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Netflix Wants You to Understand Why Black Lives Matter

Netflix has launched a collection of films, TV shows, and documentaries which it hopes will help people understand the Black Lives Matter movement. The collection includes dozens of titles dealing with “racial injustice and the Black experience in America”.

What Is the Black Lives Matter Movement?

Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement which originated in the US in 2013. It has since grown into an international movement campaigning against police brutality, racial profiling, racial inequality, and systemic racism in the US and beyond.

The recent protests against George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department have brought these issues back to the fore. Making this the perfect time to learn about the issues involved and the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole.

Learn About the Black Experience on Netflix

To help everyone do that, Netflix has launched a Black Lives Matter collection of films, TV shows, and documentaries. These address the issues being raised around right now, and many were made by black filmmakers and storytellers.

The content in the collection includes Orange Is the New Black, 13th, When They See Us, Becoming, Dear White People, Seven Seconds, All Day and a Night, Mudbound, and See You Yesterday. The contents of the collection may differ based on your location.

The easiest way to find Netflix’ Black Lives Matter collection is to click here. However, it should also be available as its own genre in the dropdown menu, will appear if you search “Black Lives Matter,” and may even be promoted via a popup when you sign in.

It’s There for the People Who Want to Learn

Netflix isn’t forcing anyone to watch these films, TV shows, and documentaries. However, by curating the collection, the streaming service is making it much easier for people who want to do so learn about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Netflix has plenty of other content worth watching. So much, in fact, that we were able to put together an A-Z of TV shows to binge-watch. They cover the full gamut of genres, including intriguing dramas, funny comedies, and mysterious horrors.

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The 10 Best Shows to Watch on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ boasts lots of great content, but what should you watch first? In this article, we list the best shows to watch on Apple TV+. So you’ll know what to watch first when you sign up for the free trial…

1. The Morning Show

The Morning Show was Apple’s flagship title when Apple TV+ launched. And who’s surprised? It stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell—all showing off their acting chops with spectacular performances. Although it might take a couple of episodes to get going, The Morning Show builds into a captivating drama.

It introduces us to the cast and crew of a morning news show just as everything unravels when one of the hosts is fired for sexual misconduct. Jennifer Aniston’s character remains on the air, but she then needs to fight to stay relevant alongside a fiery new co-host.

2. For All Mankind

The premise behind this show is simple: What if the Russians had won the space race? It wouldn’t have looked good for the US, that’s for sure. The makers behind For All Mankind believe it might have led NASA to take greater risks in order to prove itself on the global stage.

Set in an alternate history, For All Mankind follows the historical figures and family members central to NASA’s operations during this time. It tracks the NASA program across the following years, bringing together the whole team’s hard work for a gripping finale.

3. Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a prolific 19th-century poet and rebel. This half-hour comedy-drama shines a modern light on her various escapades as Emily frustrates those around her in search of the independence she desires.

The show is inventive and visually splendid, with poetry burning onto the screen as Emily pens it onto scraps of paper. It’s an invigorating watch and a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a great writer.

4. Defending Jacob

Based on the novel of the same name, Defending Jacob follows the Barber family after Andy and Laurie’s son, Jacob, is accused of murdering his classmate. The situation is further complicated by the fact that Andy was initially tasked to investigate the case.

This dark show is somber, well-paced, and filled with twists and turns. It begs you to ask if you could suspect your own children of such atrocities. Sure, Jacob seems off-kilter, but can he really be a murderer?

5. Home Before Dark

Hilde Lisko is a reporter investigating an unsolved murder in her new town. She’s also a nine-year-old girl. This show is loosely based on the life of Hilde Lysiak; it’s an entertaining drama that comes to life through the impressive performance of its young star.

Home Before Dark is a 10-part series—each episode being an hour long—that traces Hilde’s steps as she breathes life back into a cold murder case. If you’re looking for shows to watch after Stranger Things, this is the best option on Apple TV+.

6. Servant

After a tragic loss, the affluent Turner family hires a nanny to help raise their newborn son. But this newcomer is not who or what she seems. Shortly after the nanny’s arrival, all manner of inexplicable events begin to transpire. And husband Sean is determined to get to the bottom of them.

A production credit from M. Night Shyamalan isn’t the guarantee of quality that it once was. Nonetheless, Servant is a creepy, mysterious, and well-acted drama that is beautifully shot. Each half-hour episode finds a way to be deeply unsettling while still drawing you back for more.

7. Trying

Nikki and Jason are trying to have a baby. But when complications make that look like an impossible scenario they start looking at adoption instead. That means they need to sort their lives out first. They may be in their 30s, but that doesn’t mean they have it all together.

This British comedy-drama is charming and witty, filled with lovable characters that you can’t help but root for. You’ll find yourself burning through the 30-minute episodes in no time at all. Especially seeing as there are only eight of them.

8. Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet

This wacky comedy follows the creators of Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. It’s the most popular multiplayer video game of all time. But the creative director is an egocentric child, the lead engineer is chronically under-appreciated, and the executive producer is woefully incapable of managing all of these larger-than-life personalities.

As you might expect from a show made by the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mythic Quest is hilariously off the wall. But it also offers a couple of standout dramatic moments in the form of a flashback episode and a quarantine special.

If you’re looking for the best TV shows to binge-watch during lockdown, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is a good option.

9. Little America

Through eight half-hour episodes, Little America tells the true stories of different immigrants and the struggles they experienced building a life for themselves in the US of A. As an anthology series, each episode stands alone. They’re all based on different stories from the Little America collection in Epic Magazine.

In the first episode, a young boy finds himself managing his family’s motel on his own. In the final episode, a gay Syrian man departs his home country in search of asylum in America. There’s a great deal of range across this Apple TV+ original, and you can expect to feel an equally diverse range of emotions as you watch it.

10. Visible: Out on Television

Visible: Out on Television is a five-part documentary series that explores LGBTQ representation on American television. The show begins with “The Dark Ages,” back when broadcasters couldn’t show homosexuality in a positive light. It then moves through the decades to explore representation in contemporary shows.

Bolstered by star-studded interviews, Visible weaves a touching narrative that highlights the power of television on national culture. As you journey through the years, you’ll find yourself heartbroken by tales of hate, but also uplifted by those of triumph and success.

Apple TV+: Quality Over Quantity

Apple TV+ boasts some incredibly high-quality shows that are worth watching. Yet there is still less content than you can expect to find elsewhere. This is because almost everything on Apple TV+ is original while other services fill their libraries with older content sourced elsewhere.

The contrast is particularly evident with Disney+. Although Disney+ launched at a similar time to Apple TV+, it came with a huge catalog of existing movies and TV shows. So, when you’ve watched everything available on Apple TV+, take a look at the best movies and TV shows to watch on Disney+.

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The 10 Most Relaxing TV Shows on Netflix

What do Breaking Bad, Hannibal, and The Americans have in common? They’re all quality shows deserving of the awards that came their way. However, they’re also dark, heavy, and difficult to watch when you’re stressed. They’re definitely not relaxing TV shows.

Sometimes you just want to come home, plop down on the couch, and watch a palate cleansing-type of show to help you unwind. For that, you’ll want to check out these relaxing Netflix shows. You could even use these TV shows to help you fall asleep, if you want.

1. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Imagine a talk show hosted by comedian Jerry Seinfeld where every guest is one of his famous friends. And then imagine it takes place inside a café as well as the car ride there. No scripts. No self-promotion. It’s entirely authentic, genuine, and absolutely hilarious.

Just look at the name of the show, it says it all: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The episodes are about 15 to 20 minutes long, and each one features a vintage car picked by Seinfeld himself to match the personality of that episode’s guest.

It’s the ultimate show for when you want to shut off your brain and just have a laugh.

2. Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere

Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere is basically the same thing as The Joy of Painting, but the episodes are taken from the 1991-1992 seasons of the show, and not all of the episodes are there.

But who cares? Nothing beats the feeling of watching Bob Ross paint up another scenic masterpiece, complete with his soft voice and gentle encouragements. Looking for a relaxing TV show you can fall asleep to? Then look no further.

3. Chef’s Table

Have you seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi? If you have and you liked it, then you really should watch Chef’s Table. Directed by the same person (David Gelb), Chef’s Table is one of the best Netflix documentaries for foodies.

Every episode focuses on the life and cuisine of a world-class Michelin-starred chef, and brings out the human element that’s often missing in food documentaries.

If that sounds boring, think again. Not only is Chef’s Table a beautifully shot show, it’s deeply engrossing and inspirational. The hours will melt away as you watch.

4. Explained

While Explained is a Netflix show, it feels more suited for a YouTube series in that every episode is about 15 minutes long, educational, entertaining, and entirely self-contained to a single per-episode topic.

There are Explained episodes for cryptocurrency, K-pop, esports, the stock market, cricket, the longevity of life, and more. It’s enough to give you a general understanding of a topic’s history and importance, and it’s presented in a mostly unbiased way that’s engaging—and surprisingly relaxing.

5. The Great British Baking Show

Also known as The Great British Bake Off, this show is perhaps the most wholesome reality TV competition you’ll ever watch (rivaled only by MasterChef Junior).

The Great British Baking Show has amateur bakers face off in a series of elimination rounds until there’s a winner. But the best part is that it’s devoid of the hardcore competitive spirit that props up most American reality shows. It oozes with kindness, humor, and great food.

6. Terrace House

Have you ever wanted to watch Big Brother or The Real World but without any of the fabricated drama or scripted narratives? Then you should give Terrace House a try.

Six strangers come together to live in a shared house for a month, with hidden cameras everywhere. However, this is a Japanese reality show, and there’s a different culture and atmosphere than what you normally see in American reality TV. It’s soft, it’s polite, and it’s a joy to watch.

The original Terrace House (Boys and Girls Next Door) ran for three years in Japan, but Netflix revived it in 2015 with Boys and Girls in the City. This was followed by the sequels Aloha State and Opening New Doors. Only the Netflix-produced ones are available on Netflix.

7. Our Planet

The world around us is incredible. We’re lucky to live on Planet Earth, surrounded by so much natural beauty, and Our Planet is a documentary series that brings the exotic jungles and deep ocean seas right onto your TV screen.

It’s hosted by Sir David Attenborough, who provides insightful and calming commentary and also fronts some of the best BBC documentaries on Netflix. The show was also film entirely in Ultra High Definition, which makes the visuals even more stunning. There’s something meditative about watching nature play out in some of the most remote corners of the world.

8. Samurai Gourmet

Samurai Gourmet is a light-hearted show that follows a newly retired Japanese man who roams his neighborhood and explores the rich culinary offerings therein.

In a word, Samurai Gourmet is refreshing. Few shows are as easy to watch as this one, and it demands nothing of you in return.

9. Aggretsuko

Aggretsuko is a Japanese anime that’s ultra cute, but it’s not a kid’s show. The cuteness contrasts against the main character’s mundane and frustrating office life, as well as her secret love of death metal karaoke.

The episodes are short at just 15 minutes apiece, so you can pop them on whenever you—like the main character—feel like you need to blow off some steam.

10. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes is a documentary series fronted by British architect Piers Taylor and property developer (and actress) Caroline Quentin. They head to remote locations and check out some fantastic custom-designed homes, exploring how they’ve been built to adapt to their surroundings.

Though you might get a bit of house envy when watching it, this is still a delightful show to watch. Seeing the creativity on display is inspiring, but there’s also no drama or competition about it—this is purely a relaxing, friendly look at how other people live.

Use Meditation Tools to Relax Even More

These are some of the best TV shows to put on when you’ve had a stressful day and want something cheerful and fun to help you relax. Or even to fall asleep to.

And if you want to relax even more, you should try out these easy meditation tools for beginners to learn mindfulness.

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The 15 Best True Crime Documentaries on Netflix

There is evil in this world. The kind of evil that you can’t even imagine. To get a glimpse into these stark realities, watch the best true crime documentaries on Netflix. True crime is an addictive genre, and these are the best examples of the genre to binge-watch.

This list of true crime documentaries is available on Netflix USA and most other regions. And if something is not available in your area, you could always try one of the VPNs that work with Netflix in order to watch them.

1. Making a Murderer (2015)

  • How long is it? 20 episodes, one hour each.
  • In one line: Don’t always trust the cops.

This is Netflix’s biggest hit in the true crime documentaries genre. Making a Murderer tells the story of Steven Avery, and it gripped viewers across two seasons. Having been proved innocent for one crime, the same cops charge him with murder. Is he guilty or is he being framed? This eye-opening documentary is one of the best shows to binge-watch on Netflix.

2. Strong Island (2017)

  • How long is it? 1 hour 47 minutes.
  • In one line: A rare insider’s look at a family’s struggle to deal with injustice.

If you get the rare 100% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you’re definitely among the best true crime documentaries on Netflix. Strong Island is a filmmaker’s internal search for answers. It’s the story of a murdered brother, a killer that goes free, and a family that struggles with grief and injustice. This deeply personal film is like nothing you’ve seen before.

3. Wild Wild Country (2018)

  • How long is it? 6 episodes, 64-71 minutes each.
  • In one line: A religious cult takes over a country, plans mass poisoning and bomb blasts.

Controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Rajneesh Osho and his follower Ma Anand Sheela bought a large piece of land in Oregon. The idea was to set up a commune for their followers. But the local townspeople weren’t happy with how Osho, Sheela, and their followers conducted themselves. It quickly devolved and escalated into a violent battle.

This true crime documentary gets plenty of interview footage with Sheela from 2018, who makes no denials about what she did, making this a riveting watch.

4. The Keepers (2017)

  • How long is it? 7 episodes, 1 hour each.
  • In one line: Can you solve a murder mystery 50 years after it happened?.

What starts off as a murder investigation of a case from the 1960s turns into something far more sinister in The Keepers. This mini-series uncovers the corruption of officials and exploitation of children in a school in the US And it’s remarkable how as the investigators find more clues, the stories of witnesses start changing.

This one is a must-watch for fans of Twin Peaks.

5. Casting JonBenet (2017)

  • How long is it? 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • In one line: Revisit an infamous murder mystery from the 1990s in a whole new way.

Another one for Twin Peaks fans, Casting JonBenet is a different kind of true crime documentary film. It’s about the unsolved death of six-year-old child beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1996. Now, filmmakers try to cast people from the local community in a re-enactment of the murder mystery. And in the process, they uncover startling tales from all participants.

6. Amanda Knox (2016)

  • How long is it? 1 hour 32 minutes.
  • In one line: An international miscarriage of justice in the new media world.

Amanda Knox is a name you probably already know. In 2007, as an exchange student in Italy, Knox was jailed for murdering another student. It was an international media sensation, as she spent four years in prison. Eventually, she appealed her ruling and the Supreme Court of Italy freed her in 2015.

This documentary traces the whole saga and shows how the media and social networks affected this trial. It’s one of the best Netflix documentaries of 2016.

7. Evil Genius (2018)

  • How long is it? 4 episodes, around 50 minutes each.
  • In one line: One of the most bizarre crimes in US history has an even stranger backstory.

Pizza delivery man Brian Wells shot to fame as the “pizza bomber.” In 2003, Wells was in a live televised standoff with the police, where he had a bomb around his neck, which eventually went off. If that sounds bizarre, wait till you see the backstory about the people who forced him into that situation.

The tapes and interviews of purported mastermind Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong will send chills down your spine. In our opinion, after Making a Murderer, this is the best true crime documentary currently on Netflix.

8. The Confession Killer (2019)

  • How long is it? 6 episodes, around 45 minutes each.
  • In one line: Henry Lee Lucas confessed to over 100 murders, but did he really do it?

Henry Lee Lucas confessed to killing over 100 people, and was convicted of killing 11 of them. It was a sensational case in the 1980s, earning him the notorious title of America’s most prolific murderer. But once this Netflix documentary shines a harsh light on the facts, things start to unravel.

Was Lucas not mentally sound? Did the police lead him to confess crimes he didn’t commit so that they could shut cases? The fallout of the investigation is as interesting as the case itself.

9. The Confession Tapes (2017)

  • How long is it? 7 episodes, 50 minutes each.
  • In one line: A signed confession doesn’t mean it’s the truth.

Once the suspect gives a full confession, that’s the end of the case, right? It has to be the truth, our brain says. Watch The Confession Tapes to see why this couldn’t be farther from it.

The seven-episode series is a shocking look at police tactics to make a suspect confess to something he or she didn’t do. These are cases where the confession was overturned, so the victims get to talk about how they were duped by the people meant to protect us.

10. Don’t F*** With Cats: Hunting an internet Killer (2019)

  • How long is it? 3 episodes, around one hour each.
  • In one line: Internet sleuths try to figure out the identity of a cat murderer before things escalate.

The internet loves cats. But one day, a grisly video went viral about a boy suffocating two cats to death. The killer was careful to leave no clues, but internet sleuths banded together to figure out who he was. It was only a matter of time before he escalated his crimes. And as they started getting closer, an even ghastlier video surfaced.

Don’t F*** With Cats isn’t earning points for its narration or editing, but it’s a must-watch true crime documentary for the internet age.

11. The Staircase (2018)

  • How long is it? 13 episodes, 45 minutes each.
  • In one line: A high-profile murder trial under the media glare, and often touted as one of the best true crime documentaries.

Several critics hail The Staircase as one of the best true crime documentaries of all time.

In 2001, Author Michael Peterson’s wife Kathleen fell down the stairs and died. But investigators were quick to point out that the injuries were not consistent, and suspected the husband of murder. And slowly it emerged that a friend of Peterson’s died 18 years ago at the bottom of a staircase with injuries to her head.

The media and the documentary closely follow Peterson’s trial over 18 years to make for a riveting binge watch. Originally a 10-part series, Netflix produced three new episodes on updates to the case, and you can now stream all 13 episodes.

12. Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

  • How long is it? 4 episodes, one hour each.
  • In one line: Extensive interviews with one of the most famous serial killers of all time.

After Ted Bundy’s imprisonment, journalists Stephen Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth interviewed him extensively, with over 100 hours of conversation. Conversations With a Killer exposes these tapes, mixed with interviews of Bundy’s family and friends, law enforcement officers, and survivors of his attacks. It’s a unique look into the mind of one of the most famous serial killers of all time.

13. The Fear of 13 (2015)

  • How long is it? 1 hour 36 minutes.
  • In one line: The greatest “standup crime” act you’ll ever see.

Nick Yarris is a death row inmate who petitions the state for the only thing he can ask for: an execution. And to plead his case, he stars in this tell-all documentary.

Like the best stand-up comedians, Yarris has a gift of verbal storytelling that will give you goosebumps. He makes you live ever single moment with him. No recreations, no silly effects. It’s just a man talking into the camera. And it’s the greatest true crime story you’ll ever hear.

14. The Innocence Files (2020) and Exhibit A (2019)

  • How long is it? 8 episodes, around one hour each.
  • In one line: Attempts to set free those inmates who were wrongfully convicted

Both Exhibit A and The Innocence Files have a similar theme: wrongful convictions. Exhibit A focuses on how prosecutors can misinterpret and manipulate forensic evidence. The Innocence Files follows eight cases by The Innocent Project, which seeks to exonerate inmates who don’t deserve to be behind bars.

Neither series necessarily has a happy ending, so keep that in mind while you watch. It’s more about facing the realities of a harsh legal system. While separate, these are some of the best true crime documentaries to watch.

15. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

  • How long is it? 90 minutes.
  • In one line: One of the strangest crimes where a girl is kidnapped by the same man twice, while the family knows about it…

It’s almost impossible to believe what’s happening on the screen while watching Abducted in Plain Sight. A teenage girl in suburban America goes missing. And it turns out that a neighbor and family friend abducted her, drugged her, and molested here.

However it then gets even stranger, with extramarital affairs involving the kidnapper, alien conspiracy theories, and a second kidnapping and abuse of the same girl by the same man. Abducted in Plain Sight is a shocking revelation of how criminals use grooming and manipulation.

Go Beyond Documentaries for More Crime Viewing

In case you missed it, there’s a must-watch Netflix show called American Vandal that parodies this new genre of true crime documentaries. Plus there are plenty of true crime shows that aren’t documentaries but faithful recreations. You should check out Wormwood, American Crime Story, and The Legend of Cocaine Island.

While true crime documentaries are currently in vogue on Netflix, don’t miss out on crime shows either. Many of them use true crime for inspiration. In fact, if you like them gritty, shows from the UK tend to be better than American series. Try the best British crime dramas on Netflix to get a taste of high quality television.

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The A-Z of Netflix: The Best TV Shows to Binge-Watch

Netflix is the best video streaming service around, especially if you prefer watching TV shows over movies. It has such a wide variety of content available, we saw fit to make an A-to-Z list of the best shows to binge-watch on Netflix.

All of these shows are available on Netflix USA, while most of them should be available worldwide. And if you can’t access them in your country, you can always watch Netflix through a VPN.

A is for Altered Carbon

  • Seasons: 2
  • Episode Runtime: 45-60 minutes
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Thriller

Altered Carbon mixes a murder mystery with science fiction to make for compelling binge-watching. In the year 2384, anyone’s memories and consciousness can be transferred to a new body. To investigate his own death, a wealthy man in a new body recruits a rebel soldier. It’s a story full of twists and turns.

B Is for Black Mirror

  • Seasons: 5
  • Episode Runtime: 48-60 minutes
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror is a bleak look at how the gadgets you take for granted are shaping your present and future. Each episode is self-contained, with the common theme of looking at how science and technology affects society.

You don’t need to watch episodes in order, so you can start with the best Black Mirror episodes to mess with your head. Once you’re done with the series, watch the interactive movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

C Is for The Crown

  • Seasons: 3
  • Episode Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, History, Period

Queen Elizabeth II has overseen some of the most tumultuous times in modern history. The Crown takes a deep look at how she came into power, the early years of her reign, and her relationships with important political figures of the 20th century.

The actors deliver stunning performances, with Claire Foy leading the first two seasons and Olivia Colman taking over from the third. John Lithgow is especially great as Sir Winston Churchill.

D Is for Daredevil

  • Seasons: 3
  • Episode Runtime: 52 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Superhero, Crime

It doesn’t matter whether you’re into comic book heroes or not. Daredevil is one of the best Marvel shows on Netflix. The world has gone gaga over the show’s breathtaking action scenes, and the acting performances by the villains.

Make sure you start watching this on a long weekend though, as you won’t be able to stop binge-watching it. Unfortunately, Netflix pulled the plug after the third season for corporate reasons, but it remains one of the best action shows you’ll watch.

E Is for Easy

  • Seasons: 3
  • Episode Runtime: 30 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

Easy is one of the Netflix originals everyone should be watching. Set in Chicago, it tells the stories of different people in each episode, usually played by recognizable actors like Orlando Bloom, Emily Ratajkowski, and others.

Easy has finished its three-season run, so you can get through all the 25 episodes in one weekend. Easy is a slice of life comedy that will appeal to fans of shows such as Master of None.

F is for Fauda

  • Seasons: 3
  • Episode Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Thriller

Israeli series Fauda is among the best TV shows on Netflix, earning critical acclaim across the world. The New York Times even voted it as the best international show of 2017. Fauda is set in the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Israeli counter-terrorist forces tracking down a mysterious Hamas terrorist.

With high production values, Fauda exposes the nuances of the conflict while being packed with action, drama, and politics. It’s hands-down one of the best foreign Netflix shows worth watching.

G Is for GLOW

  • Seasons: 3
  • Episode Runtime: 30-35 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport

In the 1980s, during the peak of the pro-wrestling culture, an ambitious entrepreneur launched the Glamorous Ladies Of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.). This is the story of the women of GLOW, told with panache, dollops of humor, and plenty of throwbacks to 80s glam culture. Alison Brie is incredible as the lead, ably supported by the rest of the cast. The show gets Emmy nominations every year, and wins the stunt coordination award.

H is for Hemlock Grove

  • Seasons: 3
  • Episode Runtime: 45-60 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Mystery

The small town of Hemlock Grove is full of secrets: supernatural beasts, psychological and biological experiments, superpowered humans, and mysterious murders. Poor werewolf Peter must now uncover these secrets to clear his name, aided by his rich friend Roman. Hemlock Grove wrapped up its three seasons, so you can binge-watch it from start to finish.

I Is for Iron Fist

  • Seasons: 1
  • Episode Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Superhero

Iron Fist is, in some ways, “Batman Lite”. The heir to a billion-dollar company returns after being missing for years, with mystical powers and insane kung-fu skills. He is “Iron Fist,” tasked with the solemn duty of stopping the evil forces of “The Hand”. This is another collaboration between Marvel and Netflix, so superhero geeks will have a good time with it.

J Is for Jessica Jones

  • Seasons: 3
  • Episode Runtime: 52 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Action, Superhero

While Jessica Jones is also a part of the Marvel-Netflix franchise, it’s not only for those who like comic book characters. The show is far more nuanced, with plenty of commentary on feminist issues. Of course, there is also plenty of butt-kicking thrown in for good measure.

With its three seasons wrapped up, you can binge-watch the adventures of Krysten Ritter in the titular role with plenty of guest appearances from other Marvel characters.

K Is for The Kominsky Method

  • Seasons: 2
  • Episode Runtime: 22-30 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin star in this buddy comedy that anyone who wants a lighter, sitcom-ish show will enjoy. Douglas plays the titular Kominsky, a grouchy acting coach, with a grumpy best friend in Arkin, who is also his agent and a recent widower.

The show has an excellent star cast of supporting actors in Nancy Travis, Jane Seymour, Paul Reiser, Lisa Edelstein, and Sarah Baker. It’s perfect binge-watching for some light fun.

L Is for Last Chance U

  • Seasons: 4
  • Episode Runtime: Around 60 minutes
  • Genre: Sports, Reality, Drama

Last Chance U is like one of the typical American sports movies coming to life. A team of talented athletes, who come from challenging backgrounds, struggle with their academic performances. A tutor has to get them to graduate on time. The coach has temper issues.

Spread across four seasons with different cases, by the end of it you’ll start believing in the old adage that reality is stranger than fiction.

M Is for Making a Murderer

  • Seasons: 2
  • Episode Runtime: 60 minutes average
  • Genre: True Crime, Thriller, Documentary

This documentary series focused on Steven Avery is like no other. Wrongly imprisoned for a crime, Avery finally got justice when DNA testing proved his innocence. But just as he celebrated his freedom, a new case was filed against him, and it seems like the authorities don’t want him free. Is the evidence against him real or planted?

Critics and fans laud Making a Murderer as one of the best true crime documentaries on Netflix.

N Is for Narcos

  • Seasons: 3
  • Episode Runtime: 50 minutes average
  • Genre: Crime, Biography, Drama

Colombia is notorious for its cocaine exports, and drug lord Pablo Escobar was the kingpin. Narcos is a recreation of his infamous lifestyle and control over the country, and how American and Colombian forces took him down. It’s a gripping series for anyone who loves crime dramas. And once you’re done with it, watch the Narcos: Mexico spin-off about the drug trafficking world of Mexico.

O Is for Orange Is the New Black

  • Seasons: 7
  • Episode Runtime: 52-60 minutes
  • Genre: Crime, Comedy, Drama

Piper Chapman, just another New Yorker, is convicted of an old crime and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Orange Is the New Black is a look inside women’s prisons, and the trials and tribulations of an outsider trying to adjust. That’s just the first season though; Chapman adjusts by season two, and the series then takes new twists and turns. Look out for “Crazy Eyes” Warren, the show-stealer.

P Is for The Punisher

  • Seasons: 2
  • Episode Runtime: Around 50 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Thriller

After his debut in the Daredevil series, Frank Castle AKA The Punisher quickly became a fan favorite and got his own show. Jon Bernthal stars as The Punisher who is here to take out bad guys without any mercy. It received particular praise for its portrayal of PTSD and war veterans, a recurring theme in the grimy action-thriller series.

Q for Queen Sono

  • Seasons: 1
  • Episode Runtime: 30-45 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Spy, Thriller

Are you looking for a good ol’ action-packed spy thriller? Queen Sono doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but instead gives it a new world. Set in Africa, the titular spy played by Pearl Thusi is full of attitude, action, and allure.

She and her geeky partner, both spies in a South African firm, will do what they can to rid the continent of violence. And behind it all, Queen Sono is out to find the person who killed her mother.

R Is for Riverdale

  • Seasons: 4
  • Episode Runtime: 42 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Young Adult, Mystery

Archie Andrews and the gang are back in this new take on the lives of the teenagers from the famous comic books. Apart from getting a 21st century makeover, Riverdale is also dark and gritty, unraveling a murder mystery in this small town. There are some consistent mature themes throughout this series, so it’s not exactly kid-friendly like the comics.

S Is for Stranger Things

  • Seasons: 1
  • Episode Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Set in 1983, Stranger Things takes you back to an innocent time, reminiscent of how Steven Spielberg’s E.T. did. One among a group of 12-year-old friends goes missing, and his buddies will do anything to rescue him.

Enter a world of supernatural monsters and experimental mad scientists, as Stranger Things takes you on the ride of your life. And once you’ve finished it, here are some other shows for fans of Stranger Things.

T Is for Trailer Park Boys

  • Seasons: 23-30 mins
  • Episode Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

Originally a TV series, Trailer Park Boys was saved by the internet and now resides on Netflix. Set in a fictional trailer park, the show follows the lives of three pals who frequently find themselves on the wrong side of the law. It’s an endless cycle of one scheme after another, but somehow it never gets old. Once you finish the series, check out the three mini-movies and the animated series.

U Is for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

  • Seasons: 4
  • Episode Runtime: 25 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

Kimmy Schmidt was held captive for 15 years in a bunker, conned into thinking the world had ended. Finally freed at 29-years-old, she is now trying to adjust to life in the 21st century, with her actor roommate and socialite employer. Created by 30 Rock’s Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has finished its four season run so you can binge it from start to end.

V Is for Versailles

  • Seasons: 3
  • Episode Runtime: 52 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, History

King Louis XIV, the king of France in 1667, decided to make the grandest mansion in the world. But while the Palace of Versailles is a historical landmark today, there were a lot of complications that went into building it. As noble families had to adjust to rural life, politics, intrigue, and drama weren’t too far away. Revisit this fascinating history through the now-finished series.

W Is for The Witcher

  • Seasons: 1
  • Episode Runtime: 47-67 minutes
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action

Henry Cavill stars as Geralt of Rivia in a Netflix adaptation of the popular book and video game series. The Witcher is a “monster of the week” show with high production values and inspired action sequences. This is a show for mature viewers only, with unabashed gore, strong language, and nudity. Catch up on the first season now, with the second season slated to release in 2021.

Y Is for You

  • Seasons: 2
  • Episode Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Bookstore manager Joe Goldberg becomes obsessed with a customer, writer Guinevere Beck. In an exposition of how little privacy we have, You shows how Goldberg feeds his obsession by using technology to stalk Beck and get close to her. If you want to see how your gadgets can lead to a slow unraveling of your identity, while following a thriller storyline, You is for you.

Z Is for Z Nation

  • Seasons: 5
  • Episode Runtime: 42 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Horror, Drama

A zombie virus has spread across America, and only one man has survived being bitten by a zombie. The man is in New York, and he needs to make his way to the last functional lab in California to help them create a cure with his sample. The remaining uninfected humans across the U.S. must help mankind’s last hope travel across the country, through hordes of zombies.

The five-season series has wrapped up, so get ready for a zombie-hunting binge-watch.

Binge-Watching Beyond Netflix

As you may have noticed, X is missing from our A-Z list of shows to binge-watch on Netflix. Simply because we couldn’t find a show worth recommending. However, if you know of one, feel free to recommend it in the comments below.

And remember, Netflix isn’t the only streaming service in town. An Amazon Prime subscription comes with Prime Video, and Disney+ is the hottest new streaming app on the market. All of which provide ample opportunity to binge-watch TV shows.

For more recommendations, check out our list of the best TV shows to binge-watch across streaming services.

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The 8 Best Free Streaming News Channels to Watch Online

Traditionally, one of the biggest drawbacks of canceling cable TV has been the availability of news from other sources. Sure, if you pay for Sling TV or Hulu + Live TV, you’ll get some 24-hour news channels included in your package. However, it hasn’t always been easy to find free streaming news channels to watch.

Thankfully, the situation has changed in recent years. And there are now plenty of free news channels available to stream. Some are offered by global news conglomerates, while others are apps by niche news gatherers. So, with that in mind, here are the best free streaming news channels you can watch today.

1. NewsON

NewsON app

Available on: Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast

NewsON is a news service based in the United States, and the app is only available within America’s borders. Its primary focus is on local news from around the country.

It currently offers more than 170 local stations from 113 American cities and towns, thus reaching 84 percent of the population.

Originally, seven of the largest American TV station owners backed the app (ABC Owned Television Stations, Cox Media Group, Hearst Television, Media General, plus Raycom Media, Hubbard Broadcasting, and Sinclair Broadcasting). Unfortunately, ABC pulled its channels from the service in January 2020.

You can choose the news categories that interest you, then enjoy a continuous feed of newscasts and clips that match your preferences. You can also watch live feeds of the 170 channels if you want a more traditional news experience.

2. Newsy

Available on: Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast

Rather than acting as a middleman for existing network news channels, Newsy creates its own content. Its main topics of focus are world news, politics, science and health, entertainment, technology, business, and sports.

The company takes a short-form approach to news—you won’t find any long investigative pieces or in-depth analysis. It simply takes the biggest headlines for each day and breaks them down into digestible chunks of two to three minutes.

Once you’ve selected your favorite categories and locales, Newsy will keep lining up the short videos for you to watch. It gives you a “lean-back” TV watching experience that’s often sorely lacking in the world of cord-cutting.

Newsy also prides itself on a lack of bias that’s rare in the mainstream media. It aims to cover multiple sides of every story, thus giving you balanced and fair coverage. Only you can be the judge of whether the claims of impartiality are accurate.

3. Haystack TV

Available on: Amazon Fire, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, LG TVs, and Samsung TVs

Haystack uses big data to provide a personalized free news channel. Yes, you can add your own preferences within the app, but the company has a more expansive algorithm that determines which videos it should show you.

The algorithm grabs thousands of user-generated data points every day and uses them to create real-time interest graphs. It breaks the graphs down by world, local, and interest-based content. The graphs are then correlated against your profile and the app will suggest breaking stories and topics it thinks you’ll be interested in.

If you’re willing to give the company access to your Facebook or Google account when you sign in, the recommendations become even better.

The topics and headlines can vary from the mainstream to the extremely niche, depending on how quirky your interests are. But ultimately, the result is a never-ending feed of news you’ll love. Most videos are between three and five minutes long.

4. YouTube

YouTube news categories

Available on: Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Plex, most gaming consoles, and the web

You might be surprised to see YouTube on this list, but it more than deserves its place. The site’s auto-generated news channels are a rich source of free content.

Start by heading to the main News channel, where you’ll find seven further subcategories. They are Sports News, Entertainment News, Business News, Science and Technology News, World News, National News, and Health News.

Click on any of the topics that interest you, hover your mouse over the Top Stories icon, and click Play All. You’ll now be able to sit back and enjoy several hours’ worth of continuous content from the biggest providers in your country.

Best of all, there’s so much stuff on YouTube, you’ll never have to watch the same report twice. If you come back tomorrow, you’ll have an entirely updated set of videos to enjoy.

5. Plex

Plex news

Available on: Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation, and selected smart TVs

Plex added news to its repertoire with the 2017 acquisition of the free streaming news channel, Watchup. The app is now fully integrated into Plex’s UI.

It means Plex can pull news stories from more than 190 different publishers, including CNN, Bloomberg, CBS Interactive, PBS, Euronews, FOX News, Sky News, and the Financial Times. As you watch the stories, you can add topics to your preference list, allowing the recommendations to become more personalized over time.

You can further personalize your content by selecting preferred locations, sources, and more. News on Plex is available for free, so you do not need a Plex Pass.

6. Sky News

Available on: Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and the web

Sky News is one of the world’s largest distributors of free live news. It has apps available for all of the leading platforms, and you can tune in even if you live outside the UK. The content is a mix of rolling news and standalone news-themed shows.

The channel was frequently accused of bias in the 1990s and 2000s under the ownership of Rupert Murdoch and later, FOX. Today, it is owned by Comcast and is the current holder of the prestigious “Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year” in Britain.

If you don’t want to download the standalone app, you can stream Sky News for free on YouTube.

7. Bloomberg

Bloomberg TV

Available on: Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, YouTube, Roku, and the web

If you want up-to-the-minute business and financial news, Bloomberg is hard to beat. It lacks the bias of FOX Business and the sensationalism of CNBC. It is also the only one of the “big three” that’s available to stream for free via the web.

The channel is split into three distinct sub-channels—Bloomberg (from the US), Bloomberg Europe (from London), and Bloomberg Asia (from Hong Kong)—which air at different times of the day.

Other channels called “Bloomberg” that are not one of the three mentioned above are only the Bloomberg name via a franchise agreement. Which means you may not be able to find live streams of them.

As well as the dedicated app and YouTube stream, you can also stream Bloomberg for free on some of the best streaming TV services.

8. Al Jazeera

Available on: Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, YouTube, and the web

In the last decade, Al Jazeera has grown into one of the largest news organizations on the planet. It now boasts more than 80 bureaus around the world and has largely shed its reputation as being a mouthpiece for the Qatari government.

This free news channel is available in the US, UK, Canada, most of the EU, India, and parts of North Africa and the Middle East.

Which Free News Channels Do You Watch?

In this article, we’ve recommended the best streaming news channels that let you get your daily fix of current affairs. All of the options have pros and cons. The best one for you depends on the platform you’re using and whether you prefer watching content from global news conglomerates or indie producers.

Remember that you can get free news from sources other than TV, too. To learn more, check out our list of the best news apps available for free.

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The Best TV Shows to Binge-Watch During Lockdown

Are you fed up with being stuck at home all day? Join the club. To help anyone currently locked down due to COVIID-19, we have compiled a list of the best shows to binge-watch on a range of streaming platforms.

1. ReGenesis

Let’s kick off with a virus-themed show. ReGenesis is a Canadian series that ran for four seasons in the 2000s. The story follows a scientific research lab in Toronto as it investigates bioterrorism, diseases, and environmental changes across North America.

You can grab all four seasons on The Roku Channel and Pluto TV.

2. The Office US

The Office US is always worth watching thanks to its neverending stream of comedy gold.

But more aptly, but for the millions of office workers around the world who are stuck at home during the coronavirus lockdown, the series serves as a timely reminder of what they’re missing out on (or happily avoiding!).

You can watch all nine seasons of this binge-worthy show on Netflix.

3. Porridge

A show based in a prison draws obvious parallels with the current lockdown we’re all going through.

But for fans of classic British comedy, Porridge is a must-watch. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest British sitcoms ever and stars one of the UK’s most talented comedians of all-time, the late Ronnie Barker.

The show ran for three seasons in the mid-70s. It is available to stream on Britbox.

4. The Last Dance

The Last Dance has been one of the big hits of the quarantine period. It doesn’t even matter if you’re not a basketball fan—this documentary about Michael Jordan is one of the best shows to binge-watch on Netflix right now.

It includes interviews with a litany of sports stars and celebrities; everyone from Dennis Rodman to Carmen Electra gets screen time.

Watch The Last Dance on Netflix.

5. El Chapo

This co-production between Netflix and Univision is a crime drama about the life of fallen Mexican drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Once the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, El Chapo now sits in a supermax federal prison in Colorado. This show tells the story of how he got there.

You can stream El Chapo on Netflix.

6. Game of Thrones

Has there ever been a more binge-worthy show than Game of Thrones? Over the course of its eight seasons between 2011 and 2019, the show grew into a cultural phenomenon. Only one season failed to earn a score of more than 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Game of Thrones is available to stream on HBO GO.

7. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

This Netflix Original documentary, released with uncanny timing in January 2020, explores how humans could tackle a serious virus if faced with a global pandemic.

The six episodes explore influenza outbreaks, vaccines, new viruses, and more. Several leading scientists are interviewed throughout.

You can watch Pandemic on Netflix around the world.

8. Peaky Blinders

Is Peaky Blinders the best TV series to come out of the UK in the last decade? You could certainly make the case.

The show is based on the real-life story of the Peaky Blinders. They were a British street gang operating in Birmingham between 1890 and 1930.

And if you’re looking for good shows to watch and you still haven’t ticked this one off your list, stop reading the article, go and watch every episode on Netflix right now, then come back.

9. Suits

Suits is another of the best shows to binge-watch during lockdown. The drama tells the story of the relationship between college-dropout-come-legal-protégé Mike Ross and a senior partner at his law firm, Harvey Specter.

The show offers solid storylines, a healthy dose of comedy, and a motley mix of supporting characters.

You’ll need an account with Amazon Prime Video to stream all eight seasons.

10. Tiger King

Who could have predicted that a TV show about a dispute between a zookeeper and the CEO of an animal sanctuary would become one of the best series to watch during the coronavirus crisis?

35 million people tuned in within 10 days of Tiger King’s release, making this Netflix show one of the company’s most successful series to date.

You can watch Tiger King on Netflix right now.

11. Sunderland ‘Til I Die

Anyone who’s missing their fix of soccer should try watching Sunderland ‘Til I Die. The sports documentary runs for two seasons as it follows the fortunes of English football side, Sunderland FC.

The club was relegated from the English Premier League in 2017. The series has unprecedented access to the chairman and manager as they try to fight their way out of the second division at the first attempt during the 17/18 season.

Sunderland’ Til I Die is available to watch on Netflix.

12. The Simpsons

With 31 seasons, 700 episodes, and a feature film, there’s enough material in The Simpsons’ back catalog to keep you busy until Christmas.

And hey, if quarantine does last that long because of the dreaded “second wave,” what better way to spend your time than watching the longest-running American sitcom in history?

All 31 seasons are available on Disney+.

13. Breaking Bad

Many people claim Breaking Bad is the best TV show of all time. Making it a shoe-in for our list of the best shows to binge-watch.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the story follows the life of Walter White, a terminally ill chemistry teacher who moves into the meth business to protect his family’s financial future.

The show can be streamed on Netflix.

14. Mad Men

The advertising industry of the 1960s played a prominent role in driving the cultural changes that took place across the US and Europe throughout the decade. Yet the industry itself was also in a state of flux, as old pre-war attitudes were swept away for a sexier and more sophisticated image.

Mad Men, which picked up 16 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes over its seven-season run, tells the story of the 60s through the eyes of one of the largest ad agencies on New York’s famed Madison Avenue.

You can watch Mad Men right now on Netflix.

15. Between

We end with one more show about pandemics. Between was a joint production between Netflix and Canada’s Citytv network.

The story follows a small village that’s under attack from a deadly virus, with only the young surviving. The government issues a strict quarantine around the town, leaving the inhabitants to work the rest out for themselves.

You can stream the series on Netflix right now.

More of the Best Shows to Binge-Watch

If our list of the best shows to binge-watch during lockdown has left you wanting more, be sure to also take a look at our articles listing the best science TV shows to watch on Netflix and the best food documentaries to watch on Netflix.

You should also check out the A-Z of shows to binge-watch on Netflix.

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The 10 Best Nature Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

For a variety of different reasons, a lot of us are craving the great outdoors right now. However, not all of us have the time, money, or ability to get away from it all.

So, how else can you explore nature? Well, you can watch nature documentaries, of course. And these are the best nature documentaries currently available to watch on Netflix.

1. The Tigers of Scotland

Don’t let the subject matter fool you! We thought this documentary would be boring based upon the trailer, but after giving it a go, we can thoroughly recommend The Tigers of Scotland.

Clocking in at just under an hour, The Tigers of Scotland is all about the elusive, critically endangered Scottish Wildcat, along with the conservation efforts by local authorities to protect it.

With stunning panoramic shots of the Scottish Highlands, interviews with wildlife experts, and acerbic commentary from the narrator, this film is infused with a dry sense of humor and optimism. It’s equal parts practical, hopeful, and informative.

Watch The Tigers of Scotland on Netflix

2. Pacificum

Pacificum is a Spanish-language documentary about the Peruvian coastline. Weaving together hand-drawn animations with vast aerial footage, it tells the story of the Pacific Ocean. This documentary details the ocean’s prehistoric beginnings to its present state, along with the impact of human expansion on the area.

Beautifully edited and almost ethereal, this documentary’s aerial footage is complemented by a host of experts explaining the importance of the ocean’s influence on the local landscape. Surprisingly—for a documentary about water—Pacificum also shows plenty of footage of nearby deserts, although this divergence does have a point.

As one of the experts explains, these deserts were once oceans; we need to study them to see what may happen to us in the future.

Watch Pacificum on Netflix

3. Dancing With The Birds

Looking for an absolutely hilarious, superbly edited nature documentary that can be finished in an afternoon? Then we wholeheartedly recommend Dancing With The Birds, voiced by an eternally amusing Stephen Fry.

Supremely funny but also informative, this bite-sized nature documentary on Netflix details the absolutely absurd lengths that tropical birds will go to in order to secure a mate. In the words of Fry, the entire show can be summed up as “the pursuit of love is his life’s work, but looking good is only half the story.”

Additionally, if you’re looking for more documentaries with a British influence, you can also check out the best BBC documentaries to watch on Netflix.

Watch Dancing With the Birds on Netflix

4. Mission Blue

Are you looking for a nature documentary that has a political edge to it? If so, we recommend Mission Blue. It follows Dr. Sylvia Earle, a famed oceanographer and legendary diver, as she tries to educate government policymakers on the state of the world’s oceans.

Part nature documentary, part biography, Mission Blue begins with Sylvia’s origins as a young woman working in a male-dominated field. It then follows her all the way up to her appointment as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and her activism work thereafter.

Combining in-person interviews, historical dive footage, and deep-sea exploration, Mission Blue illustrates the overall declining health of ocean ecosystems. It’s definitely one of the best nature documentaries on Netflix.

Watch Mission Blue on Netflix

5. Terra

We almost didn’t recommend this documentary because we were worried it would get too “dark.” However, Terra is so beautifully shot that we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it. It also has an important message for us all.

When you first start watching the documentary, you may think that Terra is about deforestation, industrial agriculture, animal welfare, and nothing but. However, this French film contains so much more.

Beautifully filmed with haunting, panoramic imagery and eerie, forceful music, this philosophical documentary feels like a real-life Fantasia, weaving science, mythology, and religion together as it explains the history of earth’s inhabitants, and the importance of protecting them.

Watch Terra on Netflix

6. Untamed Romania

Looking for a film that is easy on the eyes, pleasant to watch, and not too taxing on the brain cells? Check out Untamed Romania, a nature documentary about the wild spaces in Romania.

As one of the last—and largest—natural habitats left in Europe, Untamed Romania sets out to educate the public about the local wildlife they may have overlooked. It also shows you the stunning landscapes that these creatures inhabit.

From the desolate Carpathian Mountains, to old world forests, to the lazy, curling sprawl of the Danube River; this nature documentary looks like it came straight out a fairytale.

Watch Untamed Romania on Netflix

7. Moving Art

Are you looking for a nature documentary with no stress, no narration, or anything even remotely related to politics? Then check out Moving Art.

Featuring shot after shot of beautiful imagery set to classical music, each episode of Moving Art focuses on a specific sort of subject matter, and is considered its own mini “film.”

From lakes to mountains, to deserts and entire countries (along with their unique ecosystems), Moving Art mixes real-time footage with time-lapses to weave together a story of peace and tranquility. It’s currently one of the best nature documentaries around.

Watch Moving Art on Netflix

8. Chasing Coral

Do you want a documentary that will leave you with an understanding of ecological collapse, but also with the overwhelming determination to do something about it? Check out Chasing Coral, a nature documentary by a former advertiser-turned-climate change activist.

With a tech-savvy crew of camera geeks and coral enthusiasts, the film sets out to record coral “bleaching” and educate the public about rising ocean temperatures. Part Google Street View, part advertisement—all wrapped up into one slick package—this documentary is for anyone who loves coral reefs.

Watch Chasing Coral on Netflix

9. Magical Andes

Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix Magical Andes

Magical Andes is probably the most human-centric documentary on this list, but it still revolves around nature.

A Spanish-language TV series, Magical Andes follows the Andes mountain range from the tip of South America all the way up to the Caribbean. It explores the different environments that have arisen around these geological features, along with the people that have settled there.

Featuring beautiful close-up shots and stunning panoramas, along with intimate, personable interviews from the locals, Magical Andes is perfect for anyone who wants to do some virtual travel.

Watch Magical Andes on Netflix

10. Our Planet

When it comes to the best nature documentaries on Netflix, none can beat Our Planet. It’s a show that aims to celebrate earth’s natural beauty, while also talking about what we can do to protect it in the future.

Using gorgeous footage and soothing narration by David Attenborough, each episode of Our Planet focuses on an important ecosystem and the intricacies of that environment. If you’re looking for a film that has a “classic nature documentary” feel to it with a modern twist, then Our Planet is for you.

Watch Our Planet on Netflix

Other Great Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

Now that we’ve dived deep into the oceans and ventured far into the forests, you know about the best nature documentaries on Netflix. So all that’s left to do is watch them.

Are you looking for other documentaries that will take you to faraway places? Then check out the best travel documentaries to watch on Netflix.

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The 10 Best British Crime Dramas to Watch on Netflix

Crime is universal. However, crime drama, specifically its attitude and tone, differs depending on where you live.

Don’t believe me? Compare the American Elementary to the British Sherlock. Both are based on the same source material and both are excellent, but they’re very different from each other. British detective series have a unique tone and style.

With that in mind, here are the best British crime dramas to watch on Netflix.

1. Sherlock

One of the BBC’s most popular dramas stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, the iconic figures created by Arthur Conan Doyle. The show is as addictive as the original books, but takes a different approach to the characters and their world.

This is the Great Detective in contemporary London, with cases riffing off of famous stories. Sherlock immediately gained a huge following when it debuted in 2010 because the amount of love is evident throughout.

It’s most notable for its stunning direction. Initially spearheaded by Paul McGuigan (Luke Cage), its ideas are heady, immersive, and incredibly distinctive.

2. Broadchurch

Broadchurch shows what happens after 11-year-old Daniel Latimer is found dead on the beach of the sleepy seaside town of Broadchurch. This horrific murder tears the close-knit community apart. Who would kill a young boy? And why?

This televisual sensation is a genuinely affecting piece, driven forward by a stunning cast that includes David Tennant, Olivia Colman, and Jodie Whittaker. Season 1, Episode 5 is arguably the most moving instalment, beautifully played by David Bradley (the Harry Potter films).

You might have seen the American adaptation, Gracepoint. However, Broadchurch is vastly superior.

3. Ripper Street

Jack the Ripper had a profound effect on London, and especially on its police force. This gritty, thought-provoking drama takes place shortly after the serial killer’s last murder, where we find Whitechapel’s H Division fighting to maintain peace.

The show changed considerably across its five seasons, but kept the same contemplative tone. Never shying away from the shocking truths of 1800s culture, the series frequently uncovered the dark truths lurking beneath the propaganda.

It may be foreboding and bloody, but it’s also a surprising tearjerker. Watch the episode titled “Am I Not Monstrous?” to see a prime example of this.

4. Peaky Blinders

Not all crime dramas are about catching a killer. Some put you on the side of the demons and show you how their brutal worldview affects those around them.

Peaky Blinders is a tour de force which quickly earned a legion of loyal viewers, including high-profile fans like Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and the late David Bowie.

Initially set in 1919 and inspired by real events, the show follows rival street gangs as they wage war across Birmingham, England—primarily the titular clan (led by Cillian Murphy’s Thomas Shelby), whose weapon of choice is a switch blade concealed in the brim of their caps.

5. The Five

Jesse Wells goes missing while playing with his brother and three friends. A serial killer admits to Jesse’s murder, but his body is never found. 20 years later, evidence at a crime scene matches Jesse’s DNA, so is he still alive? Four friends reunite to find out the truth.

Though made by British talent including Danny Brocklehurst (The Stranger) and Mark Tonderai (Doctor Who), The Five is a fusion of cultures, as it was created by American thriller writer, Harlan Coben.

6. Retribution

The true horror of Retribution is revealed by its UK title: One of Us. Suspicions undermining familial relationships is a key part of most crime dramas, but this four-part story immediately hits you with a brilliant twist…

The brutal stabbing of newlyweds brings together grieving families in the Scottish Highlands. Then a badly-injured man turns up, claiming to be their killer. What should the families do? Will they be better than him, by showing mercy and bringing him to justice? Or will they be guided by the principle of “an eye for an eye”?

7. The Frankenstein Chronicles

Sean Bean doesn’t die in this. Which is surely reason enough to watch this.

The Frankenstein Chronicles is a surprisingly bleak show, even compared to similar series you can watch on Netflix. The investigation begins with the discovery of a corpse in the River Thames. Except this isn’t a normal corpse; it’s pieced together from the bodies of eight missing children.

Someone on the streets of London is trying to create their own patched-together monster in this reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. If you’ve never experienced Frankenstein before, it’s one of the best free audiobooks you can listen to too.

8. Bodyguard

Bodyguard was the TV success story of 2018, and comes from the pen of Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty).

Richard Madden (Marvel’s Eternals) plays PS David Budd, a former soldier suffering from PTSD, assigned to protect the Home Secretary, Julia Montague MP (Keeley Hawes). Budd disagrees with her politics, but must put personal grievances aside when a terrorist plot unfolds around her.

This isn’t just a great thriller: it’ll also be of interest to anyone worried about excessive government surveillance of citizens.

9. Hinterland

Hinterland is a remarkable show; a testament to a production team’s belief in a concept.

It took over two years to raise the £4.2 million (around $5.2 million) budget, and the first season was shot around Aberystwyth, North Wales, across just 124 days—especially surprising considering scenes were filmed twice! That’s because Hinterland was recorded in both English and Welsh, though you’ll only find the former on Netflix.

DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington) swaps London for rural Wales, so this program looks stunning. But the murders and disappearances are just as dark as you’d expect. Hinterland is a crime noir that’s as compelling as The Killing, but strangely underrated.

10. Vexed

Let’s end on an upbeat note. Not all crime dramas are gritty and grim. Vexed is a great example of British humor: it finds something to smile about, even in dire circumstances.

Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) is Jack Armstrong, a fairly hapless D.I. paired with professionally-driven partners, played by Lucy Punch and Miranda Raison across its two seasons. The over-the-top situations, with a mix of silly and dark comedy, won’t be for everyone, but is great for fans of The Naked Gun.

And if you’d like to explore similar shows, check out the best British comedies on Netflix.

The Best British Crime Dramas Are Essential

With so much awesome content on Netflix, it’s difficult to narrow down what to watch during a quiet evening in. But missing these shows really would be criminal.

And if you’re having trouble getting to grips with streaming, check out our ultimate guide to Netflix.

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10 Netflix Shows to Watch on a Virtual Date

If you’re going on a virtual date, watching Netflix together is a good option. However, it can be difficult to decide what to watch when Netflix offers so many licensed and original shows.

So, to help you out, we’ve put together this list of Netflix shows to watch on a virtual date. These shows are all light-hearted and easy-to-watch, making them perfect for a virtual date.

1. Middleditch and Schwartz

Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz are a pair of American comedians—you might know the former from Silicon Valley and the latter from Parks and Recreation. Together in this Netflix original, they hop on stage and improvise an hour of entertainment based on an audience interview.

It’s perfect to watch on a virtual date because it will have you laughing in no time. Afterwards, you could even try to do some improv together. However, be warned that it’s harder than it looks.

2. The Chef Show

The Chef Show is a spin-off from director Jon Favreau’s 2014 film, Chef. In this show, he teams up with chef Roy Choi and together they cook and chat.

The atmosphere is relaxed and the show is more interested in letting you hang out with these likeable personalities and their friends (like Robert Downey Jr. and Seth Rogen) than it is about teaching you how to cook.

You can watch The Chef Show on your virtual date and get inspired to cook something together when you can next meet in person.

3. Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle might be vapid entertainment, but it’s weirdly watchable. In this show, a group of attractive singles spend time together in a sunny resort. The twist is that have to resist one another in order to win a huge amount of money. As you might expect, they aren’t great at following the rules.

This is a fluffy, breezy watch that you can easily commentate on as you watch on your virtual date.

4. Our Planet

The world we live in is an incredible natural wonder, crammed full of amazing ecosystems from the deserts to the jungles. Our Planet is a stunning documentary series presented by David Attenborough, which aims to not only highlight the beauty of Earth, but also the impact of climate change.

Our Planet would go down well on a virtual date for nature lovers. You can both enjoy the jaw-dropping visuals, learn some interesting facts, and chat about pets, nature, and traveling.

If this goes down well, there are other places to watch free documentaries online.

5. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

The concept behind Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee should be clear from the title. The comedians vary from the likes of Zach Galifianakis to Jamie Foxx, who all hop in the car with host Jerry Seinfeld. They grab a drink and roam the streets as they chat and try to make each other laugh.

It’s a very laid back and easy watch, which makes it great to watch on a virtual date. It’s fun to watch two witty people just shoot the breeze.

6. You vs. Wild

You vs. Wild is hosted by Bear Grylls, a man who thrives off trying to survive in the wilderness. This is an interactive Netflix shows which asks you to guide Bear through harsh terrain. Do you scale the cliff or head down to the rocks? Each decision you make will have consequences for Grylls.

This is great fun to watch on a virtual date because you can both decide how you want to guide Bear. You can see your decision play out and debate whether you made the right choice.

7. Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere

You might never have seen a full episode of Bob Ross’ show. However, given its cult status, it’s likely that you’ve seen clips of it or stumbled upon images shared online.

In this 1991 show, gentle and softly spoken artist Bob Ross slowly guides you through how to create some seemingly complex, but always stunning, pieces of art.

This is a relaxing show to watch on a virtual date, but you can take it one step further and try to follow along. You can then share your painting with your date and talk about how you found the process.

8. Grand Designs

Grand Designs is a British show fronted by Kevin McCloud. He follows people as they set out to build their dream home, often with unique features or in a remote part of the country.

This isn’t a show that thrives on the drama, though of course things can go wrong during construction. Instead, it’s about the spectacle of the homes people design and build.

Watching Grand Designs could spark some discussion between you and your date about what your ideal home would be.

9. The Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show shouldn’t really work, but it makes for superb viewing. It follows a group of contestants in a tent who are baking against the clock to try to impress the judges.

The show is very gentle and twee, with very low stakes, but somehow it manages to hook you in. You’ll be rooting for your favorite person in no time.

When watching The Great British Baking Show on your virtual date, there are lots of moments when you could chat about baking or cooking. If you’re feeling brave, you could both try baking a cake or a loaf of bread as you watch. See who produces the best creation!

10. Glee

Glee ran for six seasons and ended back in 2015, but it still holds up well (if you like cheesy musicals). It tells the story of a group of high school students who join their glee club and explores all of the issues that young people deal with.

While it has some deeper moments, the show has lots of comedy and, of course, lots of songs.

This would be one to watch on your virtual date if you’re both into the performing arts. You could even sing along with the show and/or bust your own dance moves.

The Best Movies to Watch on Date Night

These are some of the best TV shows to watch on a virtual date. We have picked them because they’re really easy to watch. However, they’re also quality shows that are well worth your time.

And if your virtual date goes well enough that you end up getting into a relationship, keep our list of the best date night movies for couples handy for when you want to Netflix and chill.

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