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Quarantine & Chill: Netflix Shows to Watch Instead of Going Out

Recently, conditional movement control order was implemented in an effort to ease the lockdown imposed since March. However, the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) is far from over. Stay in as much as possible to avoid the transmission of the coronavirus. But staying at home 24/7 can make even the sanest person go crazy. Thankfully we have the solution for you: Netflix. 

While you’re curled up at home, take this time to catch up on all the latest movies and series on Netflix. Here is the list of shows to watch:

 

If you’re looking for something lighthearted:


Derry Girls

‘Derry Girls’

Upon first glance, Derry Girls may seem like another typical teen comedy-drama, but it’s so much more than that. Derry Girls follow Erin and her group of friends as they grow up in the 1990s Northern Ireland. What we love about Derry Girls is the fact that each and every single one of the characters is so relatable and the things they’re worried about in life are exactly the things we went through during our teenage years – crushed, detention, gossip, cliques, concerts. Expect lots of nostalgic elements in the series as well. 

 


Sex Education

‘Sex Education’

Sex Education is the kind of education you wish to have in high school. Unapologetically honest, this series explores all kinds of issues revolving around the topic of, well, sex. The series is not afraid to delve into difficult topics like sexual identity, discrimination, abortion, consent and toxic relationship. Not only are this information beneficial to both adults and teenagers, by having an open and honest discussion on the topic of sex can also help everyone make the right choice. 

 


Friends

‘Friends’

Everybody could use a friend (pun, intended) sometimes. The award-winning sitcom follows the lives of six best friends, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross, in New York City. Though the series ended 15 years ago (where did the time go?), some of the jokes are still as relevant today. It’s no wonder Friends is still one of the most-watched comedy series on Netflix. 

 

If you’re in the mood for love:


Crash Landing On You

‘Crash Landing On You’

The K-drama that dominated the entire Asia. Crash Landing On You is a romantic comedy series about a South Korean woman who accidentally crash-lands in North Korea. And like any Korean dramas that we’ve come to know, there will be lots of arms grabs, back hugs, slow-mo kissing scenes, cliff-hanger episodes, over-the-top drama, tear-jerking sequences that make you bawl your eyes out and an epic love story. Starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye-Jin, be prepared to invest your entire life in this romantic tale of star-crossed lovers. 

 


Love is Blind

‘Love Is Blind’

Fans of The Bachelor rejoice! Now Netflix has a series that is somewhat similar to the popular show too. The concept of the reality show goes like this: It works like a speed dating format where thirty men and women would date each other in different “pod” where they can communicate with each other. The catch is, they wouldn’t know how each other looks like. After deciding on a partner, the men were able to propose to the woman and after the proposal, they will meet each other face-to-face for the first time. So that begs the question: is love truly blind? 

 


Outlander

‘Outlander’

Based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series, Outlander is a historical romance series about a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall transported to 1743 while she’s on a honeymoon with her husband in Scotland. There she encounters the dashing Jamie Fraser, a Highlander and becomes entangled in the Jacobite risings. But the essence of the series has got to be the romantic tale of Claire and Jaime, and how they defy all odds to be with each other. Prepare lots of tissues if you plan to watch this. 

 

If you’re looking for an adventure:


The Umbrella Academy

‘The Umbrella Academy’

Based on the comic book series by Gerard Way (yes, the frontman of My Chemical Romance. Now you know why they’re on hiatus), The Umbrella Academy is about seven orphans who possessed superpower. They’re adopted by a billionaire industrialist who created the Umbrella Academy to prepare them to save the world. In the present day, the six surviving members of the clan reunite to solve the mystery surrounding their adopted father’s death and prevent the apocalypse. You know, typical superhero stuff. 

 


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

This series is anything like the 1996’s Sabrina The Teenage Witch that we know. It’s darker, sexier and bolder in terms of storytelling. A spin-off of CW’s famed Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a dark coming-of-age story of Sabrina Spellman as she wrestles to reconcile the human and the witch side of her. On her 16th birthday, she has to decide to choose between pledging her loyalty to the human or the Dark Lord Satan (he made an appearance in Part 2, though not as charming as Lucifer in Lucifer). 

 


Marvel’s Netflix Television Series

‘Marvel’s Daredevil’

It’s such a shame that Marvel decided to axe all of the tv series on Netflix because they have so much potential to be better (thanks a lot, Disney Plus for crushing our hearts). The Marvel Cinematic Universe Netflix comprises five superhero series – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders. The format is pretty much the same as MCU, they introduce each superhero in its own series and then they team up to form The Defenders in order to save New York City from destruction. The worst thing about their cancellations? Some of the series ended in a cliffhanger! How are we going to sleep at night now? 

Watch the series in the following sequence: 

  1. Daredevil Season 1
  2. Jessica Jones Season 1
  3. Daredevil Season 2
  4. Luke Cage Season 1
  5. Iron Fist Season 1
  6. The Defenders
  7. The Punisher Season 1
  8. Jessica Jones Season 2
  9. Luke Cage Season 2
  10. Iron Fist Season 2
  11. Daredevil Season 3
  12. The Punisher Season 2
  13. Jessica Jones Season 3

 

If you’re looking for something magical:


The Witcher

‘The Witcher’

Based on the popular video game and book series by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, The Witcher follows a witcher (monster hunter) named Geralt as he journeys towards his destiny in a magical world. He is later joined by Yennefer, a powerful witch who helps him in his journey. The first season of the series works like an anthology where every episode features a monster of the episode. In the beginning, you may feel a little confused about the series and the timeline but watch it anyway, because everything will be revealed in its last episode. 

Or you can read our review on the series before clicking the play button. 

 


Locke & Key

‘Locke and Key’

Ever wish you have a set of magical keys where you can use it to open the door to literally anywhere on Earth, to control other people or to take a peek at other people’s subconscious? In Netflix’s latest supernatural fantasy drama, the three siblings – Tyler, Kinsey and Bode – discovered that the family home that they’ve inherited and moved into possessed these powerful keys. On the other hand, there’s also a powerful entity who’s searching for the keys and is not afraid to do anything to get hold of them. 

 


Stranger Things

‘Stranger Things’

Set in the 1980s in Indiana, the story of Stranger Things begins when Will disappears into thin air. To find out where Will is taken, his best friends Mike, Dustin and Lucas went on an adventure to locate him. There they witness supernatural forces and secret government experiments, and they befriend a strange little girl called Eleven with psychokinetic abilities. Watch as they fight demonic creatures from the Upside Down, defend each other from bullies and fall in love (Mileven forever!). 

 

If you’re not afraid of the dark:


The Haunting of Hill House

‘The Haunting of Hill House’

The Haunting of Hill House is a modern-day reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic novel of the same name. The series alternates between two timelines: in the present day and flashbacks of events leading up to the eventful night when the family fled from the mansion. Without spoiling too much, this series will have you sleeping with the lights on and vowing not to enter or move into any abandoned home. The anthology series will feature a whole new story in its sophomore season which will premiere later this year (we hope). 

 


Kingdom

‘Kingdom’

Adapted from the webcomic series The Kingdom of the Gods, the South Korean political period supernatural thriller series imagines how a zombie apocalypse would look like if it happens during the ancient time, specifically Korea’s Joseon’s period. After the death of the king, Crown Prince Lee Chang embarks on a mission to investigate the spread of a mysterious undead plague that threatens to annihilate the entire kingdom. If you like Game of Thrones, this would be a good political series to watch

 


The Ghost Bride

‘The Ghost Bride’

This year, Netflix has finally released its first Malaysian series and we couldn’t be any prouder. Directed by Quek Shio-Chuan (you may be familiar with his other film “Guang”) and Ho Yu-hang, The Ghost Bride is based on the novel of the same name written by Malaysian writer Yangsze Choo. Set in 1890s Colonial Malacca, the series’ protagonist Li Lan accepts a marriage proposal to be the “ghost bride” of a wealthy family’s deceased son – a ghost marriage is a marriage where either the bride or groom or both are dead – to save her family from debts. Soon she finds herself entangled in the afterlife and in order to go back to the living, she must solve the mystery behind her murdered “ghost husband-to-be”. 

 

If you’re looking to bring back the thrill in your life:


Dark

‘Dark’

The German series Dark has been compared to another one of Netflix’s beloved Stranger Things, but both series are nothing alike except for the fact that the series begins with a kid going missing in a small German town. As the protagonist Jonas investigates the disappearance of his best friend’s little brother, Mikkel, he discovers the town has a troubled history and everyone is connected to it. Be prepared to get your mind blown and if you’re watching, remember to draw up the family trees for each family in the series. Trust us, you need it. 

 


You

‘You’

What would YOU do for love? For Joe, a bookstore manager, he would kill for her (literally!). After crossing path with Beck, an aspiring writer in the bookstore that he worked at, he begins obsessing over her. From physically stalking her whereabouts to using social media and the Internet to find out more information about her, he uses this information to get close to her. Really makes you wonder the kind of information you put out there on the world wide web and how people like Joe could use them against you. 

 


Money Heist

‘Money Heist’

Also known as La Casa de Papel (literally translated to “The House of Paper”) in Spanish, Money Heist follows a criminal mastermind who goes by “The Professor”. He has the perfect plan to pull off a heist in the Royal Mint of Spain. He recruited a group of eight people – Tokyo, Rio, Moscow, Berlin, Nairobi, Denver, Helsinki and Oslo – with certain abilities to help him carry out the crime. What started as the perfect plan turns into a showdown with the police. Part 4 of the series is set to premiere in April. 

 

Read more: Why Netflix Has the Best Year in 2019

Fiona Yip
Fiona Yip

Contributing Writer

A self-proclaimed pop culture junkie, Fiona is your typical millennial who likes quoting The Office, taking Buzzfeed quizzes during her break and spamming memes on her Whatsapp groups. She claims that she doesn’t have a favourite genre, but she always find herself going back to watching psychological thriller, just for for the thrill of it. For someone who has a full time job, she watches an insane amount of TV shows. According to TV Time, an app she uses to track her shows, she has spent 13 months 29 days and 5 hours (and counting) of her life binging TV shows. It’s a wonder how she gets her life together.

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