Now, we’ve all had a hell of a lot of time on our hands recently so we don’t have to feel guilty about taking a weekend solely to binge a TV series or three. I’ve compiled a bit of a list of some of my favourite Netflix shows currently streaming. They come from a few different genres so you might find that some are to your liking and others are not. Either way, here are 5 seriously good Netflix shows to watch in 2020 while we’re still under the Covid-19 iso thrall.
This is usually towards the top of my list of recommendations when people ask me to suggest a new Netflix show for them to watch. It’s got all the gritty Norse-based drama of the hit show Vikings – except it’s a hilarious parody with frequent fourth-wall breakages and a cast of exceptionally talented actors and actress that you’ve likely not yet been introduced to. Norsemen pokes fun at traditional viking ideals in a way that only two super talented Norwegian writers (Jon Iver Helgaker & Jonas Torgersen) could pull off.
Silje Torp plays the smokin’ hot, seriously badass Frøya, a viking warrior who’s hair is just as awe inspiring as her dry wit and battle prowess. She and her fellow cast members play a bunch of incompetent (some more than others) vikings just trying to do what vikings do best: pillage, rape, murder and make delightful little horse figurines out of sticks and pine cones.
You’ve got 2 seasons worth of unapologetically unadulterated giggles and gags brought to you by two writers who have undoubtedly earned their seats in Valhalla.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
ATLA is not only a seriously underrated Netflix show – it’s one of the most underrated TV shows OF ALL TIME. This is quite possibly my favourite TV series; animated or otherwise.
“Water. Earth. Fire. Air. My grandmother used to tell me stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar kept balance between the Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar mastered all four elements. Only he could stop the ruthless firebenders. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years have passed and the Fire Nation is nearing victory in the War. Two years ago, my father and the men of my tribe journeyed to the Earth Kingdom to help fight against the Fire Nation, leaving me and my brother to look after our tribe. Some people believe that the Avatar was never reborn into the Air Nomads, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar will return to save the world.“Avatar: The Last Airbender Opening Sequence
It may be “just a cartoon” to some, but this show contains an abundance of life lessons about kindness, redemption, failure, honour, trust and equality that both kids and adults can learn from.
One character in particular is known for dropping wisdom (and making delicious cups of tea) left, right and centre. Fans of the show know exactly who I’m referring to here: the wonderful Uncle Iroh.
Honestly, every single character in this show is played out perfectly. The character arcs (I’m looking at you, Zuko) are seamless and the quotes are memorable as hell.
Join Aang, Katara and Sokka as they follow Aang’s destiny to bring peace to the four nations, making their own destinies, building lifelong friendships and overcoming obstacles all the way. It’s heartwarming, it’s hilarious and in some cases it’s downright sad (Appa’s Lost Days amirite?). It’s just a damn good show.
Avatar: The Legend of Korra is its sequel series and it’s honestly just as great. No joke. This franchise is amazing. Apart from the movie. We don’t speak of the movie….
Oh, and one more thing. If this ain’t a bop, I don’t know what is….
LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS
This. This is a series of adultified animated shorts, each telling a different story of, well, love + death + robots. Some episodes take inspiration from just one of these themes whilst others utilise a combination.
With different animation techniques used throughout each episode (ranging from gorgeous Japanese anime to hyper realistic video game style animation), you get a storytelling feel that’s bound to suit almost everyone.
Some episodes are cutesy yet sad, some are lighthearted, others depict painful love stories with a twist and some are filled with gory goodness. This is not an animated series for the kids, let’s just say that.
If you’ve not checked it out yet, make sure you do. It won’t take long at all as the 18 episodes are quite (sadly) shorter than 20 minutes long.
This. Show. Is. Amazing.
The brainchild of the hilarious Eugene Levy and his son Dan, Schitt’s Creek follows the story of the uber rich Rose family as they’re forced to move to a dingy old town after losing their fortune.
I think what makes this show so great is the dynamics between the cast members. Eugene Levy and Dan Levy play the father/son roles perfectly (as they do in real life) and Annie Murphy and Catherine O’Hara complete the Rose family, meshing so perfectly with the Levys. Eugene’s daughter Sarah plays the quirky Twyla, a resident of Schitt’s Creek and Chris Elliot (“take my strong hand”) plays the frustrating, yet endearing mayor of Schitt’s Creek, Roland Schitt.
I could go on all day naming amazing cast members and how well they all gel with each other and play their respective roles but this blog honestly isn’t equipped to deal with so much awesome in the one post. And don’t even get me started on the final episode. Ugh. Crying the ugliest of tears. Ew, David.
The best part? They stopped the series before it got to the “oh, god there’s more?” stage. Perfect execution. 11/10. Would (and will) watch again.
I’ll leave you with this link to an article that lists 75 hilarious Schitt’s Creek quotes. Go, on. You deserve it.
Feel Good doesn’t just make you feel good. There’s a whole god damn range of emotions involved in this series that touches on addiction, sexuality, humour, romance and everything in between.
The story follows Mae, a budding stand-up comedian with a few heavy secrets, as she falls in love with George, a girl from an elite Bristish family who don’t look too fondly at anything one wouldn’t consider “normal”. As Mae and George work through some of the many facets and difficulties that same-sex couple relationships face, Mae’s past is thrust back into her life in a dangerous way.
There are ups and downs, highs and lows, laughs and sobs – but the name rings true, this series definitely has a way of making you feel good.
Oh, and Lisa Kudrow is in the mix so you know you’re in for a wild ride.
Let me tell you, I can’t wait for season 2.
If you’ve got any Netflix shows of your own to suggest, please leave them in the comments. I’m always looking for more content to add to my ever-growing “watch list”.
Stay safe, and watch more Netflix!