Ultimate Summer Netflix Binge List

The Midsummer Masquerade may be over, but there is still a good chunk of summer left, and nothing says summer like ducking the heat and prepping for the next con with the nerd’s faithful companion – Netflix. All that variety can be downright terrifying, though, so here are a few suggestions to help you get your binge on. Whether you like new stuff, old stuff, historical stuff, or weird stuff, chances are something on this list will pique your interest.

Stranger Things

A shiny, new series by Netflix, this scifi/horror show will give you 80’s flashbacks even if you weren’t born until the next century. Dungeons and Dragons, stylized themes, and characters relatable for all generations, this show is a great pick for your twisted inner child.


One of the oldest classics there is, this film set the tone for much of the next century’s scifi. It’s a silent expressionist film set in a gorgeous dystopian world, and it provides an excellent change of diet for the jaded Netflix binger.

Lost Girl

A sexy urban fantasy series starring a bisexual succubus, a werewolf, a siren, and one human to out-sass them all. The plots are pretty simple and easy to digest, but the characters are great fun, and this is an ideal series for those looking for a distraction that will not claim their full attention while crafting.


One of the most iconic television series of all time, and certainly a modern classic, this series follows two detectives with differing views on the supernatural as they hunt/are hunted by aliens. All the while, government conspiracies and things that go bump in the night keep life complicated.

Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries

A feminist swinger with a sharp mind and no sense of self preservation stars in this 1920’s Australian series. Snarky, funny, and terribly clever, this show is a lot of fun and perfect for chasing away the gloom on a rainy day.

The Twilight Zone

It’s unlikely you’ve never seen an episode of this series, but it’s very possible you haven’t seen every episode there is to enjoy. Let the black and white spiral pull you deep into procrastination as you watch just one more episode of The Twilight Zone.

The Last Kingdom

If you enjoy military-minded historical fiction, this is your cup of mead. The series focuses on the struggle between the Saxons and the invading Norse as Wessex, the last Saxon kingdom, struggles to resist the fate of its neighbors.

Dark Matter

Space, missing memories, an android, and a girl with goggles. Like Lost Girl, this is a SyFy channel series that has a lot of promise and an easily digestible plot. It is essentially a mash-up of traditional, “hard” scifi and the crew-focused plotlines of Firefly.

Penny Dreadful

Dark and atmospheric, this tale of blended gothic horrors will have you reaching for your corset and sipping tea while considering the perils of the demimonde. And, of course, it stars Eva Green. What else do you need?

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

It may not be The Twilight Zone, but this series offers a lot of the scares and cringes along with less tripping and more, well, Hitchcock. And who could ever get tired of “Funeral March for a Marionette?”

Black Mirror

This series ranges from disgusting psychological torture on the part of characters and audience alike to intellectual questions of morality. Think of it as a modern take on The Twilight Zone with fewer aliens and more of humanity’s twisted side.  It’s a wild ride, and although distractions may be desired, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get much done during the first episode.

Night Watch

A dark urban fantasy, this Russian film is what Underworld wants to be when it grows up. The sequel is also available on Netflix, once the addiction gets its hooks in you.

M. Leigh Hood is a rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness typically preoccupied with writing, nerding, and filming The Spittoon List. For more articles and stories by M. Leigh Hood, look HERE.

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