The Best Series to Binge Watch During Isolation

May 28, 2020

If you’ve not seen Tiger King yet, where have you been? The eccentric tale of a feline fanatic and zoo tycoon brought in 64 million Netflix viewers in April 2020, securing even further success for the platform.

Such a cult classic was the documentary, Netflix has now seen 15 million new subscribers. But it’s not down to Joe Exotic alone. Streaming giants are using this ‘extra time’ to focus on marketing their biggest shows, and as viewers, we’re in for a treat. 

If you’re spoilt for choice on what shows to binge watch during lockdown, we’ve picked out a few for all the family.

The Mandalorian

Any self-respecting Star Wars fan will be on their third or fourth run of The Mandalorian by now. Available on Disney Plus, this eight-part series is the first live action series in the Star Wars franchise. It tells the story of a bounty hunter, wandering through the galaxy (far, far away) in a bid to escape the clutches of the New Republic.



Speaking of evil groups, Hunters is one you definitely don’t want to watch with the kids. Set in the 70s and starring Al Pacino, this 10-part Amazon Prime series concerns a group of secret Nazi hunters whose aim is to take down a new enemy – the terrifying ‘Fourth Reich’.


Normal People

This BBC drama appeals to both teenagers and adults alike, though be wary of some of the adult themes. You can find it on BBC iPlayer – telling the story of two teenagers in the Republic of Ireland, navigating their way through love and growing up. It’s got some very raw themes and certainly features two young stars in the making.



Ever wondered what Hollywood was like when it was known as ‘Hollywoodland’? Taking us back to the 50s, this new Netflix hit reveals the dark deeds and shady characters behind modern-day Tinseltown. Expect a mixture of fictional characters (based on real actors, we’re told) and tributes to famous stars like Rock Hudson. It’s funny, it’s sexy, and it’s definitely for adults only.

Lost in Oz

We’ve seen Wicked, and now we’re seeing a new animated take on the old Wizard of Oz classic. This time, Amazon Prime brings us Lost in Oz, featuring the original Dorothy’s 12-year-old daughter. Its first two episodes were so successful, they won an Emmy and spawned a whole series. Parents will love the trip down Memory Lane/the Yellow Brick Road, while kids will love this modern revamp.


The Good Place

This charming Netflix comedy is ideal for young teenagers and adults alike. It’s funny without bordering on crude, and shines a whole new light on the meaning of the afterlife. While it’s been running for four series now, 2020 sees the final episode – with an emotional climax. Laugh and cry with four characters whose lives (and deaths) become intertwined as they battle with the complexities of the afterlife.


The Last Dance

One for any sports fan, The Last Dance is a 10-part documentary chronicling the 1997-98 championship season of the National Basketball Association. Centring around the Chicago Bulls and the world-famous Michael Jordan, the show features more than 100 interviews with some of the biggest names in basketball. Catch it on Netflix for an eye-opening journey through one of the most memorable sporting seasons in history.


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