5 Highly Addictive Netflix Shows to Binge Right Now

Manhunt: Unabomber

The traditional networks’ offerings are getting ever less inspiring. Only CBS’s Young Sheldon and SEAL Team show much promise, and NBC’s sole innovative 2016 offering, This Is Us, is falling into every dramatic sinkhole it deftly avoided in its terrific first season. Fortunately, Netflix has stepped up.

With new shows, and returns actually building on their premise rather than squandering it, a Netflix subscription has never been a better value. Here are 5 top examples.

5. Manhunt: Unabomber

In case you missed it on the Discovery Channel, this superb docudrama about the hunt for the Unabomber really delivers an explosively compelling package.

Sam Worthington is superb as the brilliantly obsessive FBI profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a man who sees patterns in language the way top physicists see patterns in number.  Language, he gets. Spotting behaviors in others, he’s great at. Having a life, making room for his family, navigating the FBI bureaucracy?  Not so much

Paul Bettany matches him scene for scene as Ted Kaczynski, the genius-level loner who lives in a shack and sends his deadly messages back to American society through the U.S. mail.

Manhunt: Unabomber may have a slow fuse to start, but the payoff is immense. Check it out and stay with it.