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Binge Without Commitment: Netflix’s Seven Best Miniseries

Sometimes all we need is a quick binge-watch series to get us out of a rut. That's where these seven miniseries come in.
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We’re all trying to get through our ever-growing Netflix queue, but sometimes, we just need a break from them. So, why not binge one of these one-series shows? Here are seven miniseries on Netflix that are worth the watch.

‘The Haunting of Hill House’

The Haunting of Hill House Netflix miniseries
Paramount Television | Netflix | Amblin Television | FlanaganFilm | ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks

Probably the best series Netflix has to offer, period, is The Haunting of Hill House.

The show is just as good as the Shirley Jackson novel it’s based on. It follows the Crane family, haunted by paranormal experiences that have plagued them since they stayed at the Hill House in 1992.

The show has gotten praise from so many fans; it comes as no surprise that Stephen King praised the creator and cast for it.

I honestly had no plans on watching this until I discovered how much effort was put into creating the set and scene choreography. It looked too scary for me (a certified scaredy-cat), but it was okay; I wasn’t too scared.

And, if you’re looking for a series to watch this spooky season, this needs to be at the top of the list.

‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’

The Haunting of Bly Manor Netflix miniseries
Paramount Television Studios | Netflix | Amblin Television | Intrepid Pictures

Since I brought up the first Haunting story on Netflix, I have to showcase the second installment of this masterful horror anthology.

While not a direct sequel, The Haunting of Bly Manor features most of the same cast from Hill House. In this story, an American au pair travels to Bly Manor to take care of two children but soon finds the manor is haunted.

The series is mainly based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and his other works. Everything about the show is just as exciting and mind-teasing as the first series.

This is currently–and sadly–the last in The Haunting anthology. Still, creator Mike Flanagan said he would keep fans updated if anything changes on that front. That gives us fans a sliver of hope. In the meantime, you should check out his other limited series, Midnight Mass.

‘Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker’

Self Made: Inspired by Madam C.J. Walker Netflix miniseries
Warner Bros. Television | Netflix | SpringHill Entertainment | Orit Entertainment | Wonder Street

Octavia Spencer does it again!

Before I even get into the plot, I want to give the costuming department a round of applause. Every character’s wardrobe is crafted perfectly, and I couldn’t imagine having been interested enough to watch had they chosen to go with less colorful choices.

Now, back to the plot. The series is based on the biography of Madam C.J. Walker, On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles. If you don’t know who C.J. Walker is, she was the first female self-made millionaire in America.

Self Made is the dramatized depiction of Walker as she overcomes the struggles of the world around her to become the woman she is known as today. Octavia Spencer portrays C.J. Walker and, as always, does a brilliant job.

The show is only four episodes, but you’ll be wanting more after watching them all.

Be warned, however, because there are some historical inaccuracies. So, if you’re a stickler for history, you might be tempted to point out everything wrong.

‘Clickbait’

Clickbait Netflix miniseries
NBCUniversal International Studios | Heyday Television | Tony Ayres Productions | Matchbox Pictures | Netflix

Clickbait shows how social media can intensify our worst impulses and the consequences when we act them. It also showcases how different social media personas can be from who we are offline.

The entire show, I was on the edge of my seat. There’s a plot twist – I won’t tell you what it is or when it happens – that knocked my socks off. And I can normally see those coming on crime-centric shows!

When I first starting watching, I didn’t know anything about Clickbait except it had something to do with social media. I honestly expected a plot like that Black Mirror episode where people get rated with real-life consequences. I’m glad I was wrong about that.

Clickbait was somewhat believable because of what social media and technology have become today. However, it’s far enough from the realm of possibility for most people that it won’t have you paranoid for months after.

‘The Queen’s Gambit’

The Queen's Gambit Netflix miniseries
Flitcraft Ltd | Wonderful Films | Netflix

Yet another show where I must start by raving about the costuming.

Before I decided to watch the show, I watched some fashion-centered YouTubers break down the main character’s costuming. And that drove me to watch the show. Each outfit Beth wears depicts her journey to the end of the show, showing her progression from a timid child into a confident young woman.

Back to the show’s plot. The Queen’s Gambit follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon and is based on the 1983 novel of the same name.

Every person cast in this show did a fantastic job. The writing was impeccable and believable. If they decided to do a sequel, I would probably be interested in watching it.

I also love that it brought a renewed interest in chess. Chess sets sold out across the country after this show premiered!

‘What/If’

What/If Netflix miniseries promo photo
Warner Bros. Television | Netflix | Atlas Entertainment | Compari Entertainment | Page Fright

This crime drama shows the butterfly effects of someone’s actions on several people that seem unrelated in every way. Not to be confused with What If…, Marvel’s animated show on Disney Plus, this is a gritty drama that will leave you questioning everything.

Now, I’ve heard people say the story and dialogue were too dramatic, but that’s what made the show so enjoyable. You could always count on the characters to overact and be overdramatic.

The show honestly gave me LOST vibes, but thankfully, it didn’t last nearly as long as that show.

What/If is the perfect show to binge in a day or weekend because you’ll enjoy it while you watch it but won’t feel like it’s dragging on too long like so many other shows. Netflix made the right choice keeping this to one season.

‘Unbelievable’

Unbelievable Netflix miniseries
CBS Television Studios | Netflix | Sage Lane Productions | Timberman/Beverly Productions | Escapist Fare | Katie Couric Media

Unbelievable follows two storylines at different points in time.

The first storyline follows Marie Adler in Colorado in 2008, immediately following her assault and dealing with the aftermath of falsely confessing to making up her assault because two detectives didn’t believe her.

The second storyline follows detectives Karen Duvall and Grace Rasmussen as they join together to investigate a string of serial assaults in Washington in 2011.

Because Unbelievable is based on true stories, it makes the plot that much more heartbreaking.

So many instances in the show are relatable but also frustrating. When watching Marie’s story unfold, I just started crying for her. But when Grace and Karen were onscreen, it was inspiring because they went above and beyond in their investigations. They’re a great contrast to the officers who pressured Marie to recant her accusations.

You could easily finish the series in a day, but I suggest taking breaks every few episodes because the material is heavy, graphic, and frustrating. Despite that, it’s still very much worth your time.