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Netflix shows to binge over summer

What to watch when it's too hot to get off the couch

The season of laziness is upon us, with long hot sunny days beckoning us to spend the evenings horizontal on the couch

Looking for the best binge-worthy Netflix series to keep you entertained while you’re there? Here are our top picks.

Mindhunter

Ever wondered what it’s like inside a serial killer’s twisted mind? Spoiler alert: it’s pretty bleak. Based off John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s true-crime book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, Netflix’s Mindhunter series explores the work of FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench and the creation of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Joined by psychologist Wendy Carr, the trio explore the crimes of some of the world’s most notorious serial killers (including Charles Manson, Edmund Kemper and the BTK Killer) in order to catch future killers. Season 2 dropped a few months ago, with a third season already on the way.

Last Chance U

Whether you’re a fan of American football or not, you’ll be a fan of Netflix’s four-season docuseries, Last Chance U. Following college football teams who offer troubled and less fortunate kids one ‘last chance’ at an education and football career, the series spends two seasons at East Mississippi Community College and
another two in Independence, Kansas. Not only is the game footage cinematically brilliant, but the odds some of these kids overcome is pretty inspirational, too. There are also some pretty legendary meltdowns from coaches Buddy Stephens and Jason Brown to provide you with hours-upon-hours of entertainment.

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Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Speaking of sports-related docuseries that are about so much more than sports, Formula 1: Drive to Survive offers an incredible window into life on and off the race track. With exclusive (and unprecedented) access to drivers and their teams, it’s a wildly entertaining look inside the Formula 1 championship circuit and the bitter rivalries and politics that surround it. It’ll also leave you with a newfound respect for pit-stop mechanics, whose job is wildly stressful. Season 2 is rumoured for release in March next year, with all 10 teams featured this time.

Stranger Things

Are you the last person on the planet that hasn’t seen Stranger Things? Honestly, you might be. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to venture into the weird world of the Upside Down. Unsurprisingly, it was the most-binged show on Netflix in 2019 and for good reason. It’s got everything you could ever want in a TV show—80’s nostalgia, a synth-laden soundtrack, a crew of nerdy but hilarious monster-fighting kids, and Winona Ryder. We’re three seasons deep with no signs of slowing down, so now’s as good a time as any to take a trip to demogorgon town.

Black Mirror

Ask anyone who’s ever watched a single episode of British science fiction series Black Mirror and they’ll tell you that the reason it’s so scary is because it feels so real. Each episode explores a horrifyingly likely future where digital technology replaces human interaction and emotion, and artificial intelligence reigns supreme. Named after your idle phone screen, the series is up to it’s 5th season, and has covered everything from a society based on social media likes to implanted devices recording all our memories. Equal parts unsettling and amazing.

Ozark

Jason Bateman really shines here as Marty Byrde, a scheming but ultimately inept criminal who gets in way too deep with the Mexican drug cartel. As things escalate (like, really, really escalate), Bateman drags his whole family into his money-laundering mess and the results are both disastrous and kind of funny. It feels like every episode ends on a cliff hanger, which means you’re going to find it hard to turn this one off till you’ve binged both seasons. The good news is that once you’ve finished, there’s a 10-episode season 3 on its way next year.

The Devil Nextdoor

Over five episodes, watch as this true crime docuseries searches for one single answer: Is John Demjanjuk a war criminal? In one of the most complex (and infamous) cases of argued mistaken identity, Ukrainian immigrant John Demjanjuk was arrested for his role as the Nazi death camp guard known as ‘Ivan the Terrible’. His crimes were horrendous, but somehow Demjanjuk escaped prosecution after the war, living in Ohio and working for Ford for over 30 years before his arrest. The content is pretty heavy, but it’s also pretty captivating, and will leave questioning who else may have escaped justice.

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