As you know there are tons of movies and shows available on Netflix, you may have a problem to hand-pick what you should see after your favorite show ends or it is your first time on Netflix dilemma. Friends? Breaking Bad? Narcos? Stranger Things? We all know these are the most-viewed shows on Netflix since the beginning yet here are the less well known yet best to catch up if you want to stay inside with a dim light, a blanket and a cup of coffee during the rainy days.
The Peaky Blinders
Grab a bag of popcorn, maybe some chips, but most importantly your finest bottle of whiskey–by order of the Peaky Blinders (in a thick Brummie accent). Set in Northern England, a few years after World War I, this not-so-well-known-in-Myanmar show is a must watch if you like suspense and maybe even a few action scenes; or else you’re simply missing out. Trying our best to not spoil, here’s a quick run-through:
Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby runs Small Heath, Birmingham with his two brothers; Arthur and John. Notoriously named the Peaky Blinders, their gang consists of mostly young World War I vets who sport the “peaky” hat with razor blades fitted under. Throughout the show, they face numerous enemies trying to obliterate them at all costs. Watch in awe as Tommy Shelby rises through the ranks of British organized crime. All in all, it has exceptional character development, a sensational soundtrack, and an addictive storyline that will keep you binging.
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy, Sophie Rundle & more.
Rainy season can be tough and sad feelings usually take a toll on us while it rains. How to lighten your mood during those times? We can watch how the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan cope with their everyday life– sometimes warm sometimes twisted, but at the end of the day, they always find a way to love each other and bring laughter despite their own struggles. The premises of this sit-com is rather simple as it is directed as the documentary of three families, individually sitting on the sofa and complaining about their issues.
The extra-dramatic gay couple, the successful grandpa, his beautiful young wife and step-son, and another family usually struggling with parenting issues indeed make one big modern family.
It gives you an insight into leading a happy family life, as well as a chance to emotionally participate in their moments. It’s like adopting a new blood-unrelated family!
Cast: Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson & more.
Action, Crime, Mystery
“La Casa de Papel” as it was originally named, translates directly to “House of Paper/Money” in Spanish, which seemingly implies, to me, the friendship bound by the thirst for money– which could easily fall down in some ways. This award-winning and the most successful non-English Netflix production demonstrates the ambitious heist carried out under the guidance of “the professor”, the mastermind of the plan and who assembled the group. As captivating as it is, this long-prepared multi-day assault takes place in the Royal Mint of Spain, in Madrid.
The chemistry between the robbers as well as the obstacles that they encounter while pulling off the heist, the politics between the robbers and the authorities, following the genius strategies of the professor portrayed by Álvaro Morte as Sergio Marquina, is especially fascinating.
For all crime-drama TV Show buffs out there, this is THE SHOW for you to binge-watch on the weekends.
Cast: Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte, Alba Flores, Miguel Herrán & more.
Marvel’s The Punisher
Action, Adventure, Crime
You might think all heroes have a code in which they operate. Not Frank Castle, an ex-marine-turned-vigilante with nothing to lose, avenging the death of his wife and kids. He may not be bulletproof like his big green Marvel buddy, but he sure can take a beating. Steel rods, knives, bullets, even rocket missiles; nothing can kill The Punisher.
One of the many Marvel series on Netflix, The Punisher portrayed by Jon Bernthal, is the most underrated of them all. He also makes appearances on viewer-favorite, Daredevil. Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Pronounced to be legally dead, he must discover the truth about injustices and make uneasy alliances, in order to finally end the war that has controlled his life for too long.
Cast: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ben Barnes, Jason R. Moore, Ebon Moss-Bachrach & more.
Next up is a reboot of American prime time television soap opera series of the 1980s of the same name. This sudsy drama Netflix show will take you on a ride of major plot twists, along the witty and cunning characters which eventually are the ones you would grow fond of. Dynasty centers on the powerful Carrington family, defending their dynasty against the Colbys, other rivals and threats, sometimes even each other.
The heiress of the Carrington dynasty, Fallon, came back to find out that her billionaire father, Blake, is engaged to Cristal, and her attempt to separate them begins the story.
Cast: Elizabeth Gillies, Rafael de la Fuente, Sam Adegoke, Alan Dale, Grant Show & more.
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Catching a criminal often requires law enforcement to get inside the villain’s mind to figure out how he thinks. That’s the job of FBI agents Holden Ford played by Jonathan Groff and Bill Tench played by Holt McCallany. A show based on John E.Douglas’ Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, it has all the properties of a great True Crime series and more.
Holden and Bill had just realized that old school methods of criminal profiling aren’t that efficient anymore, and with the help of a psychologist, Wendy Carr the duo go around having conversations with psychopathic and sociopathic serial killers–Ed Kemper, Richard Speck, and Jerry Brudos to name a few–to see what really drives them to act out homicidally.
Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross, Stacey Roca & more.
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Based on Stephen King’s novella, the show started with a US soldier awakes from the blackout with a strange dog starring beside him in the woods. Then he looks around and sees the mists are coming. When it arrives at the town, the residents of a Maine village discover their nightmarish creatures.
They soon learn the situation is even more precarious as unexplained anomalies and phenomena in the mist attack and kill most who enter. Several groups of people were trapped in a shopping mall, a church, and a hospital. Eventually, people begin to see apparitions in the mist from their past, fears, or guilt that help or kill them. Then things get intense when people want to establish rules.
Cast: Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro & more.
In the anticipated drama, the King of Sarcasm and Dark Humor, Ricky Gervais plays Tony Johnson, a suicidal widower who would act on his most nihilistic impulses. He has depression and with nothing important to live for, he would snap at everyone he sees or anyone he can’t stand.
If you’ve watched Ricky Gervais do a stand-up show, you would understand why he would make a crack at terminal illness and/or bereavement. Although this show is “Politically Incorrect,” it’s still a great watch due to its portrayal of characters and in-depth coverage of Gervais’ character. It’s a tale of redemption, that demonstrates how all small little things of good in the world can pile up and make life worth living.
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Tony Way, Diane Morgan, Mandeep Dhillon & more.
The show opens with the Danish family, running away from the rain that their dad knows what’s coming with. The virus wiped out nearly everybody in Scandinavia yet the two siblings were safe in the bunker where they have been staying after six years. When they discover the rest of civilization, they join a group of fellow young survivors, and together they head out on a life-threatening quest throughout the apocalypse.
When the survivors merged down to find out the boy who was carrying the virus all along. Even in a post-apocalyptic world, the show reveals there is love, family, jealousy and dilemmas that young people have always faced.
Cast: Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Lukas Løkken & more.
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Another piece of art by the producer Matt Groening who created the ultimate “The Simpsons” and “Futurama”–Disenchantment will whisk you away to a whole new medieval fantasy world called Dreamland. This American adult animated sitcom show presents the alcoholic princess named Bean who also happens to have major daddy issues, her happy-go-lucky elf friend Elfo and Luci the harmless demon.
Magical weddings, brave knights, great adventures, and mythical creatures; no stone is left unturned in this series, where only one season has been released. Nevertheless, you will enjoy, if not, giggle every few minutes with Groening’s signature raunchy humour.
Bean lives in a royal castle with her snub-nosed father, King Zog, her reptilian mother Oona–who oddly has a Russian accent–and her halfling step-brother Derek. Enjoy her mishaps, and odd quests with Disenchantment.
Cast: Robin Atkin Downes, Abbi Jacobson, Eric André, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio & more.