UUUGGHHH! Stuck inside again! If a rainy day is getting you down, here are 5 binge-worthy shows to help pass the time until the sun is shining once again.
1. Outer Banks (TV-16)
Outer Banks or OBX for short, was released back in April on Netflix. Yes, it’s the show your late teen/early adult kids are probably watching, but there is definitely a sort of OC meets murder mystery draw for parents as well.
The show follows teenager John B and his friends on a mission to have the best summer of their lives until they become consumed with solving a mystery. They call themselves the Pogues, they are the working-class members of the Outer Banks. They spend their time bussing tables or running charters around the island. On the other side of the island are the Kooks, the rich kids. “Two tribes, one island” … think West Side Story.
John B’s father was said to be lost at sea and considered dead, something John never believed. After a hurricane cuts power to the island for the summer season, it sets off a chain of events that causes him to seek the truth about his father. The discovery of a sunken boat sends them on a treasure hunt and forces them to make life-altering decisions - all while still trying to find John B’s missing father.
Just 10, hour-long episodes keep you on your toes and wanting more. The series is full of action, crime, drama, and a little bit of romance.
2. The Crown (TV-MA)
The Crown is another Netflix original show that follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II. You see how the events leading up to her reign and all that follow throughout and how they helped shape the second half of the twentieth century. It is a glimpse into the life of the royal family. The show is now in its third season and with the fourth set to be released on November 15th. The first three seasons consist of ten hour-long episodes.
What's interesting about the show is that after season 2, the show was completely recast. In the first two seasons, Queen Elizabeth II was played by Claire Foy and Philip was played by Matthew Smith. After season two, Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies took over the roles of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, which seems to show how time has past and to show how much the Queen has grown throughout her reign.
The series is packed full of history and leads the audience to research more into the events they portray. If you’re a history buff this show is for you. If you are interested in set design this show is for you. If you just want an all-around amazing show with great actors, writing and story this is the show for you.
4. The Five (TV - MA)
If you are a fan of a good whodunnit, this one will definitely takes the cake. It’s a one-season mystery thriller that follows the life of a man whose 5-year-old brother went missing in 1995 and is presumed dead. The story picks up twenty years later when the missing boy’s DNA shows up at a crime scene of a murdered woman. Need we say more? We think that should be enough to get you to start watching and once you get to the end of the first episode, you’ll be hooked. With just ten, 45-minute episodes you will want to binge this all the way through.
4. Mr. Bean (Ages 10+)
It’s British, it’s 90’s and it’s just plain funny. If you’re looking or an easy watch with silly humor that you can sit down with the family and enjoy, this is it. Created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, this one season classic stars Atkinson as character Mr. Bean who has a habit of getting himself involved in some unusual predicaments. He rarely speaks, but his expressions are priceless. There are only 14 episodes ranging from 14 - 26 minutes long, so it is an easy show to binge. With a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (93% Audience Rating), it’s sure thing for a few laughs. BONUS: There is also a Mr. Bean animated series for ages 7+.
5. Good Omens (Ages 13+)
Good Omens is an Amazon original TV Mini-series released in the spring of last year and only consists of 6, hour-long episodes. The show follows an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old anti-christ, and a doom-saying witch all trying to either cause or prevent the soon coming Armageddon.
David Tennant acquires the role of the demon Crowley alongside Michael Sheen who plays the angel Aziraphale. We first meet these two unlikely friends at the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden where they are both trying to sway Adam and Eve to do good or evil. After a montage of Crowley and Aziraphale popping up in different points of history causing havoc or creating good, we come to the present day where Crowley is sent with the task of delivering the antichrist. Crowley tells Aziraphale and they team up to try and prevent Armageddon from taking place.
There is a great use of costumes, special effects, and makeup, and the editing and animations work side by side to create a show that captures the eye. Without giving anything away, the end of the series wraps up nicely and any questions you have are answered. It’s another show that is easy to watch on those rainy days stuck inside.