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Five shows you should definitely download for offline bingewatching on Netflix


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Netflix recently announced that it was introducing downloads and the long-awaited ability to watch shows offline.

Therefore, we've come up with five of our top picks for shows available on Netflix that you can now download and binge-watch on the go. Perfect for if you're facing a long commute home for the Christmas holidays.


All seven series of this Channel 4 classic are available to download through Netflix. In case you’re one of the people who haven’t watched Skins yet (you totally should), the show follows three ‘generations’ of teenagers at the same sixth-form college in Bristol over a period of six years. Each episode centres around a particular character and their struggles.

It covers a huge range of issues from love, sex and drugs to mental health and eating disorders. The show helped to launch the careers of Nicholas Hoult (X-Men), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Joe Dempsie and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones) and Jack O’Connell who has just been announced as playing the lead role of Lee ‘Alexander’ McQueen in an upcoming biopic. If you didn’t catch it first time round when it was on TV, it really is a fantastic series to watch.

Series 1-7 are available on Netflix.

Black Mirror

This collection of standalone science fiction tales, created and directed by Charlie Brooker, is one of the best things on Netflix to date. Each episode is set in an alternate reality and centres around the impact that technology could have on our lives.

Black Mirror boasts an impressive cast including Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: Force Awakens) and Bryce Dallas-Howard (Jurassic World).

Series 1-3 are available on Netflix. Read our Series 3 review here.

Stranger Things

This Netflix original series starring Winona Ryder has been everywhere since its launch in July. If you’re not clued up on Stranger Things, it’s a sci-fi mystery set in the 1980s, with some major throwbacks to that glorious decade.

When Joyce’s (Ryder) son Will goes missing, her search for the truth exposes a huge supernatural government cover-up. It also stars scene-stealing newcomer Millie Bobby-Brown as the utterly brilliant Eleven - a mysterious girl haunted by her past.

Season one is available on Netflix, with a second season expected in 2017. Read our season one review here.

Bates Motel 

A prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 cult classic Psycho, Bates Motel follows a teenage Norman Bates and his mother Norma as they first move into Bates Motel. The show explores the very complicated relationship between Norman and his mother that resulted in the horrific murders in Psycho. Well worth a watch.

Seasons 1-3 are available on Netflix.

Fresh Meat 

If you’re looking for something lighter to watch, Fresh Meat is a winner. The comedy drama stars Jack Whitehall and Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners) alongside a great cast. Fresh Meat follows the lives of a group of freshers as they move into a shared house, and continues through their university life. A must watch for any student past, present or future, it made me laugh out loud.

Series 1-4 are available on Netflix.


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