One of the great things about having the Netflix streaming service hooked up to your TV is that you can blow through an entire season of a series in one long weekend if you want. Imagine being sick in bed, or lying on the couch as you try to recover from a rough night out, or you and your loved one are cuddled up during a rainy weekend. Netflix is always there for you. But what are the best intense TV shows on Netflix to watch?
That’s where this article comes in handy! Many of you watch Netflix on your TV running through your Roku or Boxee or even your gaming system. But remember that you can also watch it streaming onto your iPad with the Netflix iPad app.
The following series are all currently available on Netflix, starting from the first season. Many, if not all, have all of the seasons available, up until the newest season. But many of those series have their current season available on your Cable TV’s On Demand service, like XFINITY.
These are all current drama series that are intense, exciting and dangerous, and you’ll be able to catch up on them before their next season airs. And there are also some great shows on Netflix that were canceled too early by the networks that you might like to watch.
Best Intense TV Shows on Netflix
Breaking Bad (AMC — 53 episodes)
The premise sounds weird: “After finding out he has terminal cancer, a high school chemistry teacher decides to provide for his family by making crystal meth.” But Bryan Cranston is just awesome in this show, as evidenced by his three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. You can knock Season 1 out on a rainy Saturday and not even realize how much time flew by.
Four seasons available on Netflix, with the first part of the fifth season recently ending on AMC in 2012. The second part of the fifth season, and the end of the series, is expected to run in the summer of 2013.
Sons of Anarchy (FX — 53 episodes)
Follow the gun-running motorcycle gang known as the “Sons of Anarchy,” as they play the good-guy anti-heroes everyone has grown to love since the days of “The Sopranos.” Katey Sagal, from “Married With Children,” stars in the show, created by her husband, Kurt Sutter, who also worked on “The Shield,” as a writer, director and producer.
Four seasons available on Netflix, with the fifth season recently ending on FX late in 2012.
Revenge (ABC — 22 episodes)
I’ve never seen one episode of this, but several of my co-workers love it, and I’m a huge fan of “The Count of Monte Cristo,” which it sounds like it’s based on. (I also love Monte Cristo sandwiches, but that’s a whole different story.)
Arivia describes “Revenge” this way: ”The ultimate of guilty pleasure dramas, Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) personifies a woman scorned. She’s originally motivated to take down the Grayson family (owners of Grayson Global, the family business) for framing her father in a terrorist plot and eventually having him murdered. But on her road to revenge, Emily has to deal with unexpected twists, turns and “Queen” Victoria. Personally, I love Victoria but she’s definitely a character people love to hate. All in all, great entertainment, watching rich vindictive socialites use and manipulate the people around them.”
One season is available on Netflix, with the second season currently running on ABC.
Hell on Wheels (AMC — 10 episodes)
Drama about the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Fans of gritty westerns like “Deadwood” would enjoy this show that follows a former Confederate soldier that works on the railroad, as he tries to track down the Union soldiers that killed his family. Grammy-winning rapper Common co-stars as a freed slave trying to make a life for himself post-Civil War. “The Swede” is one of my recent favorite bad guys.
One season available on Netflix, with the second season recently ending on AMC late in 2012.
Burn Notice (USA — 80 episodes)
A “burn notice” is sent by an intelligence agency, like the CIA, to discredit or dismiss an agent or source that has become unreliable. This usually leaves spies with no money, work history or credibility. Michael Westen is trying to find out who “burned” him and why. This show might be better to watch the first season, to understand the characters and the storyline then catch up in recent seasons. Great show with great action sequences and interesting concepts.
Five seasons available on Netflix, with the sixth season recently ending on USA late in 2012.
Once Upon a Time (ABC — 22 episodes)
The premise is that the residents of Storybrook, Maine, are all actually fairy tale characters that have been transported into the real world by an Evil Queen. The daughter of Snow White, Emma Swan, is the only one that can break the curse, along with Prince Charming, of course. While it sounds like something for children, adults enjoy this epic fairy tale drama just as much. Each episode usually details the background of one of the characters and how their story affects the big picture. My guess is (SPOILER ALERT) everyone lives happily ever after in the end. This is one of the TV shows on Netflix that you can watch with your kids, although it might be too intense some younger children.
One season available on Netflix, with the second season running on ABC until the spring of 2013.
These are just some of the best TV shows on Netflix. You’ll want a fast Internet service and have your Netflix streaming optimized to its best in order to fully enjoy these shows. We’ll also follow up with some more posts that include the best comedies to catch up on, as well as some horror shows and period pieces.