Netflix has a pretty extensive selection of shows that are noteworthy, and they are making a name for producing some of the best series work we’ve seen so far. However, most of what we hear about are directed towards women. What about shows for the men?
Netflix hasn’t forgotten about us – in fact, I’ve found some pretty amazing Netflix shows that men must watch. Here’s my top 5 list of Netflix shows that are currently on that all men must watch:
Making a Murderer
The ten-part documentary about Steven Avery’s exoneration and subsequent return to prison is a riveting watch. Filmed over ten years in New York and Wisconsin, the documentary shows how Avery served an 18-year prison sentence for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beernsten, only to be exonerated with the help of the Innocence Project. He proceeds to file a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County and other counties associated with his arrest; however, he is soon accused of the murder of Teresa Halbach.
Making a Murderer is a critically-acclaimed documentary that shows the problems in the Manitowoc County’s sheriff’s department and their procedures, depicts the trial of Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, and uses the documentary format to create an air of mystery that makes you keep watching. It has been rated 9 out of 10 on IMDB and 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
A good gangster drama is always on the list of men’s must-watch, and Narcos does not disappoint. The original Netflix series shows the story of Colombia’s infamously violent and powerful drug cartels and one of the most notorious drug kingpins in modern times, Pablo Escobar.
The first season focuses on Escobar’s life between the late 1970s and July 1992, when he escaped La Catedral prison. It’s got drugs, mobsters, the DEA, revenge – and it’s all based on a true story, which makes it more interesting. If you haven’t seen this series yet, now’s the perfect time to catch up – the first season was released in 2015 with 10 episodes, and the second season is about to be released this year.
Daredevil (or Marvel’s Daredevil)
Marvel comic fans are sure not to miss this original Netflix series. The Netflix adaptation of the popular franchise is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is good news for those familiar with the films. The second season has very recently been released, so now’s a good time to binge-watch both seasons.
What sets this adaptation apart from the movie franchise and other MCU-set properties is its much darker tone. The series is critically appraised for its action sequences and performances. The first season will show you the life of Matt Murdock – blind lawyer by day, crime fighter Daredevil by night. Meanwhile, watch out for familiar characters in the second season, as the Punisher and Elektra Natchios make their appearances.
House of Cards
This one isn’t new – in fact, its’s been around since 2013, and is now on its fourth season. The adaptation of the BBC miniseries of the same name has found new life in Netflix, and hits close to home especially during this election season. Men who are into intelligent, conniving and cunning political dramas will find a large dose of these in House of Cards.
What makes it stand out from other political dramas is that it’s a long, drawn-out story revolving around revenge when Frank Underwood does not get appointed as Secretary of State. You will find yourself doing something you’ve probably never done before: rooting for the villain. Sometimes it feels good to root for the bad guy.
Action, sex, and an interesting plot – that’s what Sense8 offers. The story starts a little slow during the first episode, but as you begin to understand how the eight sensates are connected you will appreciate the show more. Think borrowing each other’s smile, telepathic connection reminiscent of Midnight’s Children, a lot of hot, steamy sex scenes – this is a show that doesn’t require a lot of thinking to enjoy, and it’s something you can watch when a lady comes over.