It’s the end of the month, which means everyone (especially me) is hunkering down, laying low until they get paid. Personally, I’ve got £20 to tide me over 3 days. Which means one thing…. Netflix all weekend.
The thing is, I’m not even mad. I fucking love Netflix, and this is the perfect excuse to not leave the house or do anything at all. Hooray!
The thing about Netflix, however, is that there’s so much choice and we’re never sure what’s good. Sure, someone in the office has recommended something to us – but we all know that that person has TERRIBLE taste in TV. So what do we do?
Well I’m here to tell you what you should be watching. Rest assured, I have excellent taste in TV (unlike in men.) So see my top picks, in no particular order, below;
Orange Is the New Black
If you don’t know the story of Orange Is the New Black – what the hell, where have you been? Do you live under a rock? For real? Basically it’s about a woman – Piper Chapman – who gets snitched on by her ex-girlfriend and ends up doing time in prison because of it.
Orange Is the New Black is a good dramedy, not requiring too much attention, but just enough so that you can get the jist of it. I binge watched the second series back when I was living with my ex and he was away for the week on business. I made a den in the living room and ate so many oreos I’m surprised I didn’t become one.
Orange Is the New Black is a Netflix staple, an iconic slice of TV that you absolutely must watch. Shows like OITNB and House of Cards (see below) are what really made Netflix stand out from the rest, even above regular TV channels.
Next up is one of my fave shows from recent years, just because of how bonkers it is – but you’d expect nothing less from The Wachowskis. Sense8 is the story of eight people (see what they did there) who all become able to sense and talk to each other, despite being separated by great distances. They can also inhabit each other’s bodies – which makes for some amazing fight scenes.
Lost already? Don’t worry, it’s a weird concept and it’s hard to explain to be honest. You have to pay attention to this sci-fi drama, but it’s not hard to. The series is fast paced and gripping, especially towards the end. There are also some great standalone scenes (you’ll know them when you see them and I don’t want to spoil it for you 😉)
But what makes Sense8 stand out for me is the characters, more than anything. This could have been a boring show, filled with 8 boring white people who live in America (*YAWN*) but, thankfully, it’s not. Every single person is can watch this show and see themselves represented; men, women, gay, straight, trans, black, white or asian – absolutely everyone. Which is so refreshingly amazing, and doesn’t detract from the story at all. If anything, it adds to it and allows us to see something other than the typical “White Guy™ meets White Girl™ and they fall in love” shows. Diversity quota eat your heart out.
House Of Cards
House of Cards is probably the best political thriller I’ve ever seen. I absolutely love it. Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood, who starts off the series as the party whip, but his political aspirations run higher than that. He’s joined by his wife, Claire, played by the absolutely amazing Robin Wright, and the two turn their political machinations to the biggest political game on the planet.
House of Cards is a meaty series, not one for easy viewing – so if you’re someone who regularly is on their phone or laptop whilst watching TV (hey, we all do it) it’s time to put those devices down. Give it your full attention, please.
As with OITNB, House of Cards is one of the big shows that made Netflix stand out from the crowd, especially when it comes to streaming services. The second series was, for me, one of the best TV seasons I’ve ever seen. Absolutely amazing.
Making A Murderer
Making A Murderer is the story of Steven Avery, a man who, after serving 18 years of a rape sentence for which he was not guilty, is then framed by cops a second time and goes down for another murder. It’s shocking and intriguing and definitely gets you hooked.
Everyone was talking about this show at the beginning of this year, so I jumped on the bandwagon and binge watched it in 3 days. Let me tell you, what a 3 days they were. I woke up after binge watching the first 3 episodes so angry at the injustice of the world, that I had to be calmed down by my housemate.
I think this show is a great documentary series, which normally I’m not so keen on, especially if they’re not voiced by David Attenborough. But this one was great. Don’t get me wrong, for me it wasn’t as good as Serial, but it came pretty close. If you’ve got a friend who believes that cops can do no wrong, definitely watch it with them – just to see their blood boil.
Also big show at the start of this year – Jessica Jones is yet another A+ show from Marvel. Jessica Jones is the story of a former superhero who is working at overcoming her PTSD, as well as the fact that she was raped by her nemesis – Kilgrave.
Jessica Jones is an amazing story, especially noted for the way that it approaches the topics of rape, PTSD and self worth. I absolutely loved it. A strong female lead, with strong female friends, a Joffrey-like villain and dialogue that definitely passes the Bechdel Test! What more can you ask for?
I’m not going to lie, the episodes in the middle do drag a little – but it gets amazing towards the end. I binge watched it and loved it. Definitely a must watch, but you’ll need to give it your full attention.
This one may be a cartoon, but it’s definitely not for kids. Archer is the story of a incredibly self-centred but talented spy – Stirling Archer – who starts off working for a spy agency, but later becomes embroiled in a drug cartel.
I primarily watched Archer when I was at University, often between lectures (or sometimes, during them) – but recently binge watched Archer Vice on a sick day from work and it was funnier than ever.
Archer is hilarious and stuffed full of enough pop-culture references to keep even the nerdiest of pop culture nerds busy. The jokes are so fast paced that you’ll only get most of them on the second viewing and, at 20 minutes per episode, they’re the perfect length for binge watching.
Life’s too short to watch bad TV
So there you have it. Go out and watch these shows. You have no excuse to watch something shitty on Netflix now – so no more Shadowhunters and no more Gossip Girl. 👊💥