Just finished binging your favorite show and don’t know what else to watch? Don’t worry, I have you covered. Netflix has been dishing out original content faster than we can watch in the last couple of years. This means there is no shortage of awesome TV Shows for you to discover, especially some of the ones that fly under the radar. Here are my Top Netflix TV Show picks.
5. House of Cards
I’ll admit that I didn’t start watching House of Cards until shortly before Season 4 started. I always heard people talking about it and it just never interested me, to be honest. Once S4 was approaching, I decided to give it a try. I’ll warn you- the first season starts off very sluggish. We meet Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Costner, and learn how far he will go to exact revenge in Washington D.C. while keeping his eye on that one office. I almost gave up due to boredom. The heavy political talks just weren’t grabbing my attention and I figured I would just finish off season 1 and forget about it. That’s where I was wrong. The ending of season 1 was so shocking that in that moment, I was hooked. Trust me when I say that if you stick it through the political jargon until the end of the first season, you’ll be glad you did. It switches from a political drama to an exciting thriller that just so happens to take place in Washington D.C. . In the end, you will be rooting for the villain.
Noteworthy Episode: S2E13- Chapter 26
I refuse to spoil anything on this brilliant show. I’ll just say the the ending of this particular episode gave me chills.
4. 13 Reasons Why
By now you’ve probably heard of 13 Reasons Why. The show is an adaptation of a popular young adult novel of the same name. It follows a high school student in the aftermath of a suicide of a close friend. Not only is the story sad, it touches on some very serious subject matter that isn’t widely discussed. It shines a light on how cruel high school can be and the effects that our actions can have on other people, even if it’s collateral damage. This series will keep you watching by focusing each episode on a single student at the high school who wronged Hannah Baker, the victim of the suicide. You will find yourself hating certain characters but then changing your mind after more information and backstory is fleshed out.
Noteworthy Episode: ???
I can’t choose a standalone episode that resonated with me. The whole show spoke to me on a personal level. The important takeaway that I don’t want people to miss is that the tiniest thing can have the biggest impacts on people, even if those things aren’t necessarily directed at them. You never know if you’re someone’s hope that there is still genuine good people in the world.
3. American Vandal
Coming in at #3 of my Top Netflix TV Shows is American Vandal. This is a more light hearted pick as it is a spoof on true crime documentaries. It follows two high school students who are determined to uncover the mystery of who spray painted giant penises cars belonging to teachers while clearing the name of a fellow student who was blamed for the vandalism. It sounds crude but the story is so intricate and well thought out that you will be hooked. The story is smart and hilarious. You will find yourself trying to pick apart the mystery yourself. As I mentioned in a more thorough article about American Vandal, I found myself changing my mind constantly on who I thought the real culprit was. American Vandal is intriguing and charming with its serious documentary style and great cast. This is also the most realistic portrayal of high school I’ve ever seen in a TV show!
Noteworthy Episode: S1E8- Clean Up
Without giving away anything, this episode is a bit sad. While the show might have just been fun and games with all the penis jokes, there is an actual story being told. High school is tough already but sometimes you’d rather not know what people think of you.
Love is a very overlooked Netflix Series that has some real heart to it. It follows Gus, a thirty-something year old living in Los Angeles who just went through a messy breakup. By chance, he meets Mickey, a loudmouthed hothead who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. The entire first season takes place in about the span of a week or two but it shows that a lot can happen in a short period of time. Their relationship is relatable and gut wrenching as both of them are taken out of their comfort zones with each other. The subtle humor and story will keep you wondering what will happen next.
Noteworthy Episode: S1E8- Closing Title Song
There is a scene near the end of this episode that anyone who has ever rushed into a relationship can relate to. While you might be having so much fun and caught up in the thrill of a new relationship you might forget to stop and actually realize that before you two met, they had a life before you. This is a sad and obvious truth that a lot of people can’t come to terms with.
1. Master of None
There was no contest when it came to my pick for the Top Netflix TV Series. Master of None will resonate with twenty somethings who are trying to find their way in the world. We have our ups and our downs but life keeps moving on. The most admirable thing about Master of None is its use of side characters. You will grow to love Dev’s, played by Aziz Ansari (basically just a fictional version of himself), parents and best friends. It touches on some very profound issues such as growing up a person of color, identity crises, and general life in New York City. I can’t speak enough to how great Master of None is. It is both emotional and funny. By the end of the first season hopefully you will have learned something about yourself as well. Aziz Ansari deserves all the awards for this one. Oh, and the soundtrack is phenomenal!
Noteworthy Episode: S2E8- Thanksgiving
An endearing look at two friends, one black and one indian, growing up together through the years with one coming to terms with their sexuality.
Honorable Mention: Black Mirror
As much as I love Black Mirror, I couldn’t place it in my Top 5 Netflix TV Shows. Black Mirror is an anthology series covering the “What Ifs” of the not so distant future. The concepts are brilliant and the stories are intriguing. The best I can do to describe it is a modern day Twilight Zone. Each episode stands alone and tackles a different aspect of potential life in the near future. The series deals with the rise of social media, artificial intelligence, cyber hacking, life after death and much more. It is eerie and fascinating at the same time.
Noteworthy Episode: S3E1- Nosedive
This episode puts a magnifying glass to where society is potentially heading with the rise of social media and vain self promotion.
Have Fun Binge Watching!