As 2019 comes to a close, there are only so many days left to catch up on some of the hottest Netflix series and movies of the year. Netflix left us anticipating more seasons to come for our favorite shows, but it also let older series make a comeback with different audiences. This may be a hard list to write considering everything on this streaming app is binge-worthy, but here it goes.
BREAKING BAD (ALL SEASONS)
An American neo-Western crime drama tells the story of Walter White, a depressed, cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime, selling crystal meth. The show aired from 2008-2013, winning numerous awards in all major award shows. There are a few reasons why Breaking Bad made a comeback in 2019, and one of them is the spin-off, Better Call Saul. (Add it to your list.) The second reason however, is El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie was released in October 2019. The buzz for this epilogue was deafening, and everyone wanted a Breaking Bad refresher or to watch it for the first time. This series was entered into Guinness World Records as the most critically-acclaimed show of all time. You might want to add it to your Netflix line up.
THE IRISHMAN (MOVIE)
Based on the 2004 book, I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, this American crime film was directed and produced by Martin Scorsese. So, you know it’s good. Its release this year came with an outpouring of social media posts claiming it was the best movie on Netflix. This could be believable considering it has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes — something we know is unheard of. The crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran as he recalls his former years as a mafia hitman for the Bufalino crime family. With a cast of Hollywood greats such as Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, this isn’t a movie to miss.
STRANGER THINGS (SEASON 3)
This American science fiction horror series dropped in 2016 and made a major splash in the social media chatter. Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the series premiere season is focused on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy, the supernatural events occurring around town, and the arrival of a girl with psychokinetic abilities. Each season is centered around an open portal to an alternate dimension and the influence it has on the residents. The third season was highly anticipated, and fans had to wait all of 2018 before they could get their weekend binge fix in July of 2019. Fans have something to look forward to again, and the creators of the show say a fourth season is in the works. Don’t get left behind in the Upside Down; catch up on the series before Eleven and the boys are gone forever.
Birdbox was released at the end of 2018, but it spent almost all of 2019 immersed in some sort of conversation, social media meme, or that blindfolded challenge that took stupidity to a new level. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world where Malorie Hayes has to row a boat downstream with two young children — blindfolded out of fear for their lives. The movie shows that five years earlier, unexplained mass suicides spread like wildfire throughout the world because of some entity attempting to wipe out mankind. This movie belongs on your bucket list. But be aware, you will need some sort of anxiety reliever because this is a suspenseful thriller.
Looking toward 2020, Netflix invites us to get our comfy pants and wine glasses ready for an incredible line up of Netflix and chill nights (and days). Here are a few additional titles to keep an eye out for: Ares, Grace and Frankie Season 6, and Ozark Season 3.