Are most of your favorite network tv shows on hiatus for the summer? Never fear – there are plenty of good shows to watch on Netflix. In fact, here are the 5 best shows to watch on Netflix (in my opinion).
Updated June 2017 – 11 Best Shows To Watch On Netflix.
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Aquarius stars David Duchovny (X-files & Californication) as LAPD Det. Sam Hodiak in this period drama set in 1960’s Los Angeles. Charles Manson, crime, pop culture, romance, suspense – everything you need for a great binge watch!
June 2017 – Season 2 just dropped – can’t wait to get into it!
Narcos is the story DEA agents who are pursuing notorious drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) in 1970’s & 80’s Columbia. Cocaine has become the drug of choice in the US and no matter what DEA Agents Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) & Pena (Pedro Pascal) do, Escobar’s empire keeps growing. Another great period piece with well-developed characters and addicting storyline.
Bloodline is a family drama starring hunky Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) as Det. John Rayburn. Rayburn is one of four siblings in a prominent family in this small Florida Keys town. Things are going along just fine until his black sheep brother, played by Ben Mendelsohn comes back, dredging up hidden family secrets and wreaking havoc in the lives of the Rayburn siblings. Also starring Cissy Spacek and Sam Shepard as the matriarch and patriarch of this dysfunctional family.
June 2017 Update – The final season just aired. Very dark. A couple of murders, drug trafficking, and the dark side of some “squeaky clean” characters.
Flaked is a quirky dramedy starring Will Arnett (Arrested Development) set it Venice, California. It’s the story of Chip, a recovering alcoholic, and his friends in this surfer-type town who wrestle with their pasts, romantic triangles, and recovery. I found this series both funny and endearing.
June 2017 Update – As the season opens, Chip’s life is a mess. He is homeless and has lost a lot of friends. As he tries to get his act together, it’s two steps forward, one step back. And even when he’s bad, you can’t help but root for him!
Fundamentals of Caring
Fundamentals of Caring is a movie, not a series starring Paul Rudd as Ben. After a series of losses, Ben takes the job as a caregiver to 18-year-old Trevor who is confined to a wheelchair with Muscular Dystrophy. To broaden Trevor’s horizons, Ben takes him on a road trip, where they both grow, wrestle with their painful pasts and come home with a new sense of bravery and purpose.
House of Cards
House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright is one of the best political dramas to come out in a long time. In the first season, we see Congressman Frank Underwood and his wife, Claire as a political power couple. The goal – the White House and ultimate power. Affairs, murder, and political intrigue that hauntingly resembles current events make this show a binge watcher for sure. Don’t start watching House of Cards if you want to get anything else done!
The Great British Baking Show
I like watching cooking shows more than I actually like cooking. The Great British Baking Show features amateur bakers from all over Great Britain. Each week, the bakers compete in 3 challenges designed to show their knowledge and skill of all kinds of baking. Not only should their “bakes” taste good, but they must also LOOK good. Judge Mary, who you will know if you watched The Great American Baking Show, is also a judge on this show. She is a tough cookie (pardon the pun) but is also kind, polite and charmingly British in her comments to the bakers, which I find refreshing.
Rectify starring Aden Young is about Daniel Holden, who has spent 19 years on death row for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. When DNA evidence calls his conviction into question, he is released from prison and goes home to a family he barely knows. A lot has happened since he went to prison as a teenager. His father died. His mother remarried and had another child. The world has changed and moves a lot faster. Young’s performance perfectly captures a man who had his “coming of age” in prison and doesn’t know where he fits into a world where he is free.
Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) are as different as night and day. When their law partner husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) reveal their 20-year affair, both couples divorce and Grace and Frankie end up living together. Despite their differences, their shared pain throws them into a remarkable friendship. Grace and Frankie is both hilarious and relatable as you watch these two women pick up the pieces and explore what life after a 40-year marriage will look like for them.
The Crown is the perfect show for Anglophiles! It begins when then Princess Elizabeth (Claire Foy) marries Phillip and becomes Queen at age 25, shortly after her father dies. The series shows the struggle Elizabeth has in assuming her role in a changing world and what it does to the family dynamics. Being a royal is a lot harder than it looks! Great story telling and acting in this show.
Call the Midwife
The BBC drama, Call the Midwife takes place in a low-income area of London in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Since the pregnant women in this community could not afford doctors or hospitals when they had babies, most relied on the midwives from Nonnatus House for their prenatal care and home deliveries. The show addresses many modern issues such as what happens when people don’t have access to medical care, abortion, incest, depression and birth control. But no matter what the situation, the midwives care for the women of their community without judgment. I love this series and all the midwives! You will too.
What shows are you watching this summer?
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