10 Shows to Binge Watch on Netflix

Yes, you have every excuse to stay in this weekend!

Updated on June 23, 2017 19:06 pm

Catherine Zhang

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Gone are the days when you have to search and wait for months for your favorite shows to be uploaded online. Since its launch in Singapore last year, Netflix has been the go-to site to watch TV shows and movies. It offers a variety of genres from miniseries and thriller to comedy and crime shows.

If you have no idea which shows to watch, here are some series you can start with (*prepares popcorn*):

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1. Orange is the New Black

A Netflix Original, Orange is the New Black returned for its fifth season on June 9. Expect the usual mix of vulgar but funny antics with a bit of drama and heart-wrenching moments with this critically-acclaimed and award-winning women's prison drama show. If you haven’t seen any of the episodes from the past seasons yet, it’s time to familiarize yourselves with the character of Litchfield Prison.

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2. House of Cards

Another Netflix Original, this Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning political drama returns for its fifth season this 2017. Mirroring modern politics, House of Cards is set in Washington, D.C and narrates how a ruthless politician initiates a plan to rise into a higher position, with the help of his wife. The series has been receiving positive reviews season after season as well as several award nominations.

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3. Master of None

Completely entertaining, smart, and cinematic, Master of None is the story of an actor named Dev Shah (Aziz Ansari) who finds his way through life. The story has its own funny and unique take on adulting—executed in a light, warm, and charming way that anybody can relate to. Well received by critics, Master of None has received several awards and nominations since its first season.

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4. Girlboss

Our idea of a girl boss is someone feisty, strong, smart, resilient, and opinionated. This comedy is loosely based on the autobiography of startup millionaire Sophia Amoruso. Girlboss narrates the story of a fictional Sophia who staggers into creating an online fashion empire and eventually learns how to be the boss. The story appeals mostly to millennials hustling their way up the corporate ladder.

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5. The Crown

The Crown, a biographical television series, depicts the story of Queen Elizabeth II and how the events in her life shaped her reign as the Queen of England. It’s time to binge watch the first season again in preparation of its release this 2017!

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6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows the story of 29-year-old Kimmy who was rescued from being held for 15 years by a doomsday cult in Indiana. With optimism and determination, Kimmy starts over as she begins her life as an adult in New York. Grab your popcorn and time to binge watch all three seasons as she discovers— with enthusiasm and pure innocence—more about the world.

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7. Stranger Things

Stranger Things has been the talk of the town since it started airing. A Netflix Original, it is a science fiction-horror set in the 1980s where a group of kids investigate the mysteries in their hometown (Hawkins, Indiana), including the appearance of a psychokinetic girl named Eleven. Watch all eight episodes of Season 1 before the next season premieres on October 2017. A word of caution: Addicting. Once you start watching this, you can never stop.

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8. The Keepers

If you are into crime documentaries, The Keepers should be on your must-watch list. The latest addition to Netflix’s collection of series, its story focuses on the unsolved case of 1969 where a nun and a schoolteacher were murdered. Every episode is compelling enough that it will make you watch the entire series in one day.

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9. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Based on Lemony Snicket’s books, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a delight to young-adult fiction readers. The story narrates the lives of the Baudelaire kids who lost their parents in a mysterious fire and how they can uncover the dark secrets of their distant relative, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris). Follow their story one unfortunate event at a time.

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10. 13 Reasons Why

A highly talked about series, 13 Reasons Why is an addictive addition to Netflix’s original shows. Based on the New York Times’ bestseller book by Jay Asher, the series follows the story of Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) who receives a box of cassette tapes made by her classmate, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who decided to kill herself. The tapes narrate the 13 reasons why she chose to end her life in a tragic way. The series has been criticised for showing the dark side of suicide; but what makes it more intriguing is how it shines the light on one of the most controversial topics—mental health issue among teenagers. If you haven’t watched it yet, time to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally as the series contains heartbreaking moments.

There are many more shows to binge watch on Netflix. Now, you have every reason to leave work early or stay at home during weekends! Enjoy!


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