It’s undeniable that Netflix is one of the reigning kings of binge watching. With thousands of TV shows and great tricks to get more from your money, it’s the perfect companion for those evenings and weekends spent cuddled up in front of the box.
However, with so much great content, there are many fantastic titles that often slip under the radar. It takes some digging, but even when you think you’ve seen everything it has to offer, there are always plenty more hours of on-screen entertainment to satisfy your binge watching needs. These five shows are all TV gold and available right now for you to watch.
Rapper 50 Cent is known worldwide for his provocative lyrics and lavish music videos, so audiences can expect nothing less from his recent move into television. As producer and supporting actor, he brings his high-flash, high-bling persona to a storyline that fans of shows such as “Empire,” “Narcos” and “Suits” are bound to love.
The show follows notorious drug supplier James St. Patrick—street name Ghost—and his nefarious band of criminals as they navigate the rich and powerful New York City. However, when an old girlfriend, now a prolific criminal justice lawyer, resurfaces in his life, things take a turn for the complicated. His choices are many: does he follow his heart and ruin his family, try to go legit, hide his operations or come clean? Whatever he chooses, he’s bound to ruffle a few feathers, and in this world, that always ends in blood.
With a new season just released, there are currently 27 one-hour episodes available to binge through.
It’s not just the U.S. that’s producing great shows; the land down under also has their fair share of epic programs that will have you binge watching away in no time. “Housos” stands as Australia’s answer to the U.K.-based series “Shameless.” The cast is a group of outspoken neighbors living on the fictional housing commission estate of Sunnyvale. In lieu of conventional jobs, the group of miscreants spends their time committing crimes, getting smashed and coming up with new scams to get more money and benefits from the government.
Heavily satirical, the show caused a lot of controversy on its release, but it’s nonstop hilarity and constant antics made it an instant hit for watchers all over the globe. With its two equally funny seasons now on Netflix, for U.S., U.K. and Australian subscribers, it’s a barrel of laughs that can be watched over and over. If you’re watching from a different country than those mentioned, this Netflix guide will help you gain access anyway!
The episodes are 25 minutes long, and with nine in each season, there’s nearly eight hours of laughs to see you through.
3. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
Sometimes all you need during a weekend is to sit back and have a good laugh, and this “Sex-in-the-City”-meets-“Skins” extravaganza is bound to help you accomplish just that. The main character, June, is a fresh-off-the-bus, sprightly and enthusiastic country girl who has moved to New York for a great new job and to marry her much-loved fiancé. However, when she moves in with a new roommate, Chloe, she soon finds her version of reality turned upside down.
Chloe is the quintessential party girl, skating through life on charm, charisma and drama. She’s seemingly intolerable and downright dishonest, and June struggles to make the living situation bearable. However, when her company goes bust and her fiancé turns out to be a cheating scumbag, it seems like a dose of Chloe’s medicine is exactly what she needs. Alongside their feisty ex-hippy landlady, archetypal gay best friend and a hilarious cameo from “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek, this unlikely bunch take New York by storm, and you can’t help but get sucked in.
Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after two seasons, but this still leaves 26 20-minute-long episodes to sink your teeth into.
4. The Get Down
Baz Lurhmann’s debut in the world of Netflix Originals was set to be epic, but “The Get Down” was unfortunately massively overshadowed by the simulteanous release of the hit series “Stranger Things.” While many critics weren’t impressed with the notoriously out-there director’s take on the birth of hip-hop culture, the small audience the show received was instantly hooked.
The story follows life in the New York projects in the 1970s through the eyes of an incredibly bright yet extremely disheartened young teenager. His life changes when local graffiti legend Shaolin Fantastic shows him a whole new world that’s being born right in the center of the broken-down ghetto he’s lived in all his life. Loosely based on the story of the Funky 4 + 1, a prolific hip-hop group of the era, it’s a tale of hope within hardship and a true testimony to the life-changing powers the hip-hop scene had for young black teenagers at the time.
While many question the appropriateness of Luhrmann telling such an important and sentimental story—including the director himself—it’s undeniable this slick, unique and slightly surreal series is one of the most underrated of the year. With one season released, including five one-hour episodes and a feature-length pilot, you can experience its magic in just one day’s binge!
For travel lovers, there are so many great shows out there that allow you to see the whole world vicariously without ever leaving the comfort of your couch. However, whether you’re a Rick Steves fan or a Karl Pilkington convert, you’re bound to love this little-known series starring two charismatic Canadians on their quest to experience some of the most remote and unknown travel spots across the globe.
The hilarity, childlike antics and ongoing snippets of fascinating trivia provide the perfect illusion of adventuring with your best friends. They cover some incredible locations, including the bustling bazaars of Morocco, the remote mountains and plains of Patagonia, the politically complicated Antarctic and one of the most secluded spots on the whole planet, Ascension Island.
If this show doesn’t make you want to book your next flight now, it will most definitely have you skipping on to the next episode in no time. There are two seasons currently available on Netflix; that’s nearly 20 hours of nonstop travel action!
No matter what genre, length or type of show you’re looking for, you’re guaranteed to find something in the depths of Netflix to tickle your fancy. If you know of any others that deserve a spot on this list, then be sure to leave a comment below.
– Cassie, Binge Out Guest Blogger
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