Binge-watch these Netflix series during the lockdown
Now that we’re all inside, we can’t travel and restaurants and cafes are closed, we have to find other ways to spend our free time. One of my favorite hobbies, even in times when everything is open, is Netflix! Therefore today, instead of a list of my favorite restaurants in KL, a list of my favorite series on the streaming service Netflix.
La Casa de Papel, You, Toy Boy, Elite, Jane the Virgin and 13 Reasons Why, we’ve all heard of these series. At least that’s what I’m assuming, if that’s not the case then those are already five series you can add to your list. I watch it all, American romantic comedy series, Spanish crime, German teen series, and Italian drama, I love it! How do you find the time to watch all that, I hear you think. I ask myself that question too! In the afternoon by the pool, in the Grab to my boxing class, in the sub to the center, I always find a moment to watch something. Addicted? You could call it that.
Queen of the South
After Pablo Escobar in Narcos, it’s time for a female drug lord. You can wake me up for these drugs series. I used to watch programs like Airport Security where they look for smugglers at an airport. Queen of the South is about the Mexican Teresa Mendoza who is fleeing the drug cartel that killed her husband. She is rescued and runs drug runs in America. Teresa knows how to work herself up and becomes one of the biggest cartel leaders in Dallas.
Action series- 3 seasons with 13 episodes of 40 minutes each.
With the Israeli series Fauda, I could use some extra oxygen. Most of the time I was watching this thriller series with restrained breath and a pillow in front of the screen. In Fauda the retired Doron returns to his function at the secret IDF unit. The terrorist ‘The Panther’ he thought he had killed, turns out to be alive and kicking. A seemingly simple mission to eliminate the terrorist runs horribly out of control.
Crime drama series – 2 seasons with 12 episodes of 35 minutes each.
If you don’t like drugs and violence, then, fortunately, there are hundreds of other series that meet your expectations. In this Canadian sitcom, we follow the lives of four women who just became mothers for the first time. These girlfriends are dealing with the reality of being a mother in the 21st century. How overwhelming it is to suddenly sit at home with a baby, how you deal with postnatal depression and how, for heaven’s sake, you manage to combine a full-time job with a baby who only cries. You should see this series if you want to have a good laugh, especially the scene in which actress Catherine Reitman protects her child from a bear.
Comedy series – 3 seasons with 13 episodes of 22 minutes each.
Another thing I love about series: small, cute, American villages where everyone knows each other. Think of Gilmore Girls, The Good Witch, and The Affair. Now add to this list Virgin River. The series is based on the Virgin River novels by the writer Robyn Carr. Nurse Mel makes a new start and moves to the village Virgin River, hoping to leave her past behind. There is only one season of this series and the second part is expected this year. It’s great, all the villagers know each other and think they know everything about the other while of course there are a lot of secrets. Mel works together with the stubborn Vernon Doc (Tim Matheson) who, at first, doesn’t want to work with the city girl.
Romantic drama series – 1 season with 10 episodes of 40 minutes.
Looking for an over the top series with lots of hysteria, wigs, dresses, and catfights? Then you’ve come to the right place at Pose. With this, you’re doing the series too short, because the story shows the dark side of New York in the eighties fiercely and impressively. The time when the LHBTQ community is having a hard time and AIDS is destroying everything it encounters. And what is being done about it? Nothing! Many young people have been thrown out on the streets by their families and move to the so-called ‘houses’ where their ‘mother’ takes care of them. Now and then the different houses compete against each other in the balls, a catwalk show where everyone is allowed to be themselves.
Drama series – 2 seasons with a total of 18 episodes of about 45-60 minutes.
Vis a Vis
Have you seen Orange is the New Black and couldn’t get enough of this? The Spanish series Vis a Vis looks a lot like this. The first few episodes you can’t ignore this, especially when rookie Macarena, after embezzling money for her boss, ends up in the women’s prison. Does it remind you of Piper Chapman? I was glued to my screen because in Vis a Vis they take it to the next step. Torture and murder are the order of the day here, with prisoner Zulema who is not afraid of a little blood. It took a while before I knew in which series she is playing as well. Do you recognize her?
Spanish series- 4 seasons with a total of 40 episodes of about 45-70 minutes
I don’t like sci-fi at all, at least that’s what I thought for a long time. Until I watched the first season of the Umbrella Academy. Six brothers and sisters with very special powers are reunited after years by the death of their father. This, by the way, takes place in the normal world where only this family has these superpowers. Sounds rather strange, just wait until the talking monkey makes his appearance.
Scifi series- 1 season with 10 episodes of 60 minutes.
Enough series to be able to move forward in the coming period. And the good news? Of each series, the new season is already on its way!