17 Netflix series everyone should watch this summer


It’s that time of the year when all you want is to crank up the air-con, snuggle in your duvet and gorge on some junk. With more downtime on your hands to unwind and relax, it’s the perfect occasion to catch up on an entire run of Netflix shows that you’ve missed.

Here at Dubai Week, we’ve got you covered, so let the bingeing begin.

Words by Aroma Kumar

If you’re flying solo:

Sacred Games

Sacred Games

Fancy some Bollywood? The recently released Bollywood crime thriller, Sacred Games, debuted this week to a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Liked by critics and viewers alike, this Saif Ali Khan starrer is the perfect launchpad to India’s forthcoming Originals.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 1 season. 8 episodes.

Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

This Indian series brings to life to the stories of 19th-century literary legend, Rabindranath Tagore and features mostly female protagonists from diverse rural, social and cultural backgrounds, who take chances and almost always rebel against family and societal norms.

Rated 13+. 1 Season. 26 episodes in total.

The Rain

The Rain

This Scandinavian teen thriller has already taken the internet by storm by delving into themes of love, relationship and jealousy in a post-apocalyptic backdrop. The storyline follows two Danish siblings in search of civilisation after a terrible virus carried by rainfall wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 1 season. 8 episodes.


The Mindhunter

Set in the early days of criminal psychology, two FBI agents try to understand the workings of the deadliest serial killers’ minds.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. Season 1. 10 episodes.

Altered Carbon

altered carbon

This dystopian cyberpunk TV series is set 300 years in the future, where a cryogenically frozen prisoner awakens to find that the only way to freedom is to solve a baffling murder.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 1 season. 10 episodes.

Fancy a couple’s night in?

Money Heist (La Casa De Papel)


This Spanish TV series is bound to grip viewers in its thrilling heist storyline, coupled with some unexpected love connections that are sure to guarantee many sleepless nights of episode cramming. Already in its third-part production, this drama has been heralded as one of the most binge-able shows on Netflix.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 2 parts. 22 episodes in total.

Peaky Blinders

peaky blinders

Based on the notorious criminal gang known to sew razors blades in their caps, this series follows the exploits of the Shelby family in their quest to gain control over Birmingham’s slums in 19th century England, with many power struggles and romantic entanglements along the way.

Rated 16+. 4 seasons. 24 episodes in total.



Follow the lives of Pablo Escobar and the cartels of Colombia in one of Netflix’s most suspenseful series.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 3 seasons. 30 episodes in total.



Remember the smash 80’s American soap of the same name? You’re going to love its 21st century reboot. Follow the wealthy Carrington family, who will do anything to make sure their business is not in jeopardy, even if it means employing illicit tactics.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 13+. Season 1. 22 episodes as of now.

The Staircase

the staircase

Based on the real-life conviction of novelist Michael Peterson for the murder of his wife, this series is your summer true-crime obsession.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 1 season. 13 episodes in total.

Ones to watch with the family:

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

jessica jones

If you’re a DC/Marvel fan, be sure to tune in. Fighting her inner demons after her encounter with Kilgrave, ex-superhero turned private eye Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life in NYC. This sleuth-superhuman mix promises viewers many late night sprees.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 2 seasons. 26 episodes in total.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


This Tina Fey-created comedy sitcom follows the struggles of Kimmy Schmidt, a loveable naïf coming to grips with the real world after being incarcerated for 15 years by the lunatic leader of a doomsday cult. Pure pop culture gold.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 13+. 4 seasons. 45 episodes in total!



If you love Teen Wolf and Vampire Diaries, then where have you been for Riverdale? Based on a beloved comic series turned swoonsome suburban teen drama, Riverdale is ideal for those summery Thursday nights.

Rated 16+. 1 Season. 13 episodes in total.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A terrible fire that kills their parents and the arrival of a foreboding relative, can life get any worse for the Baudelaire children? As this is pitched as a gothic black comedy, the answer is probably yes.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 7+. 2 seasons. 18 episodes in total.

Ones to watch without the kids:

13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why

Welcome to your tape! This popular series garnered a massive cult following due to its ability to hit you right in the feels. Every episode takes it to a new emotional level, starting with the premise the star Hannah is no longer alive.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 2 seasons. 26 episodes in total.



One of the best historical fiction series on Netflix, Outlander follows a married WWII nurse who gets transported to 18th century Scotland during the height of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.

Rated 16+. 2 seasons. 29 episodes in total.

Santa Clarita Diet


For those who can stomach blood and gore, Drew Barrymore stars in this comedic cannibalistic series as a mother who transforms into a zombie cannibal and her family’s continuous struggles to source a constant supply of nutrition.

A Netflix Original Series. Rated 16+. 2 seasons. 20 episodes in total.

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