Along with many others, I have recently found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I used this time to find new shows and movies to watch on Netflix, from the list published earlier this month. I think that television and movies are a great form of escapism, as it gives you a chance to discover new characters and learn new things. Some shows will make you laugh, while others make you cry. Here, I have compiled a list of what I think are the top 5 shows and movies on Netflix right now.
The Last Dance
Let's make something clear first: I am not the demographic for this show, I have absolutely no interest in basketball (or any sport, for that matter), I am not a fan of the Chicago Bulls, and I have no memory of the team having one of the NBA's greatest dynasties. However, something made me watch the first episode of The Last Dance, and I was hooked. This 10-part docuseries, which was made in association with ESPN, explores the Bulls' 1997-98 season. It takes us on the journey from the beginning of star icon Michael Jordan's career, straight into the tensions that escalated between Jordan and the franchise's front office—namely, Jeremy Kraus. The show delivers on nostalgia, with never-before-seen footage, as well as drama and celebrity interviews, such as that with the 44th U.S. president and former Chicago resident Barack Obama.
Unorthodox tells the story of a young woman named Esther, played by Israeli actress Shira Haas, who is fleeing from the Satmar Community, an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, New York. Esther escapes to Berlin, where she meets a group of international music students. We follow her as she navigates life in an unorthodox world, all while being chased by her naïve husband and his controlling cousin. It is a beautiful and haunting series that is perfectly directed and written. The actors are phenomenal, and they bring out courage and dignity even among apprehension and uncertainty. My only criticism is that it's only four episodes long.
Bonus: If you liked this show, you should also check out another one of my Netflix favorites, called Shtisel, which also stars Shira Haas.
Never Have I Ever
Never Have I Ever is co-created by funny girls Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. The show is a coming-of-age story about 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar. It showcases the difficulties and complexities of her life as she navigates through high school, identity, crushes, and the loss of her father. It has the perfect blend of family, love, and friendship. Each of the characters' story lines is entertaining and captivating enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen until the finale. You will find it relatable and empowering. Spoiler alert: If you give this show a try, then I am compelled to warn you that the last episode will make you cry.
Tigertail tells the tale of a Taiwanese factory worker named Grover who leaves Taiwan to seek new opportunities in America. This drama film shows us the struggles and issues that some first-generation immigrants go through, such as arranged marriages, balancing newfound responsibilities, and the complications of forming connections. This is a moving, well-crafted, and haunting film. The plot is bittersweet and lovely. It shows us how one decision made in youth can affect the rest of your life, in the same way that someone might ponder where new casinos can be found.
If you're looking for a show with great writing, a hilarious plot, wit, and overly dramatic yet perfect acting, then Schitts Creek is for you. The show revolves around a bankrupt family who is out of touch with reality, and their only remaining asset is an unfortunately named small town called Schitts Creek. You will find yourself falling head-over-heels for each of the characters. It is a hugely enjoyable show, in which you can see true character development within each season. The script is smart, and the actors are perfectly cast, especially Catherine O'Hara, who is really the true star of the show.
Other great Netflix finds worth mentioning:
Money Heist, Call Me by Your Name, You, Sex Education, Terrence House, Unbelievable, Love, Afterlife, Pose, and Big Mouth.