I’m a bit oldschool. I mean, I miss the days of riding my bike to the video store and perusing through the videos in each isle — I miss putting my hands on the video cases, looking at the movie posters on the walls, and overhearing peoples conversations about how Scorsese is better than Kubrick. With the invention of the internet and streaming videos, those days of going to the physical video store are long gone. Now we can cruise through every movie ever made without getting off of our couches. Heck, some people are even watching new releases as soon they are released in the theatre. With all of these opinions at our fingertips, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with options — and not know what is watch worthy. So, here’s my guide to the 10 series on Netflix that are worth your time.
1. Breaking Bad
As of 2015, I consider this the best tv show of all times. Breaking Bad set a new bar for the standard of what a “good” TV series should be. It’s dark, it’s edgy, it’s drama done well, and it even had a great ending — something that seems to be hit or miss with other shows. Ironically, I thought the show was too dark after watching the first episode, and I stopped watching it. Only after hearing how great it was week after week from a coworker, I decided to give it another go. And, it didn’t take long until I was fully sucked in. Please make sure to watch each episode so that you don’t miss anything.
One of the best detective shows — EVER! Lead actor, Idris Elba does an amazing job portraying the character of DCI John Luther, a detective that isn’t afraid to break laws in the name of the “greater good.”
Bloodline is a great mystery. The team working on the show has done am amazing job of giving the viewer just enough clues to manipulate the viewer to believe they know what happened, however you never really do until t’s all revealed in the end. Those puzzle piece crumbs will keep you addicted the whole way through.
4. Black Mirror
I’m a huge fan of Twilight Zone. Black Mirror is the modern version of that show. Like the Twilight Zone, each episode is a short story with a twist ending. I found myself thinking about each episode long after watching them. The episodes are designed to make you feel uncomfortable enough to provoke thought about topic they expose.
The internet went crazy over this show. Rightfully so! Like Scarface, there’s something super addictive about watching the rise of a drug kingpin. Narcos is just that. The quasi-documentary style storytelling about the rise and fall of infamous Columbian Medellin drug cartel — and in particular Pablo Escobar. It’s a rush to watch.
6. House of Cards
House of Cards is paced in a way that requires concentration. It’s not something that you watch for a quick thrill. It’s brilliant long burning drama, that tells of story of Fred Underwood (Kevin Spacey) a narcissist psychopath that is willing to do anything to obtain power. I’m amazed at how low Mr. Underwood goes to fulfill his agendas.
SouthCliffe tells the story of a town devastated by a horrific event. Unlike most shows, with SouthCliffe, the horrific event happens within the first episode(s). However, the meat of the series is in following the stories of the citizens of the town and how they are effected in the aftermath of the event.
Rectify follows the story of a man who is released from prison after serving 20 years for a rape and murder charge. When he returns home, he is anything but welcome.
Broadchurch adds to the list of the amazing British dramas. The series begins when the corpse of a young boy is found and detectives are called to the small beach community of Dorset, England to investigate. The secretes of the citizens are slowly revealed once the detectives begin their investigations. Great acting and pacing through each episodes will keep you engaged.
10. The Killing
The Killing is a murder detective story set in gloomy Seattle. Amongst top production in this series, the acting is exceptional. Dive into this series and you’re in for a great weekend.