5 ESSENTIAL NETFLIX SHOWS TO WATCH
House of Cards This American political drama, adapted from the BBC’S 1990s mini-series of the same name, is the show that really put Netflix on the map and paved the way for the many Netflix originals that followed. Now in its fifth season, the drama follows the story of Democrat Congressman Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.
Shooter Shooter is a classy action thriller about a retired Marine Corps sniper who returns to action in a bid to foil an assassination plot targeting the president. Things go wrong and he finds himself framed for murder. It’s based on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg movie of the same name. The second season has just been released.
Ozark Starring (and directed by) Jason Bateman, this thrilling 10-part crime drama is about a Chicagobased financial advisor/money launderer who is forced to relocate his family to the remote Missouri Ozarks when his arrangement with a Mexican drug cartel goes badly wrong. It’s just been renewed for a second season.
Black Mirror Charlie Brooker’s anthology TV series debuted on Channel 4, before being picked up by Netflix in 2015. The show is a series of standalone episodes (so it’s not something you need to binge watch) with a common theme – a dark twist on modern society, and technology in particular. It’s been described as a Millennial Twilight Zone, which is about right.
Stranger Things A homage to movies such as The Goonies and ET, this 1980s-set sci-fi series is centered around a group of kids caught up in supernatural events in the fictional American town of Hawkins, Indiana. Stranger Things was a surprise hit last year, and season 2 is set to arrive in time for Halloween.