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8 Shows to Binge-watch on Netflix in 2020

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Still on community lockdown? You might want to consider watching these series that are available on streaming giant, Netflix.

1. FAUDA

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The cast of ‘Fauda’. (Ohad Romano/via JTA)

The Season 4 of the hit series “Fauda” was just announced in September. This edge-of-your-seat series was originally aired in Israel in 2015 and was picked up by Netflix in 2016.

Created by Lior Raz (who also plays the main protagonist Doron) and Avi Issacharoff, Fauda (meaning ‘chaos’ in Arabic) follows an undercover unit of the Israeli army called the Mista’aravim and attempts to put a human face on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This show is unapologetic in its shock value and for a Southeast Asian like me, I learned a lot about the Gaza conflict from watching this show.

2. BIG MOUTH

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For me the most hilarious show today, ‘Big Mouth’ is unfiltered with its irreverence. It has no qualms discussing taboo issues like sex, male/female masturbation, menstruation, homosexuality and bisexuality, divorce, sexual abuse, puberty, homelessness, parental absenteeism, among others. All of these are told in the eyes of 13-year old characters. I wonder who my Hormone Monster was while I was growing up? My favorite character is Lola.

Season 4 will stream this December.

3. BORGEN

Photo courtesy of Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Borgen — meaning Castle, the name of the Parliament building in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital — is a series that ran from 2010-2013 and is about Brigitte Nyborg, the leader of the Moderate party, who became the country’s first woman prime minister. The power of the series is in how it shows that not only the government shapes a country’s democracy but more importantly, its media.

The show has won many awards, including the Best International TV series at the 2012 British Academy Television Awards and the Peabody Award in 2013 for Area of Excellence. After a decade, Netflix in partnership with DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, will be reviving the show and will premiere the show’s fourth season in 2022.

4. DERRY GIRLS

Photo courtesy of Channel 4 UK

Derry Girls is laugh-out-loud, hysterical, charming, heartwarming, hilarious! It’s a sitcom set during The Troubles – the decades-long conflict between Catholic republicans and Protestants who were loyal to Britain in the 90s – which effectively ended in 1998. Derry is the second largest town in Northern Ireland where its creator Lisa McGee grew up. This well-written and greatly acted series, tells the story of the lives of four Irish teenage girls and one British boy and their typical Irish families. Amidst the backdrops of conflict, these teenagers go through the usual adventures in school and at home, you will easily forget that they are in the midst of a war. Did I mention they use The Cranberries’ songs for this series? I can’t wait for Season 3 to air soon.

5. BODYGUARD

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Photo: Sophie Mutevelian/World Productions/Netflix

With a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Bodyguard is one of UK’s biggest hits in 2018. It stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), an Afghanistan war veteran who suffers PTSD and is now assigned as the bodyguard to UK’s Home Secretary, Keeley Hawes. Intriguing and packed with suspense, every twist and turn makes up the perfect political-thriller you should binge-watch. Season 2 is already confirmed but no release date is announced yet.

6. SKY CASTLE

The parents of Sky Castle.

SKY 캐슬; SKY Kaeseul is a 2018 Korean dark comedy that revolves around the lives of housewives living in a luxurious residential area called SKY Castle in suburban Seoul. Here, wealthy doctors and professors live and these wives will pull strings to compete with each other by making their husbands more successful and raise their children to be their school’s top students.

Sky Castle is the second highest-rated cable television drama in Korea. It is said that it hit a nerve in Korea for showing parents’ obsession with achieving and maintaining status in society.

7. ATELIER

the cast of japanese show atelier on netflix
Photo Netflix/Fuji TV

Developed by Fuji TV as a Netflix Original drama in 2015, this coming-of-age workplace drama is Japan’s take on Devil Wears Prada, only this show is more heartwarming and adorable.

Self-confessed fabric geek Mayuko Tokida (Mirei Kiritani) has just started her work in Emotion, a famous lingerie brand in Japan. Like Devil Wears Prada, the main protagonist is someone who has no fashion sense but gets to work in the fashion industry under the mentorship of an Ana Wintour-type boss, Mayumi Nanjo. The main conflict of Atelier revolves around Mayuko’s insistence in the functionality of Emotion’s lingerie and Mayumi’s emphasis on sticking with the tradition of her company.

8. SPECIAL

Creator and writer Ryan O’Connell also stars in Special. Photo: Netflix

Ryan O’Connell stars as a young gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to live the independent life he wants. This comedy is never preachy and O’Connell makes sure that his character – in spite being ‘special’ – doesn’t need any pity. Renewed for a second season in December 2019, most of the laughs from this autobiographical series come from its honest and genuine humor that wrung out of the creator’s flaws and insecurities.

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