allows us to briefly drop ourselves into a different and more exciting universe.
And the brave new world of streaming TV means that, contrary to yesteryear, when our sojourns were restricted to an hour a week, we can now binge on hour after hour of otherworldly experience, immersing ourselves in parallel universes like narrative isolation tanks.
But, should we find ourselves transported to our on-screen worlds, we might find living in them very different to watching them. In some cases, it’d delightful, in others, terrifying. And others still might be surprisingly dull.
Here is a sober assessment of the worlds of Netflix hits — a ranking of Most Liveable Alternate Realities.
Stranger Things is a gorgeous world of hazy nostalgia and idyllic childhood. It reminds us of the joy and freedom of youth, when we could ride bikes and play Dungeons and Dragons and see movies with our friends and anything seemed possible.
It would be an utter joy to live in this world of innocence and wonder reborn, plus there’s the possibility you could make friends with a magic girl.
On the downside, there is pretty much always a hideous demon from a hellish alternate dimension hunting you down.
Whether the fun of the video arcade is enough to compensate being chased by an unspeakable monster and its minions of the netherworld — that’s a decision we must make for ourselves.
But life in the Stranger Things-verse is never boring, and you’re given constant chances to be a hero and impress the cool redhead who just started at your school. People who hate demons might not like it, but people who like saving the world probably will.
Liveability Score: 5/10
House of Cards
Whether you enjoy living in the House of Cards universe really depends how important you think it is that the President of the United States not be a murderer. And not in the “decisions taken in the Oval Office have resulted in the deaths of millions” way, but in the “the president literally threw a woman in front of a train” way.
It’s a pretty dark timeline when the “leader of the Free world” is as devious and outright evil as Frank and Claire Underwood.
But in the end, unless you’re one of the very small number of people who the President murders in House of Cards, it won’t affect you much, and the fact is, the Underwoods know how to get things done.
For basic personal ethics, House of Cards isn’t a great world to live in, but if you’re after efficient leadership, it may be an improvement.
Liveability Score: 8/10
The Marvel Universe
Thanks to Netflix, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made its way to our small screens, so we can dream of bumping into a superhero just walking down the street.
It’s a beautiful thought, unless the superhero is Iron Fist, in which case you’d probably spend half an hour trying to politely extricate yourself from the conversation. But if you bumped into the brooding Daredevil, the acid-tongued Jessica Jones, or the uber-cool Luke Cage, it’d be awesome.
The main benefit of living in Marvel-world would be knowing you don’t have to rely on the police or so-called “justice system” to put things right: in any emergency, you could call on a super-powered individual to come pound seven kinds of snot out of your persecutors.
The flip side is that you must also content with irregular criminals: an ultra-strong billionaire psychopath with daddy issues, a gang of immortal ninjas, or an extremely persuasive Doctor Who. So really, a little help from superheroes is the least you should expect.
You’ll never know when an alien race is about to have a massive pitched battle with a motley crew of gods, rage monsters and men in magical suits right outside your window. It’s a dangerous life, but you can’t deny it’d be fun, right up until you’re clicked out of existence by Thanos. Also, property prices are extremely volatile.
Liveability Score: 4/10
The Good Place
There’s a lot to like about the world of The Good Place, and it’s not just the presence of Ted Danson. The main attraction of the Good Place-iverse is that there is, without doubt, an afterlife — that’s the whole point of the show.
Good people go to the Good Place, bad people go to the Bad Place, and there’s no doubt that for many of us, living in a world where we could be sure of this happening would be a comfort.
But, as demonstrated by the plight of the main characters, you can be sent to the Bad Place without really being that bad a person. Like Eleanor says, “there should be a medium place!” But what stands in for a “medium place” — the home of Mindy St Claire — is a nightmare of tedium.
Frankly, the Good Place universe is not a very fair one. Plus, the people in charge are capricious and frequently unprofessional.
Of course, the world we live in isn’t fair either, so The Good Place probably isn’t a downgrade, but it ain’t all it’s cracked up to be either.
Liveability Score: 7/10
A Series of Unfortunate Events
If you are in the whimsical world of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, how much you enjoy it depends on whether you are a member of the Baudelaire family or not.
If you’re a Baudelaire, you’re in for an eventful, unfortunate time. If not, you’re probably having a great time. If you can befriend the Baudelaires, you will appreciate their high intelligence, kind nature and enormous bravery.
Either way, you’re living in an incredibly stylish world where spontaneous musical numbers are quite normal, and everything is narrated by Patrick Warburton. It’s fantastic.
Liveability Score: 9/10
The good thing about the Bojack Horseman world is there’s a good chance you could be half-animal. But everything else is misery, pain and crippling existential crises.
If you lived in the Bojack-verse, you’d be immersed in sadness 24/7 and barely able to stand under the crushing weight of your own insecurities. It’d be funny, but only to people watching your emotional torment from the outside.
But still, you might be a giant lemur, so that’s worth a couple of points.
Liveability Score: 2/10