Sometimes you just want to take a load off and relax in front of the TV, but what to watch? Netflix is overflowing with gems these days, especially when it comes to its selection of original series. Want to be fascinated? Love to learn about food? Appreciate a gorgeous period piece? There are countless options to keep you occupied, no matter what you’re in the mood for. To help you decide, we’ve put together five Netflix shows that are particularly worth your attention. Get ready to browse!
Adapted from the award-winning play The Audience, Netflix’s The Crown is an ongoing biographical drama series that explores the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. From her ascension to the throne in the late 1940s and early 50s towards the 21st century, it covers quite a lot of ground. With compelling lead performances by Claire Foy in seasons one and two, and Olivia Coleman in season three, The Crown has been a sensation among those who adore the elegance and theatricality of historical period pieces. Its fourth season should be arriving later this year, so now’s the perfect time to catch up and see what the fuss is about!
From David Gelb (the creator of Chef’s Table), Netflix’s documentary series Street Food takes a dive into the street-based food culture of various locations throughout East and Southeast Asia. It not only gives us a glimpse of some of the most delicious and adventurous street cuisines in the world, it examines the important roles that they play within their cultures. Its interview segments shine a light on street food chefs and their stories, providing us with an inspiring picture of how diverse and complex food culture can be when you adventure beyond the walls of restaurants. Its upcoming Latin America edition premiers July 21st.
The recent Netflix original drama miniseries Unorthodox is loosely based on the 2012 autobiography of writer Deborah Feldman. It follows Esty Shapiro, a 19-year-old woman who leaves her Orthodox Jewish community to live in Berlin. There, she tries to navigate secular life while her husband and his cousin follow her in an attempt to bring her back. Unorthodox has gathered widespread acclaim for both its performances and its careful attention to the details of Hasidic Judaism and its communities. Netflix also released a documentary on the making of the series, which is just as compelling as the show itself!
Whether or not you’re interested in basketball or sports history, Netflix’s acclaimed documentary series The Last Dance is a truly addictive viewing experience. It focuses on the career of Michael Jordan and his final season with the Chicago Bulls from 1997 to 1998. Never-before-seen footage from that period is combined with interviews with Jordan and other key individuals, offering a highly engaging story. From the challenging pressures and politics of the industry to stunning feats of physical strength and sportsmanship, The Last Dance will give you a stunning look at an athlete and a team that made history.
Netflix’s baking competition series Nailed It! is perfect if you’re in need of something fun. The show pits amateur bakers together to compete in creating complicated professional cakes and confections, with each episode featuring an experienced professional baker as its guest judge. With a lovingly sarcastic title, the show embraces and celebrates the failures of its contestants, with often hilarious results made even funnier by host and comedian Nicole Byer. Everybody loves to root for an underdog, so it’s all the more satisfying and heartwarming when these amateur bakers finally do nail it and create something beautiful.