Whether you’ve clocked too many OT hours several days in a row, partied too hard or blown your budget on one too many overpriced cocktails, we get it — there are times when you just want to hole up in the name of #selfcare.
Our favourite way to stay in without gathering cobwebs? With a bag of salted egg potato chips, the TV remote close at hand, and an idea of what to binge-watch. So that when we’re ready to venture out again, we’re armed to the teeth with lots of great conversation starters.
Widely hailed as one of the most riveting new series recently released, this dark, brooding and tense crime thriller sees financial adviser Marty Byrde (played by Jason Bateman) relocating his family from Chicago to the rural backwaters of the Missouri Ozarks in Season 1, where his job is to help a drug boss launder US$500 million in five years.
In Season 2 (release date TBA), the Byrde family has just about settled into their new neighbourhood when the crime syndicate sends their nasty attorney to bother them, even as tensions build with other stakeholders related to the cartel.
Two strangers — Annie Landsberg (played by Emma Stone), and Owen Milgram (played by Jonah Hill) are drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons.
Annie is haunted by broken relationships with her mother and her sister, while Owen is your textbook poor little rich boy struggling with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The two sign up for drug trials involving popping a sequence of pills that claim to be able to repair broken hearts and broken minds for good, but of course, things don’t go according to plan.
Release date: 21 September 2018
Sweet, sad and funny all at once, this sensitive coming-of-age story follows autistic 18-year-old Sam on his search for love and independence. His other “normal” family members — from his dad, mum and sister, and even his therapist, also face their own life struggles.
Release date: 7 September 2018
Hands down the most intelligent and well-rounded food series available. Season 5 digs deep below the glossy surface of fine dining to reveal remarkable chefs and cuisines, such as undocumented immigrant and barbacoa expert Cristina Martinez who spent years living under the radar and is now an advocate for the numerous undocumented workers that support the US F&B industry; and El Bulli’s Albert Adria, who has lived under the shadow of his more famous brother Ferran.
Release date: 28 September 2018
Based on a classic cyberpunk graphic novel of the same name, Altered Carbon is set 300 years in the future, when human minds can be digitised and downloaded from body to body — meaning that if you can afford it, you can live forever in your ideal body, “and shed it like a snake sheds its skin”. The beautifully art-directed futuristic sci-fi thriller examines how this seemingly ideal state of existence, unfortunately, throws up a whole lot of other existential issues.
Release date: TBA for Season 2.