Before I quit my corporate job to work full-time at home, one of the first things I did was compile a list of movies and TV shows I was going to watch. Since I will only focus on one job, and I won’t have to deal with the hell that is Manila traffic, I will have more free time to do leisurely things like watch TV.
It’s pretty obvious we’re living in the golden age of television. Networks are producing more provocative content that show drugs, LGBT themes, and even sci-fi. One network leading the way is Netflix, which went from a simple streaming service to producing its own materials. And what a lineup.
Below are 12 Netflix shows I want to binge watch (and will binge watch soon):
1. Haters Back Off
Haters Back Off is an upcoming Netflix show about Miranda Sings, an untalented woman who deeply believes that she should be famous. The show is clearly a response to the number of one-hit wonders making it to the internet these days, and the journey they take for online superstardom. Sadly, not many of them are talented in any way. The trailer doesn’t reveal if Sings will be so bad that she’s good (remember Chris Crocker’s “leave Britney alone” meltdown?), but it’s a rise I want to see. Haters Back Off will be released on Netflix on October 14, 2016.
2. The Crown
Netflix’s The Crown is billed as the streaming service’s most expensive series to produce, and for good reason. The Crown is the life story of Queen Elizabeth II, from her wedding to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 to the present day. British monarchy has always been fascinating, and it would be interesting to see what happens behind closed doors. I can’t wait for the drama, the scandals, and of course, the fashion. The Crown will be released on Netflix in November 4, 2016.
3. A Series of Unfortunate Events
I haven’t read the series of books, but I did watch the movie with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf and Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine. The series follows the orphaned Baudelaire siblings as they deal with their evil Count Olaf, who only adopts them to get their money. It will soon be turned into a Netflix series with Neil Patrick Harris as the Count. A Series of Unfortunate Events will be released on January 13, 2017.
4. House of Cards
I’ve been watching House of Cards on and off for the past year, and I love how intelligent and shocking it is. There are times when I have to pause the show in order to gather my thoughts and reel my emotions in. House of Cards is based on a BBC mini-series and a series of novels by Michael Dobbs, and follows Frank Underwood as he schemes for more power in Washington through ruthlessness and manipulation. I started the third season a few days ago and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
5. Making a Murderer
I love reading about killers, so this one piqued my interest when I first heard about it. Making a Murderer examines the wrongful arrest of Steven Avery, who served 18 years for the sexual assault of Penny Beerntsen. He was freed in 2003 due to DNA evidence, but was arrested again after two years for the murder of Teresa Halbach. This documentary was filmed in the span of 10 years, and was so influential that a petition for Avery’s pardon garnered 500,000 signatures. US president Barack Obama commented that he had no authority in a state case.
In the same crime vein of Making a Murderer, Narcos tells the story of Pablo Escobar, a real-life Colombian drug-lord who became a billionaire for playing a key figure in the cocaine trade. His dealings in coke was a stark contrast to his political influence (he was elected as an alternate member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia). The second season of Narcos premiered last month, with a third and fourth season on its way. An apt time to watch it, methinks.
Sense8‘s premise is compelling: eight strangers from around the world become “sensates,” and are mentally and emotionally linked. It was recognized for its positive portrayal of LGBT themes and characters, and the friends who have recommended this often mention an orgy scene. That’s enough for me. Kidding aside, I want to watch this because it’s directed by the Wachowskis, the sisters who directed the Matrix Trilogy. Shooting for the second season wrapped up last month, and the first episode will premiere this Christmas, with the rest of the episodes following not long after.
8. Black Mirror
I’ve seen people obsess about Black Mirror on social media and I became curious. It follows an anthology format like American Horror Story, except in Black Mirror, the changes in cast, setting, and reality happen every episode. It might be a confusing watch, but the stories are tied together by satirizing modern society and the consequences of technology. The trailer looks surreal, and I bet this will make for a mindfuck watch.
9. Master of None
I first fell in love with Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford in Parks and Recreation. After Parks (which I am obsessed with, by the way) ended, Ansari started Master of None, which he also stars in. He plays Dev, a 30 year old struggling actor living in New York. I admit I only heard about the show when it won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series last month, but the 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes made me want to see it.
10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
After the success of 30 Rock, Tina Fey created Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a comedy about Kimmy Schmidt, who is experiencing the real world after being locked up underground by a doomsday cult. The first season was hilarious, and I enjoyed watching Kimmy adjust with the help of Titus Andromedon, her sassy gay roommate. I haven’t seen the second season and my friends have said it was bad, but I want to see it for one reason: Titus.
11. Stranger Things
Stranger Things instantly became a cult classic, especially for fans of ’70s and ’80s movies. The show is an homage to John Carpenter, Stephen King, and Steven Spielberg: it tells the story of a group of young boys looking for their friend, who was abducted by an alien creature living in the Upside Down. As they dig deeper, they meet a mysterious telekinetic girl (who was in Manila recently) and realize that the government is doing unusual experiments. It’s addicting, and Winona Ryder gives an impressive performance as the missing boy’s mom. The second season of Stranger Things will be released in 2017.
12. Arrested Development
Arrested Development is a clever series, but I believe it was ahead of its time. The show delves into the life of the dysfunctional Bluth family. At the center is Michael, who must piece together their formerly wealthy life after the patriarch was arrested for corrupt dealings as a property developer. It received poor ratings and viewership when it came out in 2003, but its dry humor spawned a cult following and enjoyed critical acclaim during its three-year run. Netflix picked up the series for a fourth season in 2013, and a fifth one, which will be released in 2017.
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