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Netflix: 50 best TV shows to binge tonight

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Marie Kondo with her new show Sparking Joy.


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Yes! She’s back. Clean queen Marie Kondo returned to Netflix this Tuesday, with her new show Sparking Joy. For this series, Kondo goes on a mission to tidy up small business, helping the people who’re struggling to balance work and home life.

On Tuesday, you can also catch another episode of sports documentary series Untold. Episode 4 Crime & Penalties follows the story of the Danbury Trashers, known for being as violent as they were good at hockey. That’s not to mention their mob ties.

On Thursday, it’s time for Q-Force, a new animated series that follows a secret agent and his team of LGBTQ+ superspies. Among the stellar voice cast is Stranger Things’ David Harbour, as well as Sean Hayes, Patti Harrison, Laurie Metcalf and Wanda Sykes.

On Friday came the big one — Money Heist: Part 5 Vol. 1. It brings the end of the greatest heist in history (according to Netflix), and sees what began as a robbery turn into a war. Part 5 will be released in two volumes, with the second arriving in December.

That’s it for this week. Last week’s arrivals include thriller Clickbait, mystery Open Your Eyes, thriller Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes, anime Eden’s Zero and sports reality series Titletown High. For more, scroll down to find a list of Netflix’s best original shows.

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Best Netflix Original TV series

Crime

Criminal (2019—)

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Criminal gives you four series of Line of Duty-channeling police procedural, with each episode centered on a suspect picked apart in an interrogation room. The twist: Each series takes place in a different country and language — Spanish, French, German and English — but they use the exact same concept and set. As well as the tightly-scripted, cat-and-mouse interrogations, featuring masterclass performances from the likes of David Tennant, Hayley Atwell — and in season 2, Kit Harington — it’s fascinating to see how the limited sets are used differently by different police teams.

Unbelievable (2019)

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This miniseries, based on a true story of rape, deftly navigates its disturbing and tricky subject matter with the help of a remarkable performance from Kaitlyn Dever. She plays Marie, a teenager who’s charged with lying about being raped, but of course it’s more complicated than that. Toni Collette and Merritt Wever team up as whip-smart detectives who see what others fail to, adding another layer to Unbelievable’s delicate, powerfully moving triumph.

When They See Us (2019)

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Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us comes under the tough but essential viewing banner. It depicts the real-life events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case, involving five male suspects of color who were falsely accused of rape and assault. Not only sensitively drawing the humanity of the boys into focus, When They See Us demands outrage at the injustice of systemic racism.

Collateral (2018)

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Carey Mulligan playing a detective inspector is a stroke of genius, leading an investigation into the murder of a pizza delivery guy shot in a London suburb. Mulligan’s astute and, er, ex-Olympic pole vaulter Kip Gillespie delves deeper into the mystery that of course isn’t what it seems. Collateral pushes against its police procedural boundaries into murky moral territory, wrapped up in a hot blanket of politics and social commentary.

The Sinner (2017—)

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Three fascinating seasons of The Sinner await to be cracked open, each one focused on a murder committed by an unlikely offender in even stranger circumstances. Season 1 follows Jessica Biel’s Cora, who stabs a man to death on a beach in a sudden frenzy, but has no idea why. It’s up to Bill Pullman’s Detective Ambrose to unravel the shockingly disturbing events embedded in her psyche that lead to her being triggered.

Money Heist (2017—)

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This series is loved by many (and Netflix loves you for it), but in case you haven’t heard what all the fuss is about, Money Heist is, yep, about a heist. The mastermind doing Ocean’s Eleven-level prep work with equally satisfying reveals is The Professor. He’s got banks in his sights and we see how his intricate plans come together with slick flashbacks, time-jumps and…

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