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#RizRecommends TV series to watch on Netflix

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Photographer and writer Riz Pulumbarit lists some of his recommended movies and shows on Netflix.

As we continue to #StayAtHome, Netflix helps keep us entertained amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re wondering what to see next, here’s a list for you.

Photo by John-Mark Smith from Pexels

(1) The Umbrella Academy

Origin: United States

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Now on its second season, this story of  six unlikely siblings with superpowers has surprisingly sustained  its popularity. SPOILER: Sorry, Mary J. Blige and “I Think We’re Alone Now” won’t be back. But the twists and turns and especially the soundtrack will more than make up for it. Stuck in Dallas 1963, the gang will try to change history to get back to 2019.

(2) Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

Origin: Japan

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars  


Bustling Shinjuku in Tokyo is home to a tiny diner that opens from midnight until 7:00 a.m. Some of the regular patrons of "The Master" include a Yakuza gangster, a cop, a showgirl, a wandering philosopher, ordinary salarymen, a cross-dressing homosexual, and the cheerful senior Mr. Chu. The TV series garnered 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, an American review site where a critic likened its storytelling to meditation. Master is more than willing to give lessons in life, love and cooking.

(3) The Last Dance

Origin: United States

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. His last season with the Chicago Bulls and the road leading to the 1998 NBA Championship is chronicled in this 10-part miniseries. The Last Dance exposes the drama behind the greatness through never-before-seen footage and interviews with teammates, coaches, Bulls management and Jordan himself.

(4) Kim’s Convenience

Origin: Canada

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Korean migrants Mr. and Mrs. Kim run a grocery store in one of Toronto’s suburbs. Together with their children, twentysomethings Janet and Jung, the Kims try to find life, love and laughter amidst annoying customers, family disagreements, and cultural differences. The show received numerous Canadian Screen Awards for acting and technical excellence.

(5) That Winter, The Wind Blows

Origin: South Korea

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A conman pretends to be the long-lost brother of a blind heiress so he can pay his debt to a gangster. But he gets more than he bargained for. Jo Insung (The Classic) and Song Hye-Kyo ( Descendants of the Sun, Full House) give stellar performances.

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