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Say hello to your new Netflix obsession

There’s sooo much brilliant TV around at the moment and a huge proportion of it comes courtesy of Netflix. (Can you remember life before Netflix? No, us neither). We don’t have a watercooler at Muddy HQ (well, we do but we tend to call it ‘the tap’), however if we did these are the must-see shows we’d be enthusiastically discussing around it.

Ozark

After two brilliant seasons, Ozark is set to return to our screens for a third series later this month (Fri 27 March). So there’s still time to binge watch 1 and 2 in preparation if you missed out first time. The story follows the Byrdes, an ordinary family who are forced to flee to the Ozarks after a money laundering operation in Chicago goes wrong. It’s been compared to Breaking Bad, so you won’t be surprised to discover that things start to get complicated very quickly, and they find themselves up to their ears in dodgy dealings. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star.

Better Call Saul

Did someone say Breaking Bad? The prequel spin-off series, Better Call Saul is back after a two-year break for a fifth series – following in the dodgy dealings of shady lawyer Saul Goodman. It’s a brilliantly written slow-burner. Fans are in for a treat.

The Good Place

NBC’s whacky after-life comedy has arrived on Netflix – and we’re all the better for it. With a cast that includes Kirsten Bell, Ted Danson and Jameela Jamil, it focuses on Bell’s self-absorbed Eleanor Shellstrop who arrives at The Good Place after her death and resolves to become a better person. It’s quirky and witty and lots of fun.

Cheer

Must admit I’ve always hated the idea of cheerleading: the girls relegated to the sideline, looking cute, while the boys do serious business of sport? Yuck. Well, how wrong was I – this incredible documentary series follows America’s most accomplished college cheerleading squad. There’s a mix of boys and girls on the team, it’s a competitive sport in its own right and they are astonishingly focused athletes, despite many coming from challenging backgrounds. If you’ve got a sporty child, it’s an inspiring one to watch together – my gymnast daughter and I can’t get enough right now.

Love Is Blind

One Muddy staffer who shall rename nameless nailed all 10 episodes of this in one weekend – it’s that addictive. It’s an American dating show where participants aren’t allowed to clap eyes on their potential partner – instead they chat and build a rapport while separated by a screen. And then they get engaged… before they’ve even met face-to-face. Will anyone go through with the wedding? Will people literally do anything to get on telly? Yes it’s nuts, no we can’t stop watching.

The Stranger

Richard Armitage (who you might remember as smouldering MI5 agent Lucas North in Spooks) plays a dad who’s got it all – loving wife, two lovely sons and an idyllic family life. Everything changes, however, when a mysterious stranger in a bar tells him a secret about his wife. This compelling 8-part British adaptation of Harlan Coben’s novel reveals a dark conspiracy at work. Two Muddy staffers have already been sucked in, with more due to follow in the coming weeks.

The Split, BBC iPlayer

Nope not Netflix but it’s just that good we had to mention it! It’s not exactly new, but if you haven’t seen The Split – you’re in for a treat. Even better, there are two series to get stuck into. Starring Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan and Deborah Findlay, it follows the trials and tribulations of the Defoes, a family of leading female divorce lawyers. It’s got everything – marriage, affairs, divorce and babies. Keep a tissue box handy.

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