With most of staying indoors for the foreseeable future, the hunt for the next Netflix binge never ends. To make that isolation life a little easier, we've rounded up a slew of the best shows to watch on Netflix right now.
Grab the snacks and get comfy, here are 14 of the best shows on Netflix.
How To Fix A Drug Scandal
Prepare to have your mind blown by this true crime docu-series. In 2013, Massachusetts State Police arrest 35-year-old crime drug lab chemist Sonja Farak for tampering with evidence—and it turns she was also using the drugs that she was tasked with testing. The scope of Farak’s addiction—and the number of people convicted as a result of her drug testing—comes to light, despite repeated efforts to suppress evidence in the case. This insane four-part series looks at Farak’s compelling grand jury testimony and interviews with attorneys, experts, as well as her family for the first time. The show's producers delve deep into how the actions of one crime lab employee can impact tens of thousands of lives.
Feel Good follows Mae, a rising talent on the stand-up circuit and recovering addict whose addictive behaviours and intense romanticism dominate every single part of her life. When she meets pragmatic—but so far heterosexual—George she’s smitten, and much to her surprise George feels the same. They embark on an intoxicating romance as Mae juggles relationships with her parents, fellow addicts in a drugs support group, her colleagues at the local stand up club, and most importantly tries to transform her relationship with George from an addictive one to a healthy one. Shout out to Lisa Kudrow who plays Mae’s standoffish mum Linda oh so well.
The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show
Forget your at home workout today, watching this show will give serious abs and provide all the LOLs we need right now. In this six-part sketch show, the hilarious Iliza Shlesinger (who is also the executive producer) leads an all-star ensemble cast packed with insane original characters who inhabit the landscape of all the content we love to consume and make fun of. From bizarre exercise plans to the over-simplified DIY shows to “reality” TV at its best/worst, The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show both celebrates and skewers the TV stereotypes that fill our screens big, small, and tiny.
The Letter For The King
This historical fantasy series is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. The Letter for the King is the story of a ruthless prince who threatens to cast the world into darkness, when a young knight in training named Tiuri (Amir Wilson) embarks on an epic quest to deliver a secret letter to the king. Along the way, he unexpectedly finds himself at the centre of a magical prophecy foretelling the rise of a hero who can defeat the prince and restore peace. If he’s going to survive the journey, Tiuri will have to learn what it means to be a true knight—and a true leader fast! Game of Thrones fans will vibe this.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the trailblazing African American haircare entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Inspired by the book, On Her Own Ground written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, this series shows how, against all odds, Walker overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, personal betrayals, and business rivalries to build a ground-breaking brand that revolutionized black haircare, as she simultaneously fought for social change. If you want an uplifting show, then this is the one for you.
You’ve probably seen every celebrity practising physical distancing talking about this docu-series and how seriously crazy it is—well, they’re not wrong and it’s very binge-worthy. It goes like this: Joe Exotic is a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous zoos garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot. Yep—it’s wild!
Based on the New York Times bestselling memoir of the same name by Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox tells the story of 19-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman Esther Shapiro (Shira Haas). Raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Esther rejects her radicalized upbringing and escapes to Germany, leaving behind her arranged marriage to start a new life. With little more than her passport and minimal funds, Esther tries to build a new life in Berlin making new friends and essentially building a new identity, free from the constraints of her family… but of course, it’s not that simple.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of watching this epic show, then stop, go back and watch season one and two, because there are spoilers ahead. The latest season picks up six month later with the casino up and running. But things aren’t going smoothly with Marty and Wendy fighting for control of the family's destiny. Marty preaches keeping the status quo. Aided by an alliance with Helen and drug cartel leader Omar Navarro, Wendy plots for expansion. But when Wendy's brother Ben comes into town, everyone's lives are thrown into chaos.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Ok even if you’re not into cars, stick with us because this epic series is seriously worth a watch. Back for season two (because everybody was obsessed with the first one) Formula 1: Drive to Survive is serving up 10 new eps following the high-stakes and adrenaline fuelled action of the fastest sport in the world. Only 20 drivers get to compete in Formula 1 and with some of the sport’s top names racing for new teams, 2019 proved to be a season of broken alliances and renewed rivalries. This year for the first time, all 10 teams, including Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari, gave Netflix insider access as they battled it out for victory in the greatest racing series in the world.
I Am Not Okay With This
I Am Not Okay With This follows a teenage girl who's navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken deep within her. From the director of The End of the F***ing World Jonathan Entwistle and the producers of Stranger Things comes a new series based on the Charles Forsman graphic novel and it’s on the top of our must-watch Netflix list.
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
In 2013, eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez died as a result of horrific and prolonged abuse by his mother and her boyfriend. In the wake of the tragedy, a demand for justice and accountability exploded in Los Angeles County. This six-part documentary series from award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger offers an inside look at the trial as well as an eye-opening investigation into the government systems that failed to protect Gabriel, despite multiple reports and warning signs. It's a chilling but important watch.
Locke & Key
This supernatural thriller was born to be binged. From the makers of Lost, Bates Motel and The Haunting of Hill House, this coming-of-age mystery was adaptated from the best-selling comic book series of the same name. The plot goes like this: After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father's death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them.
The four-part doco-series follows small town pharmacist Dan Schneider, who after losing his son in a 1999 drug-related shooting in New Orleans embarks on a dogged pursuit to find and bring his son's killer to justice. But as Dan digs deeper, the ripple effect of his son’s addiction and tragic death find him coming face to face with something much more sinister—a troubling number of young, seemingly healthy people begin visiting his pharmacy with high dose prescriptions for OxyContin. Sensing a crisis long before the opioid epidemic had gained nationwide attention, Dan stakes a mission: to save the lives of other sons and daughters within his community, then take the fight to Big Pharma itself.
If you haven’t already binged this hilarious show, we’re actually jealous of you. Sex Education follows the life of Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mum, Jean. In an effort to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice, Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley set-up a sex clinic at school. In season two, which just dropped, Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve. Hilarious and heart-warming, you’ll devour this one.
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