Netflix is here! This CNY, instead of watching the umpteenth re-rerun of God of Gamblers or yet another Stephen Chow flick, turn your attention to these TV shows.
For those of us who spend CNY catching up on sleep and our favourite TV shows, here are some of the must-watch series so you don’t sound like a noob during workplace lunches.
1. Making A Murderer
This is one of those shows that get viewers experiencing all kinds of uncomfortable emotions like anger and indignation, so be warned. However, this real-life thriller that follows the trial of an exonerated murder suspect who was later implicated in another grisly murder case is one of those edge-of-your-seats shows that will keep you up way into the wee hours of the night.
Watch it … if you’re a fan of true crime novels and movies.
2. Marco Polo
Was there ever a greater conqueror than Kublai Khan? According to experts, if one counts the Mongol empire at that time as a whole, Khan’s dynasty spanned almost one-fifth of the world’s inhabited land area – from the Pacific to the Black Sea, from Siberia to present-day Afghanistan! Get a glimpse into his awesome reign through the eyes of Marco Polo, the famed Italian explorer, who spent several years adventuring in Khan’s court.
Watch it … simply because local-born actor Chin Han is bone-chillingly good as the villain, Jia Sidao.
3. The Mind Of A Chef
If you can’t get enough of your favourite cooking shows on cable, you’ll love this docu-series that is narrated and produced by Anthony Bourdain. Combining cooking, travel, history, and science, this show explores the creative processes of chefs from all over the world and finds out what exactly inspires them to create their ingenious culinary creations.
Watch it … if you want an in-depth look into how world-class chefs view the world around them.
4. Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, this series centres around the former superhero who opens her own private investigator agency. In between fighting off villains and hunting down her tormentor, Jessica also has to contend with the demons of her traumatic past.
Watch it … if you enjoy psychological thrillers and badass female protagonists.
5. How To Get Away With Murder
From the creator of hit TV Series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal comes another tantalising TV series about a law professor and her five students who become involved in a convoluted murder plot. Smart, sassy, and suspenseful, this is classic Shonda Rhimes.
Watch it … and be entertained by some good ol’fashioned drama.
6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Forget CSI or LA Confidential. Catch both seasons of Adam Samberg’s goofy antics on this hilarious sitcom set in a Brooklyn police station.
Watch it … if you need some lighthearted ROFLs to get you through your relatives’ incessant questions.
7. Master Of None
Created by American comedian Aziz Ansari and screenwriter Alan Yang, this comedy series follows the life of Dev, a struggling Indian-American actor trying to make it big in New York City. Tightly paced and woven together with plenty of charm and wit, this is one of those shows that will have you laughing from start to finish. With a 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you know this series is the good stuff.
Watch it … to LOL away any CNY blues you may be experiencing.
This is currently the most highly rated TV show on Netflix. Based on the true story of Colombia’s notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine, this gritty drama is a close-up look into the violent power of drug cartels.
Watch it … if you enjoy mobster films like The Godfather or Donnie Brasco.
Netflix is available here.