What to binge watch this summer

Hilarious and profound: Natasha Lyonne stars as Nadia in the Groundhog Day-esque Russian Doll.
Hilarious and profound: Natasha Lyonne stars as Nadia in the Groundhog Day-esque Russian Doll.

Summer is here and that means the time you're not spending watching the cricket or heading to the beach can be spent catching up on all the shows you missed this year.

But where do you start? The Advertiser has got you covered! We've got a collection of some of the best shows to binge watch before you have to go back to work.

Russian Doll

Are you a fan of Groundhog Day? Great, you can watch Russian Doll.

Not a fan of Groundhog Day? That's awesome, you can still watch Russian Doll.

The brilliant comedy from Amy Poehler and star Natasha Lyonne follows a woman, Nadia, who relives the same day - her birthday - over and over again, dying each time.

The show's got all the hallmarks of the Groundhog Day formula (a song to restart the day, annoying people saying the same things, opportunities to make better decisions than the day before) but delves deeper, really looking into what it means to be a decent person and how important it is to form meaningful connections with others.

Russian Doll is only eight episodes long, and each episode is about half an hour, so it's easily knocked over in a couple of days. Catch it on Netflix and see what everyone's been talking about.

Badass ladies: Merritt Wever and Toni Collette are powerhouses in real-life crime drama Unbelieveable.

Badass ladies: Merritt Wever and Toni Collette are powerhouses in real-life crime drama Unbelieveable.

Unbelievable

Unbelievable. The title can describe not just the events of the based-on-real-life show, but also how good it is.

The Netflix drama is about two dogged detectives (the award-nominated Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) from different precincts who realise they've been working on separate home invasion rape cases that are likely committed by the same man.

The acting in Unbelievable is incredible, as is the contrast between poorly handled and brilliantly handled rape reports.

The treatment of the show's first victim Marie (Kaitlyn Dever, an amazing actress who is going to go on to big things) by the police is so ignorant and frustrating, the injustice that she experiences is hard to stomach.

If nothing else, this exceptional show (which can be hard to watch at times but deserves your attention) shines a light on just how hard it is for rape victims to seek justice and how invasive the whole process is.

The eight-episode limited series should not be missed.

Killing Eve

Few TV shows in recent times have received as much buzz as Killing Eve.

From creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and starring the brilliant Sandra Oh and crazy good Jodie Comer in the lead roles, the show follows security operative Eve Polastri and her obsessive hunt for an elusive assassin called Villanelle.

There's massive cat-and-house energy at work in Killing Eve, which is equal parts hilarious, shocking, tense and beautiful.

Comer is a revelation as the psychopathic assassin, as equally fascinated by Eve as Eve is with Villanelle.

The supporting cast is also top-notch, with appearances from the likes of Fiona Shaw, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Edward Bluemel and Sean Delaney. Two eight-episode seasons can be viewed on Stan.

Too cute: Baby Yoda - or The Child if you want to be accurate - has captured hearts across the globe.

Too cute: Baby Yoda - or The Child if you want to be accurate - has captured hearts across the globe.

The Mandalorian

The world is currently gripped by Star Wars fever and this is in no small part thanks to Disney+ original series The Mandalorian.

The eight-episode season, which drops week by week, follows an unnamed bounty hunter of the Mandalorian people, who encounters the cutest little critter to ever grace TV screens - The Child (better known in pop culture as Baby Yoda). The popular series is basically Firefly in the Star Wars universe, with our titular protagonist and Baby Yoda jumping from planet to planet to encounter all sorts of shenanigans. This one is pretty safe to watch with the family.

Mindhunter

Season two of intense real-life serial killer drama Mindhunter dropped this year and it was certainly worth the almost two-year wait.

The new season, which follows a small group of FBI agents in the newly-formed Behavioural Science Unit as they attempt to interview and learn from serial killers so they may better predict the next ones, mainly focuses on the truly awful Atlanta Child Killings of the late 70s.

It's dark, heavy and not for those who get squeamish about true crime. Two seasons (10 and nine episodes each) are on Netflix.