Television has seen no shortage of drug-themed TV shows over the years, but it’s impossible to keep up with all of them. Luckily, Netflix has a great selection of options available for instant streaming. Whether you’re into critically acclaimed dramas such as AMC’s Breaking Bad or docuseries, there’s a title to fit every kind of taste and preference.
Can’t decide which one to watch first? We’re here to help narrow down your choices. Below, check out five of the best shows, centered on drugs or drug use, to catch on Netflix. These titles span from scripted award season favorites to cult sitcoms. So browse through the options, pick your favorite, and settle in for a great night of binge-watching.
1. Breaking Bad
The thrilling story of Walter White is not just one of the best TV shows about drugs — it’s one of the best TV shows, period. One of the most critically acclaimed and highly rated series of all time, AMC’s show — about a struggling high school chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston) who turns to a life of crime with former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) — has earned countless awards, and for good reason. From Cranston and Paul’s astounding performances to the riveting storytelling, Breaking Bad is one series you don’t want to miss out on. Luckily, all five seasons are currently available for streaming on Netflix.
Netflix’s original crime drama, Narcos, chronicles the real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It follows as powerful, but conflicting forces — from politicians to police to civilians — clash in an effort to control the influx of cocaine, the drug that’s fast becoming the world’s most powerful commodity.
Brazilian actor Wagner Moura (Elysium) stars as the notorious and wealthy drug lord and cocaine trafficker Pablo Escobar. Meanwhile, Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) play the good guys and real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña.
The critically acclaimed freshman season, which earned two Golden Globe award nominations, is currently available to stream, as well as the second season of the series.
Showtime’s dark comedy drama remains one of the network’s most prolific shows. The series, which stars Mary-Louise Parker as a suburban mother who turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, has earned high critical praise (and multiple awards) for its dry, smart humor and consistently refreshing storyline. All eight seasons of Weeds, which was created and written by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, are now available to binge-watch on Netflix.
4. That ’70s Show
For obvious reasons, weed is a mainstay in the Fox ’70s-set sitcom, which focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in the fictional suburban town of Point Place, Wis. Of course, broadcasting rules prevented the series from ever actually showing any of its characters lighting up, but that didn’t stop it from suggesting otherwise. The sitcom famously implemented “The Circle” technique, in which the whole group sat in a circle talking in Eric’s basement, as the camera slowly spins around, stopping at a close-up of each character’s face as they spoke. Add in the theatrical smoke and you get the picture.
5. Drugs, Inc.
This gripping National Geographic Channel docuseries explores various aspects of the illegal drug trade. From drug production to drug users, this series leaves no stone unturned. The first three seasons are currently available on Netflix, and each of the episodes focus on a particular drug.
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