Scrolling through your Netflix feed, wondering what to watch next?
Well, you can thank me later. Here a few that will keep you busy as you binge. I’m currently stuck between series looking for my next binge, but as I look, I want to share a few that left me glued to my screen.
1. The Queen’s Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit is a 2020 American coming-of-age period drama miniseries based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name. It was created for Netflix by Scott Frank and Allan Scott. Beginning in the mid-1950s and proceeding into the 1960s, the story follows the life of an orphaned chess prodigy on her rise to the top of the chess world while struggling with drug and alcohol dependency.
Netflix released The Queen’s Gambit on October 23, 2020. After four weeks it had become Netflix’s most-watched scripted miniseries. It has received critical acclaim for Anya Taylor-Joy’s performance as Beth Harmon as well as for the cinematography and production values. It has also received a positive response from the chess community and is claimed to have increased public interest in the game.
If you haven’t already watched, I recommend getting started.
2. The Crown
If you love history, you’ll love this. The Crown is a historical drama streaming television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The first season covers the period from Elizabeth’s marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 to the disintegration of her sister Princess Margaret’s engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend in 1955. The second season covers the period from the Suez Crisis in 1956 to the retirement of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963 and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964. The third season spans the period between 1964 and 1977, including Harold Wilson’s two periods as prime minister, and introduces Camilla Shand. The fourth season spans 1979 to the early 1990s and includes Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as prime minister and Lady Diana Spencer’s marriage to Prince Charles.
There’s a lot to binge on if you haven’t started yet, and if you like it just as much as I do, I’m certain you’ll be pressing pause a few times to google certain events that occur in the series.
3. Alternated Carbon
If you like something more action-packed, this may be more your speed. Altered Carbon is an American cyberpunk television series created by Laeta Kalogridis and based on the 2002 novel of the same title by English author Richard K. Morgan. In a world where consciousness can be transferred to different bodies, Takeshi Kovacs, a former soldier turned investigator, must solve a murder.
The first season consists of ten episodes and premiered on Netflix on February 2, 2018. On July 27, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season of eight episodes, which was released on February 27, 2020. Though the series received generally positive reviews, it was cancelled after two seasons. However, that’s about 18 episodes you can binge on, before wondering what next.