10 UAE Netflix shows to watch during Eid al-Adha

Because it's still summer and all your friends are out of town.

Meryl D'Souza September 8, 2016

In case you're one of the few people who chose to leave booking your Eid vacation to the eleventh hour and now realise there’s nothing left - apart from these top end staycations - here’s how you can salvage your long, long weekend in front of the TV with the air-con on full. 

We'll be honest, we didn't know Netflix UAE had these crackers on its roster: 

House of Cards
What you can learn: The art of office politics.
Key quote: “Sometimes the only way to gain your superior’s respect is to defy him.”

Watch Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) navigate the political minefield of American politics in a quest to become the most powerful man of the free world by plotting murders, sleeping with women and controlling everyone around him like puppets.

Breaking Bad
What you can learn: How to never sell yourself short and negotiate like a boss.
Key quote: “You asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I’m in the empire business.”

Follow sickly chemistry teacher Walter White and his student-partner Jesse Pinkman as they descend into madness by indulging in the meth-making business. Fair warning: this drama can be highly addictive and could make you question your own existence.

What you can learn: Spanish
Key quote: “Geniuses are always branded as crazy.”

A series that gives you a peek into the life of the “King of Cocaine” and takes you into the murky world of the Colombian drug trade and the authorities’ attempts to bring it down. Do you really need another reason to watch it? 

Stranger Things
What you can learn: How to look at things from a different perspective.
Key quote: “Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.”

Throw on your nostalgia goggles and embark on a journey that pays homage to almost every ‘80s sci-fi/horror trope from Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, John Carpenter and Stephen King. The story revolves around a group of kids from a small town who ride around the neighbourhood on their BMX bikes while wearing Marty McFly vests. Then one of the kids disappears, while another kid mysteriously appears. And then things get really strange.

What you can learn: How to dress for work.
Key quote: "Sometimes good guys have gotta do bad things to make the bad guys pay."

The characters in suits are nothing like people you’ve met in your life. Everyone is more beautiful and wittier than you’ll ever be, which is why it’s perfect for when you want to escape reality. Think of it as Game of Thrones in Tom Ford suits.

The Office
What you can learn: Take a vacation the week of Christmas to avoid gift exchanges.
Key quote: “There’s too many people on this Earth. We need a new plague.”

Based on the British comedy of the same name, The Office (US) is the comedy you can most relate to because it’s an amalgamation of hilarious extremes of people you already know. Like the quiet guy in the corner who may or may not be a serial killer. 

What you can learn: No good deed goes unpunished.
Key quote: “Some fights will just get you bloody.”

Forget all about Ben Affleck’s horrendous movie and instead, watch this TV series as you eagerly wait the next Marvel flick. Follow the blind, crime-fighting lawyer as he keeps Hell’s Kitchen safe from super villains like the Kingpin. Because while Starlord is busy taking care of the galaxy, the Avengers are looking after Earth and Spiderman is patrolling New York City, evidently, none of them have the time to keep an eye on 10 blocks in midtown Manhattan. 

What you can learn: Proper grammar.
Key quote: “Four serial suicides and now a note! It’s Christmas!”

If nothing else, you’ve at least seen Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic on the big screen thanks to Robert Downey Jr. The British TV series, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Dr Watson respectively, brings the duo to modern-day London with tightly written episodes and compelling plots.

Chef’s Table
What you can learn: Food is the greatest art of all.
Key quote: "To grow and to improve you have to be there at the edge of uncertainty."

The series spends each 50-minute episode profiling some of the world’s most extraordinary chefs and culinary tales, to show you how much great food is a product of the soul of the person who made it. 

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
What you can learn: Your relationship with your parents is the seed of everything.
Key quote: “Heal the boy and the man will appear.”

You may not be a seminar kind of person and that’s okay, but how about you give this one a shot? It’s not every day that you see an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary director (Joe Berlinger) work on things that would tarnish his reputation if it wasn't a success.