10 shows to binge on Netflix immediately
Okay, so, winter is autumn here (it's not like it left anyway) and we're gearing up for evenings spent on the sofa with a cosy blanket and an excessively large cuppa. Oh, and we're in front of the TV. Was that not implied?
Get yer jim jams on and snuggle up, we've got some Brighton Girl approved Netflix UK series' for you to work your way through...
Written by the Wachowski sisters (The Matrix, V for Vendetta), it follows a group of eight people located all over the world and their out-of-the-blue mental and physical connection to one another. Each of the main characters come from completely different walks of life, spanning the spectrum of gender, sexuality, race, class, and yet they are all able to relate to one another, showing great compassion in helping each other through their personal struggles and out of their rather complicated mutual one. Besides getting representation so right, Sense8 is a cinematic sci-fi masterpiece (those sex scenes though!). You've just got to see it!
A show created by two second-generation Asian immigrants in New York, this show perfectly captures the second-gen experience so many navigate. Master of None follows main character Dev in his career as an actor, his romantic life, and pretty much just the regular everyday of a 30-something American Indian guy. The thing that makes it so incredible is it tells the humdrum story of those we don't often see on our our screens as they pretend to their extended family that they definitely pray five times a day, tell their mum they're a lesbian over breakfast and take their immigrant parents for granted.
With a quick script and a totally out-there premise, Kimmy Schmidt forces you to see the world through the eyes of a 20-something woman who totally missed fifteen years of pop culture and technological advances and has no idea what is going on. It's cute, cynical, sometimes bizarre, always endearing and completely hilarious.
This is a classic to many, and luckily, with all seven seasons on Netflix (plus an extra season commissioned by Netflix!) it can be a modern classic too. Gilmore Girls revolves around the endearing relationship between Lorelai and her daughter Rory, and the difficult relationship between Lorelai and her mother Emily - so no, it's not just a romantic girly show. The script in this is quick and sharp with Lorelai's lines dripping in a razor-sharp sarcasm that is honestly so fun to watch when she gets into a sparring match with friends and family. There's just something about it that takes it from 'humdrum whatever' to 'I've been sitting on the sofa for five hours straight WHY'. Give it a go.
I love a series with a strong-willed, business smart women as the main character. The series based on a high power lawyer professor and her five college students who get involved in a murder plot. The whole series is set with snippets from future episodes which keeps you hooked, and constantly coming up with theories, the entire way through. A definite binge watch. Also, bonus points for working out "where you have seen him before!"
A light-hearted comedy fuelled series based on a 'normal' family whose life changes when the mother, Drew Barrymore, becomes a vampire whose craving human blood. A little gory at times it's a hilarious American series about sticking together as a family and being in love no matter what!
If you haven’t already seen this, what have you been doing?! Drag queens vie for the title to become America’s Next Drag Superstar and on the way compete in challenges that see sequins fly and glue-guns aimed. The great thing is, if you are late to the party you have EIGHT WHOLE SERIES to watch. (There are nine series in total but series one, oft-called the ‘lost season’, is sadly not on Netflix). Aside from the allure of the glitter and the gossip, the pathos of the show is what makes it so compelling. When you see some of the most marginalised people in society rise above their limitations and transform into the most beautiful creatures, don’t be surprised if you shed a tear or ten.
Russian oligarchs, near-death experiences, tomato allergies. If you’re wondering how these things could possibly be related then you should check out The OA. Prairie Johnson returns home after having gone missing for seven years. Through a compelling narrative told in series of flashbacks, she tells a group of neighbours where she’s been. The story is a fantastical one that leaves the lines between fiction and reality blurred. However, it doesn’t really matter in the end because the show is centred around transcending the boundaries of the mind, and it is what makes the show truly unique. It’s also visually breath-taking, making it probably the most beautiful show on Netflix. The OA should definitely be at the very top of your Watch List.
Grace and Frankie follows the ups and downs of two women after their worlds fall apart when their law partner husbands announce that they are more than just business partners. Grace and Frankie move in together and soon they find that all they have to rely on is each other. Grace is very traditional – a retired business woman who set up her own beauty empire, while Frankie is a hippie who is care-free, eccentric, occasionally smokes pot and likes to paint. The two women end up forming an unlikely friendship. They even start their own business together – one you definitely won’t expect! Grace and Frankie is a celebration of growing old – something usually invisible to both the small screen and the big. The all-star cast of veteran actors create perfect chemistry. It's funny, chaotic, moving and serious about relationships. It's unlike anything you’d expect.
The show starts with minor cabinet member Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland) being tasked with the job of designated survivor (the cabinet member who is kept in a safe location in the event of a devastating attack during the State of the Union address). When an unexpected attack occurs on the night of the State of the Union, claiming the lives of the present and most of the cabinet, Kirkman suddenly finds himself entering the oval office. A bad day at the office for you doesn’t look so bad in comparison now does it?! If political dramas are your thing, Designated Survivor is worth a watch - even if just to escape to a world where Trump isn’t President. President Kirkman’s lack of political experience is the only parallel between the two but hopefully the lack of fake tan is enough to make you forget about Trump.
Written by Sofaya.