Is waiting for Game of Thrones to come back in two years getting you antsy? What about being disappointed by the lull that is the most recent season of The Walking Dead? Below are some of my most favorite shows that I'm surprised many people haven't heard of. Luckily, they're all on Netflix. I'd recommend that you do NOT start watching on a work or school night unless you have serious self-discipline. Indulge in these ridiculously addictive shows on your #staycation or chillest weekend.
Mindhunter (TV-MA) – A new Netflix drama that focuses on two FBI agents who study and interview serial killers across 1970’s America to see how their mind works, and how to possibly prevent more people becoming the monsters they sit across the table from. The protagonist Holden Ford learns through his interviews that there is a thin line between fascination and inspiration, as he struggles to separate his personal life from his work interviewing charismatic killers. This show is an excellent thriller that lends itself to binge-watching and is going to feel right at home with fans of David Fincher’s films and HBO’s True Detective.
Dark (TV-MA) – A recent Netflix series filmed and set in Germany, this thriller is about mysterious murders that occurred in a small village. The thrilling plot is accompanied by one of the most memorable soundtracks ever recorded with help from musician Ben Frost. How memorable? I choose to sit through the intro every episode! Containing a supernatural spin and filled to the brim with a cast of suspicious characters, Dark is an easy and exciting watch for any fans of Stranger Things or morbid films such as Donnie Darko.
The Five (TV-MA) – A British drama from 2016, The Five presents a mystery about a 5-year old boy that went missing 20 years prior, only for his DNA to show up on a crime scene 20 years later. Filled with juicy plot hooks, one can easily burn through the 10 episodes in a night. Fans of CSI and NCIS will be right at home with the crime drama, but fans of British TV such as Sherlock may find their newest addiction here. Very few people have heard of this show but this is definitely for true fans of great crime dramas like Law & Order and The Killing.
Spartacus (TV-MA) – One of the 21st centuries most action-packed and violent shows, Spartacus remains as visceral and entertaining in 2018 as it did 8 years ago. While Game of Thrones may have taken its spot as the de facto “mature” television of today, Spartacus remains fresh through its lack of formulaic plot devices, and lovable and iconic characters. Well worth checking out to anyone who doesn’t mind buckets of bloodshed! I became a Lucy Lawless fan after watching this unbelievably raw show. The power struggles and love stories remind me of the best Hong Kong drama series but with much more balls and nudity. Pun unintended. Ladies, this show contains the kind of eye-candy that would put Magic Mike to shame.
Happy Valley (TV-MA) – A British police drama that focuses on a police sergeant named Catherine, who finds herself thrust into a wild kidnapping investigation all while having to juggle a multitude of family drama and personal matters. The audience quickly hopes for her success, as she is an incredibly endearing and hardworking character, who often has to pick up the slack of others surrounding her. This show will be an easy transition for any fans of Luther, Sherlock or The Wire.
Better Call Saul (TV-MA) – A spin-off of AMC’s Breaking Bad that focuses on the origin story of the shady but lovable lawyer, Saul Goodman. The show is an addictive character piece of one of the most tragic, quick-witted, and crafty characters in the Breaking Bad universe, and his relationship with his brother. Saul who goes by Jimmy before his “transformation” experiences many rises and falls throughout his adventures of trying to do what's best for him and his brother, though his best is oftentimes illegal. Definitely recommended to fans of Breaking Bad. Even if you have not seen its predecessor, Better Call Saul is among my all-time favorite drama series with complicated relationships, captivating plots, and riveting performances that can hold its own compared to the best drama series in decades.
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@YvonLux is a serial entrepreneur who owns a marketing and PR firm, VANT4GE, LLC, that specializes in target marketing, social media marketing and personal branding. The published lifestyle and beauty blogger also owns and designs for her custom-clothing line, Yvon Lux, and manages her empowering Apple News channel with the same name.