5 Netflix Shows That You Need to Start Watching
September 20, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

Netflix has become the go to streaming site in Ireland over the past few years, with pretty much everybody having their own Netflix account, or cheekily using someone else’s password, hang your head in shame lads! If you use Netflix for streaming the latest must watch show or for a bit of Netflix ‘n’ Chill with your significant other, one thing you know for certain is that you spend most of your time wondering what to actually watch!

Well stop wasting precious time scrolling through genres and playing games of ‘Nope ,seen that’, because we at The Sharpe are going to tell you about the Netflix shows that you need to be watching right now. Also don’t worry; there are no spoilers for any of the shows featured.

Narcos

An obvious one to start off with seeing as season 3 of the hit crime show just dropped on Netflix at the start of September and has been a hugely popular show for Netflix over the past couple of years. If you have never heard of Narcos before or just have not bothered watching it yet, here’s a quick overview. Narcos tells the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar who becomes a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine throughout the world from his native Medellin, Columbia. The story of Escobar is intertwined with the story of the US DEA agents who are sent to Columbia to bring Escobar down. Narcos is a fascinating story as you witness the rise and rise of the world’s first cocaine kingpin and the struggles that befall the DEA agents in a former country that lives on corruption and greed.

Escobar is played brilliantly by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, as you begin to grow and eventually accept you’re begrudging affinity for the drug lord. Narcos is definitely a show which you can binge watch in a couple of sittings, although be prepared to give your late night concentration levels a testing as you constantly read the subtitles during the scenes involving Spanish speaking characters.

Better Call Saul

One for all the Breaking Bad fans out there, Better Call Saul tells the story of everyone’s favourite crooked lawyer Saul Goodman before he became Saul Goodman. The series takes place a few years before the events of Breaking Bad when Saul is still going by his real name of Jimmy McGill. As the show gathers pace we see little hints of the man that Jimmy McGill will soon become. As mentioned previously, this show is set in the Breaking Bad universe so expect to see a few old favourites pop in every now and again, as you see that all these people’s lives have always been intertwined.

Of course, Better Call Saul offers you the same unbelievable cinematography that Breaking Bad did as you witness the beauty of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The one thing you need to watch and enjoy Better Call Saul is patience, as in some episodes are slow burners. Other than this, it is a fine successor to Breaking Bad and in terms of acting, writing and visuals it is up there with the best.

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Now if you do not want to commit to a full ten episode season of a show, then Netflix have some fine one-off documentaries that you should watch, and none seem more appropriate than Nobody Speak. Here we have a documentary about people’s rights surrounding privacy in this celebrity obsessed age, specifically dealing with the trial of ex pro wrestler Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media, over a sex tape that Gawker published on its site.

If you are unaware of the Hulk Hogan sex tape scandal, I’ll stop there as not to spoil anything else. This documentary is very important as it highlights the lengths that people will go to for revenge and to earn their right to freedom of speech, that is until a certain orange-skinned man with a bad haircut comes into view. If you can spare an hour and a half one evening, definitely put this on your list of things to watch.

Icarus

Now not just one for all the sports obsessed people out there. Icarus introduces you to filmmaker Bryan Fogel, who wants to explore the process of doping in order to win an amateur cycling race. Fogel sets about doping like a professional athlete would, in order to do so successfully he enlists the help of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping lab. What happens next is mesmerising as the Russian doping scandal comes to the world’s attention, and Grigory is one of the main people implicated in the case.

Again I won’t spoil anymore, but if you have two hours to spare one night and if you have a vague interest in sports or politics then watch this documentary as you will understand a whole lot more about the doping scandal in Russia.

That ’70s Show

Now everything mentioned so far has been pretty heavy going and Netflix shows shouldn’t just be about the stuff that makes you sit up and think about the world as we know it. No, Netflix can also be where we watch shows that have no deeper meaning or agenda’s hidden in them and there is no show better than this than That ’70s Show. If you just want to put on Netflix for a few hours and just laugh That ’70s Show is the one for you. Set in the ’70s oddly enough, it tells the story of a group of friends as they all congregate in the basement of Eric Foreman’s house, with his parents Red and Kitty there to keep them all in check.

The show that made Ashton Kutcher a household name as lovably goof Michael Kelso, is the perfect show to watch if you just want to switch off from the world. There are seven great seasons of That ’70 Show to watch (just forget about that final season) and laugh along to.

Honourable Mentions

Of course, there are many many shows I failed to mention above, but yet I feel that they deserve an honourable mention, Ozark, Last Chance U, Bojack Horseman and basically anything with Louis Theroux’s face on it. The beauty of Netflix is that, although we know all this stuff is there at our fingertips, we are probably never going to watch most of it. So when you do decide to sit down and watch a few of the Netlflix shows mentioned above, enjoy, because you are in for a treat!

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5 Netflix Shows That You Need to Start Watching
September 20, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

Netflix has become the go to streaming site in Ireland over the past few years, with pretty much everybody having their own Netflix account, or cheekily using someone else’s password, hang your head in shame lads! If you use Netflix for streaming the latest must watch show or for a bit of Netflix ‘n’ Chill with your significant other, one thing you know for certain is that you spend most of your time wondering what to actually watch!

Well stop wasting precious time scrolling through genres and playing games of ‘Nope ,seen that’, because we at The Sharpe are going to tell you about the Netflix shows that you need to be watching right now. Also don’t worry; there are no spoilers for any of the shows featured.

Narcos

An obvious one to start off with seeing as season 3 of the hit crime show just dropped on Netflix at the start of September and has been a hugely popular show for Netflix over the past couple of years. If you have never heard of Narcos before or just have not bothered watching it yet, here’s a quick overview. Narcos tells the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar who becomes a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine throughout the world from his native Medellin, Columbia. The story of Escobar is intertwined with the story of the US DEA agents who are sent to Columbia to bring Escobar down. Narcos is a fascinating story as you witness the rise and rise of the world’s first cocaine kingpin and the struggles that befall the DEA agents in a former country that lives on corruption and greed.

Escobar is played brilliantly by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, as you begin to grow and eventually accept you’re begrudging affinity for the drug lord. Narcos is definitely a show which you can binge watch in a couple of sittings, although be prepared to give your late night concentration levels a testing as you constantly read the subtitles during the scenes involving Spanish speaking characters.

Better Call Saul

One for all the Breaking Bad fans out there, Better Call Saul tells the story of everyone’s favourite crooked lawyer Saul Goodman before he became Saul Goodman. The series takes place a few years before the events of Breaking Bad when Saul is still going by his real name of Jimmy McGill. As the show gathers pace we see little hints of the man that Jimmy McGill will soon become. As mentioned previously, this show is set in the Breaking Bad universe so expect to see a few old favourites pop in every now and again, as you see that all these people’s lives have always been intertwined.

Of course, Better Call Saul offers you the same unbelievable cinematography that Breaking Bad did as you witness the beauty of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The one thing you need to watch and enjoy Better Call Saul is patience, as in some episodes are slow burners. Other than this, it is a fine successor to Breaking Bad and in terms of acting, writing and visuals it is up there with the best.

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Now if you do not want to commit to a full ten episode season of a show, then Netflix have some fine one-off documentaries that you should watch, and none seem more appropriate than Nobody Speak. Here we have a documentary about people’s rights surrounding privacy in this celebrity obsessed age, specifically dealing with the trial of ex pro wrestler Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media, over a sex tape that Gawker published on its site.

If you are unaware of the Hulk Hogan sex tape scandal, I’ll stop there as not to spoil anything else. This documentary is very important as it highlights the lengths that people will go to for revenge and to earn their right to freedom of speech, that is until a certain orange-skinned man with a bad haircut comes into view. If you can spare an hour and a half one evening, definitely put this on your list of things to watch.

Icarus

Now not just one for all the sports obsessed people out there. Icarus introduces you to filmmaker Bryan Fogel, who wants to explore the process of doping in order to win an amateur cycling race. Fogel sets about doping like a professional athlete would, in order to do so successfully he enlists the help of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping lab. What happens next is mesmerising as the Russian doping scandal comes to the world’s attention, and Grigory is one of the main people implicated in the case.

Again I won’t spoil anymore, but if you have two hours to spare one night and if you have a vague interest in sports or politics then watch this documentary as you will understand a whole lot more about the doping scandal in Russia.

That ’70s Show

Now everything mentioned so far has been pretty heavy going and Netflix shows shouldn’t just be about the stuff that makes you sit up and think about the world as we know it. No, Netflix can also be where we watch shows that have no deeper meaning or agenda’s hidden in them and there is no show better than this than That ’70s Show. If you just want to put on Netflix for a few hours and just laugh That ’70s Show is the one for you. Set in the ’70s oddly enough, it tells the story of a group of friends as they all congregate in the basement of Eric Foreman’s house, with his parents Red and Kitty there to keep them all in check.

The show that made Ashton Kutcher a household name as lovably goof Michael Kelso, is the perfect show to watch if you just want to switch off from the world. There are seven great seasons of That ’70 Show to watch (just forget about that final season) and laugh along to.

Honourable Mentions

Of course, there are many many shows I failed to mention above, but yet I feel that they deserve an honourable mention, Ozark, Last Chance U, Bojack Horseman and basically anything with Louis Theroux’s face on it. The beauty of Netflix is that, although we know all this stuff is there at our fingertips, we are probably never going to watch most of it. So when you do decide to sit down and watch a few of the Netlflix shows mentioned above, enjoy, because you are in for a treat!

Evan Coughlan
Writes about sport and stuff. When Evan thinks of a witty comment it will appear here.

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