By now, you probably have a Netflix subscription. If not, you need to reevaluate your life. Summer is here, the novelty of being back at home on your old stomping grounds wore off, and you’ve realised that now that the initial holiday feeling and meet-ups are out of the way, it’s time to get reacquainted with couch potato life.
Long gone are the days when summers offered us nothing but back to back FRIENDS marathons. Now, at the click of a button, you have access to hundreds of TV shows and international movies readily viable at your fingertips. With that endorsement out of the way, here are six Netflix shows you have to watch this summer!
If you like legal courtroom dramas, hotshots in tailored suits and sassy quips, Suits is the show for you. Set at a fictional law firm in New York City, Suits follows the career of gifted college dropout Mike Ross and his budding friendship with top defence attorney-cum-professional womaniser, Harvey Specter.
While the show is full of twist, turns and ambiguous Latin phrases, the most entertaining aspect is watching Harvey and Mike close cases and kick ass whilst having to maintain Mike’s secret.
If nothing else can win you over, swoon over Prince Harry’s new beau Meghan Markle as she reclaims her role as Mike’s fiancé, Rachel Zane, in the latest season of the show, which aired this July.
While it’s not a Netflix Original, this absorbing crime drama about a successful and well-liked nightclub owner who moonlights as an A-list drug dealer can now be watched from the other side of the pond thanks to the wonderful entertainment streaming service.
Produced by rapper 50 Cent, the series follows slick James St. Patrick as he navigates the behemoth city as the owner of Truth nightclub set in New York’s swanky meat packing district, all the while maintaining his narcotics empire as the drug lord known allusively as Ghost.
And if that wasn’t enough, in the midst of struggling these two lives, James also juggles to keep his marriage intact, all the while working out his feelings for a former love interest. With the newest series just released on Netflix, you too can keep with all the drama.
3. El Chapo
When Narcos ended, we thought that our addiction for narcotics dramas was in trouble. So naturally, to meet the demands, Netflix concocted El Chapo, a crime drama about the life of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
A look at the life of notorious Mexican drug kingpin, El Chapo, from his early days in the 1980s working as a low-level member of the Guadalajara Cartel, to his rise to power during the 90s and his ultimate downfall in 2016, the show is exclusively available on Netflix. With a second season confirmed to air in September, get watching the recently released first season now.
4. The Keepers
No one does detective true-crime docuseries quite like Netflix. First, they gave us Making A Murderer, and now they’ve delivered the seven-episode series, The Keepers.
Exploring the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik in 1969, who taught English and Drama at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, the show investigates the chilling coverups, shocking secrets of sexual abuse, obstructionism of the Roman Catholic Church, criminal justice systems, institutional malfeasance, and the lingering pain surrounding the cold case nearly five decades after her death.
Launched by two former students who left unsatisfied by the official reports have devoted their time to discover what really happened, this tragic whodunit tale will have you gripped for each 60-minute episode.
Ok, so Okja doesn’t strictly fit the bill as it’s not a show but rather a film, however, as Netflix’s latest major movie production, we thought it should make the list.
Premiering at Cannes Film Festival, the action-adventure epic centres on the relationship between a young South Korean girl called Mila, her gentle, genetically modified pet pig named Okja, and her brave quest to risk everything, travel to NYC and prevent Tilda Winton and Jake Gyllenhaal from destroying her best bud. Think E.T. of our generation, folks.
Okja is the physical and intellectual property of a multinational corporation, and as such is doomed for the usual slaughter and cynical commercial exploitation, but through the journey of saving her friend, the film explores how Mila achieves moral insight by fighting for animal rights against the food industrial complex, protesting against factory farming, and celebrating the bond and love we should have for all forms of life. Queue heart-eyes emojis.
Set in 1980s LA, GLOW is a comedy-drama TV show revolving around the women’s professional wrestling circuit known as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — AKA GLOW.
Focusing on the personal and professional lives of a group of women who perform at GLOW, the show starts with protagonist, Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress receiving an invitation to audition for a spot. The premiere season looks at Ruth’s tumultuous relationship with GLOW’s Director over her tendency to overact in the ring. An entertaining spat with her best gal pal leads to a momentous fight that transforms both ladies into the promotion’s top stars overnight.
Created by the same talent that brought us OITNB, GLOW, while lighter in tone, fantastically explores wider issues than those we believe at first glance, and in particular addresses wrestling’s history of institutional racism. The genus script writing, motive performances and hilarious quips are enough to have you hooked for the entire series.
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