8 Shows to Binge Watch this New Year at Home

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The year 2020, despite being dreadful, delivered in terms of bang-on entertainment. From fascinating rom coms to nail-biting thrillers, the OTT platforms released a variety of promising content week by week. As most of us are spending the New Year’s eve at home, it’s a perfect opportunity to tick a few shows off our watchlists.

We have picked 8 shows that are bingeable in a single day. Check out our list ahead:

  • Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story

One of the highest-rated web series on IMDb, Scam 1992 is based on a book by Sucheta Dalal and Debashish Basu. The series offers insights into the Rs 5,000-crore 1992 securities scandal, orchestrated by Harshad Mehta, which led to the exposure of many loopholes in the functioning of the stock market and banks. 

Streaming on Sony Liv

  • Itaewon Class

Itaewon Class is a 16-episode series on Netflix that is packed with the perfect blend of revengeful drama and cute romance. The series is a story of a group of social outcasts who come together to take down an exploitative business mogul. A sure shot entertainment with decade-long blood feud, class clash and overlapping love triangles. 

Streaming on Netflix

  • The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit follows the journey of the Chess Prodigy – Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor Joy) from an orphanage to championships. The richly-detailed series has been particularly acclaimed by the chess community for nailing the game’s accuracy. In a column for the New York Times, chess master Dylan Loeb McClain has called the show “one of the best and most successful screen adaptations of the game.”

Streaming on Netflix

  • Hostages

Hostages Season 2 of the action-packed thriller series – Hostages dropped this year and it seems like it is a worthy successor to Season 1. The crime thriller does not only take a new turn but also unfold newer side plots weaved into the script. Apart from some of the familiar faces of season 1, the series stars Kanwaljit Singh, Divya Dutta, Dino Morea, Shibani Dandekar and Shweta Bose.

Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar

  • Fleabag

Fleabag is a refreshingly inventive and funny series adapted from the award‑winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London while dealing with the death of her best friend, a troublesome family, running her own business and navigating a tangle of unfulfilling and masochistic relationships.

The two-season series is created and written by Phoebe Waller Bridge who also plays the main character in this vivaciously creative comedy.

Streaming on Amazon Prime

  • Panchayat

Panchayat series revolves around the life of an engineering graduate, Abhishek Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar) who takes up a job as secretary of a Panchayat office in a village of Uttar Pradesh as he couldn’t get any other job in multinational companies. 

Supported by praise-worthy performances from its lead cast, including Raghuvir Yadav, Neena Gupta, Jitendra Kumar and Chandan Roy, the show stays clear of the frills and is rooted to reality. 

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

  • A Suitable Boy

Mrs Rupa Mehra’s (Mahira Kakkar) pursuit of a suitable boy for her daughter Lata (Tanya Maniktala) does make for a charming watch. 

This beloved novel by Vikram Seth has been adapted into a lavish new six-part series, directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair. The NY times reviewed the series as “a sprawling and heartfelt saga of four upper-class families, star-crossed lovers, religious coexistence and post-Partition politics.” The highlight of the show is definitely the astonishing Indian star cast including the ageing courtesan Saeeda Begum (Tabu) and her young lover Maan Kapoor (Ishaan Khatter). 

Streaming on Netflix

  • Bad Boy Billionaires

Controversy of the highest levels, glamour, money and fraud, makings of a perfect binge worthy show. What makes this journey better is that it revolves around some of the biggest names of Indian economy, Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Subrata Roy. Bad Boy Billionaires unfolds the underlying truth of the entire story from the eyes of the people closest to them, their epic climb and their epic fall, in a way that no show has ever done. A feast to watch for all ages, with family as well.  

Streaming on Netflix

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