When Uber released a video at the end of last year showing how many rides I had taken – I was very glad that Netflix didn’t show how many hours that I had spent in my room watching shows last year. Nevertheless, I do consider myself somewhat of a Netflix aficionado so I thought I would share some of my favourite shows and documentaries that I have stumbled upon.
BLACK MIRROR (SEASON 3 + 4)
I actually had to watch this for my university course as it has a big theme of social commentary on how people use social media in society. Mind you, this isn’t for the faint-hearted and it is not really a “feel good” show. It does have some stand out episodes: Shut Up and Dance, San Junipero, Nosedive in Season 3 as well as Hang the DJ, Crocodile, and Arkangel in Season 4.
My least favourite episode is probably Playtest in Season 3, just because I don’t like jump scares and horror isn’t really my jam.
Saying that, the whole series is shot so well and each episode is so carefully thought out, it leaves you wanting more. I preferred season three to season four (all the rest of the seasons are also on there, but it was bought by Netflix from Season 3 onwards, so the budget was increased).
100% would recommend to any of you who haven’t watched it yet to give those easier episodes a shot.
I love food. Especially when it is shot and filmed like a dream – Chef’s Table does exactly that. Following the culinary lives of the world’s top restaurants (Melbourne’s Attica makes the cut!), it details how they got into cooking, their personal life, the restaurant now and detailing the stories behind some of their main dishes. The show has been nominated for numerous Emmy’s and has produced a spin-off series: Chef’s Table France. It is produced by David Gelb, the talented brain behind Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
If you love food like me and want to learn more about what goes behind some of the world’s top restaurants – give this one a taste.
THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON
Made by the same people who are currently developing American Crime Story – The People VS OJ Simpson follows the OJ Simpson Crime Case which sheds light on the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson + Ron Goldman outside of Brown’s LA abode. Many of you would know the story of the case, so I am not going to bore you with details, but the series was nominated (and won) for numerous Emmy’s, Golden Globes, TCA Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards as well as many others for directing, producing and acting which are all rightly deserved. Produced by Ryan Murphy, best known for Glee + America Horror Story – American Crime Story is making a reappearance for a second series and hopefully will continue into the future.
Based on the book, Mindhunter by Joe Douglas follows the story of Holden Ford (no, not the car brands lol). The character coins the term ‘serial killer’ and documents the early stages of criminal profiling to understand just what makes some of the world’s most gruesome and famous murderers tick. I found the series initially quite hard to get into, but I really enjoyed it once I did – mind you, it’s more of a drama than a documentary-style series, but they pay attention to detail and real-life events, specifically about the crimes themselves! It’s the happy medium between True Crime and Mystery.
If you haven’t heard of Stranger Things, I would think you’re pretty strange. Not only is it plastered upon billboards all around the city, on buses and in major train stations. Stranger Things is a drama-suspense style tv show that is based in the 1980s. I’m sure you would have heard the plotline before, but for those that don’t know: it’s based around the suspicious activities in the town of Hawkins, Indiana and the investigation of a young boy Will, who goes missing during amist some freaky supernatural events (that’s it – in the very, very, very short version). I can’t give too much away, but there are SO many reasons why this tv series is (and still is) one of my favourites of all time: the attention to detail, the filming, the scriptwriting and the acting are all contributors into why I think it is so great.
OTHER NOTABLE MENTIONS
- Dear White People
- Orange is the New Black
- Shot in the Dark
- Suits (interesting to see what this turns out like after Patrick J. Adams + Megan Markle’s departure from the show in the new season!)
- The Sinner
- Gilmore Girls
- How to Get Away With Murder
- Jane the Virgin
What are your favourite TV shows from Netflix? Let me know in the comments!