We’ve only just had a long weekend, and it’s once again time for another (yay!). Monday is labour day (which we hope means no labouring whatsoever for you), so it’s the perfect opportunity to chill out and catch up on all the TV shows you’ve been missing.
Can’t think of what to watch? Here are our top Netflix picks that will give you more than enough viewing material to get you through the weekend, and more.
Netflix’s latest comedy series is an adaptation of the life of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. It takes you through the ups and downs of her rags-to-riches story, from her dumpster-diving and selling vintage clothes though Nasty Gal to building a multi-million dollar fashion empire by the time she hit 27.
So if you’re looking for a bundle of laughs, a peek into the world of entrepreneurship, and a firsthand look at what it takes to make it as a #girlboss, give this a shot.
If you’ve heard about Riverdale and were expecting to find a show that would remind you of the titular comic, you might be in for quite a surprise. The show has been tweaked to centre around a teenage murder mystery story based on the characters in the comics, a seminal event that pulls the curtains back to reveal the darker side of the seemingly wholesome town of Riverdale.
We must warn you though, if you are a fan of Archie in the comics, don’t expect to love him in this series as he plays a rather tortured individual whose problems are more important than any of the bigger issues going on around him. That said, there are plenty of things to keep you hooked on this series, especially if you love a good whodunnit.
#3 Chef’s Table
Now, if you consider yourself a foodie, or love watching shows involving food, or are just intrigued by the goings on in famous kitchens around the world, then you absolutely have to give Chef’s Table a shot. The series was nominated for an Emmy, and season one alone delves into the worlds of six kitchens run by some of the most renowned international chefs.
Visit Italy, New York City, Argentina, Melbourne, Sweden and Los Angeles in the first season, and even more unusual locations in the next two seasons, though we highly advise you do so after you’ve had yourself a satisfying meal (hunger pangs and kitchen envy are a terrific side effect of this show).
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#4 The Get Down
Dive into 1970s New York with this series as it follows the rise of hip-hop and disco music as seen and experienced by a group of teenagers living in The Bronx. It’s not all rainbows and flowers – the show casts a gritty and critical look at what life was like amidst poverty and gang violence.
Season one of The Get Down premiered last August and though it was just six episodes, there was never a dull moment. And if you decide to catch it this weekend, you’ll have the privilege of catching the second part of the series, set a year later, which Netflix released earlier this month.
#5 Santa Clarita Diet
It may be a comedy, but Santa Clarita Diet isn’t quite for the faint of heart. The premise of the show in a nutshell: Sheila Hammond (played by Drew Barrymore) suddenly transforms from her regular human self into a zombie who needs to feed on human flesh to survive.
Sheila isn’t caked in Walking Dead warpaint; she looks perfectly normal but has suddenly got a new array of urges she must contain, and it’s up to her and her husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) to figure out a way to live as normally and undetected as possible.
There are moments of comedic gold splattered with particularly graphic scenes as she satisfies her newfound appetite. You may want to avoid watching this at mealtime, but if you love your zombie flicks and need something mindless to unwind to, have at it.
#6 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Not a Netflix original or new by any means, this is hands-down one of the best sitcoms on Netflix (in my opinion at least). It’s set in the fictional 99th precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn and follows a team of seemingly hapless carefree detectives and their exasperated and expressionless captain.
The jocular detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) constantly tops the squad in terms of the number of arrests despite his attitude, much to the chagrin of his by-the-book (and fairly uptight) colleague Amy Santiago. The rest of the cast are equally endearing if a little annoying at times.
Three of the show’s four seasons are available on Netflix, and they provide the perfect mix of laughter and warm fuzzy feelings to get you to your happy place this weekend.
#7 Terrace House
If reality TV is your guilty pleasure, then Japanese reality series Terrace House is right up your alley. The best part is you don’t need to understand the language to enjoy it, because Netflix provides the subtitles for you.
The premise is simple. Three guys and three girls (all conventionally attractive and aged between 18 and 30 years old) who have never met are given a swanky house to live in. What sets it so clearly apart from the reality television of this nature we’re used to is that in Terrace House, there is almost no drama.
One might think that watching conflict resolution occur in a polite and mature manner would be mundane and frankly boring, but it somehow makes for compelling television. Perhaps it’s observing the cultural differences in dating, work, and leisure that might seem quite unusual relative to our own cultures or the typical American reality television we’re used to (we’re looking at you, Kim).
There are two separate seasons or “cities” of the show available on Netflix, with the latest ongoing season set in Hawaii which makes for some interesting cultural shifts.
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