With summer in full swing, we’ve selected the best binge-worthy TV shows to watch over the hotter months as it is the perfect time to catch up on all the shows you’ve been meaning to watch. With more than 125 million hours of binge-worthy TV shows and movies to enjoy every day, including original series, documentaries and feature films, Netflix has you covered.
House Of Cards
The series’s Golden Globe® winning stars Kevin Spacey (as Francis Underwood) and Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood), whose characters have always been each other’s strongest allies, show cracks in their relationship. House of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman. And with series 1-4 available on Netflix, we’ve got your summer covered. For those who have already binge-watched the whole series, try watching Designated Survivor and The Good Wife.
As a lower-level cabinet member, Tom Kirkman never imagined something would happen that would catapult him to the oval office. When a devastating attack on the night of the State of the Union address claims the lives of the president and most of the Cabinet, the Housing and Urban Development secretary — who was named the designated survivor in case of such an event — finds himself promoted to leader of the free world. Suddenly thrust into his new position of power, Kirkman struggles to keep the country from dissolving into chaos and must adjust to his new normal, unaware of what fresh horrors may await the United States.
In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvent themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A comedy by the team behind “Orange Is The New Black.”
The Good Wife
When a very public political-corruption scandal lands her husband, Peter, in prison, Alicia Florrick (Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies ) must get past the humiliation and betrayal and assume responsibility for her family. She resumes her career as a defense attorney, shedding her persona as the embarrassed wife of a politician, and takes charge of her destiny. Years later, after Peter wins the gubernatorial election, Alicia must balance her evolving career and family responsibilities with her new position as first lady of Illinois.
This multi-award winning Netflix Original Series turned lives upside down when it hit our screens last year. It recently won Show of the Year at the MTV Movie and TV Awards and is a must watch this summer. Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. If you’ve already watched Stranger Things then your next binge-a-thon should be 13 Reasons Why.
13 Reasons Why
Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them? If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, 13 Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heart wrenching story of teenage life that will deeply affect viewers.
Winner of a Golden Globe Award for the Best TV Series and nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for the Best Drama Series, this Netflix Original Series is the one show you must watch over summer and the perfect replacement for Downton Abbey fans. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
Making A Murderer
Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America’s heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. For those who have already seen all 10 episodes, The Keepers is set to be the next cult documentary to watch on Netflix.
From director Ryan White (The Case Against 8, Good Ol’ Freda) comes The Keepers, a riveting seven-part documentary series about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death. The series opens with the story of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore who went missing on Nov. 7, 1969. Nearly two months later, her body was found – and, to this day, her murder remains unsolved.
This documentary series, original to Netflix, profiles the most renowned chefs in the world. Each episode takes viewers into the life and kitchen of an exceptional chef. The chefs, including Massimo Bottura, Francis Mallmann, Magnus Nilsson, Dominique Crenn and Enrique Olvera, share deeply personal stories, their inspirations and their unique styles. Each chef’s discipline and culinary talent is explored as he or she prepares an awe-inspiring creation. For something similar but different try watching Abstract: The Art of Design.
Abstract: The Art of Design
From Executive Producer Morgan Neville, Abstract, a Netflix original docu-series, takes you beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world. Go inside the minds of the world’s greatest designers.
Gilmore Girls: A Year In A Life
The Gilmore girls are back! Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel reprise their roles as Lorelai and Rory, the fast-talking, coffee-loving, mother-daughter duo, along with many other cast members of the original series. This revival takes viewers back to Stars Hollow for an entire year, with an episode for each season — starting with winter and concluding with fall. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino direct, write and serve as executive producers for all of the new installments. If you’ve watch 153 hours of the Original Gilmore Girls and already binged your way through the new series try watching One Day At A Time.
One Day At A Time
A reimagining of the Norman Lear classic, centering on a Cuban-American family. Our heroine is a recently separated, former military mom (Justina Machado) navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son, with the “help” of her old school Cuban-born mom (Rita Moreno) and a friends- without-benefits building manager named Schneider. The 13-episode first season of One Day at a Time is produced by Act III Productions, Inc., Snowpants Productions and Small Fish Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television. Norman Lear, Mike Royce, Gloria Calderón Kellett and Michael Garcia are executive producers.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury. If you enjoyed Marvel’s Luke Cage you’ll love Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Iron Fist.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases in New York City.
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Also watch out for Marvel’s The Defenders, the next Marvel’s series to premiere on Netflix (18th August). This series follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
The cult American series, Gossip Girl follows the lives of privileged teenagers on the upper east side. Serena Van Der Woodsen is a blonde and beautiful socialite, Everyone knows Serena. Blair Waldorf is Serena’s best friend but it’s always about Serena not Blair. Watch Girlboss and Pretty Little Liars for your next fix of teen drama.
Girlboss is inspired by the New York Times best-selling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal. The series centers on Amoruso (Britt Robertson), who began selling vintage clothes on eBay and, by the age of 28, had built the multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal.
Pretty Little Liars
Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend.
One of the original binge-worthy box sets of all time, this series showcases the life of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Realizing that his illness probably will ruin his family financially, Walter makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left. For those looking for the next Netflix series to get hooked on, try watching Better Call Saul the spinoff series from Breaking Bad.
Better Call Saul
The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From parking tickets to mass murder, from slip-and-fall to bond fraud, Saul handles it all.
NETFLIX FACT: Did you know that after finishing a series, the majority of Netflix members (59%) take a pause usually lasting three days before committing to a new show. During that break more than half (61%) watch a movie to keep the binge feeling alive…. How long will you leave in between your next series?