It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means you may find yourself with more free time than you’re used to having. No worries! We have a list of Netflix shows that are definitely worth checking out if you need something new to watch. Trust me, they’ll keep you captivated all weekend long.
1. Queer Eye
This is a short, fluffy, feel-good show to fill your free time this weekend. You can probably watch the entire show in just a few hours, but it’s totally worth it — you’ll cry happy tears, sad tears, and all the tears in between. But when you walk away from the show, you’ll feel empowered and filled with self-love, just like that Fab Five wants you to.
2. The Good Place
This may not be a Netflix original, but you can find the full first season on the streaming site. From the creators of Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, this show will guarantee plenty of laughs (and, surprisingly, plenty of thought-provoking moments as well). Kristen Bell stuns as the irreverent Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman who died and ended up going to “the good place” — but quickly learns that she may have ended up in the wrong place after all.
3. On My Block
On My Block follows four lifelong friends — and one new one — from a rough inner-city neighborhood who begin high school for the first time. When one of the friends gets caught up in gang activity, thanks to his family’s deep involvement in it, the others begin scheming how to help him get out of it alive — all the while trying to maneuver a new school, quinceañeras, and first loves that seem fated to fail.
This German TV show often gets labeled “the European Stranger Things,” and I suppose I see why. A child goes missing in a small town and one invested police officer will do anything to figure out what happened to the missing boy, or where he might have gone. But this show is deeper and darker (pun somewhat intended) than the other Netflix original, and it’ll keep you on your toes the whole time as the story unravels and you begin to realize that nothing is what it seems. You may want to put on the subtitles for this one and pay close attention — if you miss one thing, you might miss everything.
5. Dear White People
This show follows a group of black students in a predominantly white college that has a long-rooted history of racism and segregation. The students must deal with social injustice and everyday microaggressions, all the while claiming their space in an environment that doesn’t seem to want to make room for them at all. This show is one of the best examples of good storytelling in TV, in my opinion — each student’s story will resonate with you, no matter your skin color.
This British romcom will make you laugh, cry, and want to shake every single character until they do what’s good for them. The storytelling is unconventional, told partially in flashbacks as Dylan finds himself calling everyone he’s ever had sex with to tell them that he has gonorrhea, and that they might, too. What comes from it is an unexpectedly complicated narrative about a man, his best friends and flatmates, and the woman he’s been irrevocably in love with all along.
18-year-old Sam Gardner is on the autism spectrum, but just wants to live a “normal” life. It’s his last year of high school and he’s never had a girlfriend before, but he’s determined to see what the hype is all about. What Sam doesn’t realize is that while he’s determined to live a “typical” high school existence, the rest of his family is collapsing around him.
8. American Vandal
Parodying crime docuserieses such as Making a Murderer, American Vandal follows a group of high school journalists as they try to uncover who spray painted dicks on all the cars in the school parking lot — and prove that the student who was framed isn’t really the culprit at all. The show is hilarious in its deadpan humor and surprisingly insightful, everything you need for the perfect weekend.
9. Jane the Virgin
While Jane the Virgin may not be a Netflix original, you can still binge the first four seasons on the streaming site. Jane plans to save her virginity for marriage. She’s known that since she was thirteen. But when she’s accidentally artificially inseminated during a meeting with her gynecologist, all of Jane’s well-thought-out plans seem to fall through. Even her upcoming marriage to her detective boyfriends seems a lot less uncertain now that there’s an attractive, wealthy baby daddy in the picture, as well as his scheming, manipulative wife. Jane the Virgin packages all the fun of a telenovela into an American TV show, filled to the brim with heart.
10. Everything Sucks!
This series follows a group of high school students in Boring, Oregon in 1996. When the AV geeks and the popular drama kids decide to team up to make a movie, the students involved begin to learn a lesson or two about sexuality, mental health, and growing up. Filled with 90s reference every Millennial will love, this show is chock-full of nostalgia and the woes and wonders of youth.