Netflix is always adding terrific movies to their collection, but if you’re looking something a little longer than a two-hour commitment – they have a great selection of new shows as well.
The following TV shows will pull you into their universe and keep you occupied for days (or weeks) of binge-watching sessions.
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1. The Haunting Of Hill House
In the summer of 1992, Hugh and Olivia Crain and their children – Steven, Shirley, Theodora, Luke, and Nell – move into Hill House to renovate the mansion in order to sell it and build their own house, designed by Olivia.
However, due to unexpected repairs, they have to stay longer, and they begin to experience increasing paranormal phenomena that results in a tragic loss and the family fleeing from the house.
Twenty-six years later, the Crain siblings and their estranged father reunite after tragedy strikes again, and they are forced to confront how their time in Hill House had affected each of them.
2. Alias Grace
Alias Grace, Netflix’s 6-part miniseries based on Margaret Atwood’s 1996 novel of the same name, is a harrowing tale of persecution and identity wrapped up in a true crime story.
Atwood’s novel is based on the real-life conviction of Grace Marks and James McDermott for the murder of their employer Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper and mistress Nancy Montgomery. McDermott was hung for his crimes, and Grace, initially sentenced to death, was sent to a mental institution and, later, imprisoned.
3. Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders is a gangster family epic set in Birmingham, England in 1919, several months after the end of the First World War in November 1918. The story centers on the Peaky Blinders gang and their ambitious and highly cunning boss Tommy Shelby.
The gang comes to the attention of Chief Inspector Major Chester Campbell, a detective in the Royal Irish Constabulary sent over by Winston Churchill from Belfast, where he had been sent to “clean up” the city of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), Communists, gangs and common criminals.
Winston Churchill charged him with suppressing disorder and uprising in Birmingham and recovering a stolen cache of arms meant to be shipped to Libya. The first series concludes on 3 December 1919 – “Black Star Day”, the event where the Peaky Blinders plan to take over Billy Kimber’s betting pitches at the Worcester Races.
Set in 1977—in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation — Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, along with psychologist Wendy Carr, who originate the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit within the Training Division at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
They interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think, with the hope of applying this knowledge to solve ongoing cases.
5. The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story is the first season of the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story. The season, which debuted on February 2, 2016, revolves around the O. J. Simpson murder case and is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson(1997).
The season received critical acclaim, with praise for most of the performances, directing and writing. For the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, the season received 22 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, in 13 categories, winning nine, more than any other show, including Outstanding Limited Series.
It also won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for Sarah Paulson.
6. Mad Men
Mad Men is set primarily in the 1960s—initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City—later at the newly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (later named Sterling Cooper & Partners), located near the Time-Life Building at 1271 Sixth Avenue.
According to the pilot episode, the phrase “Mad Men” was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers (all men) working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves—a claim that has since been disputed.
The plot focuses on the day-to-day business of the advertising agencies, as well as the personal lives of the characters, thereby depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States throughout the 1960s. D
on Draper (played by Jon Hamm) is the focus in the series, initially as the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper, and later as a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and so the plot tracks the people in his personal and professional lives.
7. Breaking Bad
Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico between 2008 and 2010, Breaking Bad follows Walter White as he is transformed from a meek high school science teacher who wants to provide for his family after learning he has terminal cancer into a ruthless player in the local methamphetamine drug trade.
Initially making only small batches of meth with his former student Jesse Pinkman, Walter and Jesse eventually expand to make larger batches of special blue meth that is incredibly pure and creates high demand.
Walter takes on the name “Heisenberg” to mask his identity. Because of his drug-related activities, Walt eventually finds himself at odds with his family, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) through his brother-in-law Hank Schrader, the local gangs, and the Mexican drug cartels and their regional distributors, putting his life at risk.
8. Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul follows the life of the character Saul Goodman beginning about six years prior to the events of Breaking Bad.
In 2002, Goodman, born as James “Jimmy” McGill, is a former con artist trying to follow a legitimate career as an aspiring lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He seeks to become a partner in the law firm in which his older brother Charles “Chuck” McGill is a senior partner.
However, Jimmy’s work is frequently overshadowed by Chuck’s past reputation, and he struggles to find a way to prove himself, even with the help of another associate in the firm, Kim Wexler, with whom he also becomes romantically involved. At the same time, Jimmy frequently takes care of Chuck, who claims to have electromagnetic hypersensitivity, a condition that makes him physically ill in the presence of anything with an electrical component and has caused him to take an extended leave from his firm and regular law work.
Interspersed among Jimmy’s activities are the prior histories of other Breaking Bad characters, including Mike Ehrmantraut, a former police officer who becomes involved in illegal drug trafficking schemes, and drug kingpins Hector Salamanca and Gus Fring, who help distribute drugs illegally brought to the area from Mexico.
9. The West Wing
When the erudite Democrat Josiah “Jed” Bartlet is elected U.S. president, he installs his administration. He places confidants from his electoral campaigns in the White House. Each of these people plays a significant role in the Washington power game.
We follow these people through many political battles, as well as some personal ones. The demands of office on each character show the personal sacrifice and the forced compromise of ideals and principles for tactical necessity and allows some insights into many aspects of U.S. society and international politics.
10. The Returned
The Returned opens in a small mountain community which is rocked to its core when several local people who are presumed dead suddenly re-appear at their homes. Despite having passed away some years earlier, these ghostly characters appear in human form, they have not aged, and they are completely unaware of their own fatality.
Determined to reclaim their lives and start over, they slowly come to realize that they are not the only ones to have been brought back from the dead. Their return augers torment for their community when a gruesome murder attempt bears a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. This is a homecoming like no other.