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So, You Just Got Netflix – Now What?

Grab the Doritos, freeze-dried apple chips, wine slushies and what have you, because you're about the start binge watching for your life.

Ah, that first time you log in to Netflix and realise the wealth of possibilities at your fingertips. On one hand, you’re eager to rewatch your favourite shows just for the sake of it, because now they’re finally in HD, uninterrupted and with subtitles, so you don’t miss anything. On the other hand, you’re itchy to watch everything else, just because you finally can. Even Oggy and the Cockroaches looks promising against Netflix’s black background. (No, I have no intention of watching Oggy and the Cockroaches, just in case you were wondering.) If you’ve just got Netflix, and you feel like a child at Toys “R” Us on Christmas Eve, we’re here to help. From one TV addict and serial binge-watcher to another. Period dramas, animations, science fiction, romantic comedies, superhero things – we’ve got your Netflix starter kit right here.

Bojack Horseman
If you like: Adventure Time, Rick & Morty, grown-up cartoons with a bit of heart and a tinge of trippy

The humanoid half-man, half-horse Bojack Horseman finds himself in the middle of a midlife/identity crisis decades after his successful TV show Horsin’ Around. With the help of his part-cat agent/ex-girlfriend Princess Caroline and the fully human Todd and Diane, Bojack tries to get back into the entertainment biz.


Stranger Things
If you like: American Horror Story, Sherlock, The Walking Dead, ’80s horror movies like like A Nightmare on Elm StreetCarrie and The Thing

A boy mysteriously disappears and his distraught mother is convinced that he is alive. Eleven, a girl with super-cool psychokinetic abilities, appears at the spot he was last seen. Meanwhile, icky, otherworldly black stuff starts appearing in creepy places and more people start to go missing.


If you like: You’re The Worst, Love, British rom-coms with more depth and less of that true love sitch

Hopeless romantic Dylan takes it upon himself to contact all his previous girlfriends after realising he has chlamydia. Joining him are his BFFs – the shallow, fling-only Luke, and Evie, who secretly harbours feelings for Dylan.


If you like: Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Vikings, science fiction and period drama mash-ups

It’s a little surprising that this show isn’t more popular! Based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows Claire Beauchamp, a World War II nurse who travels back in time to 18th Century Scotland after falling through a mysterious circle of stones. There, she meets Jamie, a strapping Scotsman, and Black Jack Randall, the show’s big bad who looks exactly like her husband back in the 20th Century.


Black Mirror
If you like: Mr Robot, Sherlock, can’t-decide-if-it’s-dystopian-or-utopian movies like Her, Blade Runner, Ex Machina, dark satires on modern life

An anthology series – every episode stands on its own with a different cast – that takes the technology and situations we have in this modern world to extreme ends. It is interesting, but also a little unsettling when you realise that the stuff that goes on in Black Mirror could all be possible one day. Scary.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
If you like: 30 Rock, New Girl, Community, feel-good comedies that are occasionally weird but ultimately awwww

After being trapped underground for 15 years with a doomsday cult, 30-something Kimmy Schmidt decides to get her life back by heading to the Big Apple. There, she meets the flamboyant Titus Andromedon and eccentric Manhattan socialite Jacqueline Vorhees. Kimmy’s positivity is so infectious, you can’t help feeling just a little bit happier after each episode.


Orphan Black
If you like: Stranger Things, Sherlock, films like The Island, sci-fi-thrillers with serious twists and turns

Con-artist Sarah gets the shock of her life when she bumps into someone who looks exactly like her at a train station – and again when said person proceeds to jump in front of a moving train. Sarah decides to take her deceased doppelgänger’s identity, but finds herself right in the middle of a messy conspiracy when more lookalikes start popping up.


If you like: Jessica Jones, The Flash, Arrow

Just saw Suicide Squad and presently on a superhero high? Based on the Marvel vigilante of the same name – not that movie that no one talks about anymore – Daredevil is centred around Matt Murdock, who becomes blind after a childhood accident but gains heightened senses in return.


Which show are YOU going to binge watch next? Tell us what other shows need to be on the list in the comments below. (Also, we just got Facebook. Like us over here, maybe?)

Photo: Stranger Things/Neflix

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