TOP Netflix series to binge watch right now
If you haven't heard of Squid Game yet, where have you been!?
With the endless memes over instagram and twitter, and the thousands of 5 star reviews, there is a reason why this show made it to the top spot on netflix!
Produced in Korea, Squid Game blends Hunger Games and Parasite with a battle royale-style contest. Hundreds of desperate, broke people are recruited into a contest where they can win enough money to never need to worry about their debts again. All they have to do to win the ₩45.6 billion (£28 million) jackpot is complete six children’s games. But it’s not that simple: all the games have a twist and the risk of death is high. Very few people make it out alive.
Squid Game is intense, brutal (and often very graphic) but completely gripping. Netflix’s dubbing isn’t the best in this instance, but the series more than makes up for this with how compelling all nine-episodes are!
The second season of this raunchy teen show was one of the biggest highlights on Netflix in 2020. Although it has a distinctly American glow, with jocks, Acapella groups and mean girls, Sex Education is set in the UK and filmed in Wales. Asa Butterfield stars as an awkward teenager who starts giving sex counselling for money, and Gillian Anderson plays his mother in her typical graceful style. While the titular topic is used as a source of comedy, Sex Education also explores issues related to intimacy and identity issues in a smart way that will dredge up your emotions.
Line of Duty
Jed Mercurio's gripping police drama follows the work of AC-12, a police anti-corruption unit working in an unspecified UK city. Originally broadcast on the BBC, the show centres around Steven Arnott, a detective who is transferred to AC-12 from counter-terrorism after a delicate operation goes badly wrong, and colleagues Kate Fleming – an undercover operative – and Ted Hastings. Each set of six episodes covers a different case of potential police wrongdoing, and there are moments of gripping tension that make it perfect for binge-watching. Season five is on Netflix, with the first four on BBC iPlayer and the sixth airing through spring 2021.
When a team of nine criminals launch an audacious heist at Spain’s Royal Mint, they are convinced that their meticulous plan has every eventuality covered. But things start to unravel when the enigmatic mastermind behind the heist starts getting close to the police detective in charge of securing the safe release of the 67 hostages. Although the twisting plot stretches the limits of credulity at points, Money Heist is a deliciously frenetic and tension-filled series that makes surprisingly sympathetic figures out of its devilish main characters.
From executive producer Shonda Rhimes comes a period drama like no other that has become Netflix’s most watched series ever. Bridgerton is set during the Regency period in England and follows the powerful Bridgerton family as they navigate love, marriage and scandal. Incredibly bingable and shockingly entertaining, the show is based on a series of novels with each on focusing on a different Bridgerton sibling - this first series follows eldest sister Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and her turbulent marriage to one of London's most eligible bachelors, Duke Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page). With season two already confirmed, expect much more from London’s Ton era very soon.
Now into its fourth season, The Crown shows the British royal at its best and worst. It's a definitely fictional retelling of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, with the first season focussing on the eight years between 1947 and 1955, where Elizabeth marries the Duke of Edinburgh. Things move faster in the second series, which covers the Suez Crisis and the resignation of British prime minister Harold Macmillan. The third season saw Olivia Colman stepping into the role as HRH enters the tricky middle years and the swinging sixties, while the recently released fourth season centres on Princess Diana's tricky relationship with the royals.