5 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Fall
You could say I have a small Netflix addiction. And as the days get shorter during the fall, I find myself turning to Netflix after a long day of work even more so than any other time of the year. Luckily, Netflix has a plethora of amazing titles to dive through—which, truthfully, can also be a bit overwhelming. How many times have you scrolled through Netflix pondering what TV show or movie to actually start watching?
I usually ask around for advice from my friends and family if I’m stuck and don’t know where to begin. Blogs can come in handy with their suggestions as well. And sometimes, because Netflix loves us, they will email you about their original show releases that may match another viewing you’ve already seen. Regardless, word of mouth is usually the best way when you’re bogged down with endless titles. To save you some time before you begin your fall binge-watch, below are some of my suggestions to get you started.
This new crime drama is everything you could possibly want. Based on the story of Pablo Escobar and DEA agent Steve Murphy, Netflix brings you right into the cocaine-filled violence of Colombia. It has terrific acting, it’s filmed on-location in Colombia, and I liked the fact that DEA agent Murphy is the narrator. The pace of the storytelling was satisfying too, not too long, and not too short. Until I realized after episode 10 that the season was over and wanted more—but I highly recommend it. I myself managed to watch the whole thing in one long weekend. That’s how you know I’m really hooked.
If you’re into sci-fi, this new Netflix series is for you. It centers around 8 characters from various parts of the world—we see a DJ in London, a police officer in America, a young fiancé in India—that are all connected by an “eighth” sense. They are mentally and emotionally connected with one another, and of course, there are people who are after them. It can be pretty violent at times, which I wasn’t prepared for, but the acting is good and I liked how the show touches upon everyone’s cultures. Like Narcos, only season 1 is up, and it’s 12 episodes long.
Another new series that hit this year, that is a Netflix original, is called Bloodline. It revolves around the Rayburn family, who is forced to face their past scars and secrets when their “black sheep” brother, Danny, comes back. Danny’s return threatens the family legacy. This series is only 13 episodes long, but it’s addicting. It’s also already been nominated for 2 primetime Emmy awards, and Netflix announced it was renewing for a second season this past March.
Okay, to be fair, this is not new, nor is it a Netflix original. But if you want to start a show this fall, and you don’t want to wait for new season releases like my previous suggestions, go for this great AMC drama. Mad Men officially ended within the last year or so, so you have 7 wonderful seasons to take up your chilly evenings. Centered on Don Draper, a successful New York City businessman who works in advertising, the show magically captures life from 1959 to 1969. I loved the fact that it was like I was watching a continuous film, and how the show allows the characters to truly develop. You will find yourself loving and hating the same character as Mad Men shows the good and bad in everyone. It also captures critical social, political, and economic periods of the 60’s, which you get to experience right along with the characters.
Parks and Recreation
Another series that is (unfortunately) already finished is Amy Poehler’s hilarious Parks and Recreation. If you’re not into dramas, which I realize I have been mostly suggesting, this is a great, light-hearted show that will have you in tears. With humor similar to The Office, Amy Poehler’s fierce passion for politics, waffles, and her co-workers, will have you rolling on the floor. The episodes are also short—perfect for watching an episode here and there if you don’t have too much time to dedicate to your Netflix binge in one sitting.
So grab that popcorn, heat up some hot cocoa as the nights turn into lovely sweater-weather, and bask in the glory that is Netflix!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AMY VAUGHN
As a Montclair State University graduate with a BA in English, my first love is writing, specifically nonfiction and short stories. International human rights and women’s rights are also strong passions of mine. I hope to someday be able to call myself Chief Editor, human rights advocate, and jewelry designer. I can’t live without Mad Men (er, Netflix), soy chai lattes, or my adorable Wheaten terrier, Pippin.