I am legit always looking for something new to watch on Netflix. Preferably a TV show since they last longer than movies. The problem is I can be pretty picky, so I wanted to create a cohesive – okay, somewhat cohesive – list of Netflix favorites to help anyone else looking for something to watch.
I didn’t want to point out the major ones because I know it can get annoying to see the same suggestions, so I thought I’d throw together a few shows that you may or may not have heard of, that I could not stop binging when I watched them.
Note: this is not listed in any order.
Grace and Frankie – Who doesn’t want to watch two old ladies try to rebuild their lives after their husbands come out as gay and oh, yeah, are in love with each other, amirite? Lots of crazy things going on in this one, but funny and easy to watch either way.
One Day at a Time – I forgot how much I loved this one until the second season became available on Netflix recently! It’s a lighthearted, funny family sitcom, focusing on a Cuban family and their struggles, which are very much geared for today’s world in that it talks about feminism, racism, LGBTQ issues, etc.
Archer / Pacific Heat – I pulled these together because they are so freaking similar. Pacific Heat is basically the Australian version of Archer, except mildly less weird and inappropriate, significantly shorter (1 season to Archer’s 7), and a little more difficult to understand due to accent and fast talking.
Life in Pieces – One family, four stories, all incredibly hilarious. Another family oriented sitcom, and although I hate to repeat myself, just an overall, light, funny watch.
I say “lighthearted dramas” because while they definitely have their serious moments (particularly Sense8) they’re not as dark, and don’t make you feel down after watching them.
Travelers – I am so obsessed with this one it’s not even funny. I’ve strong-armed my friends into watching it as well, because I have to talk about it with somebody! People from the future are devastated at their reality, so they send people back in time into the bodies of those about to die in order to change the future. While it has a bigger plot behind it, I love that the characters bring their own humor to the storyline, and it isn’t all heavy and serious. I would recommend this to everyone!
Sense8 – It’s an understatement to say I was a little upset when I found out it was going to be cancelled only a few weeks after the second season arrived on Netflix. I could go on a rant forever about this, but at the very least they’re coming out with a two hour (I think) special as a way to close out the second season.
This is definitely one where you just have to go with the flow. Even if you have questions, even if you’re really freaking confused (read: me), you just have to go with it and it’ll eventually sort of make sense. This show is a rollercoaster of emotions too, just FYI.
The Five – I’ve definitely mentioned this in a previous favorites post before, and I still stand by it. Unfortunately, it’s only one season and it’s going to stay that way, as apparently it was made in mind to only have one season. Basically it’s a 6 hour movie.
Summary: A missing child’s DNA comes up 20 years later – at a murder scene. Dun dun duuuunnn.
Definitely a bit on the heavier side, but I still found it binge-worthy, and not at all scary, just dramatic.
Frontier – I only started watching this because it wouldn’t leave my Netflix alone. In fact, I didn’t pay much attention to the first few episodes, instead opting to use it as background noise. And to be totally honest, I’m not really sure why I’m so hooked on this show. It’s about the fur trade?? And it’s so dramatic?? Like??? Okay?? It’s not one I usually go for, but for some reason I got hooked on it. It’s only two seasons with six episodes each, but they’re long.
Not your typical, two completely opposite partners somehow get put together and solve a murder type show (that I usually go for) but these are all from the point of view of the “bad guy”.
Queen of the South – This was one of those ones that I clicked even though the summary was not enticing, just to say, “Hey, I tried.” Boy, oh boy, am I glad I started watching this. It follows the story of Teresa, girlfriend of a (now) dead drug runner and how she’s trying to survive from the cartels. The first season ended on such a cliffhanger! I’m really excited for the second season to come out for this.
Wanted – Two women are on the run after being framed for the murder of a police officer. Plot twist: the women are strangers. Okay, not totally a plot twist, but I found the concept very interesting! Deals with a lot of police corruption, and one of them women has a sordid past… This is an Australian show, so if you’re into accents, this is one to watch! 😂
La Casa de Papel – Don’t forget to watch this in Spanish! Netflix has been changing the audio to English, and I wish it wouldn’t, I really do prefer to watch in the language it was filmed/created in. Does anyone else feel the same way?
Moving along, a man known as the Professor brings together a group of criminals to pull off a complex heist (and by “complex”, I mean I finished the first season and it’s still going on) for something like 8 million euros. The whole plan and idea of it is definitely something I haven’t seen before, so if you’re tired of the standard crime shows out there, check this one out.
Honorary mention: La Mante – Another European one, this time based in France, focuses on serial killings which are copycat versions of serial killings that occurred in the early 90s. I say this as an honorary mention because I haven’t actually finished it; it is a heavier drama and I’ve started Agents of Shield, so this is a bit on the backburner. However, it seems really interesting, and we’ll see if it crops up in future favorites.
Warning: slightly graphic in terms of dead bodies.
Okay, so I just realized that most of these only have 1-2 seasons, save for like, two. However, if you’re looking for something to watch, I hope this helped you find a whole new range of shows to try out and maybe get obsessed with like me!