Netflix: Binge bucket list

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With the winter months upon us and the semester break just around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan your next Netflix series binge session.

So get ready to grab a blanket, make a cup of tea and begin the deep dive into the hottest trending television series.

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

If you are interested in true crime, then you’ll know of Madeleine McCann and this documentary will only further your intrigue (and confusion!). The eight-part series follows the disappearance of the three-year-old from the family’s holiday apartment in Portugal 12 years ago and weaves through all of the theories that have been speculated since the last time Madeleine was seen. 

Conversation with a Killer. The Ted Bundy Tapes

With the release of Netflix blockbuster Extremely, Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile on Netflix, starring the High School Musical heart throb Zac Efron, the harrowing true story of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy was thrust back into the limelight.

Venture down the rabbit hole a little further and you’ll find Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a true crime documentary that tells the chilling story of how Bundy confessed to journalist Stephen G Michaud about brutally killing 30 women between 1974 and 1978. This documentary also depicts how he charmed his victims and gives detailed insight into the mind of a serial killer, by including actual footage and monologue from Ted Bundy. 

Lunatics

If you loved Chris Lilley’s Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, Jamie Private School Girl and Angry Boys, and found yourself quoting the characters long after the series ended, then you are bound to enjoy Lilley’s new comedy series Lunatics. 

A series known to push cultural and social limits, Lunatics is no exception to the rule with the 10-part character-based series poking fun at social stigmas (or shedding light on them, you be the judge). The viewer follows the journey of Becky, Jana, Gavin, Keith Dick, Joyce and Quentin, characters all played by Chris Lilley himself and is definitely worth a watch if you’re in need of some comedic relief.

The Society

One of the latest series to add to your binge bucket list is The Society, a ten-part supernatural drama. Airing on May 10, the plotline follows the students of West Ham High School who return from a class trip, only to realise their wealthy town is empty and they’ve been thrust into some alternate universe. No parents, no younger children, just the students cut off from the world. The students now have to create a new life and grow up fast. 

The Haunting of Hill House

If haunted houses, spirits and sheer terror are your thing, then this series is for you. Loosely based on the 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson, this spooky 10-part series will have you hooked from the first episode. It begins in the summer of 1992 when the Crain family move into their new home and after numerous bouts of paranormal activity, the family is forced to leave the home only to return to the house 20 years later. Now they must face their demons and trauma caused by the Hill House. It’s terrifically terrifying and set for the sequal The Haunting of Bly Manor in 2020.

Sex Education

Remember the uncomfortable conversations you had with your parents about safe sex? This British comedy is a culmination of all that awkwardness packed into one delightfully light-hearted series. The comedy follows a socially-awkward teenager Otis, whose mother is a sex therapist, and while it seems that everyone at high school are having “normal” sexual experiences, Otis isn’t having much luck. However when a rebellious classmate Mauve realises that Otis has picked up a few of his mother’s sex therapy-related skills, they set up an ad-hoc sex advice business for their classmates. This eight-part series is bound to make you laugh with every humiliating sexual experience. Season two of Sex Education is set to be released in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jordy Wright
Thank you for taking the time to read my portfolio of articles that I have completed while studying a Bachelor of Communication majoring in journalism at Deakin University. My passion lies in broadcast journalism, and in the conclusion of my degree, my ideal career is to be an entertainment presenter. I also enjoy news reporting and keeping the community up to date with developing stories. I have extensive interpersonal communication skills and relish in interviewing, networking and meeting new people. If you wish to connect with me for future projects, collaborations or employment opportunities, please feel free to send an email to jwright@deakin.edu.au.

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