Let’s face it, America’s past time has changed. It’s no longer baseball, it’s no longer a sport at all. It is however a type of marathon, its binge watching Netflix series, and I’m a 1st Team All-Pro selection in this sport. I’m going to do everyone a solid and give out some insider tips on the best series to watch, some of these are obvious choices but I’ve also added a few sleeper series.
This is an obvious choice, as Stranger Things is probably Netflix’s most marketed and watched series. If you live under a rock and haven’t seen it, start watching before you finish this article. It’s filled with an amazing young cast and has the mix of sci-fi and comedy since Ghostbusters. It’s centered around a group of middle school friends in a small town that seems boring at first glance, but has a lot of secrets dwelling underneath the surface. Think of it as a Goonies/Ghostbusters mash up.
BM has become a cultural phenomenon as of late, but I will warn you that it’s not for the faint of heart. It takes a dark and twisted approach on society’s current relationship technology, and where it could go in a sort of dystopian future. None of the episodes are a continuation of each other, so if an episode becomes too much for you (and that will more than likely happen) feel free to skip to a different one. Also be prepared to truly re-evaluate the way you look at social media and your devices all together.
House of Cards:
Unfortunately if you haven’t already watched HOC, you now have to decide whether or not you want to support the show starring Kevin Spacey after his sexual assault history came to light. All of that aside, this is a fantastic show with possibly the best lineup of actors on Netflix. The show follows politician Frank Underwood and his attempt to gain as much political influence as possible. There’s enough lies, deception, plot twists, and betrayal to keep you at the edge of your seat. This is everything you wanted Scandal to be and more.
Outside of Stranger Things, Narcos is probably Netflix’s most marketable show as far as original content goes. Narcos chronicles the rise of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, played by Wagner Moura. The story line is superb along with the acting performances, there are no holes in this show. The directors somehow figure out a way to make Escobar an extremely like-able character even with his rampant murdering and drug trafficking.
Whenever people ask me for recommendations this is always my first choice, every single time they say they’ve never heard of it. Listen closely to what I’m about to tell you, this is the BEST show Netflix has to offer. Peaky is set in the early 1900’s in London, its centered around the Shelby brothers who come back from the war and began to expand their criminal empire. Cillian Murphy delivers an excellent performance as Tommy, the brains and leader of the operation. This show has everything you could ever want, violence, romance, redemption, and more violence. This is a show that will make you truly debate staying up well past bed time and calling in sick. You’re also going to want a wool suit to wear all the time. I will give you fair warning, you will find yourself screaming “By order of the Peaky Fooking Blinders!” That’s a promise.
Master of None:
Aziz Ansari is an incredibly talented human being. Not only is he one of the funniest stand up comedians in the world, he’s also an unbelievably good writer and director. Master of None follows Dev along his journey of finding himself and his passion. The first season is pretty good, there are plenty of funny moments and if you’re still dating in this day and age it’ll be very relatable. Season two is where it truly gets great, there are a few episodes that you could argue as some of the best all time regardless of show or genre. He explores the difficulties of growing up with different religions and views on sexual orientations while balancing it with humor. This is an absolute must watch, possibly a top 5 show on Netflix.
This is another show that never seems to get enough love by the masses, it’s the BBC rendition of the classic “Sherlock Holmes” character set in the 21st century. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson. Sherlock is absolutely mesmerizing when he begins to break down crime scenes and how they happened. This show is far and away better than “Elementary” and the Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr.
Dear White People: If you’re not in complete denial of white privilege or the fact that race relations aren’t perfect, this show is for you.
The Killing: This is a dark and chilling murder mystery show that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
BoJack Horseman: BoJack is an adult cartoon centered around a washed up sitcom show star who essentially hates everything, don’t give up on it early, it becomes surprisingly deep and reflective.
Mindhunter: This is a fairly new show based on the true story of how profiling serial killers began. If you like Criminal Minds this show is for you, although its far more realistic which some may find fault with.
Big Mouth: Another adult cartoon that showcases how truly painful young adulthood can be while trying to navigate through puberty. While it’s extremely raunchy, it’s wildly fun and relatable.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy is rescued from a doomsday cult and has to acclimate to real life in New York City, while the show is extremely goofy it somehow finds itself being quite charming. Supporting character Titus Andromedon is one of the most hilarious characters in all of television.
The End of the F***ing World: One of the newest Netflix additions, this is a strange yet mesmerizing love story which follows a young boy who believes he’s a sociopath and a young girl who doesn’t think she fits in anywhere. This is a fairy short show with a run time of probably under 3 hours total, somehow the directors manage to fit in enough elements to make it feel as if that’s long enough.
Luther: Idris Elba plays a brilliant murder detective who is haunted by his past decisions in this BBC drama. Need I say more?
There are obviously plenty of other great shows available on Netflix, so I’m sure I left a show off that will cause some of you to throw your arms up in disgust. These are just my personal favorites. If that’s the case, leave a comment with your suggestions. I’m always looking for a new show to watch! Now break out the snacks and mountain dew, and fulfill your American duty!