There is a treasure trove of great movies that you can stream on Netflix right now, but if you are interested in something more than a two-hour commitment, you can also find a boatload of terrific TV shows to watch. These shows will keep you occupied for days or even weeks. If you have just got done with a series and are looking for a new one to delve into, Netflix is the place you need to visit as the service gives you access to a phenomenal mix of current, classic and original programming. Listed below are some of the best TV shows on Netflix that you can binge-watch right now:
Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel on a true story, Alias Grace kicks off with a mystery. Sarah Gadon’s Grace Marks is imprisoned for murder and her male accomplice was hanged for it. She has a number of supporters and they hire Dr. Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft) for interviewing her and hopefully find something that will absolve her. Grace’s story takes her to Canada from Ireland where she is working as a servant for a wealthy man she would eventually kill. The show is not merely a mystery about who is the killer, but explores social hierarchies that Grace has to deal with on a daily basis.
This is a crime drama that’s set after the end of World War I and revolves around the Shelbys, a British crime family. After returning from the war, Cillian Murphy’s Tom Shelby is working on expanding his family’s control of Birmingham. He steals a shipment of guns to gain an edge in the world of crime. The show follows the family as they butt heads against the British government and other crime families in order to move up in the world. The show has been shot rather gorgeously and it tells the story of muddy morality and complicated people.
The faith in the American ideal has weakened considerably due to cultural earthquakes in 1977 and amidst it all, the FBI have to deal with a rather unfamiliar type of criminal; a serial killer whose crimes don’t seem to have any basis in reason. However, Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) believes that the FBI can understand the seemingly senseless violence if they do enough research. He travels the country with agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) from the Behavioral Science Unit and interviews imprisoned serial killers to comprehend what drives them. But, listening to them and staring into this abyss eventually starts to gnaw at the agents. The show is more focused on criminal psychology than grotesque violence, which adds a unique appeal.
The West Wing
The West Wing is possibly the best political drama of all time, which revolves around President Jed Bartlett (Martin Sheen) and his political staff as they encounter various political and personal battles during his two terms as president. The show was praised by critics and those close to the White House for its accuracy as well as the razor-sharp dialogues of Aaron Sorkin. You can find all seven seasons on Netflix and enjoy the interesting drama.
Set in the 1960s in New York, Mad Men is centered on one of the most prestigious ad agencies in the city located on Madison Avenue. The agency is faring well, but competition is increasing as the industry continues to grow and expand. It is trying to survive in a time when everything is undergoing a radical change and this also includes the ad industry. The storyline has two protagonists; first is the enigmatic Don Draper (Jon Hamm), who is a self-made executive but his childhood always seems to be getting in the way of his happiness. The second is Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss), the ultra-terse former secretary who slowly works her way up the corporate ladder. Mad Men is regarded as a spectacular work of art from its first episode to its last.
A high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. In order to secure his family’s future before his death, Walter decides to use his knowledge of chemistry to cook and sell premium blue meth. He partners with one of his former students, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who is a burnout. Breaking Bad is a show that’s teeming with family issues and moral consequences. Therefore, it is quite fitting that the show is as addictive as the crystal blue meth produced by Walter White in his beat-up van.
Better Call Saul
This show is a spinoff of the popular Breaking Bad and stars Bob Odenkirk as the main character. It takes you back to the New Mexico desert to explore the origin story of Saul Goodman. Before he became the crooked and quirky lawyer that Walter White encountered, Goodman had been an aspiring lawyer called Jimmy McGill, who simply was not able to keep his hands clean. The show is based six years before the events of Breaking Bad and eliminates the convention that a spinoff will always pale in front of the source material.
How would you readjust to your life after spending 19 years of your life wrongfully imprisoned? This quandary is addressed by Rectify as it follows the life of Daniel Holden. He was a teenager when he was convicted and sent to Death Row for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend. However, new evidence resulted in his return to his home in Paula, Georgia. In his late 30s, Holden is now trying to rekindle his relationships with his friends and family, something not easy for someone whose name has been denounced for such a long time.
After a series of murders in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the investigation is taken over by Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson). Jamie Dornan’s Paul Spector is the killer, something we know from the get-go. He is a therapist and a family man who hunts young women.