Yep, it’s that time of year again – you’re sweaty all the time and there’s plenty of questionable humidity-affected hairstyles walking around the streets of Dubai.
Words: Tally Sargent
Rest assured, the Dubai Week team are here. And we’ve got 13 of our favourite Netflix shows perfect for binging on and avoiding all contact with the outside world – binge goals.
So turn down the AC, source ample snacks for sustenance, grab a blanket and begin the binge.
If you’re flying solo:
An off-the-cuff British sci-fi Netflix Original, Black Mirror is an hyper-realisation of modern day society and the consequences of our discovery of new technologies. Most episodes look at us humans and our addiction to gizmos and gadgets, giving us a dark and often satirical look at our behaviour and what it may become.
A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 3 Seasons. 13 Episodes in total.
A mix of both drama and horror, The Returned follows a group of people that return to their hometown from the dead, all in the same week – after they’ve been dead for years. Eerie and intense, this American show is definitely worth a watch.
A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 1 Season. 10 Episodes.
A modern day American adaptation of Sherlock Holmes set in the Big Apple. Jonny Lee Miller plays Sherlock with his sidekick Dr Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu – a woman! The series is perfect for binging with a solid four seasons. Plus this twist on the original stories of Sherlock Holmes follows these characters as they crack some of the NYPD’s most difficult cases.
Rated 13+. 4 Seasons. 96 Episodes in total!
Fancy a couple’s night in?
This British crime series follows the hunky Idris Elba as a dedicated urban detective. Solving crimes that spread over the streets of London, Luther has to try and keep his personal life together too.
Rated 16+. 4 Seasons. 16 Episodes in total.
Friends From College
This rom-com series follows a group of friends 20 years after their college graduation. But once they reconnect, they soon realise that they haven’t changed as much as they thought!
Rated 16+. 1 Season. 8 Episodes.
This 80s comedy show will be sure to have you in stitches as you join in on the lives of a crew of misfits reinventing themselves as wrestlers! Naming themselves as the ‘Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling’, Glow was created by the same team as hit show Orange Is the New Black.
Rated 16+. 1 Season. 10 Episodes.
Perfect for a boys’ night in:
If you haven’t already given Suits a go, then you’re in for a treat boys (and girls!). This American drama series is filled with big time lawyers, scandals and super smart cookie associates. All beginning with a college dropout with a razor sharp mind…
Rated 16+. 5 Seasons. 76 Episodes in total.
With four fab seasons, this crime drama follows Ray Donovan through difficult times, especially when he can’t seem to solve the problems his family creates, despite helping Los Angeles’ rich and famous with theirs. With a whopping 48 episodes to get through, there will only be room for timed toilet breaks and snack replenishment.
Rated 16+. 4 Seasons. 48 Episodes in total.
Ones to watch with the kids:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Transformed into a television series re-make based on the children’s novels written by Lemony Snicket. A Series of Unfortunate Events is an American comedy-drama that follows the dreadful history of the Baudelaire children, and the arrival of a menacing distant relative. -Recommended for all, especially those who want a childhood revival.
A Netflix Orginal Series. Rated 7+. 1 Season. 8 Episodes
Set in a fictional town in Indiana, during the 80s, this very successful American science fiction-horror follows a group of young boys investigating the disappearance of their friend amongst supernatural events that happen around town. Including the arrival of a girl with psychokinetic powers.
A Netflix Original Series. Rated 13+. 1 Season. 8 Episodes
Ones to watch without the kids:
Orange is the new Black
This hit TV series follows Piper, a privileged American woman through her time in jail. The minimum-security women’s prison and all of its happenings has become one of the most watched Original Series’ on Netflix.
A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 5 Seasons. 65 Episodes in total.
Gillian Anderson stars in this British crime drama, battling as a superintendent facing her own demons, and a serial killer who is hiding behind the truth.
Rated 16+. 3 Seasons. 17 Episodes in total
Based on the best-selling memoir, Girlboss tells the story of a rebellious and broke entrepreneur, learning how to create her own business and how to be the boss!
A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 1 Season. 13 Episodes.
No Netflix? No problem.
If you don’t fancy investing in a Netflix account, or your friend refuses to give you their login details – we’ve got you covered.
Firstly – they aren’t real friends. Secondly, Starzplay and Viu are both UAE subscription-based video-on-demand platforms, where you can enjoy a free trial for a month. Starzplay offers a variety of shows and films that aren’t on Netflix too, like Friends, How I Met Your Mother and Criminal Minds to name a few – all with strong summer binging ability. Click here to have a look at its website.
Viu on the other hand is an app that lets you watch plenty of popular Hollywood films and TV shows. On top of that, it also has a large selection of Bollywood films, Pinoy films, documentaries and more! Click here to check out its website.
Just remember, it’s not a race, it’s a marathon.