You're all queued up for a Netflix-and-chill night, but what to watch? You could turn on Friends for the 10943284th time. Or you could (gasp!) watch something new.
There are, of course, the Netflix gold-standard series: House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Crown. But assuming you've already watched all those, we have you covered: These five series gems will make you glad you have a Netflix account/your roommate’s password.
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This British gem's first season is, well, weird, but gloriously so. A free-spirited Andy Sandberg, who plays the titular Cuckoo, faces the challenge of a lifetime when he goes to live with his in-laws. He and his father-in-law, Ken (Greg Davies), share incredible comedic chemistry, making for a goofy but hilarious first season. For all you Lonely Island fans, season one of Cuckoo is peak Andy Samberg. NOTE: Taylor Lautner replaces Andy Samberg in season two and everything falls apart. Stick with season one.
This flashback-heavy series follows a man with an STI in his quest to alert everyone he's ever slept with. Originally (and aptly) titled Scrotal Recall, the British comedy is a brief, airy escape from reality. After two seasons, little has happened in the "big-picture" scope of the series; we're pretty much right where we started, but somehow this show makes that a comforting place to end up.
3. The Riches
This FX original series about a family of traveling con artists (think a more realistic and thoughtful We're the Millers) was sadly canceled after just two seasons. Starring Minnie Driver, Eddie Izzard, Shannon Woodward, and Noel Fisher (Shameless's token bad boy, Mickey), the show was bursting with talent and an endlessly interesting character dynamic. Short-lived as it was, The Riches' two seasons are deserving of a binge.
There are so many reasons to immerse yourself in the world of Luther. 1) It's so incredibly stressful and high-stakes, you'll forget all about your lesser real-world problems. 2) The Affair's Ruth Wilson costars as a lovable, murderous sociopath (it's a thing). 3) IDRIS ELBA. 4) IDRIS ELBA. 5) IDRIS ELBA.
5. Chewing Gum
Another clever British find, Chewing Gum follows sheltered 24-year-old Tracey (Michaela Coel) as she explores every facet of life (read: sex) that her religious upbringing kept her from. Like every good bingewatch, the series is funny, weird, and contains many a Beyoncé reference.