Being poorly over Christmas and New Year has its advantages. I was able to stay in my pjs, tucked up in bed with a cuppa and binge a good few series – making the most out of my monthly Netflix subscription! I go through phases where I dip in and out of something one month, then full on finish 5 series in a matter of weeks. The latter was what happened over the festive period so here are 5 more recommendations for you to get you through the January evenings…
Manhunt: Unabomber | Netflix | 8 episodes
I’m SO happy I stumbled across Sam Worthington and this 8-part American series. It’s a fictional account of the true story about the FBI’s hunt for the man behind the nationwide postal bombings across the USA between 1978 and 1995 – known as the Unabomber. The main character – Jim Fitzgerald – played by Sam, is employed as a top profiler by the FBI to try track down the man creating the bombs and divulge who he really is. If you have seen and enjoyed series like Mindhunter or Designated Survivor, this one is definitely for you. Plus british actor Paul Bettany who plays Ted Kaczynski is exceptional.
Wormwood | Netflix | 6 episodes
This docudrama mini series is something completely different to what I’ve watched before. Again, this is based on true events surrounding the mysterious so called ‘suicide’ of a scientist who took part in a secret government biology program. It combines real life interviews with the family members, legal team and government workers involved in the conspiracy with key reenacted scenes starring Peter Sarsgaard as the main character – Frank Olson. This has all the true-crime vibes of Making a Murderer and The Keepers, unravelling all manner of cover ups by official government bodies and I found it a really good watch. It lagged a bit in the middle episodes but as it was only 6 episodes long in total, it didn’t drag out for too long.
La Mante | Netflix | 6 episodes
Can I just say, the French know how to do a crime drama. This miniseries surrounds a convicted serial killer known as ‘La Mante’ (The Mantis) and how she collaborates with the police to try and capture her copycat killer 25 years after she was put away. The plot twists and gory moments had me on edge a lot and it was one of those series where I’d skip the credits and press play on the next episode right away. Plus, watching it all in French with subtitles was not as distracting as it sounds. Give it a go! You’ll be surprised.
Dark | Netflix | 10 episodes
This was recommended to me after watching Stranger Things and The Mist and it didn’t disappoint. This German sci-fi thriller series concentrates on a seemingly sleepy town of Winden where children begin to go missing and soon uncovers the dark secrets and fragmented relationships of the towns residents. The series starts off in 2019 but switches to 1986 and 1953 through time travel as some of Winden’s residents become aware of a wormhole situated in the towns caves. Sounds far fetched but it’s cleverly done as we see core characters portrayed by different actors in the 3 different time periods. TIP: Don’t watch with the automated American dubbing – it’s awful. Switch to German with subtitles and you won’t regret it.
Riverdale | Netflix | 2 seasons
I’m still playing catchup on season 2 of Riverdale and loving it. The American teen drama series has a Gossip Girl feel but is much shorter and much more interesting in my opinion. It’s an easy watch, so I’d recommend any girls giving it a go (especially to just look at Cole Sprouse…)
Let me know if you watch and what you think! If you have any suggestions, get in touch and leave a comment 🙂
With love and feeling like a couch potato,