Melbourne, the time has come to stock up on snacks, pull out your warmest blankets and find that sweet spot on the couch. Winter is coming (okay, so it’s pretty much winter, but it sounded way cooler to throw in a GoT reference). If you don’t have a Netflix account as yet then now’s the time to invest. There’s an array of top quality TV shows to catch up on. So snuggle in and let us share our top 10 binge-worthy picks.
- Gotham (Drama, 1 Season)
This one’s for the Batman fans out there. Gotham is a little gem for those who want to geek out DC style. It focuses on Jim Gordon’s career pre-Batman and the chaos that led to and shaped the future of Batman and the villains he goes up against. Ben McKenzie has come a long way since The OC.
- Arrested Development (Comedy, 4 Seasons)
Arrested Development is one of those shows that you either strongly love or strongly hate. It’s definitely an acquired taste. The Bluth’s are just about the most dysfunctional TV-family you’ll come across. At the center of the chaos is Michael, the family’s most responsible (arguably the only responsible) family member. Michael attempts to hold himself and his family together even as everyone else falls apart.
- Master of None (Comedy/Drama, 1 Season)
Master of None is a poignant look at the everyday life of Dev Shah (Aziz Ansari) as he tries to navigate making it as an actor whilst also trying to understand his parents and heritage a little more. The series is a refreshing look at the life of a 30-something guy doing his best to make sense of his journey.
- Orphan Black (Drama, 3 Seasons)
Welcome to the Clone Club. Sarah Manning finds herself in the middle of one of the largest genetic experiments ever attempted. The further she tries to run from it, the more she seems to get caught up. If anything, watch the show for Tatiana Maslany’s performance. She plays the role of all the clones and sometimes even plays a clone playing a cone. Maslany’s clonesception is just one of the many brilliant aspects of the series.
- Narcos (Drama, 1 Season)
Narcos is based on the rise of ‘The King of Cocaine’, Pablo Escobar, as he amassed his billion-dollar fortune. Need we say more, really?
- Mad Men (Drama, 7 Seasons)
It’s the 1960s and the world is changing. Advertising is changing too. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is trying his best to stay on top while balancing his identities as a top advertising executive and a family man.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Comedy, 2 Seasons)
Kimmy Schmidt has spent the last 15 years in a bunker as a prisoner. Armed with an 8th-grade education and a positive outlook, she’s ready to take on the world and make up for lost time. The show was co-created by Tina Fey, so it’s pretty darn hilarious.
- Sense 8 (Drama, 1 Season)
Sense 8 might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s pretty badass. It introduces us to a group of people from around the world who are connected mentally and emotionally. These ‘sensates’ are able to share each other’s knowledge and skills, which comes in handy as they navigate their own personal challenges and try to figure out how and why they’re connected. If it doesn’t sound awesome enough, the Wachowski siblings, who also wrote and directed the Matrix trilogy, created the series (it’s pretty trippy in a good way).
- Lost (Drama, 6 Seasons)
This one’s an oldie but it’s the brain child of J. J. Abrams so it’s worth the 120 episode binge (although you might want to space it out). The series begins with a plane crash and a mysterious island. Will the survivors escape? Why are some of them super creepy? You’ll have to watch to find out.
- Orange is the New Black (Drama/Comedy, 3 Seasons – the 4th Season will release on the 17th of June)
Based on the real-life memoir of Piper Kerman, OITNB explores the life of a group of female prisoners at the fictional Litchfield Penitentiary. Kerman (Chapman in the show) was convicted of money laundering during her days with an international drug cartel. With karma finally catching up to her, she’s thrown into the world of prison riots and survival of the fittest. Besides the brilliant writing, Jenji Kohan’s creation has won a list of awards for its moving look at the life of women behind bars.
Did we miss out on any of your favourites? Comment below and let us know which shows you deem binge-worthy!