The best miniseries on Netflix to binge right now

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Last updated: June 4

A mini-series is more than just a “10 hour movie”. It’s a standalone story, which develops over a handful of episodes. It has a gripping start, an exciting middle, and (hopefully) a satisfying ending. It’s a complete frenzy of observation experience normally filled with high-profile actors and award-worthy storytelling. And Netflix hosts more than its fair share of compelling limited series across all genres.

From mind-blowing comedies to real crime tales, period spy dramas and more.

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The Queen’s Gambit

1 season, 7 episodes | IMDb: 8.8 / 10

You don’t have to love chess to obsess over this Scott Frank drama. This is because the board game is just the setting, the battlefield where all the real maneuvers and suspense take place. Anya-Taylor Joy and her mesmerizing gaze come to the fore here as she plays Beth Harmon, an orphan and chess prodigy whose quest for greatness is eclipsed only by her life-destroying addictions. It’s a coming-of-age story disguised behind pawns and Sicilian defense tactics and it’s one of the most gripping and thrilling series to land on the streamer in a long time.

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Unbelievable

1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 8.5 / 10

Toni Collette, Merritt Weaver and Booksmart Kaitlyn Dever stars in this miniseries that covers heavy material. Dever plays Marie, a young woman accused of lying about her sexual assault. Collette and Weaver play as the lonely detectives who get involved in her case and seek the truth while trying to stop her rapist from striking again. It’s an interesting look at how we deal with trauma, and it’s backed up by some powerful performances.

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When they see us

1 season, 4 episodes | IMDb: 9/10

Director Ava DuVernay’s limited series about the men wrongly accused in the Central Park Five case is an emotionally heavy reimagining of a truly tragic event in our history. The series highlights racial profiling and corruption in the NYPD as a group of young black men are targeted for a heinous crime and tried with little evidence. It’s a gripping and heartbreaking tale, but one that seems sadly relevant.

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Impious

1 season, 7 episodes | IMDb: 8.3 / 10

Written, directed and created by Scott Frank, who wrote Logan and Out of sight, Impious, is both a feminist western and a show about fathers and sons. The series is set in the 1880s in the small mining town of La Belle, where nearly all of the town’s men died in a mining accident. Enter Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a charming gunslinger on the run from the mentor he dubbed, Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels), who – along with his team of desperados – had previously murdered everyone in another small town for have hosted Bon. The series ultimately pits a predominantly female city against a brutal and ruthless gang of outlaws. Scoot McNairy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Sam Waterston play the lawyers, but the stars of Godless are the almost unrecognizable pioneer of Downton Abby, Michelle Dockery and Merritt Wever, a bisexual woman who has only to give. It’s a very good series backed up by great cinematography, poetic language, some great shootouts and great performances from the entire cast.

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The Haunting of Bly’s Mansion

1 season, 9 episodes | IMDb: 7.9 / 10

Mike Flanagan gave us all nightmares with his previous Netflix horror series, The Haunting of Hill House, but this new story – which features a few familiar faces to fans of his original work – is a little different. We drop the haunting of a dysfunctional family for the heartbreaking story of two orphans who, after the tragic death of their au pair, are assigned a new nanny (You’s Victoria Pedretti), who quickly turns things upside down, for the better and for the worse. .

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Joe the King of the Exotic Tigers
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King tiger

1 season, 7 episodes | IMDb: 8/10

There are stories too bizarre, too mind-boggling to be true… and then there are these seven-part docuseries. Cults, queer romance, exotic cats – this real criminal frenzy has it all. Joe Exotic, a gay gun-loving con artist, runs an exotic zoo from his home in Oklahoma, a criminal or an American hero? Did animal rights activist Carole Baskin murder her husband and feed him to her tigers? Why are so many zoo workers missing members? These are just a few of the questions you’ll ask yourself when looking at this train wreck. Have fun, kids.

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The pharmacist

1 season, 4 episodes | IMDb: 7.9 / 10

Netflix has a huge selection of compelling docuseries to choose from and yet this show is clearly compelling. Maybe that’s because he’s following an everyday hero, a small town pharmacist named Dan Schneider who, after losing his son to drugs, confronts Big Pharma for his role in the crisis. opioids. Schneider first finds justice for his son’s death in a drug-related shootout before pledging to protect the countless young people who overdose on Oxycontin in his hometown by investigating the sinister deals of drug companies pushing for dangerously addictive pain relievers on doctors. It’s the kind of story that would make an Oscar-winning drama, but it’s even better as a docuseries.

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The spy

1 season, 6 episodes | IMDb: 7.9 / 10

Sacha Baron Cohen takes on a new identity in this limited series for Netflix, but there is significantly less laughter than his more famous characters. This is because Cohen inhabits the identity of an Israeli intelligence agent named Eli Cohen, who served undercover for years in 1960s Syria as Kamel Amin Thaabet. Cohen (the operator, not the actor) posed as a wealthy importer / exporter who infiltrated the highest echelons of the Syrian government during a dangerous time for both countries and Cohen (the actor, not the operator) does a terrific job of delivering his most serious performance to date in this war thriller.

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Dead set

1 season, 5 episodes | IMDb: 7.8 / 10

A zombie plague catches up with all of Big Brother, but don’t be fooled into thinking this will be a Shaun of the Dead satire of the genre. It’s horrible. It’s bloody. It’s a strong entry into the walking / running undead. All you need to know is that it is written by Black mirror creator Charlie Brooker, which means it’s going to be dark as hell. A little like Black mirror, Brooker also draws parallels Dead set on the worldwide obsession with television and its perversion of reality. With just five episodes, it’s just long enough to stand out from a cluttered genre before its bloody end.

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Alias ​​Grace

1 season, 6 episodes | IMDb: 7.9 / 10

Alias ​​Grace, adapted by Sarah Polley from a novel by Margaret Atwood itself based on a true story, takes place in Canada in the mid-19th century, where a servant Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) was convicted of a double murder. After spending time in a mental asylum and while serving time in prison, an early version of a therapist is called in to try to discern whether Grace is guilty, innocent, lying, or telling the truth. Grace’s account of the murders is as baffling to the viewer as it is to the doctor, but the truth is out of the question. Point of Alias ​​Grace is to illustrate how the men in her life and the lives of the women around her have bullied and abused them. They are the product of this abuse, of a male-controlled system, and if a woman rose up and murdered her terrorist, who could blame her? It’s a smart, brilliantly performed, and entertaining series, but more than that, it’s an important series for this era.

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