I'm not a big TV watcher. Only because I can't really keep up with the dates and times various shows come on. I am totally out of the loop with current television programming but when I do have some down time I prefer to binge watch shows on Netflix. I want to get in and get out without months of commitment to a particular show.
If you are like me and looking for some fun and gripping shows to watch this summer here are five that I recommend:
1. Black Mirror- A dark, satirical series that explores how far technology could go in the near future. It also examines our dependency on technology especially the impact of social media. Very well written British series that reminds me of the Twilight Zone. Currently three seasons available on Netflix. I'm anxiously awaiting a Season 4!
2. Leverage- A series that follows a five-person team: a thief, a grifter, a hacker, and a retrieval specialist aka hitter, led by former insurance investigator Nathan Ford, who use their skills to get justice for ordinary citizens who have been wronged by big corporations. The show has some comedic and dramatic moments and I love all of the characters. The chemistry between the team is what makes the show. This was previously a series on TNT and all five seasons are available in Netflix
3. Breakout Kings- An original A&E series about a task force put together by the United States Marshals. The twist is that the team is comprised of current prisoners serving time for various crimes. They use their criminal genius and insider knowledge to help the Marshals find convicts who've escaped from prison. The tradeoff is that the task force of cons get to do their time in a minimum security prison and get time off their sentences for every escapee they help capture. I love the concept of this show as well as the writing and acting but unfortunately it was cancelled after only two seasons. However the final episode doesn't leave too much hanging, I like to think of it as a "what if" scenario that let's the viewer imagine how it all ended. You can breeze through both seasons on Netflix in a weekend.
4. White Collar- I think I'm seeing a pattern to the shows I like watching (LOL!). This previous USA network series is about FBI agent, Peter Burke who works in the white collar crime division (usually non-violent financial related crimes) specifically with the theft of art, jewels and things of that nature. His biggest arrest was career white collar criminal and genius, Neal Caffrey. He uses Neal to help him catch another high profile thief and it leads to a work release job for Neal helping Agent Burke find and recover stolen art. Again great chemistry between the two lead actors and Neal has a friend named Mozzie (Standford Blatch from the Sex and the City series) who steals every scene he's in as a paranoid anti-government grifter and thief. I have one season left of this show and I'm going to hate for it to end. All 6 seasons are currently available on Netflix.
5. Jessica Jones- If you are a superhero fan then you need to add this Netflix original to your list! I must warn you that the show is much darker and follows a different path than the original comic book version of Jewel/Jessica Jones. In this series, Jessica is a functioning alcoholic using her powers working as a private investigator. Through some flashbacks we learn how she not only got her powers but why she self medicates with alcohol. The villain Kilgrave (Purple Man) chases and is chased by Jessica throughout the season until a showdown at the end. If you're fan of David Tennant (from Dr. Who) you will love him as Kilgrave, he's magnetic! We're also introduced to Luke Cage in the Jessica Jones series they do hook up a few times but their relationship isn't as deep or developed as it is in the comics. I'm wondering if that will change with the new Defenders show debuting on Netflix bringing Cage , Jones, Daredevil and Iron Fist together in one show. There is is only one season of Jessica Jones (13 episodes) but again her story will pick up with the Defenders. Definitely worth the watch.
BONUS: Chewing Gum- This Netflix original is my guilty pleasure. It's quirky, awkward and hilarious. It is a British comedy (READ: you've got to have a warped sense of humor, lol!) that follows Tracey Gordon a worker at a local convenience store. She's a 24 year old sheltered, religious virgin who desperately wants to have sex and learn more about the world. Her escapades on the show will either have you laughing out loud or cringing. Maybe both. But I personally think Michaela Coel is brilliant in this series. There are only two seasons available but Season 3 is on the way! Again, watch at your own risk especially if you're easily offended and it takes a lot to get your sense of humor going.
What are some of your favorite bingeworthy shows on Netflix?
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