10 Hidden Netflix Gems You Need to Binge This Weekend
In the vast ocean of Netflix's ever-expanding library, it's easy to get lost in a sea of hyped-up hits and mainstream favorites. But lurking beneath the surface are some of the most captivating and underrated shows, just waiting to be discovered.
In this article, we dive deep to unearth 10 underrated Netflix series and TV shows to binge this weekend that have somehow slipped past the mainstream radar.
1. Clickbait (2021 – Present)
"Clickbait" is a suspenseful thriller TV series that premiered in 2021. Nick Brewer, the heart of his family and adored by all, mysteriously drops off the grid. Soon after his disappearance, a disturbing video surfaces on the internet showing Nick battered and holding a sign that reads, "I abuse women. At 5 million views, I die." This shocking revelation sets off a frantic race against time as his family struggles to find him and understand the truth behind these allegations.
2. Away (2020 – 2020)
In 2020, the world was introduced to "Away," a captivating series filled with elements of drama and science fiction, but sadly saw its end in the same year. At the heart of "Away," we follow Emma Green, an American astronaut, who courageously captains a diverse crew on a treacherous three-year voyage to Mars. While the show indeed delves into the adventures of space exploration, it equally portrays the emotional roller-coasters each character experiences.
3. The Mick (2017 - 2018)
Airing from 2017 to 2018, 'The Mick' offered a slice of comedic entertainment. Mackenzie "Mickey" Molnga, carefree and slightly reckless lady, finds herself thrown into the unexpected role of caretaker for her rich sister's spoiled kids. Her sister and brother-in-law have fled the country to avoid federal fraud charges, leaving Mickey in charge of their spoiled kids. Mickey, with her unconventional approach to life, finds herself thrust into the chaos of managing privileged, unruly kids in the wealthy locale of Greenwich, Connecticut.
4. True Story (2021 - Present)
The series stars Kevin Hart in a role of a famous comedian named Kid, with a troubled past. For a tour stop, Kid visits his hometown of Philadelphia. There, he reunites with his older brother, Carlton, portrayed by Wesley Snipes. Carlton is the opposite of Kid in many ways, embodying a life of questionable choices and schemes. Their reunion, initially a cause for celebration, quickly spirals into a web of danger and deceit. Throughout "True Story," the audience witnesses how a single night can turn into a life-or-death struggle for Kid.
5. The English Game (2020 - 2020)
Dive into the origins of football (or soccer, for the Americans) in this series set in the late 19th century. It's a tale of two worlds – the affluent, who created the game, and the working class, who took it to heart. The story pivots around Arthur Kinnaird, football's first star from the upper echelons, and Fergus Suter, a gifted mill worker turned professional player. Their worlds collide on the field, setting the stage for a class struggle wrapped in a sports drama.
6. The Politician (2019 - Present)
Welcome to the world of high-stakes high school politics, where ambition knows no bounds. "The Politician" introduces us to Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from Santa Barbara who has known since age seven that he's going to be the President of the United States. But first, he has to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. In his quest to become student body president, Payton must outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image.
7. The Indian Detective (2017 - Present)
Kicking off in 2017, "The Indian Detective" cleverly meshes elements of humor and mystery, creating a unique comedy-crime drama cocktail. Doug D'Mello, our main guy in the series, is a Toronto cop with big-time aspirations but an unfortunate tendency to stumble into messy situations. His life takes a turn when he ends up on a visit to his father's homeland of India. In India, Doug gets wrapped up in a small-town issue that soon balloons into a massive illegal plot, touching on everything from the trade of illicit substances to outright homicide.
8. Always a Witch (2019 - Present)
Starting in 2019, "Always a Witch" dives into a captivating mix of magic, time-travel, and romance. Carmen, a 17th-century witch in love with a white man, a big no-no back then. She's about to be burned at the stake when, she time-travels to the 21st century. Now, Carmen lives in modern-day Cartagena, trying to make sense of smartphones, cars, and modern life while grappling with her past. Her goal? To find a way back to save her lover trapped in time.
9. Pretty Smart (2021 - 2021)
Launching in 2021, "Pretty Smart" skillfully navigates the captivating world of stark contrasts clashing together. Chelsea, an intellectual powerhouse from the East Coast, ends up sharing a roof with her easy-going sister Claire and three quirky roommates in sun-drenched California. This setup is a recipe for comedic chaos as Chelsea, with her sharp wit and a touch of sarcasm, navigates through this new world filled with yoga, beach days, and parties.
10. Flinch (2019 - Present)
"Flinch," which kicked off in 2019, is a gutsy and somewhat outrageous game show that is not for the faint-hearted. Situated in the untamed expanses of Ireland, "Flinch" subjects its players to a hilarious assortment of strange trials, all governed by one basic principle: Don't flinch. The hurdles thrown their way are a bizarre cocktail of spine-chilling, gut-wrenching, and downright odd tasks - imagine everything from electric jolts to up-close-and-personal run-ins with less than cuddly barnyard critters. The contestants' reactions – or their attempts to control them – are pure entertainment, making "Flinch" a show that's as much about human psychology as it is about crazy antics and laughter.