When you’re a parent with young children, long days make for early bedtimes. My hubby and I are usually so exhausted by 8 o’clock so we each pour a glass of wine and head to bed to indulge in some good TV. Television has come such a long way in the past few years. Shows are even better than movies and it’s reflected in the clever writing and amazing actors that play each character (sorry, Scandal did NOT make the list). I won’t lie, I am a bit of a TV junkie and Netflix is my drug of choice. It’s just such a great way to unwind every night. Here is what you should be watching next:
The Best Series on netflix
One of the most popular discussions that I have with friends stems around television shows. What are you watching right now? Is it any good? What should I watch next? TV has just gotten so GOOD! I finally had to compile a list to share so without further ado, here are the twelve best shows on Netflix:
Plot: A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century (5 seasons).
My take: This show is just perfect. The time period, the costumes, the scenery and the characters will make you fall in love with Downton.
Plot: A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil (5 seasons).
My take: I have to admit that this may be the best show I have ever watched. Every episode will leave you on the edge of your seat, making you stay up way past your bedtime in order to find out what happens next. Claire Danes will quickly become one of your favourite actresses.
Plot: On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City’s best lawyers (5 seasons).
My take: Um, can we say Harvey Specter one more time? The eye candy alone is worth your time. This show is filming in Toronto, Ontario and the writing nothing short of incredibly clever.
Plot: A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (2 seasons).
My take: The subtitles are so worth it as you watch this gruesome drug lord take power.
Orange is the New Black
Plot: The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend (4 seasons).
My take: The first episode might leave you a little uncomfortable but keep at it in order to get past the shock value. This show will pull at your heart strings as you see the relationships develop between women living in prison.
Plot: A family of adult siblings find that their past secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep of a brother returns home (2 seasons).
My take: Families always have secrets to hide and this picture-perfect family has a closet full of them. Watch it all unfold and learn that the truth always comes out.
Hell on Wheels
Plot: Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US history, the building of the transcontinental railroad (5 seasons).
My take: Many of you know that this one is close to my heart. If you don’t, read about it here! I love this old Western, that was filmed here in Calgary, Alberta. Watch for my son as William Bohannon in the second half of Season 5.
Plot: A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car (4 seasons).
My take: The first two seasons of this show captivated my attention with it’s “whodunnit” mystery.
The Good Wife
Plot: Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state’s attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm (6 seasons).
My take: A legal drama that is easy to follow. Follow this strong willed woman as she works hard to get a second chance at her career and her love life.
Plot: A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s financial future (5 seasons).
My take: This dark drama features some of the most stellar acting I have ever seen by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Watch how the main characters change throughout the series and keep you rooting for the “bad guy”.
Making a Murderer
Plot: Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, 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 (1 season).
My take: This show captivated me right from the first episode. It will leave you reeling at how this type of corruption is actually possible in this day and age.
House of Cards
Plot: A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him (4 seasons).
My take: Being a Canadian, the American political system causes some confusion at times but the acting in this show is worth tuning in to, to watch Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright work their magic.
So what’s your favourite show on Netflix? Comment below!