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Netflix’s Hidden Gems


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Binge watching never used to be my way. I used to enjoy watching my TV in real time. Now I’m an adult with bills and those bills cause me to have a job to pay for them. I have seen the light though, binge watching is here and it’s the future. Accept it. Whether you watch On Demand or Netflix, this is the way to consume your shows now.

When it comes to Netflix, we all know the heavy hitters: House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and now Daredevil. But I’m here to give you a few hidden gems that you may have scrolled past carelessly.

Just don’t blame me for wasting your weekends on your couch in your pajamas.

5. Peaky Blinders

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Do you like gang violence? Gambling? Racketeering? Well look no further, Peaky Blinders has you covered! This show follows the notorious Peaky Blinders gang, led by the ruthless Shelby Brothers. There’s two season on Netflix and a total of 12 episodes so hop to it! What are you waiting for?

4. Top of the Lake 

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Can’t really call this a procedural drama. Actually, I really don’t know how to classify this. I just know that this miniseries is quite fulfilling. At times it’s slow. Sometimes you don’t know which direction it’s going. It’s a character-driven with a great performance by Peggy Ol, I mean Elizabeth Moss. New Zealand’s landscape and great actors will make for a good experience though. And trust me, you want to see how this one ends.

3. The Killing

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This show was cancelled (the first time) because it was “too good for TV”. Seriously. After binge watching the first two seasons myself, I must agree. This slow burning whodunit isn’t necessarily the best for weekly viewing. Each episode ends on a cliffhanger, giving you one key clue to make you say “WHY DIDN’T I SEE THIS COMING!”

There’s only 4 seasons and the 4th is pretty light, so this should be easy viewing.

2. Sherlock

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I have no shame in admitting that I’m a Benedict Cumberbatch stan. So of course nothing with his name attached to it will ever be trash to me. Standom aside, this show is GREAT. Like carnations of James Bond, it’s almost unfair to compare all Sherlocks but his version is definitely one of the best. Martin Freeman also makes a great Watson and his chemistry with Cumberbatch really makes the show. This version of Sherlock has 3 seasons with 3 episodes each, but each one is its own lil mini movie. Catch up before season 4 is here in the winter.

1. Rectify

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Now where do I start with this one? There’s too much to rave about with this show. Not to sound cliché, but it’s poetry in motion. It’s like looking at the illustration in a classic Southern Gothic novel. It’s show beautifully a features a great cast of actors.

I guess I can actually tell you what it’s about now.

It’s a story about Daniel Holden, convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend when he was 16. Nearly 20 years later, he is released after DNA evidence proves insufficient to prove his guilt. He not only has to adjust to life outside of prison, but he must also learn how to survive in a small hostile town where he’s unwelcomed. The main themes of this show are redemption and salvation. What better location to examine these two things than a small town in Georgia?

But the best part of this show? The viewer doesn’t know if he’s actually innocent or not. Daniel Holden is definitely one of the richest and most perplexing characters on TV currently.

This one isn’t for everybody, but you should definitely give it a shot.

So that wraps up my list. For additional viewing, I recommend my honorable mentions: The Fall, Happy Valley (I just started, but it’s interesting so far) and an underrated sitcom, Garfunkel & Oates. Enjoy

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