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My Netflix Recommendations: What You Should Watch Next

Updated: Jun 16, 2019



Imagine you are sitting on the couch, under a cozy blanket in your favorite pajama pants and you just completed the show you have been watching for the past couple of weeks. Anticipating the finale has been eating away at you all day and now you’re at the end - it's over - no more auto-play from Netflix. Some random trailer plays but you don’t pay attention, you’re stuck there in hesitation. Then the thought bursts in, what do I watch next, it comes out like desperate cry in your head!


You quickly shove away the thought with a sigh of a relief. You remember that you read this post where I gave you some great recommendations for this very dilemma. Whether you're looking for a show to watch here and there to pass the time or a show so enticing you can't help but binge all the way through, this list has a little bit of everything.


BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL:

- Watch here and there, may take you longer to complete the series but that’s fine.

★★ - Let Netflix auto-play but you need to break after a couple episodes.

★★★ - Can’t stop/won’t stop, you let Netflix rudely ask “are you still watching?”



Breaking Bad - 5 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★★

Starting this list off right with my all-time favorite show. I have already been through the entire season two times and it probably won’t be the last. What I love the most about this show is the relationship between Jesse Pinkman and Walter White. Watching the transformation between these two characters from beginning to end and following their crazy journey through all of its ups and downs is an experience you won’t soon forget.



Ozark - 2 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★★

Will you ever find a show like Breaking Bad? Is there anything similar out there to fill that BB void? Yes, the Netflix gods have answered and blessed us with Ozark! Starring Jason Bateman, you can watch him relocate his family to Ozark, Missouri from Chicago as a daring attempt to save his skin from a not-so-nice drug lord. How could you possibly maintain the same level of intrigue and suspense into a second season you might ask? Well watch it and be pleasantly surprised, because you may even find that the second season is better than the first.


Peaky Blinders - 5 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★

Anyone that knows me would tell you that my favorite era of history is undoubtedly the roaring twenties, which was why I was so captivated by the Peaky Blinders. The show takes place during the ‘20s after WW1 and follows the story of the Shelby family in Birmingham, England. Based off a real historic gang, the Peaky Blinders earn their name by blinding foes with blades stitched into their flat caps. At the center of the show is Thomas Shelby, the fierce and charismatic leader of the family played by the talented Cillian Murphy. With both great acting and a well-written story, you will find yourself fully emerged into the Shelby’s world.


You - 1 season

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★★

This show will keep you on the edge of your seat and I would be surprised if you weren't hooked after the first episode. The thriller follows a NYC bookstore manager Joe Goldberg who falls in love with a customer. Sounds romantic, right? Well, unfortunately, it quickly becomes creepy as you see how far his obsession goes. If your a fan of psychological thrillers then this is the show for you. If you find yourself wanting more, the good news is that You has been renewed for a second season. I can’t wait!



Stranger Things - 2 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★★

If for some/whatever reason you have not watched Stranger Things, take my advice and go watch it now! The new season comes out this July 4th so hurry up and binge all of it so you can join in on the world’s social media conversations. This is a highly anticipated Netflix Originals show and it makes perfect sense! The series is full of adventure, mystery, and has very likable characters, specifically Dustin, Steve, Hopper and Max, the latter who is introduced in S2. Another added bonus, it’s set in the ‘80s when phones hung on walls, synthesizer music was new and cool, and like Goonies and ET, kids were cast as leads.


Altered Carbon - 1 season

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★

This TV series is the perfect mix of murder mystery and sci-fi dystopia. Like any sci-fi setting, the world has been altered by new technology, making death no longer permanent as human bodies (or “skins”) can be interchanged. This all sounds fine and dandy until you realize that the rich are immortal since they are able to create clones and buy better skins while the majority are less fortunate. Resurrected and hired by a wealthy businessman, the main character ‘Kovacs’, played by Joel Kinnaman, must solve his murder for the chance to live again. Altered Carbon has Black Mirror and Blade Runner vibes but it is very much its own thing, fresh and interesting.


The Walking Dead - 9 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★

Let me preface this recommendation first by saying I have a love-hate relationship with TWD. Some seasons are better than others, but I still think it’s worth the watch if you like the zombie genre. Every season follows Rick Grimes and his crew trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Just when you think they have found safety a new conflict arises, and it’s not always zombies. Be prepared to lose some beloved characters and maybe ones you don’t like as well. With 9+ seasons you most certainly will see character development, new kinds of villains, and great support characters added along the way.


Black Mirror - 5 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL:

Black Mirror episodes all have their own story line making each entry either a hit or miss (in terms of personal enjoyment). I can tell you one thing though: they are all interesting, dramatic, and usually centered around the unexpected consequences of new technologies. You can jump around if you would like, so here are my favorite episodes for you to enjoy and let me know if you agree: 1). Nosedive, 2.) Hang the DJ, 3.) USS Callister, 4.) San Junipero, 5.) Fifteen Million Merits.


The 100 - 5 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★

Let me be honest, I haven’t watched all of The 100’s seasons. I somehow dropped off when the show was being aired on TV. Nonetheless, I can tell you that the first two seasons are definitely binge-worthy. The series takes place in the future after the Earth has been destroyed by nuclear power and the only survivors are orbiting in space. When supplies inevitably run low generations later, 100 teenage prisoners are sent back to the planet to report on its habitability. The evolution of these characters are one of the most dramatic I’ve seen along with a plethora of plot twists and turns.



The Office - 9 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★★

I’m hoping you glance over this series in this list because you have already watched every episode, but in the event that you haven’t, let me explain to you why you need to watch all 9 seasons. I too was once like you, thinking that The Office is overrated, not worth the hype, and perhaps even stupid. After I watched all of season 1, I finally understood why this show is beloved by so many. The Office makes you laugh, cry, and truly immerses you into the lives of the employees at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. There are so many great things I could list off from this show: Jim and Pam’s love story, Michael Scott’s shenanigans, and Dwight being Dwight to name a few.


Parks & Rec - 7 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★

Parks & Rec is a show similar to The Office in the way that you get to see a workplace and its employee’s daily lives. The main character, Leslie Knope played by Amy Poehler, tirelessly works to make her community of Pawnee, Indiana a better place despite all the bureaucracy, grumpy citizens, and countless other problems she encounters. The star-studded cast includes Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins, Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger, Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer, and Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson.


New Girl - 7 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL:

New Girl is like the new Friends. After an abrupt breakup, Jessica Day played by Zooey Deschanel moves in with three single guys. The first couple of episodes aren’t great, it’s not until you finally start to understand the characters that the show becomes really fun. This is the perfect show to turn to whenever you need something to watch. It’s light and funny, has an overarching plot but doesn’t require you to pay attention to every single detail. You can have it on as background noise and occasionally laugh at the characters bantering.


Santa Clarita Diet - 3 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★

A comedy-take on the zombie genre, Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star as an everyday realtor couple from Santa Clarita. However, Sheila and Joel’s life starts to get interesting when Sheila mysteriously turns undead. Talk about a mid-life crisis! The series goes on to answer why this happened, if can it be reversed, and how they will continue to live in their normal suburban neighborhood undetected. As one might expect, things get hairy when Sheila’s diet changes to human flesh. Expect to see some gore but laugh at the ridiculousness and goofiness of the scenario.



Listed by Favorite Order


Punisher - 2 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★★

Frank Castle AKA The Punisher is probably my favorite superhero out of the Netflix Marvel series because he doesn’t have a supernatural power. As an ex-marine fueled with rage from the death of his family, Frank gives us some great fight scenes. I have heard a lot of people like this show without being a comic book fan, so don’t turn it down based on that fact. Punisher will keep you entertained and wanting more as you watch him search for the justice he deserves. Will he get it?


Jessica Jones - 3 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★★

An alcoholic and withdrawn private investigator makes an unlikely superhero. With super strength, Jessica Jones aims to take down NYC’s mind-controlling villain. Yes, you read that right, a villain who can make people do anything on his command! I enjoyed watching this series not only for the interesting story line, but also because of the talented actor and actress who play the antagonist (David Tenant) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter).


Luke Cage - 2 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★

If you watched Jessica Jones first, you already know a little bit about Luke Cage and his superpowers. If not, he has super strength like Jessica Jones, but with the extra useful ability of bulletproof skin. Cage’s NYC neighborhood, Harlem comes with its own problems and villains like a local club-owning mobster, nicknamed “Cottonmouth”. Like the other Marvel series, be prepared for action-packed episodes and a great cast of actors to bring the comic book world to life.


Dare Devil - 3 seasons

BINGE-WORTHY LEVEL: ★★

Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer by day and ninja vigilante named Dare Devil by night. Blinded in an accident as a child, Dare Devil uses his radar senses to protect his NYC neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen from crime. The show has a dark and gritty mood setting it apart from the other Marvel series we have come accustomed to. With no special superpower and mostly hand to hand combat, Dare Devil’s fighting sequences are probably the most fun to watch.



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