Netflix has cemented its place as a go-to destination whether you want to tune in for trash TV or award-winning gems.
With an extensive library of original content and licenced content, Netflix boasts a treasure trove of Emmy-winning shows, some of which are essential for viewing.
Whether you’re in the mood for historical dramas, sci-fi thrills, heartwarming transformations, or powerful social commentary, Netflix has it all.
Here are five essential Emmy-winning series that deserve a spot on your Netflix binge-watching list this weekend.
Five essential series to binge this weekend on Netflix:
The Crown is a historical drama that offers a fictionalised but intimate look at the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal family that has held pop culture and tabloids in a grip for decades.
Created by Peter Morgan, this meticulously crafted series follows the British monarch’s journey from her early days on the throne to more recent historical events, portraying the challenges and triumphs of her reign while exploring the personal lives of the royal family. The titular crown in the series has passed from Claire Foy to Imelda Staunton through every time jump. While fans eagerly await the sixth season, now is a good time to binge the show if you are a fan of British historical dramas.
Queen’s Gambit is a riveting drama that follows the journey of a young orphan, Beth Harmon, as she rises to prominence in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the series was adapted for the screen by Scott Frank and Allan Scott. Anya Taylor-Joy’s outstanding performance as Beth Harmon earned her both critical acclaim and an Emmy award.
Stranger Things is a thrilling sci-fi series set in the 1980s, created by the Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross Duffer. The show features a talented ensemble cast that includes Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, and Finn Wolfhard, among others.
It weaves a tale of supernatural occurrences, government conspiracies, and a group of kids who become unlikely heroes in their quest to unravel the mysteries of their small town. The second and third seasons may have lagged in terms of momentum, but that fourth season more than makes up for it. The pressure is on for the fifth and final season, whenever that gets here.
Queer Eye is a fun reality series in the classic life makeover format, with the help of the Fab Five.
This reboot of the early 2000s show was co-created by David Collins and Michael Williams. The Fab Five consists of Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness, who have endeared themselves to viewers with their charm, wit, and genuinely fabulous personalities.
Orange Is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black is a dark comedy-drama that takes a deep dive into the lives of female inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary.
Created by Jenji Kohan, known for her previous work on Weeds, the series is known for its complex characters, powerful social commentary, and exploration of a wide range of issues, from identity, race, and class to heavy-duty topics of immigration and religion. The ensemble cast features Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, and Uzo Aduba, among many others. Uzo Aduba’s performance as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren earned her several Emmy awards.