Keen for a new on-the-screen series to binge-watch, or something to listen to on your phone during your daily commute? Try one of these binge-worthy TV, Netflix, movie and podcast recommendations from EL editors and readers.
Get Organized with The Home Edit
I love getting things packed and arranged nicely – there’s this feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, don’t you agree? When I spotted Netflix’s new series Get Organized with The Home Edit, I knew I had to watch it. The Home Edit’s all-woman team takes on everything from bedrooms to garages, and transforms them into neat and beautiful spaces – truly #homegoals. The first episode was already pretty exciting; it featured Reese Witherspoon who starred in Legally Blonde, one of my fave movies. I loved seeing the before and after shots of her closet – and, of course, the Legally Blonde outfits and memorabilia!
– Lindsay Yap
The Little Nyonya
I’ve been watching an oddly compelling local drama on Netflix called The Little Nyonya. It first came out here in Singapore in 2008 and had a bit of a cult following; now there’s been a 2020 remake. It’s not exactly EastEnders, but it’s a great insight into Peranakan culture and local history. It starts in the 1960s and spans for decades.
– Jo Upcraft
My husband flicked on the first episode of this series and I thought, “Ugh. This show has everything I hate: extreme violence, graphic sex and drugs.” But since he has had a rough couple of months (COVID sucks!), I figured I’d humour him and watch one episode – and I was hooked.
While it’s true that the show does have all that awful stuff I usually avoid in spades, it’s also an amazing, tender and sometimes disturbing story about a father and his two sons, all MMA fighters. The intricate plot lines are brilliantly acted with such emotion that each episode left me exhausted and wanting more. I was in awe of the raw acting talent, and equally awed by the amazing physiques of these talented actors, who all sport eight packs and bulging biceps. The three-season Netflix show’s plot-twist finale took me totally by surprise.
If you can stomach the realistic fight and sex scenes, it’s worth the watch. It’s one of those shows that haunts you long after the final credits.
– Melinda Murphy
This three-season Netflix thriller is very interesting, but I’m not sure if the show is making me anxious, or if it’s just the ongoing COVID-19 situation! The ending is revealed in small snippets all the way through, so you’re kind of just waiting for it to happen.
– Rebecca Bisset
Umbrella Academy, Season 1 & 2
I’ve always loved shows like X-Men or anything where people have superpowers, so I thought I’d give Umbrella Academy a go. The show is about seven gifted children who are adopted by an eccentric billionaire, who raises them to save the world. Klaus (one of the siblings at the Academy) is hilarious – actor Robert Sheenan will have you in stitches. This is witty, quirky viewing and it shouldn’t be missed! Season 1 got rave reviews, but Season 2 was even better!
– Michaela Bisset
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons
This documentary began airing back in 2016, with Season 4 being released this year. It’s an eye-opening series, getting down and personal with prisoners, showcasing their back-stories and exploring their daily life in some infamous jails.
I love watching cooking competitions (The Final Table and The Big Family Cooking Showdown, anyone?) so Crazy Delicious caught my eye when it was released on Netflix recently. Set in a magical edible forest, the British series features talented self-taught cooks who go all out to please the “food gods” and win the golden apple. The whimsical elements of the show can get a little over the top but the creations you’ll witness are amazing, so it’s totally worth it. Don’t watch too late at night though as your stomach will start to rumble!
– Lindsay Yap
The Night Manager
This is one of those shows I tripped over while scouring Amazon Prime, and boy am I glad I did. It’s a six-episode BBC series based on the 1993 novel of the same name by John le Carré and stars the delicious Tom Hiddleston and impeccable Hugh Laurie. Hunky Hiddleston is a former military man working as a night manager at a hotel in Cairo when a guest comes to him with some papers to copy. Soon, he’s entangled in an international ring, smuggling arms headed by Hugh Laurie’s character. It’s a wonderful game of cat and mouse and both my husband and I really loved it. There are just enough episodes to entertain, but you don’t have to commit hours and hours to finish the story arc. I hope the rumoured season two comes to fruition.
– Melinda Murphy
Brilliant! This 2003 movie tells the story of an introverted young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) on a farm in Texas.
– Franci Malan
Miracle in Cell No. 7
A remake of the original South Korean film from 2013, this movie set in Turkey is truly heartwarming and will definitely tug at your heartstrings. It has a very interesting storyline about the relationship between a daughter and her autistic father who gets accused of a crime. Please be ready for a good cry!
– Siti Shahirah
Just like almost every other human in the English-speaking world who carries two X chromosomes, I have just finished binge watching Normal People (on BBC Player with a VPN). Oh god, it’s good. It’s just so, so good. Trigger warning: it can and will bring up any and all feelings of young adult anguish that you may have successfully repressed – just with a lovely saturated Instagram filter.
The show centres around Connell and Marianne who have a clandestine affair in high school in their bleak, Irish county town where they’re both misfits in their own way. The ripples of their relationship follow them onto university in Dublin – and it ain’t all roses. In fact, it almost never is. And it’s glorious. Normal People has been carefully adapted to screen from the novel of the same name. You become so invested in this relationship – whether you want to or not! It’s wonderfully painful and human. And it’s just so beautiful to watch. I can’t stop thinking about it. (But be prepared to have your heart ripped out of your chest. Just sayin’…)
– Kate Marsden
Restaurants on the Edge
I’ve been hooked on this Netflix show lately! It’s a feel-good series that follows a team of three professionals – a chef, a restaurateur and a designer – who help to transform the space of struggling restaurants around the world. The experts also tap into the local community and natural surroundings, and come up with a plan to create positive change in the business strategy. Think home makeover, but for restaurants instead! These restaurants are tucked away in some of the most idyllic places on earth. The scenery is to die for, and will feed your wanderlust for now. My favourite episode so far is Hawaii.
– Anthia Chng
This show is light-hearted and I just love it. It’s about a Toronto-based Korean-Canadian family who own a corner store. It’s similar to Fresh off the Boat, so those who like that would probably enjoy this one too. It offers a good mix of funny and relatable societal issues so it’s not a heavy watch. I’ve been following the series since the beginning and was super excited that Season 4 came out on Netflix!
– Lindsay Yap
The Last Czars
This Netflix series/ docudrama is short and succinct with just six terrific episodes. Part reenactment and part documentary, the show takes you to the world of Russian palaces, aristocracy, crown jewels, Rasputin’s influence and the looming revolution. The question of whether Anastasia survived the brutal execution of the Romanov family is finally answered. How? Through DNA findings from 2007. The series is well worth it (if you can get through the odd scene of Rasputin’s orgies in the early episodes!).
– Lara Sage
New shows to check out
This five-episode thriller on BBC First is about a wealthy couple and a teenage girl who agrees to carry their baby. It feels like they were meant to meet – but was it really by chance? Who is Kaya and what has brought her to this couple? Catch it on StarHub Channel 502.
We Hunt Together
When Freddy, a troubled young woman, is nearly assaulted outside a nightclub, the toilet attendant steps in to help and there’s an instant connection. Soon they set about exacting revenge on people from Freddy’s past. Baba’s skill for violence and Freddy’s tinge of psychopathy prove a lethal combination. But they’re not the only ones on the hunt in this six-episode series that premiered in August on StarHub Channel 502.
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