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Weekend special: Netflix shows to binge-watch

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Whether it’s with your best friends or just by yourself on free weekends, bingeing on movies is an excellent way to derive some leisure. Think about sitting on a couch with a bucket full of popcorn on a Saturday evening, catching up on some amazing shows with breathtaking plots, and starring some of your favorite actors. One platform that has made this even more possible is Netflix.

But with the airwaves filled with so many shows of different genres and from different countries of origin made available for your viewing pleasure, selecting one can become a difficult task. This post has put together a list of some of the best shows to help you narrow down your selection.

  1. Ozark

Created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams, this original series has remained one of the most popular shows on the streaming service ever since it premiered, and rightly so. The show stars talents like Jason Bateman, Julia Garner, Laura Linney, Janet Mcteer, and Peter Mullan, among other notable appearances.

The story follows the life of Marty Byrde played by Jason Bateman. Byrde has to move to the Ozarks from Chicago after a shocking revelation that his business partner was in bed with Mexican drug cartels and owes them huge sums of money. He moves to the Ozarks and begins a money laundering scheme in a bid to make more money. As Byrde and his family get increasingly immersed in the criminal world, they further shift the line between good and evil.

  1. Breaking Bad

You’ve probably heard people talk about this once or twice, but haven’t yet found the confirmation you need. The magic that creator Vince Gilligan has perfected over five seasons is something that will go down in history as one of the most memorable TV shows ever. The evolution of a lowly chemistry teacher, Walter White played by actor Bryan Cranston, is the highlight of this twisty, drama-filled, character rich show.

The story really kicks off when Walter White is diagnosed with a terminal cancer and goes into the dangerous world of drug trade to raise money for his family pending his inevitable death. As he tackles the challenges that arise from this new dangerous lifestyle, fans are exposed to a new and intense side of Walter and are left wondering if it was there all along.

  1. Stranger Things

For all the suspense and action-packed scenes this show has delighted us with, we like to believe the hype around this Netflix special is well worth it. With talented acts like Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer and many others, this mystery thriller lives up to the much-anticipated hype surrounding its pre-release. The show satisfies fully the nostalgic feeling of the 80s that its viewers are sure to experience as they stay glued to their seats. Created by the Duffer Brothers, this enthralling show offers fans the full movie experience in each and every episode ensuring no episode lacks excitement.

  1. The People Vs O.J Simpsons: American Crime Story

From its inception, it was impossible to predict how enormous an impact this show would have. Apart from being culturally impactful, The People Vs O.J Simpsons is truly an impressive show. Much credit can be given to its creator Ryan Murphy who redesigns the outlook of this remarkable case in history. He presents an even deeper insight into the circumstances surrounding the case, and how important topics like Racism, social injustice and sexism affect this case and the larger society.

The show is adorned with talented actors like Sarah Paulson who delivers the role of Marcia Clark, Sterling K. Brown who plays Christopher Darden, and Courtney B. Vance who brings to life the character, Johnnie Cochran.

  1. Collateral

This show offers so much action and excitement in a short amount of time, and thereby offers optimum satisfaction to fans willing to binge-watch. The four-hour thrilling series created by writer David Hare and talented director SJ Clarkson, stars Carey Mulligan as a smart, confident detective in London full of charisma and wit. He is burdened with the responsibility of investigating the murder of a pizza delivery man whose immigration status was uncertain.

The various storylines fit in perfectly as the plot thickens. The show exposes the dark and hidden parts of immigration and racial disparity in post-Brexit England. The show, however manages to infuse humor and the feeling of joy that somehow lifts the viewers spirits to avoid them wallowing in despair and anxiety which is a sharp contrast with most other British dramas.

  1. GLOW

Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, this Netflix original series documents the story of a promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in which women striving for success, struggle to excel in a new field.

Talented actor Marc Maron plays the schlock B-movie director with the sole responsibility of turning GLOW into a show. Alison Brie portrays a theatre nerd and upcoming actress who takes it too formally. Betty Gilpin plays the role of soap opera star and one character that would go on to become the main attraction of the wrestling.

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