One thing we are really thankful for more than ever before, during this global lockdown, is the existence of Netflix. Indeed, the streaming giant has started the year off really strong and keeps adding new shows to its list. And we love it. And you can’t know what’s good, what’s great and what’s outrageous unless you dedicate most of your nightlife to binge-watching… Here is a short list of what you should watch to stay up to date with the rest of the world.
TIGER KING: Murder, madness and chaos
If you haven’t yet given in to the Tiger King hype, now is the time. This Netflix really weird documentary series follows Joe Exotic, a tiger breeder and private zookeeper in Oklahoma. So what ? most would ask… Well, with a cast of characters whose crazy quirks and crimes must really be seen to be believed, the show will take your through the riveting life of this unusual guy: from campaigns for office to vicious feuds or even polygamous marriages (yes…), at the very least, it will take your mind off the news cycle.
UNORTHODOX: Rebellion and freedom
Shira is part of the Hasidic Jewish community of Brooklyn NYC. The young woman flees her family and community, after her arranged marriage, to start a new life in Berlin, but her past catches up to her. The show is based on Deborah Feldman’s memoirs and is a well-nuanced, thoughtful portrait of the Yiddish community, and what it means to be a young woman in it.
SEX EDUCATION: A must-watch
While season 1 entertained us with many honest and uncomfortable stories of teen sexuality, through the social awkwardness of Otis and his sex therapist mom, season 2 brings back the same endearing characters and vibes, and is making it even more real, addressing things like female pleasure, consent, asexuality or anal sex. Hilarious and touching at the same time, and undoubtedly powerful.
THE CIRCLE: It will suck you in
At first, you roll your eyes at what seems like “Yet another reality show”. And it does look like a really bad one… Picture this: a group of loud, very online human beings, brought into an apartment complex and kept in isolation, and only allowed to communicate with each other through a social media network called… The Circle. Start watching, you will get pulled into the game.
OZARK: Balancing fate
A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks summer resort, after a money-laundering scheme gone wrong. There, in order to appease a drug lord, he must launder hundreds of millions of dollars. The show will keep you on the edge of your seat.
STRANGER THINGS: The addictive horror/Sci-fi
Set in the 80s, small town Hawkins just so happens to have a lab full of mad scientists who experimented on children and opened a doorway to a nightmare dimension dubbed The UpsideDown.
THE PHARMACIST: Hunting the pill mill doctors
After losing his son in a drug-related shooting, small-town pharmacist Dan Schneider embarks on a crusade to bring a reckoning against the powerful figures behind the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic.
A NYC bookstore manager turns out to be dangerous, charming, intensely obsessive young man who goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by. He feeds his toxic obsessions using social media and other technologies to track them and remove obstacles between them and him.
MINDHUNTER: The beginnings of profiling
Set in the late 70s, two FBI agent from the Elite Serial Crime Unit are tasked with interviewing serial killers in order to get inside their minds to study their damaged psyche, to figure out how they think, to help solve open cases. Along the way, the two agents pioneer the development of modern serial-killer profiling. Riveting.
FAUDA: A chaotic chain of events
Everyone in our region should watch this Israeli TV series from 2015. After retiring from the Israel Defense Force, Doron is working on a vineyard, but get roped back into active duty, upon learning that an enemy he thought he had killed is actually still alive. Fauda carries well its name, as the the series sets into a highly chaotic chain of events.