The recent pandemic has gotten more and more people to stay home. And while staying home sounds more like a vacation than a punishment, it can be easy to get bored. That’s where Netflix comes in.
Today, I want to go over the best Netflix series to watch while you’re stuck at home. One thing, however: some of these shows are restricted to certain parts of the world due to Netflix’s geo-blocking practices. You can easily bypass this geo-blocking with certain software, such as a Netflix VPN. There are plenty to choose from, so take your pick.
Anyways, let’s talk about the best Netflix series available!
7 Netflix Shows to Watch in 2020
1. The Office
The Office is one of the biggest TV shows ever. It’s comedic talent and diverse cast of characters helped The Office become as big as it is today, with millions of people watching (or re-watching) the show every day.
The Office follows a bunch of office workers for a paper company. Sounds boring, but it’s much more exciting than you may think.
It’s a comedy, so any comedy fan would love this show. Be warned, however, that The Office will be leaving Netflix early next year, so be sure to binge it soon!
2. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness
If you’re more a documentary kind of person, don’t worry—I got you covered. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is a documentary following Joe Exotic, the owner of a tiger zoo.
The documentary showcases the wildlife of Joe Exotic and the company, and to say it goes off the rails would be an understatement. This documentary took the Internet by storm because of how insane it is. I can’t say much without spoiling it, but you need to watch it right now.
3. Black Mirror
The world’s dependency on technology has only grown stronger, us and technology becoming intertwined. Black Mirror takes this concept and uses it to create one-offs that show the downsides to technology.
Each episode presents a different scenario for how technology can be used for evil or can hurt us in ways we didn’t expect. The show definitely doesn’t hold any punches, and if you’re at all squeamish, I recommend staying from Black Mirror.
However, if you’re into dark storytelling and social commentary, Black Mirror is perfect for you.
The early 2010s saw the rise of three shows: Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Sherlock. Out of those three, Sherlock saw the most fanfare, the show separating itself from the others by presenting its story in 3, movie-length segments per season.
Sherlock tells its own spin on classic character Sherlock Holmes. Again, not much I can say without spoiling the story in some way, but if you’re into thrillers/dramas, Sherlock is the show for you.
5. BoJack Horseman
Speaking of dramas, let me talk about one of my favorite shows ever: Bojack Horseman. For a Netflix original, Bojack Horseman is an extremely dark show that explores addictions, the emptiness of fame, and other social, political, and humanistic issues.
Its animated style betrays its true nature—one of serious storytelling. Drama-lovers, you’ll love Bojack Horseman, especially if you like shows that explore such issues on a deep level.
Hannibal explores Hannibal Lecter, the horror icon from Silence of the Lambs. The show only ran for 3 seasons, but in those 3 seasons, showed us the early life of Hannibal, his relationship with the FBI, and the eventual decline of his mental state.
Mads Mikkelsen gives a chilling performance as Hannibal Lecter, and I recommend Hannibal for any horror fans out there. The show will keep you hooked and in your seat until you’re done binging all 3 seasons.
But the criminally-insane doesn’t end at Hannibal. Let’s talk about Mindhunter, one of Netflix’s more prolific shows.
Mindhunter follows FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench on their mission to find a new serial killer that has cropped up in the area. To catch this serial killer, they go to think like a serial killer, meaning they need to talk to the numerous serial killers that have already been caught.
Mindhunter features a variety of serial killers, such as Charles Manson, Ed Gein, and others. True-crime fans will love Mindhunter!
Netflix hosts a variety of shows and movies on their site, and it’d be remiss to not dive in! We’re all stuck at home during this pandemic; might as well watch some Netflix.
And while Netflix has gotten more expensive over the past few years, it’s still relatively cheap. $10 a month for unlimited shows and movies? Yes, please!