I went through a stage with Netflix where one minute I couldn’t get enough of their content, to then not watching it at all. This past year though, Netflix have really upped their game with countless ‘Netflix Originals’ on offer amongst other brilliant TV series. I thought I’d make a little list of what I have watched and loved.
This is the most recent series I’ve watched and really enjoyed. The Netflix original series is loosely based on the rise of Sophia Amoruso’s multi-million dollar fashion empire ‘Nasty Gal’. Britt Robertson plays the starring role of Sophia, a rebellious, broke anarchist who decides to start selling vintage clothing online and all that followed.
The ultimate TV series, Breaking Bad was actually the reason why I subscribed to Netflix in the first place. If you haven’t watched this series I’m sure you’ve heard about it and all of the hype that surrounds it. It’s been about a year now since I finished the series and I’m seriously considering re-watching it.
Incase you don’t know the series is all about a mild-mannered chemistry teacher (Walter White) who get’s diagnosed with terminal cancer. Realising that his illness probably will ruin his family financially, Walter makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left by turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels. Cue the drug underworld and all it entails.
Better Call Saul
This TV show is the spin off to Breaking Bad. It focuses on lawyer and former scam artist Jimmy McGill (who was to become Saul Goodman and Walter White’s lawyer in BB). Now in it’s third series, the show is beginning to bring in more and more reference to Breaking Bad, however the first two series focus on Saul’s life and how he became to be a lawyer in the criminal underworld.
I have a weak spot for real-life crime documentaries and you may have had to be living under a rock to not know the name Amanda Knox. She was twice convicted and acquitted of murder of student Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007. Amanda herself and the people closest to her speak out in this documentary which makes for a fascinating watch. I will leave you to make your own mind up whether you think she’s guilty or innocent though!
An American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson
This is the first season of a true anthology television series detailing the OJ Simpson crime and trial. There are quite a few famous faces in the series; John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jnr., David Schwimmer (who plays lawyer Robert Kardasian) all star. The episodes stay pretty true to the real life story line.
Focusing on how the trial stirred up a lot of sexism (of lawyer Marcia Clarke) and race hate in the USA at the time which definitely had influence on OJ Simpson eventually being found ‘not guilty’ despite the overwhelming evidence that stated otherwise.
Another Netflix original, this TV series was last year’s ‘hottest watch’. Sci-fi isn’t normally my bag but I really enjoyed this series. Set in the 1980’s, Winona Ryder stars as the mother of a boy who mysteriously goes missing in an Indiana town. The series focuses on the boy’s friends trying to discover why he disappeared amid supernatural events occuring around the town including the appearance of a strange pyschokinetic girl. Series 2 is due out this year and I can’t wait!
Making a Murderer
This documentary series had everyone talking last year and if you haven’t seen it I urge you to do so! Another Netflix original, this series focuses on Steven Avery. Exonerated after spending nearly two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery filed suit against Manitowoc County and several individuals involved with his arrest. Shortly after, however, Avery found himself behind bars again, this time accused of the murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach.
The 10 part documentary takes you through interviews and forensic evidence which leaves the question as to whether he actually committed the crime. A gripping watch!
Mad Men has to be one of my all time favourite TV series. Set in 1960 – 1970’s New York, the seven season series focuses on the advertising industry on Madison Avenue in those eras. The episodes are pretty much all character driven with the series also winning a number of awards including one for historical authenticity. Visually, Mad Men is stunning and the costumes alone are enough to make anyone tune in!
I’m almost finished ’13 Reasons Why’ which I am really enjoying. I’ll be on the look out for another series to get in to once i’ve finished. Does anyone have any recommendations?