Best Binge Worthy Netflix Shows

Since lockdown began about 4 months ago I think we've all been binge-watching various series on Netflix and Disney+. About a month ago, after watching almost every movie and show possible on Disney, I decided to set up Netflix again as it stopped paying for it a while ago due to there being nothing new for me to watch. But Netflix constantly has new things dropping and even though restrictions are being lifted, there's still not a big list of what we can do outside, so it was about time to get it back. Throughout the past month or so, I've discovered some new shows and revisited old ones, and I thought I'd share some of my favourites today. Before we get in to the list, as you're reading you may realise that this list is mainly TV shows all aimed at teenagers because to be honest, series aimed at older viewers I find quite boring. I'm definitely that person who's had more fun binge-watching every Disney show possible during lockdown than any adult drama.
 
1. Once Upon A Time

If you know me, you know my all time favourite TV show is Once Upon A Time, I don't stop talking about it. For the first six seasons, the series is set in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are actually fairy tale characters that were transported to the real world town and robbed of their memories by Regina, the Evil Queen. The residents of Storybrooke, where Regina is mayor, have lived an unchanging existence for 28 years, unaware of their real identities. The town's only hope lies with a bail-bonds person from our world, named Emma Swan, daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. She is aided by her ten-year-old son, Henry Mills, whom she gave up for adoption upon his birth, and his Once Upon a Time book of fairy tales that holds the key to breaking the curse. Henry is also the adopted son of Regina, providing a source of both conflict and common interest between the two women.

Now this may sound very confusing, but once you begin to watch the series properly everything becomes very clear. The show involves many loved and timeless characters that so many have grown up with, and combines them and their classic, age-old stories into one
 monumental crossover, and shows us that the stories we all know and love may not be exactly as we remember them. With characters from various stories such as Snow White, Peter Pan, Robin Hood and more, this show has everything. It's so cleverly written and you really get invested in the characters. Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin and Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen / Regina are both brilliant and I couldn't love Colin Donoghue as Captain Hook more! If you haven't yet seen this show I urge you to give it a watch, it certainly won't disappoint. 

2. Glee

When a high school Spanish teacher becomes the new Glee Club coach he takes on a group of very different but talented students as they deal with social issues, especially regarding sexuality, race, relationships, and teamwork. This show has everything any musical theatre fan could want, but is also perfect for anyone of any age with any interest. 
Not only is Glee, relatable and inspirational but also hilarious and touching. The writers were able to successfully address pretty much every problem faced by a teenager today in a way that really hits home. There are so many emotionally charged moments and performances in this show and the chemistry between the cast is insane. There's such a variety of music from theatre, to pop, to country to many more. There is something for everyone to enjoy. The ultimate feel-good, binge-worthy show!

3. Victorious 

Now, I know Victorious is aimed at pre-teens but I know for my generation especially this show is one we all grew up with. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, and her life at a performing arts high school in LA. It's basically Glee for kids...sort of. If you're of a similar age to me you probably watched this growing up, or if you're a fan of Ariana Grande you'll have probably watched it too. The show has characters we can all relate to, some great comedy moments, and you have to admit it does have great music. Whilst it is a bit cringey, I think for a 'kids' TV show, it's actually really well written and can be enjoyed by anyone. 

4. Alexa & Katie

The series centres around lifelong best friends Alexa and Katie who are eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school. The pals confront a crisis, the tragic ordeal of Alexa being diagnosed with leukaemia (a type of cancer), that leaves them feeling like outsiders at a time when what seems to matter most is fitting in. This is a show that's appropriate for almost any age. The content is not too young, making it enjoyable to watch as an adult, and perfect for family viewings. Cancer is not an easy subject to talk about with a child, but watching the show as a family may prompt insightful conversations about compassion and empathy. This new Netflix comedy celebrates kindness, courage, and the strength of friendship. It also seeks to normalize a frightening topic for teens: cancer.

5. Friends

This list wouldn't really be complete without Friends now would it?

Friends is a 90's Comedy TV show, based in Manhattan, about 6 friends who go through just about every life experience imaginable together; love, marriage, divorce, children, heartbreaks, fights, new jobs and job losses and all sorts of drama. There's not much to say except Friends really is perfect for anyone. It is a perfect mix of romance, drama, and comedy, and no matter how many times you watch it, it will never fail to make you laugh.


I hope you found these recommendations helpful, I'd love to hear some of your favourites! 

Mia x