I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like they’ve seen everything on Netflix. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, BOOM, someone suggests a movie or show that ends up being worth your time. But to me, a movie just doesn’t cut it anymore. I need a good storyline with a great plot and a build up that leaves me wanting more at the end of each episode. You know you’ve binge-watched something on Netflix, but in case you’re looking for something new that you may have missed – here’s a list of some great shows I’ve binged during what feels like a never-ending pandemic! Oh and by the way, this list could go on forever so I had to stop at ten – I probably missed some, so be sure to comment and let me know so I can queue up my next one.
Breaking Bad (Drama | 5 seasons | 2008-2013)
I feel like I’m the only one who has yet to commit to Breaking Bad. But as I finish my current binge (Animal Kingdom – that just started back up in July), I may jump on this one next. Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) is a chemistry teacher who discovers that he has cancer. So, with nothing to lose, he decides to get into the meth business to payoff his medical debts. However, his priorities suddenly take a turn when he enters a partnership with Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul).
Ozark (Drama | *4 seasons | 2017 – )
This is frequently one of Netflix’s most popular shows and for many reasons. Marty (played by Jason Bateman) is a financial advisor who drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder money to appease a drug boss. *With three seasons in the books, the fourth and final season is said to be split into two parts. Instead of the normal 10-episode drop, the finale of the slow-burning Ozark will be released in two parts that will each feature seven episodes. A season four release date is yet to be announced, however filming began in Fall of 2020.
Sons of Anarchy (Drama | 7 seasons | 2008-2014)
Jax Teller (played by Charlie Hunnam) is a man in his early 30s who struggles to find a balance between being a father and his committed involvement with a motorcycle gang. Though not based on, the show is said to have been inspired by real motorcycle clubs, with a few actual members of the Hells Angels cast for some roles.
Wentworth (Drama | *9 seasons | 2013 – )
If you were a fan of Prison Break that was big before Netflix blew up, you’ll love this prison drama. Bea Smith (played by Danielle Cormack) gets locked up while she awaits trail for the attempted murder of her husband. As a result, she faces the challenges of what life is like on the inside at Wentworth Correctional Centre with the ladies of Cell Block H. *Season 9 is set to air this fall in October of 2021.
Narcos (Drama | 3 seasons | 2015-2017)
This show chronicles the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia and the trying true stories of drug kingpins from the late 80s in a raw, gritty, Netflix original series about the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar. Originally, season four began filming in Mexico in late 2017, however in July 2018, Netflix announced a “reset” of sorts and released an entirely new cast as a new original series titled Narcos: Mexico.
Money Heist (Thriller | *5 seasons | 2017-2021)
It takes a lot for me to be able to watch something originally released in a different language. I’m not a fan of closed captioning and voiceovers tend to be too obvious and typically don’t match the characters. However, Netflix stepped it up with the English voiceovers in this Spanish thriller that left me anxious for the upcoming finale. Oh and I promise you’ll be humming songs from the movie as well – just remember this article when I leave you with “Ciao, Bella Ciao.” The Professor (played by Alvaro Morte) is a criminal mastermind who has plans to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history – to print billions in euro currency in the Royal Mint of Spain. To aid him in this feat, he recruits eight people who each possess certain abilities with nothing to lose. *The fifth and final season will be split in two with Part I set to release on September 3rd 2021 and Part II following on December 3rd 2021.
Animal Kingdom (Crime | 5 seasons | 2016 – )
After the death of his mother, Joshua (played by Finn Cole) decides to reach out to his grandmother, Janine Cody (played by Ellen Barkin) who happens to be the head of a criminal clan. His decision takes him through a whole new world as he find himself intertwined with his uncles and their criminal activities. Season 5 just started back up in July 2021 and is currently ongoing.
Superstore (Comedy | 6 seasons | 2015-2021)
This is one of those shows that you can have playing in the background while you go about your day at home, that you find yourself relating to in several instances – especially if you’ve ever worked in retail! It’s about a group of employees who work at Cloud 9, a big-box Walmart-esque store in St. Louis, Missouri. The staff face several challenges while dealing with customers and tending to their personal lives and the inside drama of working retail. In December 2020, NBC cancelled the show due to its longevity and the loss of a major cast member, that saw it’s final season air in March of 2021.
Cobra Kai (Action | 3 seasons | 2018 – )
If you watched the Karate Kid saga as a kid, you definitely need to watch Cobra Kai. Though many don’t know much about the Karate Kid movies, you’ll appreciate it much more if you watched the movies. This show takes place 34 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament that saw Daniel LaRusso aka Daniel-son (played by Ralph Macchio) defeat his rival Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka). Johnny is back and looks to bring back Coba Kai Dojo that reignites his childhood rivalry with a now successful dealership owner, Daniel LaRusso.
Formula 1: Drive To Survive (Sports Documentary | 3 seasons | 2019 – )
This one is in here because as a kid I remember waking up every Sunday morning looking forward to two things – watching Serie A soccer and Formula 1 racing with my dad. It was a weekly tradition that saw us cheer for the Nerazzurri (Inter-Milan) and then sit back and cheer for Scuderia Ferrari led by the legendary Michael Schumacher. As the years went on and Schumy retired as a Formula 1 driver, my interest in the sport dropped as McLaren and Mercedes began their dominance overshadowing the years of success celebrated by Ferrari. However after watching this series – it reignited the spark for me. You get a live look at the drivers, managers, and team owners in Formula 1 both on and off the track with exclusive interviews and behind the scenes action leading into the current 2021 season. I promise if you’re a Formula 1 fan and you haven’t watched this yet – you’ll love it.