Shows to Binge-Watch This Long Festive Weekend

Shows To Binge-Watch This Long Festive October Weekend

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Come this weekend, if getting out of the bed to a rousing adventure call, is not your thing, we got some recommendations for you. If your Sunday agenda just means settling down amongst creature comforts, and Netflix ’N Chilling with bae, then here’s your October round up of the best series to stream. Snuggle in, fire up the show and get your much needed weekend dose of binge-watching.

1.       OZARK | NETFLIX | SEASONS 2 RELEASED

Genre:    Crime Drama, Thriller    |   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vHziRrCYqA

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.4/10

Ozark is an American crime drama web television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams. 

Bateman portrays financial planner Marty Byrde, and Laura Linney portrays his wife Wendy Byrde, a public relations consultant on political campaigns who became a homemaker before the family moved to the Ozarks. The strong portrayal of female protagonists in the Second Season is a welcome development that lends great character to the series. Watch this to get an insider look at how a cartel makes its beginnings.

2.       Brooklyn Nine-Nine NETFLIX | SEASONS 6 RELEASED

Genre: Police Procedural, Sitcom    |   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD3NkwKjHkk

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.4/10

Created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur, the series revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct, who comes into conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher).

The ensemble and supporting cast feature Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock and Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully. The series now in its sixth season is the winner of two Creative Arts Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe awards, apart from multiple nominations. Intelligent, witty and drop-dead funny, watch this series with your buddies and your daily conversations may just get peppered with a host of insider jokes on friendly situational humour. 

3.    Maniac NETFLIX | SEASONS 1 RELEASED

Genre: Dark Comedy, Psychological Drama  |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6cDDmk-O5A

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.1/10

The series, created by Patrick Somerville and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, follows two strangers who connect during a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial. It stars Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Justin Theroux, Sonoya Mizuno, Gabriel Byrne, and Sally Field.

In a fictional world setting, the characters travel through multiple realities as the world turns fuzzy and the moods change from across time, space, settings and character interactions. Watch this trippy series to stretch your imagination about what is real and what is not!

4.    Little Things NETFLIX | SEASONS 1 RELEASED

Genre:   Romantic Comedy  |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhpA-_8cWv8

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.4/10

A cohabiting couple in the 20s navigate the ups and downs of work, modern-day relationships and finding themselves in contemporary Mumbai. Little Things, the web-series is now streaming on Netflix, and features actors Dhruv Sehgal, Mithila Palkar, and Aman Bhagat. The series brings on the screen a brilliant chemistry with sweet moments from the everyday life of adult relationships. 

5.    American Vandal NETFLIX | SEASONS 2 RELEASED

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Comedy  |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhpA-_8cWv8

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.2/10

American Vandal is an American mockumentary television series created by Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda that premiered on Netflix. The series runs as a parody of true crime documentaries. With satirical subjects, pop-cultural commentary, engrossing plot and subtle humour, the Netflix series explore two distinct subject lines that made quirky headlines.

The latest season follows the filmmakers as they investigate a new crime at a Catholic high school after the cafeteria’s lemonade is mixed with laxatives by a student going by an alias of “Turd Burglar.” Incredibly funny and a reflection of the times we live in, this series is must-watch non-fiction content!

6.   Chef’s Table NETFLIX | SEASONS 5 RELEASED

Genre: Documentary  |   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWDF4uTlOto

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.6/10

Netflix’s successful format “The Chef’s Table” gets a new lease of life with the release of its fifth series. In the fifth series, you will meet chef Crisitna Martinez who reflects back on her life in Mexico in the backdrop of food, chef Musa Dagdeviren, journeying through Turkey, Bo Songvisava who describes her struggles on opening an authentic Thai restaurant in Thailand, and Albert Adria who explores his avant-garde creativity. The series uncovers the chefs in a format that is both visually delectable and narratively wholesome.

Just the perfect binge watch on food over the long weekend.

7.   Stay Here NETFLIX | SEASONS 1 RELEASED

Genre: Reality-TV     |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej9qnDW3kE4

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IMDB Watch Rating: 7.3/10

Stay Here is an American reality television series on Netflix that focuses on home improvements. The show’s first season of 8 episodes features designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer show property owners how to turn their short-term rentals into moneymaking showstoppers.

Here’s an insight into how the hustlers and the monied manifest their dream house with two home experts. Watch this to get inspired for your own DIY projects at home.

8.   The Man In The High Castle AMAZON PRIME | SEASONS 3 RELEASED

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller |   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xunwv3rRWYo

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.1/10

Created by Frank Spotnitz, this is considered one of Amazon’s most-watched original series. The series is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. In the series’ alternate version of 1962, the Axis powers have won World War II and divided the United States into the Greater Nazi Reich, comprising more than half of the eastern part of the continent, and the Japanese Pacific States to the west. These territories are separated by a neutral zone that encompasses the Rocky Mountains.

The series follows characters whose destinies intertwine after they come into contact with a series of propaganda films that show a very different history from their own. Here’s a look at a dystopian future of an alternate world where the Nazis and the Axis powers have the world at their feet. 

9.  McMafia | Amazon Prime | SEASONS 1 RELEASED

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfU0a-b6Iqs

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IMDB Watch Rating: 7.7/10

Based on journalist Misha Glenny’s book McMafia: A journey through the global criminal underworld, McMafia is a British crime drama television series created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, and directed by Watkins. An original crime series, this is a well put-together show by the filmmakers.

Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian mafia exiles, has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of their past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend, Rebecca. But when a murder unearths his family’s past, Alex is drawn into the criminal underworld where he must confront his values to protect those he loves. A compelling narrative, this!

10.   Succession HOTSTAR | SEASONS 1 RELEASED

Genre: Drama  | Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzYxJV_rmE8

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IMDB Watch Rating: 7.7/10

Succession is an American drama television series created by Jesse Armstrong that premiered on HBO and later licensed to Hotstar. 

The series centres on the fictional Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of a global media empire who are fighting for control of the company amidst uncertainty about the health of the family’s patriarch, Logan Roy (Brian Cox). 

Succession follows the Roy family – Logan Roy and his four children – who control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. The series tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their ageing father begins to step back from the company.

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The Deuce HOTSTAR | SEASONS 5 RELEASED

Genre: Drama  |   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTyiysI2Kh0

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.1/10

The Deuce is an American drama television series created by David Simon and George Pelecanos. 

The series features an ensemble cast that includes James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the porn industry in New York City beginning in the 1970s. Themes explored include government and police corruption, the violence of the drug epidemic, and the resulting real-estate booms and busts that coincided with the change. The critically acclaimed series now in its second season, is both provocative as well as entertaining. Watch this!

Bojak Horseman NETFLIX | SEASONS 5 RELEASED

Genre:  Animation, Comedy, Drama |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW3T7GEHs_8

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.5/ 10

BoJack Horseman is an American adult animated comedy-drama series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the title character, with a supporting cast including Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, and Aaron Paul.

Alongside having a satirical take on current events, politics, and show business, BoJack is lauded for its realistic take on dealing with depression, trauma, addiction, self-destructive behaviour, and the human experience. The season in its fifth season has got a massive Rotten Tomatoes ratings of 100% and promises to become a pop-culture classic. 

Peaky Blinders NETFLIX | SEASONS 4 RELEASED

Genre: Crime, Drama     |   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whgdkjDJAjg

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.8/10

Peaky Blinders is an English television crime drama set in 1920s Birmingham, England in the aftermath of World War I. 

The series, which was created by Steven Knight, follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family. With stylish cinematography and memorable character performances, the series is a winner of BAFTA TV Award, and rightly so, for bringing historically ignored crime stories to the popular imagination of the UK for the very first time. 

Archer NETFLIX | SEASONS 5 RELEASED

Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy    |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr_uMh0aEiI

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.7/10

Archer is an American adult animated sitcom created by Adam Reed, and follows the exploits of a dysfunctional group of secret agents—Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) and seven of his colleagues—Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), Cheryl Tunt (Judy Greer), Pam Poovey (Amber Nash), Ray Gillette (Reed), Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell) and Dr. Algernop Krieger (Lucky Yates). 

It draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including the James Bond franchise. The show’s hallmarks include reference-heavy humour, rapid-fire dialogue, and meta-comedy. It’s the winner of three PrimeTime Emmy Awards and four Critics Choice Awards. Watch this for funny one-liners and out-of-context jokes. 

EASY NETFLIX | SEASON 1 RELEASED

Genre: Comedy |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzRjfA_9Akw

Easy

IMDB Watch Rating: 6.8/10

Easy is an American comedy-drama anthology series written, directed, edited and produced by Joe Swanberg. Intertwined groups of friends in Chicago fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture. Watch this for the romantic comedy feels of the series. 

The Mechanism | NETFLIX | SEASONS 5 RELEASED

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller   |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13OtvUxOcUU

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IMDB Watch Rating: 8.9/10

O Mecanismo (English: The Mechanism) is a Brazilian political drama television series created by José Padilha and Elena Soarez, directed by Padilha, Felipe Prado, and Marcos Prado, and written by Elena Soarez. The show depicts Operation Car Wash (Portuguese: Operação Lava Jato), an ongoing police taskforce that discovered a widespread corruption scheme involving the Brazilian government and several prominent engineering firms. 

The proportion is so great that the course of investigations completely changes the lives of all involved. Watch this foreign language drama on a day-long spree.

The Romanoffs | AMAZON PRIME | SEASONS 5 RELEASED

Genre: Drama  |  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2qWLttWvYI

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IMDB Watch Rating: 7.2/10

Created by Matthew Weiner, this series is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. The series is an intelligent, witty, sophisticated entertainment for binge-watching.

Let us know which one you’d like to add to the list in the comments down below!

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