Netflix and Amazon Prime are two of the most popular streaming services in the UK. And with twice as many subscribers as Amazon Prime, Netflix is leading the way with great dramas, at the moment. If the increasingly-gloomy weather is keeping you indoors or you just fancy a night in, here’s our 10 favourite binge-worthy Netflix shows.
Whether you like dark dramas or slapstick comedy, there’s something for everybody to dive into.
1. Orange is the New Black
Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison”, this American comedy-drama contradicts every woman behind bars stereotype.
Based on the accounts of her real-life experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison, OITNB is into its sixth series and holds the accolade for Netflix’s most-watched original series. The casting is fantastic and features a brilliant collection of strong, funny and racially diverse women.
An American comedy web TV series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, Glow is fantastic. The series is based on the fictionalisation of the characters and gimmicks of women’s professional wrestling in the 1980s, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW).
Into its second series now, GLOW creates amazing slapstick funny scenes but the serious moments also pack a great punch too. The women really take charge in this snappy and smart series. It’s guaranteed to grab hold of your emotions and make you relate to the realistic nature throughout.
3. Queer Eye
More than a decade after the original series went off our screens (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Netflix have rebooted the Queer Eye franchise. After the original appeared to be pretty gimmicky, the new series is sheer brilliance and tackles everyday issues such as Black Lives Matter and homelessness.
The show features five gay men, AKA the Fab Five, who all have their own speciality ranging from interior design to fine cuisine. The Fab Five advise straight men on food and wine, fashion, culture, interior design and grooming. What will strike you about this series is the utter heart of it. It’s heartwarming TV at its finest.
You can’t beat the classics, can you? You may have already seen every episode (all 236 of them) at least once, but is there a more easy watching series out there to binge? Familiar faces Monica, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey will have you laughing from series one to 10. Again.
Or even single out and binge on your favourite episodes. The one with Ross’ sandwich, the one with the apartment swap and who doesn’t have a soft spot for the extended final episode? The choice is yours.
5. Stranger Things
The one that everybody was talking about. And there’s a reason for that. The series follows four normal 1980s kids and one telekinetic supergirl on their mission to save their friends from an interdimensional monster. If you haven’t tried it yet, trust us, it works.
The second season was the most anticipated series yet and they’re not done there. You won’t want to miss the incredible soundtrack either. Nostalgia at its best.
6. Peaky Blinders
Cillian Murphy stars as Tommy Shelby, the leader of the Brummie-based 1920s gang, the Peaky Blinders. There’s something for everybody in this epic four season series. Expect amazing action and violent scenes, love and heartbreak, and edge of your seat gripping storylines. It’s true genius from the BBC, now available on Netflix.
7. Making a Murderer
Although it premiered nearly three years ago in December 2015, people are still talking about this ten part documentary series. It follows the story of Steven Avery who served 18 years in prison after being wrongly accused of murder and sexual assault. This series will completely grip you as you’re taken on a journey by filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.
8. Breaking Bad
At some point in the last five years, somebody must’ve told you to go and watch Breaking Bad. And if you didn’t listen to them, you’re missing out completely. Wall to wall action from start to finish as Walter White, a chemistry teacher with terminal cancer, decides to turn an old recreational vehicle into a meth lab to make as much money to leave behind for his family as possible.
A true masterpiece from producer Vince Gilligan. You need to see this.
More nostalgia-done-well, this time in the form of two pioneering 1970s FBI agents. Join agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and his old-school partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) trying to work out what caused murderers of multiple victims to do what they did and what traits they share as people, in order to stop future crimes. In doing so, they coin the term “serial killer.”
The acting is brilliant and it’s set to a great 70s soundtrack, with plenty of cool cars, dark humour and stunning scenery.
10. Parts Unknown
Let the iconic Anthony Bourdain take you around the world on a journey of discovery. From Peru to London and everywhere in between, Bourdain tells the story of the food, culture, people and history of less-traversed parts of the globe.
One for foodies who love to travel. It will definitely add some new cities to your must-see before you die list.
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