Eight Netflix gems worth adding to your binge-watch lists

There are some shows and films that everyone always talks about when it comes to Netflix. Here are the gems you may have missed. 


Film

The Kissing Booth

A high school student finds herself face-to-face with her long-term crush when she signs up to run a kissing booth at the spring carnival. This was Netflix's Original teen movie that was a startling hit, given that it's quite a bad movie. It's quirky for sure, but not exactly progressive. Nevertheless, it was Netflix's most watched film of last year. Worth adding to the lists just to see what all the fuss was about.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

On the opposite side of the coin, this teen movie was enchanting. Lara Jean, a Korean-American 16-year-old girl with an addiction to romance novels and a terror of talking to boys, must pretend to date Peter Kavinsky, the most popular boy in school. The plan is that with a fake relationship, Lara Jean will buy the time to get over her crush on her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and Peter will be able to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. Of course, you can guess what happens next and it's utterly endearing and honest. Watch this one ASAP.

True Crime

Making A Murderer

The crimes, plight of Steven Avery and shocking twists and turns of the case made for water-cooler chatter like we haven't seen since the early days of Twin Peaks. Even with the second season now on Netflix, it remains one of the most frequently discussed cases. Watch in in its entirety for all the little details and viewpoints count.

Girls Incarcerated

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This series follows teenage girls who are incarcerated at a juvenile correctional facility in Madison, Ind., documenting what their lives are like behind bars. Interpersonal relationships with their fellow inmates are a vital part of the experience because making a wrong move can lead to trouble. Most youths have been sent for petty crimes, such as alcohol and marijuana consumption, and a few for charges of assault and gun possession. The incarceration plan at Madison gives teenagers time but no release date, incentivising them to earn one. At times, this is a very powerful watch. 

The Staircase

This 13-part documentary follows Mike Peterson and his family after the death of his wife, Kathleen in 2001. While Mike insists he found her bleeding to death after an accidental fall down the stairs; the local police think otherwise. His home is turned into a crime scene; he's suddenly arrested and trialled for murder. As you move through the episodes, secrets from Mike's past are revealed in graphic detail and you slowly see that not everything adds up. Watch the full thing before drawing your own conclusions and only after, Google the convincing theory that was omitted from any of the episodes.

Evil Genius

This four-part, addictive docu-series investigates the murder of Brian Wells, the so-called 'pizza bomber', in 2003. Wells, a pizza delivery man from Pennsylvania, USA, was seemingly coaxed into a dangerous scheme by money-hungry criminals. Two men apparently instructed him to rob a bank of $250,000 with a bomb wrapped around his neck. Before Wells could complete his task, the bomb detonated and he died in the middle of the street. Police describe it as America's "most diabolical bank robbery" and you won't believe the saga uncovered as the police try to piece together how exactly the robbery came to be - and who was behind it.

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TV Series

The Haunting of Hill House

Some of us aren't one for scary films or programmes (of ANY nature) but, every so often, something comes along that is so good, you'll willingly take a bit of terror. This thing isn't even a thing - it's a woman: Shirley Jackson. The US author does horror more frighteningly than almost anyone else. Her forte is bringing the sinister into normal, everyday life - it's scarier if we can it imagine it actually happening to us, no? She's best known for her short story The Lottery and her novel The Haunting of Hill House, considered to be the very best of haunted-house tales and Netflix have finally adapted the latter into what is a modern re-imagining. It centres around a house where five siblings grew up. Now, as adults, there are just four of them after the youngest sister tragically died. They reunite at their childhood home to remember their sister, but it's not all just memories... or is it? Genuinely terrifying.

The Rain

The world as we know it has come to an end, due to a rain-carried virus that wiped out nearly everybody in Scandinavia. Six years after that event, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of the bunker where they have been staying. After discovering all remnants of civilisation gone, they join a group of fellow young survivors, and together they head out on a danger-filled quest throughout the abandoned land in search of signs of life. This one is a knuckle-gnawing, post-apocalyptic thriller ride that looks at what it takes to be human when everything else is taken away.

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