Netflix might have launched in 2012 in the UK, but some of us still swear by the TV and movie streaming service on our travels.
After all, finding an original show that you can binge-watch while you’re on a long-haul flight, waiting for a cross-country train that has been delayed or multiple-day road-tripping can really keep you going. Right?
If you’re in need of some inspiration for your next trip, here are 5 of the best Netflix TV shows that will make even the longest journey seem like it passed in no time at all.
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1. Making a Murderer
How could I not start with the original reason why most of us decided to join Netflix in the first place?
If you’ve never heard of Making a Murderer, you’ve probably been living under a rock. It’s a crime documentary based on the story of prison inmate Steven Avery.
In brief, Steven is a Wisconsinite who initially spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Shortly after being released from prison, he was accused of murder and soon found himself behind bars again.
The first series is made up of ten episodes that are incredibly fascinating. And series two is pretty good too!
2. Stranger Things
One of the best Netflix TV shows for travellers who love a bit of sci-fi in their lives is Stranger Things.
Sure, it helps if you have a good viewing platform (such as a Panasonic HD television) so that you can be in awe of the special effects.
However, whether you watch it on a plane or in your accommodation, it’s still totally binge-worthy.
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder as a mother whose son has gone missing in a small Indiana town in 1983 – but all isn’t what it originally seems.
Now in the process of filming a fourth series, this show is captivating, thrilling and I just can’t get enough of it.
3. 13 Reasons Why
Controversial in the TV world yet incredibly powerful, 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix adaptation based on the 2007 book by Jay Asher.
It tells the story of Hannah, a high school student who decides to take her own life, but not before leaving behind a series of tapes to her classmates which denote the 13 reasons why.
Heartbreaking and moving beyond belief, 13 Reasons Why has certainly started a conversation about suicide. And now it’s impossible to disregard.
Full disclosure: series one is great, series two is okay and I’m yet to check out series three.
4. Black Mirror
Previously on Channel 4 before being acquired by Netflix, Black Mirror has one of the most original concepts ever. And this undoubtedly makes it one of the best Netflix TV shows.
There have been four seasons thus far, and a fifth unconfirmed. Each episode is a stand-alone drama that examines modern society and the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.
Smart, sharp and full of suspense, I’m currently at the start of the fourth season – and I’m completely gripped!
Don’t believe me when it comes to how good it is? Simply give it a try.
5. The Sinner
Last of the best Netflix TV shows but certainly not least, The Sinner is a 2017 crime drama based on the 1999 novel by Petra Hammesfahr.
It tells the story of Cora Tannetti, played by Jessica Biel.
Cora commits a startling and public crime without explanation. As the series unfolds, we learn about her hidden motive as the detective on the case, Harry Ambrose, delves deeper into the investigation.
Intriguing and addictive, I binge-watched all eight episodes of the first series in just a few days. Why? Well, Jessica Biel’s acting is on top form!
Since the original series, there has been two more series, which haven’t been quite as good.
Regardless, I’d heartily recommend The Sinner it if you love a good mystery.
Best Netflix TV Shows
Each item on this list of the best Netflix TV shows is special and intriguing in its own way. It will provide you with hours of good entertainment during your travel trips.
Oh, and a little disclaimer: Orange is the New Black very nearly made the list. That would have been #6 for sure.