Back in the day — and by that, I mean two years ago — Netflix reliably filled the gaps in our television viewing schedule. It was perfect. House of Cards got us through the winter, Orange is the New Black got us through the summer, and we could mainline BoJack Horseman episodes before bed.
Then came the Marvel series, which we were OK with! We could drop Agents of SHIELD or something to else to keep up with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was an amazing addition that we could burn through in a weekend. And we did! And Bloodline, my favorite Netflix series so far, got us through the network rerun season last year.
Now? Now it’s too much. There are so many Netflix series, we can’t catch up on the other series that we used to use Netflix to catch up on. We can’t even keep up with the great Netflix original shows. Peak TV has become a problem on Netflix programming, alone. I liked Grace and Frankie last season, but it’s not a good enough show to devote ourselves to ahead of the other Netflix programming. Some of us are still behind on Daredevil season two, and no one is ever going to get around to the fantastic first season of Sense8 because Master of None (must watch) is still in the queue along with Love (you can skip Love) and Flaked (which you shouldn’t even bother with).
It’s not going to get any easier this summer. In fact, for Memorial Day weekend, Netflix is releasing the second season of Bloodline, the third season of Peaky Blinders (which is amazing) and the second season of Chef’s Table, that documentary series we keep meaning to watch the first season of.
You’ve got exactly three weeks to catch up on all of those (and the new Adam Sandler movie, which you should avoid) before the next season of Orange is the New Black comes out. Are you TV addicts feeling anxious? Because you also have to keep up with Preacher and Game of Thrones on cable at the same time (and don’t forget UnReal, which returns this summer and Mr. Robot). Two weeks later, Netflix hits us with the second season of Marco Polo, and I still haven’t seen the first. July 1st also sees the release of the Marcella, the British crime series starring Anna Friel, which is getting phenomenal reviews.
Then you get another two-week breather before Winona Ryder’s new series, Stranger Things arrives on July 15th.
Fortunately, after that, we get nearly a month-long break before the must-see Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan series debuts on August 12th.
Good luck keeping up with it all, in addition to catching up on all the great seasons of television you’ve already missed. Netflix needs to slow it down, before we all go back to watching the more manageable movies.
Here’s Netflix Summer Original Series schedule:
Friday, May 27
Chef’s Table - Season 2
Bloodline - Season 2
Tuesday, May 31
Peaky Blinders - Season 3
Friday, June 17
Orange Is The New Black - Season 4
Friday, July 1
Marcella - Season 1
Marco Polo - Season 2
Friday, July 15
Stranger Things - Season 1
Friday, August 12
The Get Down - Season 1