Yes I know, I can only come up with lists of five. But it always works out perfectly for my Five on Friday’s anyways. Today I will have no shame and tell you all about five shows to binge watch on Netflix. And yes, I have sacrificed and binge watched myself so I could tell you all about it (yeah right). And no, this list does not include Orange is the New Black or Stranger Things (although I have also binge watched those).
I seem to have quite varied taste’s in terms of shows so there should be something here for everyone.
Narcos (seasons 1 & 2)
I love this show so much that I’ve already talked about it on this blog. The show chronicles the narco culture in Colombia during the 80s and 90s. It’s a mix between the life of Pablo Escobar and the DEA agents in Colombia trying to bring down the cartels. Even though most people already know how Pablo Escobar’s life ends, and the show is loosely based on true events, there are still lots of twists and turns. You get a little action, drama, history and even random romance. What is most surprising is that somehow the show leaves you rooting for the “bad guys”.
Half of the show is in Spanish, but there are subtitles and certain portions are in English (when the DEA agent narrates).
Also, as I’ve mentioned before, the show can be quite graphic at times and there is some sexual violence. So, if you are very sensitive to that I would either look away or stay away.
Son’s of Anarchy (Seasons 1-7)
Not sure how I even started watching this but I just got through 7 seasons of a show about a motorcycle club (MC). But a few episodes and I was hooked.
The show is a crime-drama series that follows the activities of the Son’s of Anarchy MC. Although it isn’t a real club in the US, there are plenty of real MC’s this is based on. The main character played by Charlie Hunnam is the Vice President of the club. Most of the show has a lot to do with his inner turmoil about the types of activities the club engages in (gun running, drugs, prostitution, etc.) and the effect of that on his family and his conscience.
There is crime, sex, drama, corruption, romance, vigilantism and comedy in almost every episode. I found it pretty entertaining and there were enough twists and turns to keep me watching for seven whole seasons. Most would think this show is a guy’s show, but if you can get past the gore I think it’s pretty entertaining.
Be warned there is nudity and a TON of inappropriate language so not something to watch in front of the kids.
Jane the Virgin (Seasons 1-2)
And, for a complete 360, the next show to discuss is a romantic comedy (I warned you I have very varied tastes). How to explain what Jane the Virgin is about?
In a nutshell, the show is about Jane, a virgin who gets pregnant after accidentally being artificially inseminated during a OBGYN appointment. And if you think that sounds ridiculous? the rest of the show is equally or more ridiculous as it follows Jane’s life. The show is essentially a satire of the types of things that happen in Telenovelas and Soap Opera’s. Every episode is pretty hilarious.
My favorite part about this show is how light hearted it is. I never stress or worry while watching and I know I’ll get a good laugh.
Grand Hotel (Season 1-3)
I just realized 3 out of 5 shows I’m recommending today are in Spanish. Sorry! But they all have subtitles!
Grand Hotel is a mystery/crime/drama television show about life in a aristocratic hotel in the 20th century. The first episode kicks off with the main character Julio who arrives at the hotel to find out what happened to his sister Cristina (a maid at the hotel) that has gone missing. The entire first season follows the mystery of Cristina’s disappearance. As soon as you start thinking you know what happened to her, there is a new twist that leaves you just as confused. It’s almost like a game of clue in the form of a TV series.
There is some romance as Julio starts working at the hotel as a waiter (while he tries to find his sister) and sparks a romantic interest in the daughter of the hotel owner.
The Time in Between (Season 1)
I’m pretty sure I watched this entire show in a day. It is an adaptation of the novel ‘The Time in Between’ or ‘The Seamstress’. It is a drama following the life of a seamstress before and during World War II. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that circumstances lead her to become a spy for the allies. She ends up using her seamstress business to get information from high profile clients. Of course, every episode has some complication, but that is exactly why I found myself holding my breath so many times.
The show also chronicles her love interests and the lives of other characters in her life.
Alright, there you have it. Five shows to binge watch on Netflix for the weekend! Happy watching 🙂