Summer is here, and while a lot of people may be off travelling or doing something else, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have just as much fun right at home with your family, friends or even on your own. Thankfully, sites like Netflix have you covered for such a time, with a large variety of original series perfect for watching and re-watching through the summer. You won’t be able to get off your seat when it’s over!
Orange is the New Black
If you’re up for some drama and comedy then you can’t go wrong with Netflix’s hit series, Orange is the New Black. The series focuses on Piper Chapman, a woman who is sentenced to spend a year in prison after she’s charged with drug trafficking and focuses on her experiences as well as what her fellow inmates go through. It currently sits at five seasons, with a fifth one that was released last month, so it’s a perfect chance to catch up.
Master of None
Master of None is a down to earth comedy and a slice of life series that stands out due to its low-key approach to storytelling. The show tends to focus on protagonist Dev’s life in New York as he tries to figure out his path to follow, as well as an emphasis on the people he meets and the type of situations he gets into.
The series doesn’t thrive on over the top, exaggerated issues though but instead has each episode focus on the nuances of daily life situations such as holidays with the family, marriage or online dating.
Comedy is nice, but if you want to get your blood pumping with some high pumping action, then you can’t go wrong with Narcos. Set in the 80s during the rise of cocaine in Colombia, Narcos focuses on the efforts of the police to catch the then head of the biggest drug cartel in Colombia, Pablo Escobar.
The series plays a bit with its history, but it offers a pretty good look at what Colombian culture was like in those times as well as how Escobar’s influence affected the world as a whole. Do remember to avoid throwing something at your screen in frustration though as there are a lot of ups and downs.
We jump from the sunny areas of Colombia into the foggy and rain-soaked alleys of London. The Crown is a historical series that focuses on the rise of the current Queen Elizabeth, including all of the trials that she had to face both worldwide and in the waters of the UK to become a proper queen.
Like Narcos, it focuses on the effect that her choices had on the world as a whole, but it also focuses on the types of different sacrifices a member of the royal family has to go through and all the internal conflict that goes on in the background.
It’s hard to specify which when you have so many to choose from. Marvel’s certainly made its mark on Netflix thanks to its “Defenders” line up composed of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Each series takes place in New York but offers a different focus, genre and point of view, from crime fighting vigilante to a hard boiled female detective. That’s not all, but with the crossover series, Defenders, on its way we encourage you to watch them all if you can.
Black Mirror would stand as one of Netflix’s most popular series, even if it weren’t originally a part of its line-up. The series takes on a dark look at the different ways in which technology and current events shape society and how these things can affect us, both for the better and worse. Black Mirror doesn’t shy away from dark content so it can be a bit heavy for some, but its stories are nuanced, with interesting characters and are sure to make you think about how you live your life.
Cartoons are lighthearted, fun and can be watched easily, which makes them perfect for bringing during the summer. Whether you want to look at them with some kids, friends or even on your own, Netflix offers a great repertoire of fun and unique series. From the famous Steven Universe and World of Gumball to the original Voltron: The Legendary Defender.
It also offers a great set of adult cartoons such as Bojack Horseman and Rick and Morty, as well as a full repertoire of anime and animated movies for everyone to enjoy. Standing above them is the recently released Little Witch Academia, which offers fun for the whole family along with a cute story and great animation.
This romantic comedy has gone by without many people noticing, but if you like to watch quirky characters go through life while trying to discover the wonders of love, then it’s a perfect fit for you. Love, in particular, focuses on the way different people relate and interact with one another and how they each treat their romantic feelings towards their significant others.
From the creators of the Matrix series comes a show that explores the idea of people understanding each other. Sense8 focuses on eight people, each with their own life and story, as they discover that they are not just connected but can even help each other out. This realisation takes them through a journey in which they have to figure out what’s going on and how they can solve it as they learn more about themselves and one another.
Stranger Things became a huge hit upon its release last year; this was mostly due to its great blend of 80 movie tropes with a legitimate focus on what made actual 80s culture so interesting. Combined with a big heart, a lot of depth and a fun cast that you couldn’t help but love, it became a great science-fiction show for the whole family. Not just that, but it’s the second season is right around the corner and offers some great developments, you should check out while you can!
There’s certainly a lot to choose from with that list. No matter what suits your taste, remember to relax and enjoy the show. Have a lovely summer!Tags: binge watching netflix summer tv series