Best Shows to Netflix This WeekendIvy Gutierrez
Texas is in the third phase of reopening after the COVID-19 lockdowns were put in place and we are slowly starting to find a new normal. Fewer people use HEB delivery or pickup, but though we may go to the grocery store, few of us can say our social lives are anywhere close to normal. That is to say, we still stay in our houses a lot and watch lots of TV.
So, if you are looking for suggestions on what to start watching on Netflix this weekend, here’s our list. If you have missed any of these shows so far, this is prime time to correct that mistake.
1. The Haunting of Hill House
This supernatural horror drama is loosely based on a 1959 book of the same name by Shirley Jackson. The show starts with Hugh Crain gathering his children in the middle of the night and fleeing their big house, in which their mother commits suicide later that night. The five siblings grow up handling their trauma in different ways and the show alternates between two different times lines, leaving the viewer tense and unsure of what’s real and what’s a product of a haunted mind … or house.
2. Peaky Blinders
In the aftermath of World War II, we are introduced to the Shelbys. Tommy Shelby has returned from the war with a plan to weed out the competition in Birmingham. We follow his clan’s struggle to deal with the other criminal families in the area, and of course, the British government. If you start with this show, be prepared to get committed to it, as it’s run in 7 seasons so far.
3. Breaking Bad
Now something for a more contemporary timeline. Walter White is a high school chemistry teacher who is facing a diagnosis of stage three lung cancer. Looking at what he has accomplished in his life and faced with the possibility of leaving his wife and children with nothing (or worse, horrible medical bills), White decides to partner up with his former student Jesse Pinkman to produce crystallized methamphetamine and leave his family financially stable after his death.
4. Penny Dreadful
Let’s travel back in time into Victorian-era London, Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller filled with dark mystery and suspense, where personal demons from the past can be stronger than vampires, evil spirits and immortal beasts. The show masterfully weaves familiar and well-loved fantastic characters with dark secrets and motivations they carry.
5. Stranger Things
The show takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the early-to-mid 1980s. The first season revolves around the disappearance of Will Byers, and the following two seasons advance the story nicely and naturally, without making the show seem repetitive and boring.
With the visuals and set up very, very familiar to 30-and older American viewers, this shows takes tabletop DnD games we played and turns them into reality. Season four is in the works, so if you haven’t seen it yet, now is the time to do it.
6. Parks and Recreation
If you liked Office, then this is the show for you. In this mockumentary-style show, we follow Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her small American town just a little bit more fun. Talk about a show that takes feedback … Parks and Recreation has certainly done that. The writers researched local California politics for the series and consulted with urban planners and elected officials. Leslie Knope underwent major changes after the first season, in response to audience feedback that the character seemed unintelligent and “ditzy”. The writing staff incorporated current events into the episodes and real-life politicians have cameos in later episodes.
7. The Witcher
A popular video game has become a new TV show on Netflix and it was a great success. Both are based on a book series The Witcher written by a Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. I started watching the show without ever having read the books or played the game and I was quite confused at first by the switching timelines and rules and laws of a fantasy world I knew nothing about, but I was completely hooked. Sticking to the show explains quite a lot as it progresses and it’s a dark fantasy world full of pain, magic, and intrigue.
8. Last Chance U
This drama follows college football teams that aren’t major programs and don’t get much national attention. After a couple seasons of profiling recruits at East Mississippi Community College, which has won several NJCAA national titles, the reality series shifts its focus to Independence Community College. The Kansas school doesn’t have the same type of gridiron pedigree as EMCC — it’s trying to rebound from more than a decade of losses — but the players are dealing with many of the same challenges that the EMCC squad faced — both on and off the field. In a time when most sporting events are canceled, this may just rub your itch.
9. Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon is set in the 23rd century when the human mind has been digitized and the soul itself is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 250 years, is downloaded into a future he’d tried to stop.
10. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness
This is the absolute king of all quarantine TV shows. It seems as if someone at Netflix was sitting on this gem for a while waiting for the right moment to air it. And then once we were all locked inside and had nothing to do – they threw us a bone. This ladies and gentlemen, is a documentary show that you will not believe it could be real, but it is. Of course, not everyone will agree on the way characters are portrayed in the show (especially the characters), but the events are real, the dialog is unscripted and you will be taken through a rollercoaster of events in the big cat business.
The first episode will introduce you to the feud of Joe Exotic, the owner of one of the biggest privately held zoos with hundreds of tigers and lions, and Carole Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue, and strongly opposes private ownership of these magnificent animals. You may be tempted to think you got it and what else could possibly happen in the other episodes, but believe me, there’s more. Keep watching.
That’s it for our list. Do you have anything you would ad to it? Let us know in the comments!