Apart from my regular work in hospital, cooking and bingeing on TV shows are the two most frequently performed activities during the lockd...

Apart from my regular work in hospital, cooking and bingeing on TV shows are the two most frequently performed activities during the lockdown period, or colloquially known as the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

I have written a blog post regarding the former, exclusively detailing my amateur cooking experience in trying on online recipes. You may read it here. Now, for the latter, I think it would be an awesome idea to share with you guys on my take on the most binge-worthy shows on Netflix (at least for me!).

TBH, I always love Netflix’s docuseries as they are very informative and can be entertaining at the same time. Typical documentaries usually bore me, but Netflix’s docuseries took storytelling on a whole new level. Also, this is part of the reason I subscribed on this online streaming platform.

Here’s the top 10 list in no particular order. 

Caution: Spoilers alert!

1. Money Heist

O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao. No doubt that La Casa de Papel is the most watched TV shows on Netflix. This foreign language drama is my second Spanish thriller after Elite. The series portrays two long-prepared heists led by the Professor, a brilliant criminal mastermind. If you like mind games and strategies, this is definitely a must-watched for you.

I am very impressed with the beautifully written storyline and gripping suspense narrative, and their interesting lineup of characters. As someone who’s a perfectionist and a meticulous planner, I am very fond of the Professor’s well-elaborated plan with every intricate detail is taken into account of. Sometimes, I even got confused whether the incident is part of the plan or a screw up!

You’ll like this show if you watched: Prison Break, Breaking Bad, Suits, How to Get Away with Murder

2. Kingdom

I don’t usually like Korean dramas. They are mostly sappy, ridiculously predictable, and full of melodrama. Kingdom has none of the above! Think of Game of Thrones meets The Walking Dead. Or a zombified Game of Thrones.

movie poster retrieved from: https://www.imdb.com/

This Korean feudal drama features an evil queen, corrupted officials, oppressive system of power, poverty-stricken communities, and a heroic crown prince trying to make things right, amidst the zombie disease epidemic. Sounds familiar much?

You’ll like this show if you watched: Game of Thrones, The Witcher, Train to Busan

3. Breakfast at Tiffany's

As a millennial, I am proud to say that this is the first 60s movie I have ever watched! Unlike Roman Holiday (also featuring Audrey Hepburn), this is not black and white. Inspired by the iconic Audrey Hepburn and also featured on Gossip Girl, I decided to grab my chips and enjoy the classic.

This film captures the classic New York style, chic femininity, and one of the early fashion statements- The Little Black Dress. Audrey Hepburn is truly an epitome of elegance, where every woman wants to emulate. She portrays Holly Golightly, a party girl socialite who is eccentric, yet so poise and stylish. Henry Mancini’s Moon River, the opening song for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as well as Audrey’s rendition, has certainly got me into 60s pop music.

You’ll like this show if you watched: All Audrey Hepburn shows (of course!), Gossip girl, Sex and the City

4. Coronavirus, Explained 

          One of the documentaries that are relating to the current events in the world- Covid 19. This spin-off for the TV show, Explained is totally a must-watched during quarantine! It’s another brilliant way of creating awareness and understanding during this trying times.

            You’ll like this show if you watched: Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak

           5. Dirty Money

            This Netflix Original series documented a variety of true stories exposing corporate corruption, greed, and financial crimes. Even our former PM is the star of the show! It’s a very enlightening documentary which brings the dark side of the financial world to light especially for many of us who are unfamiliar with the happenings in this industry.

            The exposé really highlights the facts that we are living in a hierarchical society where the strongest apex predator with power fueled with greed preys upon the more vulnerable counterparts. And they got away with it.  That’s just a classic example of bullies, which clearly does not only exist in high schools. Just the ugliest side of human nature.

You’ll like this show if you watched: Trump: An American Dream, The Pharmacist, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

6. The Pharmacist

As a pharmacist by profession, this show is definitely relevant to my work. I am moved by Dan Schneider, a small town pharmacist, with his tenacity and passion, driven by the determination to find closure for the loss of his son, which led him to uncover the rampant opioid epidemic in his hometown. This made me question my passion in my job, which I certainly lack of. #shameless.

What’s more shameful is that the opioid epidemic was largely contributed by a doctor and her prescriptions. It certainly reminds healthcare professionals to not only be competent at their jobs, but to uphold integrity as well.

You’ll like this show if you watched: Narcos, Dirty Money

7. Cooked With Cannabis

Recreational drugs weren’t given a lot of emphasis in the pharmacy module back in university, probably because drug abuse situation in Malaysia is not dire and widespread as in the US.  And marijuana is only legal for medicinal purposes in Malaysia. So, watching a cooking show with marijuana as the main ingredient is definitely very enlightening!

These professional pot cooks absolutely have better pharmacological knowledge on this herb. I am so amazed that they know the dose of marijuana content in the form of THC and CBD so well and how to adjust them in their cooking. And I was mindblown to realize that cannabis exists in so many forms by infusing the drug into food substances such as marijuana-infused olive oil, honey, butter, and chocolates!

You’ll like this show if you watched: Cooking on High

8. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

Rich, powerful, and dirty, are totally a combo that screams bad news for a person. Power that falls into the wrong hands of a sexual predator coupled with his wealth, influence, and a high-profile social circle certainly allows him to indulge in his criminal activities for a decade and all he got was a slap on the wrist.

 Interviews from survivors relieving their traumatic encounters reveal shocking details of Epstein’s elaborated scheme of recruiting young girls to fulfil his sexual fantasy. It was admirable to see how these courageous survivors came forward telling their stories, revealing the involvement of powerful people, while acknowledging possible threats were made against them.

You’ll like this show if you watched: Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Dirty Money 

9. Jane The Virgin

This rom-com is very fun to watch! Especially with its telenovela satire which reminded me of those dramatic Spanish soap operas that I used to watch when I was younger. Remember Rosalinda?

I am very picky with comedy, for instance, I don’t enjoy humour mixed with crime shows, like Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Jane the Virgin is a heartwarming show which speaks highly of family values, love, resilience as well as giving you a good laugh. Especially when you totally need a good laugh after a tough day at work.

You’ll like this show if you watched: Ugly Betty, Modern Family

That's a wrap for the top 9 shows I binged on Netflix. What about yours? Drop your suggestions in the comment section below!

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  1. Thanks for your recommendation. Have been watching a lot of those drama series

  2. I have been binge watching a lot of the dramas too with my sisters in our room after we moved to a new house. Our girl room painting gives a soft and soothing appeal that makes us wanna stay at our room most of the time. Thanks for the drama recommendations!