Your shades: Ritual, Wrath, Poison
Natasha Lyonne is a presh gem, and we love her even more after this riveting series. Forced to relive the same day over and over, she struggles endlessly as she tries to break the loop until she realizes… she’s not the only one living this loop. There are so many easter eggs in this series you’ll want to watch it more than once - it's hilarious, poignant, and straight up life-affirming. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re definitely missing out. I don't want to give too much away, so just watch it already!
Your shades: Porange, Sunset Orange
Otis is the type of hero we can relate to. He's a socially awkward outcast who has a crush on someone who’s totally out of his league (#relatable). But the rest of the cast shines in this one too! I laughed, I cringed, and I cried a little. Of the many high school dramedies you could spend your time on, this one portrays characters who not only break the high school stereotypes but reveal the multidimensional layers beneath their respective “roles” within their social sphere. Nostalgic and entertaining, this one is worth the watch.
Your shades: Cosmic Sunshine, Neon Moon
“She’s Gotta Have It” Season 2
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After a long hiatus, Dewanda Wise is back in the form of Season 2 of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It”. It’s hard to top season 1, but if you loved it you’ll enjoy following Nola Darling as she struggles to deal with her newfound success and all of its complications. This season is less about Nola's friendships and love life, but it's beautifully shot, acted well, and worth watching if you are as invested in the characters as I was.
Your shades: Phantom Green, Neverland, Iris Green
Tuca & Bertie
Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong are the vocal talent behind this modern day tale of friendship, anxiety, and lady dilemmas. From the creator of Bojack Horseman, Lisa Hanawalt brings us an animated buddy comedy about two best friends who are total opposites and a perfect fit. If you like Broad City, you'll appreciate this dynamic show and the vibrant, colorful world it portrays.
Your shades: Poseidon, Aquamarine, Periwinkle, Blue Jean Baby
If you haven't watched this post-apocalyptic binge-worthy show, you've been missing out! The 100 quietly came back to the CW at the end of April on a new planet filled with entirely new problems. Every season takes you somewhere completely different, but this is quite literally a whole new world. In GOT fashion, be warned that they do kill off some of your fav characters periodically. It's filled with moral quandaries and impossible situations that keep you on the edge of your seat in a world that's not so black and white.
Your shades: Violet Dream, Girl's Night, Purple Rain
“Easy” Season 3
Telling multiple stories about nuanced relationships in a compelling way can be a tough job, but writer and director Joe Swanberg hits the nail on the head in this anthology-style series. Love and its many configurations may not be as "easy" as the title suggests, but since every episode follows a new story, you can skip what you aren't interested in to find the stories that best suit your taste.
Your shades: Virgin Pink, Electric Paradise
"Lucifer" Season 4
The devil is back and consulting for the LAPD. It’s good, it's bad, and it's pretty hilarious, but this new season actually had me in my feelings. If you enjoy Sherlock or Supernatural, you'll enjoy this Netflix original. Tbh, it's probably closer to a Sabrina and Brooklyn 99 mashup! The characters develop organically every season, the bad guys get bigger and more difficult to defeat, and Lucifer (the beautiful Tom Ellis) takes his shirt off plenty of times - but he also acts his face off. What more do you need? #Bingeworthy AF
Your shade: Sterling
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Young Adult Thrillers are taking over the world and this one is vying for your attention. Transported to an exact replica of their town, these kids are left to fend for themselves when they can’t find their parents anywhere. Jimmy Neutron meets Lord of the Flies? It’s bound to go downhill from there, folks. But for those of us who love this genre, it’s worth checking out! Plus, I heard Jake Mulhern is The Society's sweetheart. Look him up and decide for yourself.
Your shade: Transylvania
Photo: JoJo Whilden/FX
Reagan is president and these characters are in the center of the AIDS crisis, so this is some heavy stuff. But this series' characters find their redemption in the face of oppression. When they're rejected by the world, they create their own and choose their own families. They speak in what can feel like slam poetry while the soundtrack of the 80s plays in the background as they face down their demons. It's not for the faint of heart, but it rings true.
Sci-fi dreams are made of these. Racy, visually stunning, and futuristic with simultaneous dream states induced by a mystery drug? Sign me up! Exploring themes of consciousness and madness, while subtly hinting at the future we could be heading toward in a satirical fashion, this is one of the best series I’ve seen in a while. It starts off slow, but it's meant to be watched beginning to end. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill are immensely endearing. It's Inception meets graphic novel painted over a very understated Wes Anderson backdrop, against which both protagonists rail against gloriously and uniquely.
Other stuff to watch on Netflix
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Halt and Catch Fire
The Good Place
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
One Strange Rock
Homecoming : A film by Beyonce