Ah, Netflix, the gift that keeps on giving. Why be alone with your thoughts and deal with the mind-numbing existential dread of every day life when you can binge-watch your crisis away instead? After all, the only thing that’s more terrifying than the idea of a potentially meaningless existence is the thought that you might never finish your ever-growing Netflix queue, so get to it, brochacho.
Here are 10 shows you need to check out this month.
1) Luke Cage
If you still haven’t had enough of the good ol’ MCU, the media franchise recently released its latest superhero TV show, Luke Cage. After a failed experiment gives him super strength and impenetrable skin, Luke Cage sets himself on a mission of kicking ass and takin’ names. And if the ass kicking action isn’t enough, the wickedly talented (and gorgeous) Rosario Dawson is there to wash away all your doubts.
Must-watch episode: S01E12 “Soliloquy of Chaos”
2) Black Mirror
If you still haven’t gotten on the Black Mirror tip, now’s your chance. This groundbreaking series has redefined what television can be. If sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury, the Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling, and Alfred Hitchcock all got together and somehow managed to spawn a lovechild, Black Mirror would be their glorious frankenbaby.
Must-watch episode: S02E02 “White Bear”
Joe Swanberg’s eight-episode anthology revolves around the lives of a group of Chicagoans as they navigate through the various peaks and valleys of adulthood: from figuring out who would be an appropriate addition to a ménage à trois, to the consequences of going behind your spouse’s back, even if it is to run a sweet-ass illegal brewery with your brother.
Must-watch episode: S01E06 “Utopia”
4) Master of None
Aziz Ansari’s comedic hijinks take center stage in this Netflix original. Together with Eric Wareheim of the amazingly bizarre comedy Tim and Eric and Alan Yang, executive producer of the late great Parks and Recreation, Ansari’s self-deprecating brand of humor has finally found a home.
Must-watch episode: S01E03 “Hot Ticket”
5) Rick and Morty
The adventures of Rick and Morty are the stuff sci-fi dreams are made of, if those dreams consisted of going on interstellar expeditions with your alcoholic and possibly sociopathic grandpa where you often risked life and limb thus enabling said sociopathic grandpa, that is.
Must-watch episode: S02E04 “Total Rickall”
6) Peep Show
A British comedy with a devoted cult following, Peep Show centers on two beta males, Mark and Jeremy, who share a flat in Croydon, London. Shot from the point of view of both characters, the show delves into the dysfunction of everyday (un)pleasantries and the often complex intricacies of social interaction.
Must-watch episode: S04E06 “Wedding”
An adult animated spy series that revolves around ISIS, no not that ISIS, the International Secret Intelligence Service headed by Mallory Archer (voiced by Lucille Bluth herself, Jessica Walters), her son Sterling Archer (Bob from Bob’s Burgers, H. Jon Benjamin), fellow secret agent Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), and the rag-tag group of employees. It’s Sealab 2021 meets Mad Men.
Must-watch episode: S02E09 “Placebo Effect”
8) Peaky Blinders
Set in Birmingham, England in 1919, just after the First World War, Peaky Blinders follows the exploits of the Romani Peaky Blinders gang and their boss, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy). It’s a period drama and a gangster flick rolled into one tightly shot, impeccably acted piece. It should fill the Boardwalk Empire-sized hole in your heart.
Must-watch episode: S02E06, untitled
Ever feel like the relationships you see on screen never really reflect your own sad life? Well, Judd Apatow’s latest foray into television may change that. Love tackles the unlikely pairing of Mickey and Gus, two 30-somethings living in L.A. who on the surface may seem physically mismatched but whose inner damage line up perfectly for the same kind of fucked up love stories you might find yourself in IRL.
Must-watch episode: S01E06 “Andy”
10) Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories
An anthology series set in a Tokyo diner that features a different signature dish for each episode while exploring the diner’s owner’s relationship with his customers, both new and old.
Must-watch episode: S01E04 “Omelette Rice”
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