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Six Netflix shows to binge over the early May bank holiday weekend

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

We don’t want to rain on your bank holiday parade (literal or hypothetical) but the weather doesn’t look great this weekend. Sure, there are still loads of amazing things to do in London, from flea markets and beer festivals to a pop-up at a lido, but you could use your extra day off to catch up on some must-watch telly...

13 Reasons Why

What is it? The teen drama that’s been causing controversy over on the streaming service. It follows Clay Jensen, whose friend and classmate Hannah Baker commits suicide, leaving behind 13 cassette tapes explaining her decision and who she felt was responsible. 

Why watch? It’s gripping, thrilling and full of secrets. Everyone’s talking about it – and it’s got a powerful message. 

Master of None 

What is it? Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed comedy-drama about a struggling actor looking for love and better work in New York. 

Why watch? It’s probably the most woke, most realistic portrayal of dating on TV right now. And it’s also back for a second season on May 12, so now is the ideal time to catch up. Get on with it! 


What is it? Britt Robertson as Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso, who went from a rebellious, broke twenty-something to an unlikely businesswoman at the head of an online fashion empire. ‘Girlboss’ is based on Amoruso’s bestseller, described as a sort of ‘Lean In’ for misfits, in which she gives tips, advice and inspiration to female entrepreneurs.

Why watch? The show’s creator and writer-in-chief is Kay Cannon, who started as a writer on ‘30 Rock’ and later penned ‘Pitch Perfect’. 

Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On 

What is it? A six-part series following on from the 2015 documentary ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ (also on Netflix). It’s produced by Rashida Jones and deals in dating apps, disconnection and gender politics, looking at how we establish sexual relationships through our screens.

Why watch? It’s got some thought-provoking (and completely terrifying) things to say about intimacy and tech.

Dear White People

What is it? A satirical comedy set in a predominantly white Ivy League university. It follows ‘students of colour as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and sometimes misguided activism in the millennial age.’ It hits Netflix this weekend. 

Why watch? This series follows on from the 2014 movie of the same name, which we loved.

Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable) 

What is it? A Spanish-language series set in ‘20s Madrid following four women who work at the National Telephone Company and end up becoming unlikely friends. They are wives and housekeepers, one is secretly a criminal, and all are after freedom at all costs. 

Why watch? It looks stylish, sassy and Netflix reckon it’s super feminist. It’s also been dubbed in English, so you can either watch that version or the Spanish original with subtitles. 

Here‘s everything you need to know about the best films and TV on demand, including the best movies on Netflix, the newest additions to Amazon Prime and all the best Netflix telly coming soon

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