The Queen's Gambit series poster

The Rise of the Miniseries

If you are binge-watcher like me, then you probably are also constantly on the prowl for the next best hit series. For years, many of my favorite TV series shared a common theme of lasting approximately five to eight seasons. As much as I love a show with many seasons because I become invested in the plot and attached to the characters, it often is hard to actually finish these types of shows. Sometimes, these shows start off so strong during the first two seasons, but after a while, they lose their momentum. Especially when I have a lot going on in my life, I sometimes just need a quick and easy show. Recently, both Netflix and Hulu have added a wide range of miniseries. In short, a miniseries is about one or two seasons consisting of minimal episodes with longer lengths. These shows have become extremely successful because many people easily binge them in just a few days. Moreover, those who struggle to finish shows are likely to enjoy these miniseries. Here are some of the most well-known miniseries. 

  1. 1. Bridgerton

    If you’re a fan of Gossip Girl, then you should definitely try out this Netflix traditional spin where Lady Whistledown takes on the new role of Gossip Girl. Bridgerton follows the story of eight siblings, who are part of a prominent family during the Regency era in England, and the plot deals with issues regarding love and marriage at the time. It is extremely interesting to see the expectations prevalent during this time while also falling in love with the story of Daphne and Simon. Aside from that, the soundtrack consists of modern songs with an instrumental, classical rhythm.

  2. 2. A Teacher

    This 10-episode Hulu show follows the inappropriate relationship between a student and a teacher, showing people first-hand all of the factors that come into play with this kind of situation. Disturbing and uncomfortable yet definitely worth the watch, A Teacher is the perfect show to watch in just several days.

  3. 3. The Queen's Gambit

    Although I have not watched this Netflix series yet, it’s next up on my to-watch list. Following the story of an orphan who turns into a well-known and extremely gifted chess player, The Queen’s Gambit isn’t your stereotypical TV series. In addition to the inspiring story, this show tackles heavy subjects, specifically drug addiction.

  4. 4. Emily in Paris

    Recently renewed for another season, Emily in Paris follows the story of an aspiring marketing executive who makes the courageous move from America to Paris. Following Emily’s story of overcoming issues with friends, love and her career, fans stay engaged throughout each episode. And who doesn’t love a show that takes place in the city of love?

Whether you fall in love with every show you watch or find your taste to be picky, you're bound to become hooked by any of these miniseries.