Sometimes you have a whole weekend to yourself, and you aren’t in the mood to go out or engage in any social activity. Netflix is often the solution many of us turn to.
Binging a good Netflix series is an excellent way to while away a weekend, but what’s worth of watching that you haven’t already seen?
Here, I’ve picked seven options worthy of binge watching and if you’re after some new ideas you may just love these too.
1. Stranger Things
Set in the 80s in a small American town, Stranger Things has become a cult series since its release in 2016.
A boy mysteriously banished, and supernatural forces are behind it. A desperate mother looking for her son. Three boys looking for their friend and trying to solve a mystery, and a strange girl with superpowers could be the key to it.
Secret experiments, conspiracies, and creepy creatures from another dimension, all mixed in this show that pays tribute to the SCI-FI and horror classics from the 80s. Two seasons, seventeen episodes in total. My piece of advice: watch it with the lights on.
2. The Fall
This British-Irish crime drama produced by the BBC and starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan is an excellent thriller perfectly directed by Alan Cubitt.
Gillian Anderson is Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, an English senior investigating officer, who is requested by the Police Service of Nothern Ireland to help them solve a crime. Jamie Dornan is Paul Spector, a serial killer whose victims are young professional women living a Belfast.
Stella’s investigation leads to Spector and the hunt begins. This series has the power of making me feel nervous because we know from the beginning who the killer is. So, for a while, the audience has an advantage over Stella, and it can be nerve-wracking at times.
The performances, from both Anderson and Dornan are excellent and the tension built between their characters is one of the driving forces of this show. Three seasons and seventeen episodes in total. If crime thrillers are your thing, you don’t want to miss this show.
3. The Good Place
What if you are told you’re dead and due to how your life was you were qualified to spend your afterlife in the good place? It’s like you always thought paradise would be: you have your house, you have a soulmate to share it, you go to parties, and you can do whatever you want. Except that maybe things aren’t as perfect as they seem to be.
Meet Eleanor Shellstrop and how her life, actually afterlife, is turned upside down in this comedy full of philosophy about what’s good and evil, and what’s right and wrong. Don’t be fooled, below the premise of a very disparate comedy, lies a deep reflection about how we’re living in a world that has lost its ethics and morals.
Kristen Bell and Ted Danson along a cast of amazing people bring to life this story about life and death with a lot of humour. Prepare to laugh hard and in the meantime collect some deep thoughts.
4. The Umbrella Academy
One of the newest additions to Netflix’s catalogue that arrived on February 15th.
Based on the comedy of the same name created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá and published by Dark Horse, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family of superheroes that tries to solve the mystery about their father’s death and stop the apocalypse in the meantime. Superpowers, end of the world, and a cast headed by Ellen Page.
One season (for now) and ten episodes.
After The Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening is back with his irreverent humour.
This time a medieval fantasy setting is the excuse to explore our miseries as a society. Princess Bean is not your average princess: she swears, she gets drunk every day, and she doesn’t want to get married. However, she’s engaged to a prince and before the wedding while she’s looking through her gifts, she meets Luci, her demon.
Meanwhile, in the elves village, Elfo an optimistic elf tired of his monotonous life making candies leaves his village in search of adventure. Fate will join these three peculiar characters, and together they go through crazy adventures.
6. The Dragon Prince
From the same team who brought us Avatar The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, comes this animated fantasy set in a world full of magic, elves, and dragons. Humans and Elves are in conflict because of magic. When humans killed the King of Dragons and destroyed his egg, the war was imminent.
Elves are conspiring to kill human King Harrow and his little son Prince Ezran, so, in an attempt to protect his son and his stepson, Callum, the king sent the two boys to a secure place. The boys meet Rayla, a young elf, and together they find a secret that can change the fate of the kingdom and the world.
Two seasons (for now, they’re going to be four in total), and eighteen episodes.
7. Carmen Sandiego
Netflix’s reboot to the animated TV series from 90’s inspired in the educational video games series.
Carmen Sandiego is back as the world famous thief, but this time she’s the hero of her own series. Half thief, half justice seeker, she steals from V.I.L.E. others in need or just donates everything to charity. Now, we get to know her origin and her reasons to play as modern Robin Hood instead just robbing for fun.
The series still have the educational background that was the trademark in the TV show from the ’90s mixed with a lot of action, adventure, and a very attractive animation style.
One season, a second one was confirmed, and nine episodes.
What to do if these aren’t available in your region
The types of shows and movies available on Netflix varies by country.
You may find some of the series above aren’t available in your region.
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You can then access all the above Netflix series when you’re bored and many more.