Part three in the series gives us some different shows in this genre. Starting with Luther. It’s not your average crime/police show as it seems to be a bit more “clever” than the other guys. All of the shows listed below make me want to call in sick to work tomorrow, so I can binge watch TV. Doesn’t that sound nice? Note, if my boss is reading this, I won’t be calling in sick. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to. I feel like Netflix was made for those kinds of days.
If you haven’t seen Idris Elba’s gritty cop show on the BBC, you should start. Immediately. I mean, even if you don’t like the show, he’s kind of gorgeous so you can’t lose with this one. His character is a little bit cliched, but it adds to the appeal in my opinion. It is a bit more clever than most of the British police shows that are out these days, so yet another reason to give it a try.
Scandinavian crime noir is a bit old hat these days, but The Killing remains the best example of the genre. Both seasons (the third is unfortunately not on Netflix) follows detective inspector Sarah Lund of the Copenhagen police force as she attempts, in painstaking detail, to solve some rather grisly crimes. And it’s the detail that really sets it apart – not in terms of the investigative work, which we’re all now so familiar with from a thousand US police dramas, but in the way it enters the life of the victim’s family, watching them as they cope with loss and bringing a new dimension to a tired old TV category.
Archer is a James Bond-type, secret agent. He is a womanizer. He loves to drink and well, he also loves casual violence. Which is what makes Archer one of the greatest anti-heroes that we’ve seen in an animated show. He works for a company called ISIS, which is an unfortunate choice for a company name. ISIS is staffed with a host of selfish agents and perverts. With 20 minute episodes, it makes it easy to binge watch this one.
The most critically acclaimed Netflix original series of 2015 tells the bloody story of Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and the man tasked with taking him down. While Narcos lacks much in the way of light-relief, watching American DEA agent Steve Murphy submerge himself in a viciously amoral cesspit is a constant thrill. What could well be a high-minded exercise in true crime melodrama is elevated to nerve-shredding nirvana via some classy performances and the disturbing use of archive footage. Escobar’s brutal legacy lives on through your telebox, and the horror of it all will make you wince in anguish. Don’t watch Narcos if you’re tired, as it mostly contains subtitles. Also, if you wear glasses, you will need to make sure they’re on when you start watching. Life lessons, people.
It took me a long time to jump on the Breaking Bad bandwagon. I am not a band wagon jumper, but when I finally caved, I was impressed. Which means, if you haven’t seen it, you are missing out. Bryan Cranston goes from a mild-manner chemistry teacher into a meth making super criminal. Walter White is a genuinely amazing character. Aaron Paul plays his side kick, and while the show is a drama, there are also some really funny scenes in there as well. It definitely leaves you on the edge of your seat, just waiting to find out what’s coming next. If you still haven’t seen this one, you should. But at the same time, if you haven’t seen it by now, you’re probably never going to see it. And like I said, you’re missing out!