THE BEST BINGE-WORTHY NETFLIX SERIES AS RECOMMENDED BY TEAM WOODHOUSE – (PART TWO)
After a few too many lockdown Netflix binges earlier this year the team is back with some fresh suggestions for everyone’s favourite streaming service. From travel and food to crime drama we’ve got you covered.
Recommended by Shannon, Web Designer
Having recently arrived on Netflix, The Fall first graced our screens between 2013-2016 on BBC Two. Set In Northern Ireland the show follows Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) from the metropolitan police as she attempts to catch a serial killer on the loose. Unlike many other crime dramas, there’s no beating around the bush and our killer is revealed to us in the first few minutes in the form of unlikely grief consultant and family man Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). Character development plays a key part in this series and you’ll often find yourself mindlessly and unknowingly rooting for the wrong people. with plenty of twists and turns along the way, The Fall will have you on the edge of your seat watching. If you missed this one the first time around grab it with both hands and dive in.
Last Chance U
Recommended by Jack, Social & Content
Recently having its fifth series aired on Netflix, each season of Last Chance U follows the story of a new team of young college athletes making their last shot at being future stars in the NFL. With each player having incredible talent and the drive to be the best, they each face their own unique struggles both on and off the field involving financial hardship and disadvantaged upbringings. Alongside the players, the coaching team is often as animated and as interesting as we take a deep dive into their daily lives and the trials and tribulations they all face. But I know what you’re thinking – ‘Sounds great, but I don’t know anything about American Football?’. Even if that is the case, Last Chance U bridges the gap between sport and human emotion in a way that’s relatable in some way to any person no matter your background, as well as providing drama that isn’t forced for the cameras. A must watch for any sports fan.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Recommended by Nicola, Email Marketing Executive
Parts Unknown follows the late and great Anthony Bourdain as he explores the world to “eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice”. The series reveals the incredible richness of cultures the world has to offer while Anthony samples an abundance of local dishes in some of the planet’s less recognised culinary locations. Spanning across 12 series there are plenty of episodes to sink your teeth into as Anthony gives an insightful peek into often wartorn or impoverished locations that are thriving with interesting people and even more interesting food. Having passed away in 2018, Parts Unknown manages to capture the best of Bourdain and his passion for travel and food and serves as a magnum opus for his life.
Recommended by Ben, Front End Developer
Spanning 4 countries at 3 episodes apiece, each episode follows an hour with a different suspect as our investigation team try to crack them open and tie them to the case they’re possibly connected with. All the action takes place in a single room with the occasional break to see police observing from the other side of a two-way mirror, making the Criminal an intense look into the interrogation process in which the viewer has to make up their mind on if they believe the suspect. The interesting use of camera techniques and angles makes the scenes feel more personal and claustrophobic making Criminal a heated must-watch for any fans of crime dramas.
Recommended by Joe, Head of Design
Set and filmed in Columbia, seasons 1 & 2 of Narcos follow the story of infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar who becomes a billionaire through the illegal production and distribution of cocaine. The first season details Pablo’s monumental rise as kingpin and the second follows his fall from grace. We then have Narcos: Mexico the third season spin-off which tracks a parallel cartel in (you guessed it), Mexico. With each season having a fully immersive story, Narcos is the kind of series you have to concentrate on, not one you can check your phone for 5 minutes and still know what has transpired, (unless you’re fluent in Spanish of course). With that in mind, Narcos provides a thrilling story throughout with enough twists and turns to keep the viewer on the edge of their seat.
For more inspiration check out the first installment of the team recommends Netflix.