It's at this point in the summer that you're either too busy with summer fun to have time for television, or you're sunburnt and sick of barbecue and looking for some alone time, just you and your Netflix. The thing is, Netflix is like a virtual buffet. The thought of feasting on all of the goodies is exciting, but a little bit overwhelming. So we're making it a little bit easier for you in suggesting some great series that are currently available on Netflix. What's more, they've only aired three seasons or less, which means if you budget your time right, you could be able to get caught up on the show before the fall.
From animated comedies to apocalyptic mayhem, Netflix really does have a little something for everyone! Here's a dozen great shows to consider, in no particular order.
Orange is the New Black
In case you haven't heard, Netflix is offering up its own original content, and this non-network came to play. From Weeds creator Orange is the New Black and loosely based on Piper Kerman's memoir, the dramedy series' first season introduces us to Taylor Schilling's Piper Chapman, a woman living a comfortable life in Brooklyn when her past comes back to haunt her, as she's convicted of a crime she committed a decade ago when she was in a relationship with Alex (Laura Prepon), a drug-trafficker who's doing time of her own. The series follows Piper as she acclimates herself to prison life and attempts to come to grips with her situation. It's just one year, right? How rough could it be? As the first season demonstrates, pretty rough, but what works so well about Orange is the New Black is the combination of humor and some great emotional moments. Orange lingers in dark humor, teetering toward grittiness without actually crossing that line, which allows the tone to stay relatively light, at least by comparison to other prison-set series. And did we mention the cast is great? In addition to Schilling and Prepon, the series also stars Kate Mulgrew, Jason Biggs, Taryn Manning, Natasha Lyonne and Michelle Hurst. Watch the first few episodes to get a taste of the humor and drama.
The first season hits a bit of a lull toward the middle, but things pick up as Season 1 draws to a close, with a finale that will leave you wanting more. And good news, Season 2 is already a go!
There seems to be an epidemic of serial killer dramas on the small screen but The Fall is one you definitely don't want to miss. And besides, when hasn't there been too many cop centric shows on TV? The BBC (Two) series, just finishing its run on BBC America, follows Gillian Anderson's Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson who is brought to Belfast to help crack a particularly difficult murder investigation. Her character is wonderful to watch - smart, sexy and (coldly) calculating - but what makes The Fall extra fascinating is that the drama spends an equal amount of time with its incredibly complex serial killer played by Jamie Dornan.
We've all seen a police hunt before but watching him select and stalk his prey while balancing a home life that consists of a wife and two kids (look out for that daughter) is incredibly compelling. In a way, the leads are two sides of the same coin with Anderson and Dornan delivering mesmerizing performances while they play the not so typical cat and mouse game. There's also a subplot involving police corruption (and a few familiar faces from Game of Thrones) but the leading duo are definitely the reason to begin streaming. And at only five episodes, it's not just a riveting take on a tired genre, it's also a very quick catch-up before the second season.