Our attention spans are constantly under siege. So, finding the perfect blend of laughter and heartfelt moments becomes crucial for a few moments of sanity. And a satisfying binge-watching session on Netflix can definitely help.
Enter the dramedy series—a genre that seamlessly weaves together drama and comedy, offering viewers a rollercoaster of emotions. Netflix, the streaming giant, has become a treasure trove for such shows.
Since there is no dearth of options to choose from, we decided to curate a list of five essential ones to help you in that endeavour.
This weekend, you can binge on these shows—whether you want a breezy brain vacation or something to stimulate the grey cells, there is something for everyone.
Five essential series to binge on Netflix this weekend:
Kicking off our list is the limited series Beef, a creation of Korean director Lee Sung Jin. This ten-episode marvel stars the dynamic duo of Steven Yeun and Ali Wong as Danny Cho and Amy Lau. The plot centres around a seemingly mundane road rage incident that spirals into a protracted feud between the two protagonists.
With stellar performances from the cast, including Joseph Lee, Young Mazino, David Choe, and Patti Yasutake, Beef explores the complexities of human relationships with a dark and twisted sense of humour. The series garnered acclaim from critics, earning 13 nominations at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards.
For those yearning for a classic with a perfect mix of witty banter and heartfelt moments, Gilmore Girls is the go-to choice.
Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, this beloved series revolves around the mother-daughter duo of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. Set in the charming town of Stars Hollow, the show captures the essence of family, friendship, and romance, making it a timeless dramedy.
Dear White People
Justin Simien’s Dear White People takes a satirical dive into the complexities of racial issues on a college campus. The series, based on Simien’s film of the same name, follows a group of diverse students as they navigate identity, activism, and relationships.
Created by and starring Ricky Gervais, After Life is a dramedy that tugs at the heartstrings. Gervais plays Tony Johnson, a man grappling with grief after losing his wife. The series beautifully combines laughter and poignant moments as Tony navigates life, finding solace in unexpected places.
After Life is a testament to Gervais’ storytelling prowess, providing a cathartic experience for viewers. The second season may just be more of the same, but the first season there is near-perfect.
Grace & Frankie
Closing our list is the delightful Grace & Frankie, co-created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. This series stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as the titular characters, two women whose lives take an unexpected turn when their husbands reveal they are gay and in love with each other.
Grace & Frankie may simplify certain issues, but it explores themes of friendship, love, and self-discovery beyond your prime, making it essential viewing for all those plagued with thoughts of mortality and ageing.