The sheer volume of Netflix’s output means that it’s inevitable that some of it won’t be particularly good.
Bloodline? Three episodes was enough for me to be bored into submission.
Santa Clara Diet? I watched one episode and found it wasn’t my type of humour at all.
Jessica Jones? I fell asleep every time I watched an episode of the second season and had even forgotten that I had stopped watching it before I started this article.
Designated Survivor? Knowing that it’s been cancelled, I don’t really find myself inspired to watch more than I have (which was up to the second episode of season 2 by the way).
So although Netflix has so much content, it’s fair to say that not all of it is must-see.
Of course, I could argue that it’s because of the amount of content available that I haven’t been bothered to finish watching these shows, and that Netflix’s greatest strength is the problem, but if I recall correctly, I already did a few years back (and you can read about that here)
But I bring this all up because for the first time in a while, I have managed to stumble across a new show on Netflix that immediately grabbed me, and resulted in me binge watching all eight episodes over the course of a few days.
Safe – starring Michael C. Hall as a father whose daughter has gone missing while her boyfriend has been found murdered – is actually really good and well worth a watch.
Although his English accent is immediately dodgy, you soon get used to it and that apart, it’s a well written and executed drama that manages to stay the course and – unlike so many Netflix shows – remain interesting throughout all eight episodes.
Also unlike so many other shows – Netflix or otherwise – it isn’t written with a second season in mind. It presents a mystery, it hooks the viewers in and it then answers every question by the end of the final episode.
And that’s how a show should be.
So if you’re sitting at home, twiddling your thumbs and wondering what to watch, Safe is a safe bet.
And yes, I had to make that pun.