All work and no play can make one a rather dull girl, so when I want to relax Netflix is often where I turn. There are so many films and programmes on there it can be overwhelming and difficult to know where to even begin. I get so many requests on social media for recommendations on what to watch that I thought I’d do a series of posts dedicated to various genres with what I think are must see series or films. I’ve already shared my favourite comedies now it’s the turn of my must see US dramas on Netflix, I also include a few more at the end that are lesser known but in my opinion just as worthy, and yes, I included them because I couldn’t narrow it down to just 5!
House Of Cards
This is US drama at it’s absolute finest, from the breaks to the fourth wall with Frank Underwood’s monologues to the casting and script, it is exceptional. My husband recommended this series to me after he began to binge his way through it. I loved it so much I ended up overtaking and beating him to the end! I’ve been desperate for the next season ever since, thankfully the wait is nearly over as Season 5 airs May 30th. If you like your dramas gripping, political and cutthroat then this will be heaven.
Watch House Of Cards on Netflix
Seen it? Liked it? Try Homeland, The Killing, The Good Wife
Okay, so if you haven’t seen this one, where on earth have you been? Seriously though I wasn’t sure whether to include this one as I imagine most have seen it already, but I in good conscience I can’t have a top 5 and not have it in there. If you haven’t seen it and you like your dramas gritty with some humour thrown in then this is really a must watch. I can count on one hand the number of people I know that don’t like it so I urge you to give it a go.
Watch Breaking Bad on Netflix
Seen it? Liked it? Try Better Call Saul (though I personally didn’t like this spin off), Walking Dead, Bloodline, Dexter, Narcos
Orange Is The New Black
This is another iconic series, and I think one of the first things I watched when I signed up to Netflix, is the outrageous OITNB. Set in a female prison, it certainly caused quite a stir with it’s strong female cast and explicit sex scenes, not to mention it’s dialogue on race, religion and sexuality. I binged season 1 and 2 and eagerly awaited season 3 but I must admit I think it was the weakest season and I was rather disappointed with it, as plot wise it felt that nothing much happened. It found it’s feet in season 4 though and certainly didn’t pull any punches.
If you’re all up to date and an avid fan you’ll be pleased to read that Season 5 hits Netflix June 9th.
Watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix.
Seen it? Liked it? Try Breaking Bad, Narcos, How To Get Away With Murder
I will openly admit that this is a Marmite kind of choice, I personally loved this series but I also know a whole lot of people that would disagree with me rather vehemently. If you like your thrillers gritty and supernatural then this is one for you.
Prairie Johnson, a missing blind girl, returns to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk about her seven missing years with anyone except four teenage boys whom she tells her story to in order to recruit them for a mission.
Watch The OA on Netflix
Seen it? Liked it? Try – Stranger Things, Sens8, Orphan Black (though this isn’t a US drama), The Returned, Travellers
I cannot begin to express how much I loved Stranger Things, it took everything in me not to stay up all night and binge watch the whole lot. Instead we rationed it out, one episode a night, and I was still utterly bereft when we finished it. Like The OA it is science fiction, but if you science fiction normally isn’t your thing then please do not let that put you off. The young cast are phenomenal, a group of young boys set out to find their missing friend and uncover so much more than they and the town bargain for. It’s iconic and and a must see for any 80s/90s kid purely for the nostalgia, and well, Winona Ryder at her absolute best.
Watch Stranger Things on Netflix
Seen it? Liked it? Try – Travellers, Black Mirror, The OA
Now I’ve shared my must see US dramas on Netflix I’ll be sharing my favourite UK dramas soon, so keep an eye out for that one. Looking for something funny instead? Then check out my comedy recommendations by clicking the button below.
What do you think of my choices?
Have you seen any of them?