There’s nothing better than a compelling drama that reels you in episode after episode. Here are five of the best television series (and limited series) that you can binge from beginning to end right now.
Chemistry is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change. It’s the constant, it’s the cycle…it is growth then decay then transformation.Walter White
Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad is arguably one of the best television series of all time. The series follows Walter White’s transformation from timid high school chemistry teacher to violent drug kingpin. From its dialogue, plot, and directing, every episode consistently hits the mark from its pilot episode to the series finale. But what makes it truly compelling is—like the quote above—the growth, decay, and transformation of its lead character, Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston).
The series also stars Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, and Giancarlo Esposito.
Breaking Bad streams on Netflix.
When They See Us
When they say ‘boys’ they not talking about us. They talking about other boys from other places. When did we ever get to be boys?Raymond Santana
Created and directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, and Queen Sugar), When They See Us follows the lives of The Exonerated Five. Based on a true story, five teen boys are wrongfully incarcerated for the brutal assault and rape of a woman in Central Park. The 4-part limited series follows their lives as they fight to prove their innocence.
The cinematography is beautiful and the performances from the series stars—particularly Asante Blackk as Kevin Richardson and Jharrel Jerome as Korey Wise—are simultaneously harrowing and captivating.
When They See Us streams on Netflix.
Is it that we collectively thought Steve Jobs was a great man, even when we knew he made billions off the backs of children? Or maybe it’s that it feels like all our heroes are counterfeit? The world itself’s just one big hoax. Spamming each other with our running commentary of bullshit, masquerading as insight, our social media faking as intimacy. Or is it that we voted for this? Not with our rigged elections, but with our things, our property, our money. I’m not saying anything new. We all know why we do this, not because Hunger Games books makes us happy, but because we wanna be sedated. Because it’s painful not to pretend, because we’re cowards. Fuck society.Elliot Alderson
Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson, played by the notable Rami Malek, an introverted computer hacker who attempts to save the world from evil conglomerate corporations. Mr. Robot’s themes portray isolation, mental illness, and corporate capitalism in both a grounded and grand manner. The show’s creator and director, Sam Esmail, does a terrific job balancing character and plot.
The series also stars Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, and BD Wong.
Mr. Robot streams on Amazon Prime.
What I noticed most was when I got up to the mountains, there were all these little towns. You know, not much. A hardware store, a little cafe. And, uh, it was crazy to me. I’d drive past these places in, like, two seconds, and each one of them were like their own little planet, you know? I felt like if I’d stopped for just a second, I’d just disappear.Walter Cruz
Homecoming—an anthology series (which initially started as a podcast) created by Micah Bloomberg, Eli Herowitz, and Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail—is a slow-burning mystery drama starring Julia Roberts, Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, Hong Chau, and Janelle Monae.
Homecoming currently has two seasons, each starring a protagonist (Julia Roberts and Janelle Monae, respectively) who don’t remember their past. The series follows their self-discovery journeys at a mysterious facility intended to help soldiers with PTSD returning from the war.
Homecoming streams on Amazon Prime.
Do you know what someone with no money has in common with someone with too much money? Living is no fun for them.Oh II-nam
Hwang Dong-hyuk’s Squid Game is a Korean drama in which people struggling financially are invited to a secret facility where they can compete against one another for money playing children’s games. Deadly children’s games. There are many well-executed twists and surprises. The set design is marvelous, and I strongly encourage watching it in Korean with subtitles. No shade to the dubbed voices, but the actors harness despair in their voices unlike their dub counterparts.
The series stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Hoyeon, and Oh Yeong-su.
Squid Game streams on Netflix.