Summer is an awkward season in Hong Kong. The weather goes from rainy to sunny, hot to cold, all within the same day. So what better way to hide from the heat or rain than staying at home and binge-watch some of your favourite shows? If you’re looking for a break from the blood and gore of Game of Thrones, here are seven of the best TV shows currently on Netflix Hong Kong for you to binge.
The Prince of Hell is back with another season on Netflix, promising all sorts of devilish naughtiness. Loosely based on the story of the original fallen angel, Lucifer follows the Devil himself, who abandons his throne in hell to become a nightclub owner and police crime consultant in L.A. All Lucifer wanted was to have his own Devil’s little playground in L.A., but as the story develops, he finds himself getting attached to humans whom he once regarded as playthings – which brings him troubles and complications that aren’t so fun. Not only does the show’s 10 episode per season model make it perfect for bingeing, it’s also riddled with plenty of charm, charisma, and sassy humour that will have you rooting for the eternally-damned in no time.
Things get a little kinky on Netflix when dominatrix Tiff enlists her best friend from high school, Pete, to be her assistant in the brand-new dark comedy, BONDiNG. The show centres on the juicy misadventures of Trix, a grad student who moonlights as a dominatrix queen to support herself, and her newly-out gay friend, Pete, who gets roped into being her business partner. “Everyone thinks dom work is just about sex,” Tiff comments at one point in the series. “It’s really just liberation from shame.” The racy BDSM theme of the show is balanced with a light-hearted plot full of quippy one-liners, making BONDiNG an enjoyable light watch.
Something in The Rain
While the classic rom-com trope “girl falls for best friend’s older brother” has been played out many times, it’s not often you see a show where a woman falls for her best friend’s younger brother. In Something In The Rain, Yoon Jin-ah (played by Son Ye-jin) is a driven career woman in her mid-30s who recently got dumped by her boyfriend. She reconnects with her best friend’s younger brother, Seo Joon-hee (played by Jung Hae-in), when he returns home after working abroad for three years. The direct translation of the show’s Korean name is “Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food” (that’s pretty much what the whole drama is about), so expect lots of eating and soju-drinking involved. Jung Hae-in and Son Ye-jin’s on-screen chemistry is enthralling as the romance between the characters gets delivered in a slow burn over the first few episodes.
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Orange Is The New Black
It’s been six years since the award-winning Netflix series Orange Is The New Black took the internet by storm and became one of pop-culture’s most influential shows. Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, the addicting series follows Piper Chapman, a sheltered upper-class society princess who is sent to prison for a drug trafficking crime she committed 10 years ago. From abusive situations with guards to pregnancies, romantic personal relationships, and addiction, the show explores the complexity of prison life for women through Piper and her fellow Litchfield Penitentiary inmates. Netflix has announced that Season 7 will be coming to Hong Kong’s Netflix soon, so if you haven’t watched the show yet, now is the best time to catch up.
Hungry for a new show to binge? Well, feast your eyes on the dazzling array of local eats featured on Netflix’s latest food show, Street Food. The mouth-watering food documentary celebrates the local heroes of street food who cook some of the world’s most popular dishes in modest restaurants, food carts, and hawker stalls around countries in Asia. From a lady in Vietnam whose father’s snail recipe helped her put her son through college to a Japanese vendor who began cooking merely as a way to survive, the nine-part series dives into the stories of the people who keep the traditions of street food culture alive. Is your mouth salivating yet?
Sex Education is a contemporary British take on those classic American high school films which explores the universally relatable coming-of-age experience. This quirky, distinctively honest, and refreshing series follows the socially awkward teen, Otis Milburn, who knows everything when it comes to sex advice, thanks to living with his no-filter sex therapist mum. When his background is revealed at school, Otis uses it to his advantage by teaming up with bad-girl rebel Maeve to set up a school sex therapy clinic.
Imagine a cross between Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model, but for drag queens and on shrooms, and you have the award-winning reality competition show, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Serving us comedy, drama, and plenty of camp, RuPaul’s Drag Race searches for America’s next superstar drag queen through a series of entertaining challenges, jaw-dropping death drops, bewitching outfits, and wig after wig after wig. Being the first of its kind, the show is a pretty big deal in the LGBTQ+ community. Not only is it filled with plenty of quirky and quotable one-liners like Halleloo, eleganza extravaganza, and ‘”in the great tradition of Paris is Burning, the library is officially open”, the show is so over-the-top dramatic that you won’t be able to stop watching. Now go ahead and add this show to your Netflix playlist, hunny.
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