Five Netflix series you can binge-watch in a day

September 22, 2016
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The world of Netflix is beautiful, vast and endlessly tempting. But instead of getting into television shows that will take up too much of your time and have you addicted for weeks, let us look at some shows that will only take one day to watch. One lazy, fantastic, stress-free day.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

This brightly coloured, satirical and breezy show features Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) who is rescued from a bunker 15 years after being kidnapped and imprisoned there. Sounds like a perfect sitcom setup, right? This is among the most interesting comedies around right now, not merely because it manages to turn its dark subject matter into a light-hearted comedy, but because it never makes that situation frivolous or trivial.

The strength of the performances and the layered writing, particularly in the second season, make this show a hilarious, heartfelt comedy. If you're looking for a show that will brighten your day while still acknowledging that life can get pretty tough, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is for you.

Danger 5

Danger 5 involves an elite group of people who are working together to stop the Third Reich. This Australian show has just about everything: Hitler, Nazi sea monsters, a disappearing country and the theft of world landmarks.

It’s definitely the most surreal show on this list by a wide margin, so it’s certainly not for everyone, but it’s definitely a great conversation starter. “Have you seen that Australian show that’s set in the 60s about this team trying to kill Hitler and his monsters?” That will be your interesting conversation starter if you believe in yourself and watch this show.

The Office/Extras

Ricky Gervais is a love/hate comedian, but these shows, which he co-directed with Stephen Marchant, are quality comedy with a lot of emotional content packed in. The Office is Gervais’ most beloved work. Its documentary style gives you a unique look into the quirky and flawed employees of a paper office in Slough. It’s an awkward, joyful, sad and hilarious two seasons.

Meanwhile Extras is a little less down to earth, focusing instead on film set extras and the stars they interact with (including Patrick Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Thompson). Arguably it does become less grounded in its second season, but while most shows suffer when this happens, Extras continues to highlight its greatest strength: character writing. If you’re looking for an intensely character driven comedy then these are two sterling options.

The Fall

Now it’s time for a dark and gritty drama about a workaholic cop (Gillian Anderson) tracking down a serial killer (Jamie Dornan) in Belfast. There’s a lot to love in this one, including complex characters, gorgeous cinematography and an intelligent storyline. It’s certainly not for the easily squeamish or those looking for laughs, but if you want something that will distract you from the stresses of the real world, then The Fall might just be your ticket to a lovely day of junk food and procrastination.

Freaks and Geeks

A little cult classic that was cancelled before it got a chance at a second season rounds off our list. This series, which follows two siblings as they start to hang out with two very different groups in high school, is one of the most well-observed, realistic and charming teen shows ever made.

The cast is to die for, with James Franco, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Seth Rogen and Jason Segal all giving great performances in what was among their earliest works. Freaks and Geeks brings sweet comedy together with drama and teen-angst in a way that still feels fresh and current.

Happy watching fellow procrastinators and television lovers!

Ally Jurgens

Ally is a uni student who is shockingly good at remembering facts no one cares about involving TV shows and films. She also writes a bit.

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