The Best 5 Series Aired on Netflix
Netflix is fantastic as you can watch all of the most talked-about series at your leisure and at a time to suit you. No need to pre-record or remember what episode you got up to – Netflix is smart. It knows exactly where you left off and when you hit the play button it will resume from exactly the last point you saw (even if you were mid-episode).
Whether you’ve just joined Netflix or are already signed up we’ve noted the 5 best series shown on Netflix. And if you haven’t got Netflix then maybe you’ll be convinced by the time you’ve finished reading this!
Making a Murderer (10 episodes)
This eye-opening, nail-biting documentary will have you on the edge of your seat! Making a Murderer first streamed on Netflix in December 2015. The series itself was filmed over the course of ten years.
This documentary looks at the story of Steven Avery from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who served 18 years in prison before being cleared in 2003.
It details the life of Steven, whose family owned an auto salvage yard in Manitowoc County.
- In 1985, Avery was arrested and convicted of the sexual assault of Penny Beerntsen, despite having an alibi
- After serving 18 years in prison, Avery was cleared with the aid of the Innocence Project, when the DNA in the case was matched to another man guilty of crimes in the area
- After Avery was released from prison in 2003, he filed a $36 million civil lawsuit against Manitowoc County and several county officials associated with his first arrest
- Shortly after filing the lawsuit he was accused of the murder of Teresa Halbach
Making a Murderer generated considerable controversy.
The documentary explores matters and events in the Manitowoc County sheriff’s department that led to Avery’s original conviction. It suggests the county officials had a conflict of interest in participating in the investigation of Halbach’s murder. Brendan Dassey, Avery’s nephew, was also accused and convicted as an accomplice in the murder.
Whose story will you believe?
Breaking Bad (5 seasons, 62 episodes)
In 2013, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time.
This eccentric series is a must watch. In a nutshell the series is about Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who becomes diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He joins up with his former student Jesse Pinkman and together they turn to a life of crime producing and selling crystallised methamphetamine. Walter does this to secure his family’s financial future before dying, steering through the dangers of the criminal world.
The show received many awards:
– 16 Primetime Emmy Awards
– 8 Satellite Awards
– 2 Golden Globe Awards
– 2 Peabody Awards
– 2 Critics’ Choice Awards
– 4 Television Critics Association Awards
Homeland (5 seasons)
Homeland shadows Carrie Mathison, a CIA operations officer who believes that Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Sergeant who was held captive by al-Qaeda for 8 years, was influenced by the enemy and now poses a substantial threat to national security.
When Brody returns home he is accepted as a war hero by his country, however Carrie goes to any length necessary to try and catch him out. Carrie tries to stress to everyone her suspicions about Brody however as she battles with bipolar her CIA work colleagues constantly question her beliefs and findings. As the story evolves Carrie works hard to prove to Brody’s family and everyone around him who he really is.
Homeland also helps you to understand how people try to hide their mental health in the work place. It demonstrates how people cope with mental health in their daily lives and how companies can try to dismiss employees.
Set and filmed in Colombia, Narcos is an American crime thriller series detailing the story of notorious drug professional Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and supply of cocaine. The first season journals the life of Pablo from the late 1970s to 1992 taking you through from when he first began manufacturing cocaine to when he escaped prison.
He was an established convict moving truckloads of illegal goods into Colombia, when introduced to a Chilean deportee and underground chemist, who proposed the idea that they go into business together. With the growth of cocaine into the American market, America sends a task force from the DEA to Colombia to address the issue.
Escobar has political ambitions, as he hopes to eventually become president of Colombia. He is elected as a congressman, but is made a fool of when recognised to have criminal links to the prospering drug trade. Escobar begins to plot his revenge.
Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul is a spin-off series of Breaking Bad, which was also developed by Breaking Bad creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.
It follows the story of small-time lawyer “Jimmy McGill” six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman.
Watch how Jimmy continuously pushes to try and make a name for himself. He’s an enthusiastic defender for his low-paid clients.
On the other hand you learn how Jimmy’s brother Chuck (Charles McGill), a partner for a respected law firm, frowns upon Jimmy’s efforts and constantly brings him down. Chuck has no fear admitting his true feelings toward his brother, comparing Jimmy with a law degree to a chimp with a machine gun!
Chuck suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity making it challenging to lead a normal life. Jimmy continues to show his support to Chuck even though Chuck criticises the way he works.
Like its ancestor, Better Call Saul has received serious praise acquiring several award nominations.
So now you’ve had the run through of the top 5 and have learnt about each series it’s up to you to decide which ones to watch. Share this blog if you know others who would be keen to watch any of the above!