Netflix has been my partner in crime on many a lazy weekend. After countless hours and endless snacks, I’ve honed in on my favorites. Shows that made me laugh, cry, or shout at the screen. So, if you’re looking for recommendations from someone who’s been down the Netflix rabbit hole, here’s my handpicked list of the top 12 shows.
Ever been curious about what goes on behind the grand doors of Buckingham Palace? “The Crown” pulls back the curtain on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s more than just fancy crowns and royal banquets; this show dives deep into the personal dilemmas, political intrigues, and pivotal moments that have defined Britain’s modern monarchy. A treat for history buffs and drama lovers alike.
In a world where animals talk and walk like us, BoJack Horseman stands out. He’s a washed-up actor from a ’90s sitcom, struggling with addiction, self-worth, and relationships. But don’t be fooled by the animated format; this show isn’t just for laughs. It delves deep into the human (or horse) condition, exploring themes of loneliness, fame, and redemption. A darkly comedic gem.
The Umbrella Academy
If you thought your family was dysfunctional, wait till you meet the Hargreeves siblings. Adopted by an eccentric billionaire, these seven kids with unique powers grow up to be estranged adults. When a cosmic event threatens the world, they must reunite, navigate their differences, and face their tumultuous past. “The Umbrella Academy” is quirky, action-packed, and filled with heart.
“Stranger Things” isn’t just a trip down memory lane for those who love the ’80s. It’s an engaging tale of a group of kids in Hawkins, Indiana, who grapple with supernatural events after their friend Will disappears. Enter Eleven, a mysterious girl with uncanny abilities, and you have a series that blends friendship, suspense, and a touch of the otherworldly.
Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)
When a mastermind known as “The Professor” recruits eight people to pull off the most audacious heist in Spain’s Royal Mint, you know you’re in for a rollercoaster ride. As the tension ramps up inside the Mint, the robbers and hostages form unexpected bonds. Outside, the police plot their next move. The series keeps you on the edge of your seat, questioning loyalty and morality at every turn.
Geralt of Rivia isn’t your average monster hunter. He’s a Witcher, armed with swords and magic in a world brimming with beasts, sorcery, and political intrigue. Based on a popular book series, “The Witcher” follows Geralt, the fierce yet compassionate protagonist, as he navigates a land fraught with danger, all while destiny seems to have bigger plans for him.
Marty Byrde’s life takes a treacherous turn when a money laundering scheme for a Mexican cartel goes sideways. To save his family, he relocates them to the Ozarks, thinking it’s a perfect place to wash a ton of cash. But local criminals and mounting FBI pressure make this anything but a tranquil escape. “Ozark” weaves a gripping tale of survival, morality, and the lengths one would go to protect loved ones.
Ever wondered about the rise and fall of the notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar? “Narcos” provides an intense, gritty look into the world of drug cartels in Colombia during the late 20th century. It’s a cat-and-mouse game as law enforcement and cartels play a deadly dance. This series is a riveting blend of history, action, and drama.
In a world that often feels divisive, “Queer Eye” is a breath of fresh air. Five fabulous experts in different fields come together to give life makeovers, offering tips on fashion, food, grooming, culture, and design. But it’s more than just surface changes; this show celebrates acceptance, personal growth, and the joy of embracing who you truly are.
Enter the minds of the most notorious serial killers with “Mindhunter.” Based on real-life events, this gripping series follows two FBI agents as they pioneer the development of modern serial-killer profiling in the late 1970s. It’s a chilling exploration of the darkest corners of human psychology, masterfully portrayed with tension and depth.
The Haunting of Hill House
If you’re looking for a bone-chilling, stay-up-all-night kind of story, this is it. A family is haunted by the traumatic events they experienced in their old mansion, Hill House. As they confront the eerie past, dark secrets unravel. This isn’t just another ghost story; it’s a deep dive into family ties, grief, and the shadows that linger.
Ever felt like you’re stuck in a loop? Nadia, the protagonist of “Russian Doll,” knows that feeling all too well. After dying on her 36th birthday party, she finds herself reliving the same night over and over again. It’s witty, it’s bizarre, and it’s a brilliant exploration of choices, trauma, and the intricate web of life and death.