What shall we watch? A List of Our Top 10 Netflix Recommendations
Before we get into it, I’d like to put out a disclaimer – these are in no particular order. We have come up with a collection of series that might just help to forge the bond between you and your new flat mates. Not everyone is into detective mysteries, so we’ve tried our utmost to put together an eclectic mix that ranges from fantasy, to comedy and to high school dramas. So, if I were you, I’d grab some popcorn, a couple of beverages and take a (socially distanced) perch next to your flat mates.
1) Gossip Girl
This one is an oldie but goldie, and never fails to provide comfort when you need it. Delve into the lives of ‘Manhattan’s elite’ and pretend you’re Blair Waldorf for the evening, whilst trying to uncover the ongoing mystery of ‘who is Gossip Girl?’ With multiple characters coming and going throughout the series, it’s difficult to not have a favourite. If you are looking for something that gives you a little suspense, is an easy watch and lets you live out your dreams of hitting the Big Apple, then look no further. XOXO…
2) The Society
Stranded in a parallel version of what seems to be their town, a group of American high school students find out what it’s like to live life unorthodox. A chance to recreate their own identities and mould their town according to a different set of rules. A utopia for some, but some hellish version of reality for others. This series has unexpected twists and a complex web of relationships, so is definitely one for a weekend of binge-watching (if that’s your thing).
3) After Life
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of Ricky Gervais, this is definitely worth the watch. You might not have liked The Office, but After Life lets us see a different side to Ricky Gervais, as he plays a character consumed by grief yet trying to live his life again, despite struggling to retain a purpose. Gervais fills the role of Tony, who appears cynical and defeated, but is down to earth and enters a somewhat cathartic journey throughout seasons one and two. After Life is hysterical and heart-wrenching, so I’d grab that box of Kleenex for a mixture of happy and empathetic tears.
4) The Witcher
Indulge into a world of fantasy and mythology, as The Witcher combines post-modern ideas of magic with archaic perceptions of witchcraft and wizardry. This one is for both fantasy and action lovers, and also features Henry Caville (a.k.a Superman). Having proven popular as a series of novels during the 90s, as well as a game available on PC, it was time for The Witcher to be launched onto the big screen. Think prophecies, love affairs, enchantments, and secrets.
5) Sex Education
You might cringe and chuckle when you recall your sex education or PSHE lessons from school, but this series provides us with a witty alternative when it comes to discussing sex. Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey are just a few of the names that star in this high school comedy. Perhaps one of the greatest aspects of this series is its inclusivity and celebration of different identities. It tackles much of the stigma surrounding conversations about sex and highlights issues such as toxic masculinity and the importance of consent. The school is essentially a hybrid between American high schools and English secondary schools, which is arguably one of the ways directors have attempted to make the series more accessible. At present, there are only two seasons, but hold on tight as a third is coming (praise be!)
6) Friday Night Dinner
Even if you have watched it before, there is certainly no harm in watching it again. A Channel 4 favourite and the perfect watch if you want twenty minutes of straight up laughter. With episodes being short and sweet, what more of an excuse do you need to binge-watch this after a week of lectures? Mark Heap plays Jim, who is arguably the highlight of the show on many occasions. Not forgetting The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird, who stars as Adam, and never fails to bring sarcasm and a slice of classic British humour to the table.
7) Derry Girls
Set during ‘The Troubles’ era in Northern Ireland, Derry Girls follows a group of friends navigating their way through teenagerhood and facing the very real threat of a constantly war-torn Derry. ‘The Troubles’ become the backdrop to Erin Quinn and her friends trying to make their way through secondary school. At times, there is more concern surrounding personal relationships and making it to the school dance or a concert in the city. Of course, you don’t get those teenage years back, and there’s something warming about holding onto that naivety for a little longer. Derry Girls hits you in the feels and will make you and your flatmates feel like you’re not alone.
Starring Penn Badgley from Gossip Girl, You is a psychological thriller series, where Joe (or one of his other names), stalks women of a similar type, before using his charm in an attempt to win them over. What these women don’t know, is that he is not the most conventional guy, and so perhaps there is an irony to the fact that he has such an ordinary name like Joe. This series lets us inside the traumatised and complex mind of the protagonist Joe, where his actions speak a lot louder than words. Obsession, jealousy, insanity, and emotional unavailability seem to be what makes Joe the ultimate stalker. Maybe don’t switch this one on before bed, though.
9) Doctor Foster
Originally aired on BBC a few years back and has now made it to Netflix. Doctor Foster is full of twists and shocking moments and will no doubt have you hooked after the first couple of episodes. Suranne Jones and Jodie Comer really make a name for themselves in this drama, and it follows Dr Gemma in her bid to find out what her husband is up to. There’s no reason to trust anyone, and there’s no playing nicely either. You won’t still be thinking about your earlier lectures when this is on, as you’ll need all eyes on the screen.
10) The Stranger
Directed by Harlan Coben comes a series about a community embroiled in a state of ‘small town mentality’. Individuals and families realise that the past is not always left in the past – it comes back to haunt you. The Stranger explores affairs, the dark side of online dating websites, and the ugly truths you didn’t want anyone to find out about it. This series somersaults and points you in different directions, making you question whether you’ve guessed the next scene correctly. If you want a series to keep you on your toes and distract you from your looming 9ams, then flick this one on.