10 Netflix series to binge while hiding from the plague

Homebodies, introverts, socially and morally responsible citizens of society, unite!

The upsurge of coronavirus cases in Thailand has resulted in health authorities urging all citizens to practice social distancing and start staying at, and working from, home for the foreseeable future.

But with every cloud, there is a silver lining. You finally have time to binge-watch all those Netflix series you’ve been hearing about.

Here are ten to indulge yourself in while fighting off the boredom, ennui, and coronavirus.

1. Kingdom

“While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.” [Netflix synopsis]

Trending at #1 in Thailand this week is Kingdom, a South Korean political period supernatural thriller set during Korea’s Joseon period.

It centers around the story of crown prince Lee Chang, who becomes embroiled in a mysterious conspiracy involving a political coup, a monster, and the spread of a deadly plague.

Forced to embark on a mission to find out the truth, prince Lee Chang must investigate the spread of this mysterious plague while handling the political turmoil in the country. 

Why should you binge on this? For some thrilling, fantasy, and exciting top-notch storytelling and cinema. Now with the current outbreak, Kingdom is even more relevant? (We hope not)

2. You

“A dangerously charming, intensively obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.”

Ah, the things you do for love.

If you haven’t seen this series already, chances are you have heard about it.

Now in its second season, You centres around a charming and brilliant, yet awkward male bookstore manager (played by Penn Badgley) who becomes increasingly obsessed with his crush, to the point that it becomes sinister. Using the internet, social media, and every tool at his disposal, he stops at nothing to try to be with her.

Why should you binge on this? For some Penn Badgley and the creeps — there are people scarier than the virus. (Season two is even creepier)

3. Sex Education

“Insecure Otis has all the answers when it comes to sex advice, thanks to his therapist mom. So rebel Maeve proposes a school sex-therapy clinic.” 

One of Netflix’s most highly rated and popular series, Sex Education is a heartfelt and irreverent coming-of-age series centered around an awkward high school teenager, Otis, who reluctantly becomes an expert on all things sex-related thanks to his mum, a sex therapist. In an effort to improve his life and status at school, Otis decides to launch an underground sex therapy clinic to address his classmates’ sex problems by utilizing his unique insight into the world of sex.

Why should you binge on this? For some British humour and raunchiness, laughs, and warmth. A feel-good series that’ll keep you laughing and put your mind at ease.

4. Crash Landing on You

“Knocked out by fierce winds while paragliding the air, Yun Se-Ri wakes up on the north side of the Korean DMZ, where Ri Jeong Hyeok finds her.”

How can we talk about binge-watching without some South Korean, out of this world/I will love you until the end of time, K-drama?

Now Thailand’s most popular K-drama of 2020, Crash Landing on You is a love story between — wait for it — a South Korean heiress and a North Korean soldier. Yun Se Ri (played by Son Ye Jin) ends up being transported to the border of North Korea after a paragliding accident and meets the ever so handsome, quiet, and warm army officer Ri Jeong Hyeok (Hyun Bin). Soon enough, they fall in love while he does everything he can to protect her.

Why should you binge on this? For some typical K-love story of star-crossed lovers, and some squeals, and Hyun Bin. 

5. Mindhunter

“In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.”

Mindhunter, one of Netflix’s most renowned original series, centers around two FBI agents and a psychologist who operate the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit within the FBI Academy. In an effort to understand the United States’ most notorious serial killers, they interview and get into the minds of imprisoned serial killers to understand how they think in order to solve ongoing cases.

Why should you binge on this? It is engaging, haunting, and mesmerizing — if you want to get to know how sociopaths and psychopaths think, here’s your chance.

6. Friends

“This hit sitcom follows the merry misadventure of six 20 something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan.”

At this point, we know it all too well, the theme song, Central Perk, Monica’s apartment, Joey’s pick up line.

Joey, Phoebe, Ross, Monica, Rachel, and Chandler have transitioned from characters on a TV screen to well…your friends. They’re there for you on rainy days, in the background when you need to work, and when you’re hiding out from the plague.

That there is an upcoming anniversary episode makes us all giddy on the inside.

Why should you binge on this? It’s Friends.

7. Stranger Things

“In 1980s Indiana, a group of young friends witness supernatural forces and secret government exploits. As they search for answers, the children unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries.”

One of Netflix’s best original series and winners of numerous awards, Stranger Things made the streaming platform what it is.  

Capitalizing on your nostalgia for all things 80s including video games, sci-fi, and synth music, Stranger Things takes you on a heartfelt and exciting journey into Hawkins, Indiana. It is your typical small, low-key, and insignificant town in the United States’ midwest that somehow becomes the epicentre of scientific experiments, aliens, and national secrets.

We see all these events unfold through the eyes of six childhood friends, Stranger Things is a Goonies-themed nostalgia bomb that will take you exploring into the suburban unknown.

Why should you binge on this? For meticulous production, exceptional acting, an amazing soundtrack, and homage to all things amazing from the 1980s.

8. Gossip Girl

“A group of hyperprivileged Manhattan private-school kids seem to get away with everything. Except an anonymous blogger is watching their every move.”

Everyone wants in on the lives of the rich, beautiful and famous, right?

Based on a bestselling book series of the same name, Gossip Girl follows the lives of Upper East Siders and Manhattan’s highschool elites. In witty, gossipy, and stalkerish glory, Gossip Girl operates like a gossip magazine, where an anonymous blogger follows and features the scandalous lives of young, outlandishly attractive and rich people with an impeccable sense of style. Much like Stranger Things and Sex and the City did in the late 90s, Gossip Girl pays major homage to the fashion trends of the late 2000s and early 2010s, when the series is based. 

Why should you binge on this? For some soapy and elitist teen drama, and amazing outfits in every scene.

9. Dirty Money

“From crippling payday loans to cars that cheat emissions tests, this investigative series exposes embrazen acts of corporate greed and corruption.”

Get rich or die trying, they say. And to some of the richest and most powerful, they have indeed corrupted their way to the top. Dirty Money is a documentary series that takes a look at the world’s most crippling scandals and immoral cases in business, exposing acts of corporate greed and corruption. The episodes feature firsthand accounts from the perspectives of the perpetrators and their victims. Investigative, provocative, and highly relatable, Dirty Money brings attention to the prevalence, indifference, and immoral acts of greed — done and perpetuated by leaders across all industries.

Why should you binge on this? Because it’s real and true and highly relatable to Thailand.

10. Elite

“When three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder.”

Soapy, suspenseful and Spanish, Elite is a Spanish teen drama following the lives of students at an elite secondary school and their friends. After being granted a scholarship to enter Spain’s most prestigious high school, three friends are forced to enter a foreign territory full of wealth, prejudice, and ignorance. Elite also explores concepts beyond the typical notions of teen dramas, and features more progressive topics and alternative perspectives to its stereotypes and cliches.

Why should you binge on this? It’s like Gossip Girl, but with a slow burn, murder, and suspense. Oh, and you can practice your Spanish!

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