Everyone has a dark side

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I get a thrill from true crime and enjoy intense drama. I get emotional over made up events and people. I. Love. TV. The fictional world has long been a staple in my life.

I have a long list of other things I find enjoyable, including reading, swimming, walking, crafting and baking. Many people, places and things make me happy, but what I’ve recently realized is that there is a part of me that also enjoys darkness.

TV shows and films that evoke anger, sadness and fear are my cup of tea. This could be interpreted as a negative thing, but I view it as a form of therapy.

Netflix is my go-to entertainment provider. The company’s collection of TV shows and films is constantly improving and I have an ever-growing list of things I want to watch. A trend anyone would notice in my queue, is that most of my choices fall under the crime or drama genres.

I just finished “binging” the Australian TV show Wentworth. Let me tell you, I haven’t been this emotionally invested in a TV show since Breaking Bad. The spin-off series Better Call Saul is up there on my list of must-see shows as well.

From the complex backstories of each character to the gritty and downright disturbing scenes, I get a serious high watching shows like this. I’m not a bad person, I don’t come from a life of crime and violence, but maybe that’s why I find these TV shows so compelling. The writing is top-notch and for several hours at a time, I can get lost in a world where danger lurks around every corner. The excitement is palpable.

If you want some recommendations to feed your dark side, the following Netflix picks should do the trick:

Please note that not all films and TV shows listed below will be available in all countries. The descriptions listed are taken from IMDB.

Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison.

Making a Murderer
Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America’s heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.

Breaking Bad
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine, with his former student, in order to secure his family’s financial future.

Better Call Saul
The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Welcome to Leith 
‘Welcome to Leith’ is a feature documentary chronicling the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. Filmed in the days leading up to Cobb’s arrest for terrorizing the townspeople on an armed patrol and his subsequent release from jail six months later, the film is an eerie document of American DIY ideals.

Orange is the New Black
The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

The Imposter
A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for three years.

Cartel Land
A physician in Michoacán, Mexico leads a citizen uprising against the drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Across the U.S. border, a veteran heads a paramilitary group working to prevent Mexico’s drug wars from entering U.S. territory.

Beasts of No Nation
A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Enjoy the darkness.