Netflix: the forbidden fruit, an addictive hobby, the root of our comfort.
It has been a long day at work or school, all you want to do is throw on you pajamas, put your legs up and take a moment for yourself. After you have settled in, what is the first thing you do?
A. Eat everything in your fridge and fall into a food coma and doze off.
B. Reply to your emails, text messages, and and clean the house…it’s been a long day but the grind never stops.
C. See how fast you can put on your sweats and switch the television on Netflix, I am a slave to the television!
For the most part, everybody has heard of Netflix one way or the other and collectively, people have shown true desire for all that it offers…some may even call it an addiction, but honestly no shame in my game. Generally, I find myself hovering between either option A or C, I simply cannot say no to my sweats and a juicy television show.
It is important for me to say that there are a GAZILLION five-star rated television shows on Netflix and it is extremely hard to nail just ten, however this list will consist of shows that are rather new, old, and are just starting out but are worth watching the entire season in one weekend (or one sitting depending on your skills).
Now, I wouldn’t call myself the “Netflix Master”, but I have watched a wild and perhaps…unhealthy amount of shows on that platform that I feel pretty confident in sharing my Top 10 list of my most favorite, drool-worthy, can’t leave the house, must watch more worthy television shows. Gather your thoughts, take a deep breath because we are about to take a glimpse into the black hole of Netflix shows (in no particular order).
Top 10: Binge-worthy Netflix Shows:
1. Black Mirror
- For starters, W O W – this television series holds a steady 4 seasons and there are rumored to be more to come. Do you love suspense, mystery and shows that leave you thinking even hours after watching? Then this series is the one for you and will blow your mind. The show introduces viewers to the haunting capabilities that technology is capable of achieving and leaves viewers with a shiver up their spine. Each episode is different and does not go in order like typically television shows.
- Viewer Warning: many episodes are wildly disturbing and can be unsettling to watch. Not safe for kids.
- RATING: 8.5/10
2. Parks and Recreation/ The Office
- You are probably wondering why I combined both shows together in one rating, however it’s hard to single out just one. Do you like dry humor, relatable scenes, and short episodes but longer seasons? Them both of these shows are for YOU! When I first started out with Netflix, I began watching The Office then followed up with Parks and Recreation and let me tell you, it is hard to find a show that is comparable to their humor and binge-enjoyment. Both shows feature office-like settings and characters that speak directly to the camera (as if they are being interviewed), something about that context really reels me in as a viewer.
- RATING: 10/10 – BOTH!
- Shonda Rhimes, you did it again girlfriend because this show is JUICY, let me say it one more time for the people in the back, JUICY! When watching this I was unable to stop and was unable to take very minimal breaks. The casting, the acting, the plot…*faints*…Kerry Washington is the female lead and she knocks it out of the park with her passionate acting. Do you like scandal, mystery, and on your seat type of viewing? Then watch it now, before I show up at your house with a remote to change your channel without permission.
- RATING: 10/10 – Shonda, how do you do it?
4. Schitt’s Creek
- Schitt’s Creek: the humor is in the name and immediately in the very first episode. Performances done by son and father duo: Daniel Levy (as David) and Eugene Levy (as Johnny), their combination is proof that father and son CAN work together as a successful result. A rich family loses all of their money and is subjected to live in a town that they actually bought: Schitt’s Creek, and the rest is history. Hysterical plots and fabulous acting left my roommate and I binging this one episode after another.
- RATING: 9.0/10
- I am sure that we have all heard of Riverdale and seen it advertised on everything and by this point, if you have not seen it I will be the first to tell you that you are missing out. Good-looking actors, a sticky plot, and mystery in their small town – the ideal ingredients for a good watch. IT takes you back to your high school dasy and wondering why no one at your high school was as good-looking as them and why your experience was not HALF as interesting as theirs.
- RATING: 9.5/10
6. Master of None
- Aziz Ansari – we all know him from his comedic acts in movies and other shows (hey, Parks and Rec!), but this time he is the lead role in his own television show, Master of None. Loosely based on his real-life experiences, he brings viewers in with emotion, relatability, and humor wrapped into one. There have been 2 seasons thus far and I have been checking religiously for the next season. A 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes should tell you all that you need to know and you will not regret this binge.
- RATING: 10/10 – Aziz, you are the full package deal.
7. Friends from College
- Funny thing about this show, I came across it randomly while scrolling through series and saw two actors on the cover that reeled me in: Cobie Smulders (from How I Met Your Mother), and Keegan – Michael Key (from Key and Peele). In that moment, I knew the show could not fail with those two strong actors in mind. However, it has only a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.8/10 on IMDb. Personally, I found it really entertaining and a good show considering that others rated it so poorly, but this goes to show it’s all about preference. The title explains the story: college friends have officially entered their 40’s and are tackling life from a different view, with comedic explosions, romance, and complications.
- RATING: 8.0/10
8. Dear White People
- Netflix-original series, the camera follows around a group of students of color from an Ivy League university that is predominantly white. As the viewer, you see the other side of the cultural bias, activism, and politics. Yes, the topic is serious but the director added some humor and brutal honesty that is eye-opening and opens the mind to food for thought.
- RATING: 9.5/10
9. The Crown
- Another Netflix-Original drama and this brings us back to the life of Queen Elizabeth II in the 1940’s to modern times. We are given the privilege to see the beginnings of her reign and the many dramatic experiences that she faces as queen. Think of it this way: remember those boring history videos that our teachers in grade school would make us watch? Yeah, this is nothing like that and 10x more enticing and wardrobe displayed in the series is mouth dropping. If you like shows that feature the earlier times and love a fascinating plot then check this winner out.
- RATING: 9.0/10
- Your not-so typical love story that features a nerdy guy meets wild child girl and falls in love with her. The first season jumps into their relationship and gives you a “fly on the wall” type of viewership into their everyday life and every..single..detail of their relationship together. It can;t get more real than this and two seasons in and they will be welcoming the third season on March 9 (OMG, this week!).
- RATING: 9.0/10
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