Netflix: must-watch TV shows

Netflix: must-watch TV shows

Check out some of OnTheScene's best finds on Netflix.


NETFLIX has given us some great series to dig our teeth into this year. Here are a few recommendations for this winter.

1. Santa Clarita Diet

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet

A horror-comedy, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. It follows the lives of couple Joel and Sheila, who are everyday suburban real estate agents. They face a series of obstacles when Sheila starts mysteriously craving human flesh. Together, and with the help of their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) and neighbour Eric (Skyler Gisondo), they try to get to the bottom of the cause for Sheila’s new diet. It received mainly positive reviews with the odd comment about the mass of graphic scenes. Netflix has announced that Season 2 is due to premiere in 2018.

2. 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why promotional image

‘13 Reasons Why’ had everyone talking in March. This is story of a young girl, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who explains her decision to take her own life. Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) listens to the tapes Hannah has left behind detailing each person and reason for her eventual suicide. This series rocked the boat with critics, it got mixed reviews as both harmful to viewers and a necessary conversation starter about teenage depression. Either way, it’s been announced that there is going to be a second season.

3. Girlboss

Britt Robertson as Sophia in Girlboss

Girlboss is based on the true story of Nasty Gal entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso. The comedy features Sophia (Britt Robertson), who develops an eye for fashion and decides to set up an Ebay business to sell vintage clothing. As she develops into a savvy businesswoman, she learns the tricks of the trade and how to cope with other sellers, and in turn, how to be her own boss. Due to inconclusive critics reviews, Girlboss will not be receiving a second season – but we do recommend giving it a watch!

4. Dear White People 

Cast of Dear White People
Cast of Dear White People

Based on the 2014 film of the same name, Dear White People is a satirical comedy-drama. It follows a group of black teenagers at a mostly white school who are facing social injustice. Each episode, except the finale, focuses on a different character. The series was met with positive reviews, and fans are excited for the second season.

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3)

Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) adjusts to life in New York City after being saved from a doomsday cult in Indiana, where she and three other women were held captive for 15 years. Not wanting to be seen only as a victim, Kimmy is determined to stay positive and restart her life with new found friends, Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) and Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane). Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards three times, it has had high reviews since season 1. Season four has been announced for 2018.

6. Orange is the New Black (Season 5)

L-R: Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Lea DeLaria, Laverne Cox, Lori Petty, Taryn Manning, Uzo Aduba, Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Yael Stone, Ruby Rose, Kate Mulgrew, Selenis Leyva, Dascha Polanco
L-R: Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Lea DeLaria, Laverne Cox, Lori Petty, Taryn Manning, Uzo Aduba, Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Yael Stone, Ruby Rose, Kate Mulgrew, Selenis Leyva, Dascha Polanco

Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her year in minimum security federal prison, FCI Danbury. The series follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and the other women at Litchfield Penitentiary. Piper must learn how to survive in prison and overcome the struggles she faces. With flashbacks to significant events, the viewer learns more and more about the inmates and guards at the prison. The show presents how corruption, drug smuggling, funding cuts, overcrowding and guard brutality affect the prisoners’ mental and physical health. As the most-watched series on Netflix, it has been renewed for its sixth and seventh series.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR – Stranger Things (Season 2) – 27th October

Poster for Netflix original, Stranger Things
Poster for Netflix original, Stranger Things

Season 2 of Stranger Things is one of the most anticipated series of 2017. The first season was a smash hit last year being one of the most viewed and highest rated series on Netflix. After season one being critically acclaimed for its characterisation, atmosphere, directing, writing and pacing, season 2 has a lot to live up to. Trailers for the new season have sparked excitement in fans, and it looks to beat every expectation.