Now I know we don’t have a “skip intro” feature like Netflix so I’m going to keep this short. We all know Netflix has been here in the region for a while now and we also know that they’ve finally released “Friends” on their platform- *YAY*.
BUT there are so many more shows, series, movies etc. worth binge-watching. So many different formats (stand up, short movies, series) that have really unique story lines that one could have simply not imagined. Here’s my top 10 list in no specific order.
1 – Santa Clarita Diet – IMDB 7.7
The beautiful Drew Barrymore stars in this goreish comedy series by Netflix. She’s a suburban mom that undergoes a change in her diet.. a highly protein human flesh diet. The show is hilariously strung around how Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and her family copes with this new diet. My personal favourite highlight of the series is Joel, Sheila’s husband (portayed by Timothy Olyphant) and his abilities to get up to speed to his wife’s new eating habits, or disorders, but, we’ll let you decide that.
2 – My Next Guest needs no Introduction with David Letterman – IMDB 8.2
The very funny and witty David Letterman hosts this web talk show on Netflix. The first season has so far had Barack Obama, George Clooney and Malala Yousafzai. The hour long episodes take you through the lives and conquests of the guests with ofcourse the classic satirical and comical touches of David Letterman. Other guests scheduled for the first season are Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.
3 – The Indian Detective – IMDB 6.6
If you haven’t found this on Netflix yet – “Somebody gonna get a hurt real baddd!”
Russel Peters makes a brilliant comeback in the show where he plays a cop from Toronto who visits his father (played by Anupam Kher) in India during his suspension and gets involved in a criminal investigation.
4 – That 70’s show – IMDB 8.1
This popular sitcom spread accross 8 seasons is about the lives of 6 teenagers in Wisconsin set in the 70’s. It starts the very popular Ashton Kucher, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon from Orange is the New Black and many other recognisable faces. If you’re someone who enjoyed FRIENDS, you should give this a whirl too.
5 – Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King – IMDB 8.3
Hasan Minhaj has been around for a while but he got into the limelight in 2017 with roasting the current state of affairs and the President at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and his Netflix Special- Homecoming King. The comedian from the Daily Show takes you through his life as a Pakistani Boy in America.
6 – Jane the Virgin – IMDB 7.9
Jane (played by Gina Rodriguez) is a pregnant virgin who gets accidently artificially inseminated. While in a relationship with her boyfriend, she is carrying the child of another man. The show takes on hilariously different issues that Jane battles like relationships, work, and being a pregnant virgin. The Golden Globe winning show is in its 4th season and has just received the green light for a 5th one. It is a loose adaptation of a Venezuelan telenovela and the show does an amazing job maintaining the integrity of the original show.
7- A Series of Unfortunate Events – IMDB 7.9
Netflix’s adaptation of the novels written by Lemony Snicket is theatrical, dramatic with a touch of sarcasm and dark comedy. Absurdism is the base around which the whole series is based. Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal of Count Olaf, a semi-failed actor who constantly schemes to achieve the Baudelaire orphans fortune is commendable. You can see him in various forms and roles throughout the series.
8. Black Mirror – IMDB 8.9
A series of stand alone dramas that explores the future modern-tech world and the coming together of human paranoia and technology. Slightly disturbing yet extremely interesting and deeply intriguing at the same time. It cinematically exaggerates the human dependency on technology and its potential side effects.
9. Lust Stories – IMDB 6.9
(English Subtitles Available)
The series’ IMDB rating does no justice to the popular success it has received. Lust Stories is a series of 4 short stories of 4 different Indian women across different horizons. What’s really interesting and appreciative of this series is that it’s not “Feminist”. Each of the director’s stories are beautifully scripted to portray women in various spectrums: complex, simple, wrong and right.
10. Sacred Games – IMDB 9.3
(English Audio Available)
New buzz around the Netflix world is the series Sacred Games based on a 2006 Novel. The story is about a police officer (played by Saif Ali Khan) who gets an anonymous tip from an old-time gangster who was underground for many years. It takes a deep turn into the Indian politics and affiliations with underground world. One episode is enough to force you to binge the other seven.
Let us know if we’ve done your binge watching needs justice and do tell us if you liked anything from our top picks!
(pun very much intended)