We put in the hard work and we binge-watched all of the best shows on Netflix - here's our shortlist for your stint in self-isolation.
Thanks to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve never spent so much quality time with our couches. Glamorous nights out have been replaced by pyjama parties with our pets, and our daily schedules now revolve around binge-watching the best series on Netflix.
Sure, we could enrol on an educational online course, or align our chakras with a virtual yoga class (and heck, our kitchens could do with a good spring clean too). But let’s face it: Netflix and chill sounds waaay more appealing when on lockdown – even better when you add home-delivered pizza into the mix.
So, to help you during your Coronavirus quarantine on the couch, we’ve put together a go-to list of the very best things to watch on Netflix right now. From binge-worthy shows to epic Netflix Originals, this is your must-watch hitlist to help pass the time.
THE BEST SERIES TO BINGE WATCH ON NETFLIX IN 2020
If you haven’t watched this cult-fave yet, climb out from under your quarantine rock. Sex Education is the raunchy British comedy drama that charts the life of awkward teenager, Otis Milburn, as he experiments with sex and stumbles his way through adolescence. His mother happens to be a sex therapist and he learns how to sells sex tips to his school mates, all the while trying to navigate his own relationship(s) with his high-school fling and best friend. With two seasons and 16 episodes, this popular Netflix series is oh-so bingeable.
The first two seasons of Ozark had us hooked, but the brand new third season (released in March 2020) is on a whole other level. Watch as Marty, Wendy and Ruth become even more entangled with the Mexican drug cartel, making more mistakes, organising more dodgy deals and growing hungrier for power and money by the day. Twists and turns have kept us on the edge of our sofas, and the character developments are second to none.
If you loved Bring It On back in 2000, you’ll LOVE Cheer. Taking our obsession for American high-school cheerleading to soaring, somersaulting new heights, Cheer is a six-part docu-series that follows the ups and downs of Navarro College’s competitive cheer squad – the fourteen-time National Champions, no less. Expect happy and sad tears, and don’t be surprised if you get the urge to practice your cartwheels in your living room by the end of this epic production.
Laugh, cry, laugh again, and cry some more during After Life – a heartwarming series that not only features Ricky Gervais, but is directed by the man himself too. Arguably his best work to-date, Gervais plays the part of Tony – a depressed widower mourning the tragic death of his beloved wife, Lisa. While it sounds gloomy AF, the entire series has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Moving, witty and totally addictive – we can’t wait for the second season to drop on 24th April.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
Wowzers. Not your typical docu-series, Tiger King is a total headf**k. Focusing largely on Joe Exotic, a gay polygamist large-cat-lover, and his relationship with other people across the States who own big cat parks, this show gets weirder with every episode. There’s mystery, intrigue, politics, music and more – reality TV at its finest.
A cult hit since the very first season aired in 2018, You pairs teenage rom-com drama with psychological thriller vibes. Watch in awe as a seemingly harmless crush turns into stalking, mental illness and sociopathic charm from “nice guy” Joe Goldberg. Prepare to binge-watch the entire two seasons back-to-back.
If thrills and epic twists are your kinda thang, then you’ll love The Stranger. This lightweight mystery series involves secrets, murder and plenty of intertwining storylines – each one more gripping than the last. And with each episode adding more and more confusion and story development, this one’s impossible to switch off.
Ever since the very first episode of The Sinner (from the very first season), we’ve been glued to this murder mystery Netflix series. With plenty of unexplained events and chilling crime, it’s everything you’d want for a serious binge. And with three separate storylines across all three seasons, you get that satisfying conclusion at the end of each eight-episode marathon, rather than a year-long cliffhanger waiting for the next season to air. Season three has just been released for 2020, and it’s just as good (if not better) as its predecessors.
Taking us back to the aftermath of World War I, Peaky Blinders is a British crime drama with five full seasons to sit through. Following a criminal family that’s fighting for power over the city of Birmingham, expect guns, gangs and grapples with the British government. It’s also cinematically stunning, making it even more of a must-watch.
When we first heard about a historical drama chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth and the British Royal Family, we couldn’t have been less interested. But The Crown has surprised us beyond belief, gripping us to our screens for three full seasons. With rivalries, risqué relationships and royal betrayals, it’s no surprise that this big-budget series has picked up so many awards.
Okay, so this isn’t new for 2020, but Stranger Things is the nostalgic sci-fi series that we binge-watch year after year. With three epic seasons, the show follows El, Mike and the gang as they try to defeat a horde of strange, supernatural forces. Freaky, fun and fabulously eighties – we can’t get enough of this cult classic.
Friends from College
Another non-newbie but worth a binge all the same, Friends from College is the perfect mix of comedy and drama. The two seasons follow a group of friends from Harvard facing their 40s and finding themselves balancing adult life and nostalgia from their carefree college days. Set in New York, the series stars Keegan-Michael Key (of Key and Peele), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) and more. A nice easy-watching series that’ll keep you occupied for days.
Looking for more Netflix series to binge-watch on lockdown? Try Narcos, Breaking Bad, Russian Doll, Jessica Jones, 13 Reasons Why, Locke & Key, Queer Eye, or The Good Place – to name a few extra faves.