Netflix is a way of life. There is not a person who does not know what Netflix is and this online movie/television hub has created the concept of ‘binge’ watching, where the viewer watches as many episodes as possible in the fastest time possible. As we come close to finishing the third month of 2017, it’s time to reflect the best binge-worthy shows of the year.
Stranger Things (one seasons)
Much like a Demogorgon in the night, Stranger Things crept out of nowhere and took us all by surprise. A curious little sci-fi drama the Duffer Brother’s curious concoction quickly became the water-cooler TV show of 2016. Season two is coming out in October of 2017
A Series of unfortunate Events (one season)
Jim Carrey had a crack at Count Olaf on the big screen in 2004. Now it’s the turn of Neil Patrick Harris to slip on the prosthetic nose and arched eyebrow of Lemony Snicket’s cackling super-villain. This first season draws from the first four of Daniel Handler’s witty gothic children’s books and a confirmation of seasons two has just been announced, with filming beginning at the end of 2017.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (two seasons)
“Un-breakable! They alive, dammit!” Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s earworm of a theme tune will grab you from minute one; Tina Fey’s razor-sharp writing and Ellie Kemper’s sunny performance will keep you there. A Golden Globe nominated comedy, it is sure to make you belly laugh as Kimmy finds her way through adjusting to life after being kidnapped at seventeen.
The Crown (one season)
This gleefully costume soap opera about Her Maj’s early years. Beginning with a character vomiting into a toilet bowl on the morning of Elizabeth II’s marriage to dastardly foreigner Prince Philip, this is not a show that shy about breaking the perceptions of what a royal costume drama should be. It has been confirmed that there will be a minimum of three seasons of the show, covering each decade of Her Maj’s life.
American Horror Story (five seasons)
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s horror anthology features a repertory cast including Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga and Angela Bassett. Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show and Hotel – aka Seasons 1-5 – are available on UK Netflix if you think you’re brave enough.
Orange is the New Black (four seasons)
When Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) finds herself behind bars for a crime she committed a decade earlier, her life becomes a messy merry-go-round of exes, current fiancés and trying to avoid becoming a prison wife. Based on the real Piper’s memoirs, a diverse cast transform this quick-witted comedy drama into a must watch. Season five is coming out this summer so be prepared to get awed by this Golden Globe winning series.
Peaky Blinders (two seasons)
The infamous Northern gang have more drama then any teenagers you’ll ever meet. Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy with a perfect Brummie twang) is the cool but deadly leader of the pack, crossing paths with the police and Winston Churchill on his rise to notoriety. Season 2 ramped up its star wattage by adding Tom Hardy and Noah Taylor into the mix and season three should be appearing to Netflix soon enough.
Sherlock (three seasons)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have caused the internet to go into meltdown multiples times since Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat reimagining hit our screens back in 2010. Full of modern day touches (Holmes wears nicotine patches and uses GPS; Watson served in Afghanistan), Cumberbatch’s character is still very much of a Victorian nature – and still very much a user.
Black Mirror (three seasons)
Though it is tempting to believe, given recent events, that life is one giant Black Mirror episode, we can rest assured that it remains primarily a work of fiction. Dealing with everything from reality television to memory implants to futuristic funeral homes with a wry, cynical, darkl eye. A new series is due later this year and given the way 2016 ended and 2017 is beginning, it is sure to be a mind teaser.