15 Underrated Series On Netflix You Need To Binge Watch ASAP
One of the best features of Netflix is the ability to binge watch TV series without having to wait for the next episode to air. Gone are the days of waiting in anticipation for an entire week to follow up on a cliffhanger ending. Or, God forbid, having to wait a whole summer for the next season to begin. Our generation has the luxury of skipping those archaic steps and watching as many episodes in a row as we want! With more and more popular series hitting Netflix, there are so many options on shows to tune into and binge on.
Netflix Originals have also exploded on the scene in the last few years, since the release of House of Cards in 2013. We now have a ton of greats to choose from; Orange is the New Black, Narcos, Stranger Things, and what seems like hundreds of stand-up comedy specials. With the originals, you almost can’t go wrong (okay, some of them are admittedly bad, but those won’t be included on this list!).
For a minimal monthly investment, you are granted access to a whole load of great TV shows. No downloading hassles, no commercials, just straight-up series bliss. From mystery to drama, sci-fi to romance, Netflix really has something for all moods and tastes. Feeling like you need your couch, some snacks and a “Netflix and Chill” marathon? Save yourself the browsing time and check out this list of the 15 underrated series on Netflix you need to watch ASAP instead.
If you haven’t watched Bloodline yet, drop everything you are doing and login to Netflix right now! This is one of the best thrillers I have watched…probably ever. A Netflix Original series, Bloodline is the story of the Rayburn family; a perfect-from-the-outside bunch of Floridians who are harbouring a plethora of secrets, lies, drug problems, and scandals. John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler) plays the good-cop/admirable son who is forced to deal with the homecoming of his drug and booze addicted brother and black sheep of the family, Danny. Danny’s return to the Keys forces the family to deal with long-buried tragedies and tests the limits of sibling strength. Expect darkness, unexpected plot twists, and dramatic unfoldings in this chilling drama. The first two seasons are available on Netflix, with a third and final one expected to be released sometime in 2017.
Love was one of my absolute favorite series’ to hit Netflix in 2016. You can binge the first season in a day, and chances are, you will probably want to once you get started. Created by Judd Apatow, Love offers a refreshingly real perspective on modern dating. Following the relationship of Mickey and Gus, the series offers a candid look into their past lovers, their struggles at work, and their eventual romantic syncing with each other. Love has no shortage of relatable moments, creepy, weird characters, and silly musings. The dialogue will have you laughing out loud. The first episode is a bit hard to get into, but once you have an appreciation for the quirky characters, you won’t be disappointed. The good news? If you are tuning in now for the first time, season two is only weeks away from being released. The follow-up to the classic first season hits Netflix on March 10.
Easy is a fun, eight-episode series that provides us snippets of different relationship dynamics. Each episode has a unique cast and storyline. Featuring appearances by Orlando Bloom, Malin Åkerman, Marc Maron and Emily Ratajkowski, the series delves into themes of infidelity, threesomes, new relationships, awkward dating, and betrayal in love. Proving that no two relationships are created equal, the episodes range from very good to just okay. The stories are, mostly, entertaining and poignant, delivering a bird’s eye view into the subtle, and not-so-subtle issues that can develop within couples. Joe Swanberg (director of Drinking Buddies) is the writer, director and producer of this modern gem. The show is exclusively set in Chicago, which gives the viewer a nice tour of the different socio-economic areas and demographics of the city. It’s looking like Easy was a one-time project, with no talks of a follow-up season in sight.
- Making A Murderer
I didn’t jump on the Making a Murderer bandwagon when it was first released in December 2015. I waited for the hype to die down a bit, and then ultimately, decided it must be worth watching due to the critical acclaim it received. A true crime documentary, Making a Murderer is a heartbreaking account of how the US criminal justice system is inherently flawed. We follow the story of Steven Avery, a wrongfully committed man who spent 18 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. To make matters worse, upon his release, the law went after him…again. Brendan Dassey, Avery’s nephew, was also dragged into the messy situation, after being coerced into confessing to involvement in the crime. He has been detained in prison since 2005, even though a federal judge ordered that he be released in November, 2016. The documentary is mostly frustrating and sad, but worth a watch, with really good exposure into a justice system that does not always provide justice.
- Black Mirror
Black Mirror offers a totally original, unpolished look into what the future could look like if we don’t take a step back from our obsession with technology. Offering unique takes on scenarios that are creepy as anything, but not at all unfathomable, Black Mirror will keep your attention through three seasons. The sci-fi thriller offers episodes with unrelated characters and only mildly related themes, meaning that you can easily tune in and out at any time. Some of the themes are kind of comical, while others will make you feel pins and needles all over. An uncomfortable look at how our obsession with reality TV, social media and “rating” things and people can take a turn for the dark and nasty in a not-so-distant future. Black Mirror will return sometime in 2017 with a much-anticipated fourth season. Until then, catch up on the three seasons that are available on Netflix.
Here’s a show that I turned to in desperate times, when I was completely dry on series inspiration. I wholeheartedly didn’t think I would like it. But, oddly enough, this cowboy crime drama sucked me in! The show is about a super-cowboy sheriff, Walt Longmire, who kicks crime’s ass in a Chuck Norris-meets-Billy-the-Kid way. Most of the time you’ll be wondering if Wyoming is actually this crime-ridden. The obvious answer is no, but for the sake of the show, it is kind of fun. A little bit of romance and a little bit of family drama help keep Longmire from being too country. The beautiful scenery and small-town vibes are a refreshing escape from the typical fast-paced, city-centered series that flood Netflix and cable TV. If you can appreciate classic Western dialogue, cowboy hats, and whiskey, this is the show for you.