10 Binge-Worthy Netflix Recommendations

Updated on February 6, 2019
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Alyssa loves curling up on the couch with a hot cup of black coffee to binge watch the best programs on Netflix.

Netflix and chill has become a favorite American pastime. Many people are switching from cable to streaming services. It's certainly more budget-friendly to do so. Netflix has many options and you could easily spend an hour browsing through trying to find something to watch. Along the way, you might add a bunch of titles to your list to watch later. This is something I do each time I settle in to watch TV. I often see people asking for recommendations on social media and have decided to write these articles giving my picks. It's become a little series that I look forward to writing. In this third installment of recommendations, I've included my favorite historical documentaries as well as some comedy specials that will have you laughing and feeling good. Let's dive in, shall we?

1. The Wheelchair President

I have three favorite presidents, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt is one of them. This is the man who pulled our country out of The Great Depression, set up social welfare programs, and had a good relationship with Stalin. This two-part documentary takes a deeper look at the life and relationships of this amazing man. In the first part, we learn about his upbringing, his marriage, an affair, and the disease that gave him a new perspective. We also learn more about his ties to Churchill and how he built a relationship of trust with Stalin. In the second part, we learn how his marriage and personal life affected his presidency and dive a little deeper into who FDR was as a man. This was a fascinating documentary that inspired me to continue binge-watching historical shows. I spent an entire day learning. It was fabulous!

2. Guy Martin: Last Flight of The Vulcan Bomber

If you're into planes, mechanics, or wartime machines, this is the documentary for you. Although, I must say, I'm not into any of those things, but I still found this interesting. Guy Martin is a famous motorcycle racer and TV presenter in the UK, and I can see why. He has an amazing charisma and is clearly very passionate about mechanics and engineering. He takes us on a tour of prepping a cold-war era Vulcan Bomber for its last flight around Britain. Guy actually got to do a little work on the plane, helped drive one down the runway, and the show interviewed some of the crew who used to fly this iconic aircraft.

3. The Nineties

I was born in the late 80's and grew up in the 90's. It was the beginning of home computers, the internet, grunge, and the Clinton's. I have a lot of memories from the mid to late 90's, and this eight-part series was fascinating, filling in some of the holes and giving me greater insight into the events that helped shape my childhood and the world. It was a different time, but as you watch the series, you gain a better understanding of what it was like and how it shaped the years to come. This is a series worth bingeing. If you really enjoy it, there are a few other decades to explore, including The Eighties and The Seventies.

4. Inside Einstein's Mind

Did you ever watch NOVA on PBS growing up? It was one of the shows that was always on at my grandparent's house. NOVA always had some fascinating topic to dive deeper into, educating young and old minds alike. On my Netflix documentary marathon, I came across this title. It had looked fascinating and had sat on my list for about a month and a half before I finally took the time to watch. NOVA takes a close look at Einstein, focusing on how he discovered the Theory of Relativity, and the unique way he was able to think about these concepts. This is a must-watch for everyone, especially if you love science and space exploration.

5. Into The Inferno

This is a Werner Herzog documentary and after watching it, I see why he's a famous filmmaker. He has interesting way of diving into his subjects, making you feel like you are really there with him on location. This is about volcanoes, giving the viewer a close look at how scientists study them, and taking us to volcanoes all over the world, including the one in North Korea. Not only do you get an up close look at the volcano, but you also get a deeper understanding of the culture that surrounds each, and how that culture was influenced by the volcano. This is a fascinating film, well-worth the one hour 47 minute length. Grab some snacks, gather the kids, and settle in for a good time.

6. How To Win The U.S. Presidency

Want to know how to get elected President of The United States? Interested in how it all works? This is the show for you. It takes a look at how notable men were able to win the vote and secure their place in American history. Learn how money, religion, pop culture, and even ancient Rome influence campaign practices. This was an interesting, quick watch with a little humor mixed in for good measure.

7. Cedric The Entertainer: Live from the Ville

And so concludes our historical documentary recommendations. After all that learning, you need some laughs. Cedric The Entertainer is perfect after a day of facts. He is funny, relatable, and he dances! This is a great stand-up show to watch after the kids go to bed.

8. Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias: One Show Fits All

This is Gabriel's new special. I was counting down the days until premiered and had plans to watch it with dinner the day it came out. I love Gabriel Iglesias. His comedy is family friendly, you can allow your kids to watch with you and not worry, and totally relatable. In this special, he discusses his son, who is now an adult, talks about taking his mom to see Vicent Fern√°ndez, and even gives us some of his classic jokes. It's hilarious to see him try to tell the joke because the audience knows every word and shouts it out. All of Gabriel's stand-up specials are amazing and I recommend watching this one, then bingeing on the others that Netflix has.

9. Ricky Gervais: Humanity

If you love comedy and aren't easily offended, this is a must-see. I actually thought I had included it in one of these articles already, but after looking through, realized I hadn't. We watched this when it was first released on Netflix, and I couldn't stop laughing. Ricky Gervais is a breath of fresh air, telling it like it is, with a side of snark. I love when he discusses tweeting and responding to people. He is hilarious and if you haven't seen this special yet, grab a snack and settle in for a good laugh.

10. The Interview

This controversial and hilarious movie has finally made it to Netflix! James Franco and Seth Rogan are a dynamic duo and comedy gold. This movie is a perfect way to end your binge session, after the kids go to bed. Get ready to laugh and have a few new catch phrases to incorporate into your daily life.

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      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        7 months ago from Ohio

        Thanks for stopping by, Pamela! I hope you found something interesting on this list. :)

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        7 months ago from Sunny Florida

        Thanks for the list of Netflix shows. We have watched several shows and series, but I like haven't watched the ones you listed.

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        7 months ago from Ohio

        I've been wanting to watch Downton Abby for awhile now, Bill. I didn't realize it was available on Netflix. I will have to search for it. :)

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        7 months ago from Ohio

        Thank you for stopping by! I hope a few of these are available in Australia. The historical documentaries were very interesting!

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        Bill Holland 

        7 months ago from Olympia, WA

        We just finished six seasons of Downton Abby....great show if you've never seen it. Before that it was The 100....thanks for some recommendations. We are ready for something new.

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        John Hansen 

        7 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for sharing these recommendations, Alyssa. We get a somewhat different selection on a Netflix here in Australia, but some of these may be available. The documentaries and historical shows soind interesting.

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