If you’re looking for the perfect dramatic weekend binge on Netflix and want something with a perfect blend of suspense, emotion, and unforgettable characters, look no further.
We have curated our weekly list of five essential series that have everything from exceptional acting and writing to gripping world-building.
Whether you’re in the mood for historical intrigue, high-stakes crime, legal drama, dark comedy, or contemplative musings on life and death, these shows are essential viewing for any avid television enthusiast.
So, grab your popcorn, settle in, and get ready for a weekend filled with exceptional storytelling.
Five essential series to binge on Netflix this weekend:
Based on Margaret Atwood’s captivating novel, Alias Grace is a mesmerising tale of murder, mystery, and psychological intrigue. This six-part miniseries, streaming on Netflix, is also one for historical drama enthusiasts. The talented Sarah Polley helms the show.
The story revolves around Grace Marks, a young Irish immigrant in 19th-century Canada, convicted of a double murder. Sarah Gadon delivers a stunning performance as Grace, and the series masterfully weaves together her past and present, keeping viewers on the edge. Alias Grace is a haunting exploration of memory, identity, and the complexities of human nature.
A cultural phenomenon that needs no introduction, Breaking Bad is a high-stakes rollercoaster ride through the world of meth and crime. Created by Vince Gilligan, this series follows the transformation of Walter White, brilliantly portrayed by Bryan Cranston, from a mild-mannered chemistry teacher to a ruthless drug lord. Aaron Paul’s portrayal of Jesse Pinkman is another cherry on top.
The series is celebrated for its meticulous character development, intense plot twists, and moral ambiguity. Breaking Bad is a gripping tale of morality, consequences, and the thin line between good and evil. So, if you still have not watched this, now is the time.
Better Call Saul
A prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul delves into the backstory of infamous lawyer Saul Goodman, played by the charismatic Bob Odenkirk. Created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, this series stands on its own as a masterpiece in legal drama.
Better Call Saul follows Jimmy McGill’s transformation into the morally flexible Saul. The show’s intricate storytelling, compelling characters, and nuanced performances make it a must-watch for fans of the Breaking Bad universe. It is a whole another revelation for those who may not be aware of Rhea Seahorn’s powerhouse performances.
The End of the F…ing World
For those seeking a darkly comedic and unpredictable drama, The End of the F…ing World is a gem waiting to be discovered. Created by Jonathan Entwistle and based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel, this British series is a breath of fresh air in the drama genre.
The show follows James, a self-proclaimed psychopath, and Alyssa, a rebellious teenager, as they embark on a road trip that takes unexpected turns. The chemistry between Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden is electric, and the series brilliantly balances dark humour with moments of intense drama. The End of the F…ing World is a captivating exploration of youth, ennui, and the search for identity.
Six Feet Under
Delving into the lives of the Fisher family, who run a funeral home, Six Feet Under is a critically acclaimed drama that combines darkly comedic moments with poignant storytelling. Created by Alan Ball, the series provides a unique and often surreal perspective on life and death.
The cast, led by Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Frances Conroy, delivers powerhouse performances as the Fisher family navigates the challenges of running a funeral home while dealing with their own personal struggles. Six Feet Under is a beautifully crafted series that deep dives into themes of mortality, family dynamics, and the complexity of human relationships.