15 Netflix Movies & Shows Worth Watching for Students

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Covid-19 Quarantine can be boring and suffocating. It is not surprising that Netflix has reported a surge in subscription. It is reported that Netflix has an increase of close to 23% in paid subscriptions globally in just the first quarter of the year. If you think watching Netflix is counter-productive to your day, don’t worry, there are a lot of movies that you can watch on Netflix which are educational and could bring a new perspective in life. If your parents are nagging you for binging on Netflix again, you can tell them it’s part of online learning.

These movies and shows are hand-picked to ensure your precious time is not wasted and your online learning experiences are maximised. 

15 Netflix Movies and Shows Worth Watching for Students are:

1. Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History

Synopsis: This famous comedian will talk about the fascinating contributions of black history’s unsung heroes. This movie will reveal the first black woman that wanted to be an astronaut, the first black man that went to the North pole and many more black heroes that many people do not know about.

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes

Watch it here: Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History

2. Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates

Synopsis: Have you ever wondered how Bill Gates became the richest person in the world for the 16th times? This series will unfold how this billionaire thinks,how he lives his life, his biggest fear and the goal that he is still pursuing. 

Genre: Biographical Documentaries

Season: 1

Episodes: 3

Duration: 51- 56 minutes

Watch it here: Inside Bill’s Brain

3. The White Helmets

Synopsis: This series shows how a group of people risked their life to rescue victims during the daily war that is happening in Syria. This show is a must to watch because it brings a whole new perspective on your daily life. You will be grateful for the freedom that you have, the food you have on the table and the future that you will live.

Genre: Documentary

Duration: 40 minutes

Watch it here: The White Helmets

4. Period. End of Sentence

Synopsis: A group of women come together to fight the misconception that menstrual cycle is taboo. These women are building a machine that makes a low-cost and affordable menstrual pads for the young women in rural India. This documentary is nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards. 

Genre: Documentary

Duration: 26 minutes

Watch it here: Period. End of Sentence

5. Abstract: The Art of Design

Synopsis: It shows how artists see the worlds and how their designs impact the world. This documentary tells how the artists get their inspiration from before creating a masterpiece and you will watch artists such as Ilse Crawford, Tinker Hatfield, Christoph Niemann and Ruth Carter. Ruth Carter is a costume designer for Black Panther.

Genre: Documentaries

Season: 2 


Duration: 42 – 48 minutes

Watch it here: Abstract: The Art of Design

6. Babies

Synopsis: This documentary series explores and reveals babies life during the crucial first year. Babies are very mysterious, this series will unfold the meaning of their cry, are they hungry, sad or sleepy? They will also show babies first words, walk, crawl. Don’t you want to know how you were before you grew up? So, this series will definitely be beneficial for you.

Genre: Documentary

Season: 1

Episodes: 6

Duration: 48-53 minutes

Watch it here: Babies  

7. Our Planet

Synopsis: This series tells the habitat and characteristics of wildlife animals such as cheetah, penguins and sea animals. This is a great documentary for you to watch to learn more about these creatures as they share the same place where we called home, Earth.

Genre: Documentary

Season: 1

Episodes: 8

Duration: 49-54 minutes

Watch it here: Our Planet

8. Dream Big, Engineering Our World

Synopsis: This documentary shows how engineers change the world,  fight the current problems and solve tomorrow’s challenges. This will show how they ensure buildings or creations such as the skyscraper, dam and even hot air balloons are safe and do not danger the human beings. For young aspiring engineers, this show is a must-to-watch. 

Genre: Documentaries

Duration: 42 minutes

Watch it here: Dream Big, Engineering Our World 

9. Zion

Synopsis: Zion was born without legs and raised in foster care. But that did not prevent him from achieving his dream in wrestling sport. With only 11 minutes, you can learn so much from Zion and can encourage you to go deeper and fight for your dreams.

Genre: Documentary

Duration: 11 minutes

Watch it here: Period. End of Sentence

10. Coronavirus, Explained

Synopsis: This series will unfold what is the virus about, symptoms of disease and ways to combat it and how to manage mental issues during quarantine. Although we knew part and parcel about this pandemic, this documentary will show more in depth on how this virus outbreak became a global concern.

Genre: Science

Duration: 26 minutes

Watch it here: Coronavirus, Explained

11. Street Food: Asia

Synopsis: This mouth-watering documentary series celebrates the street food around Asia such as Thailand, India, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Even at this quarantine, you can have a virtual tour and learn more about the food culture in other Asian countries.

Genre: Social & Cultural 

Season: 1

Episodes: 9

Duration: 30-34 minutes

Watch it here: Street Food: Asia

12. Greatest Events of WWII in Colour

Synopsis: This docu series will unfold the events that were happening during World War 2. Events such as the bombing at Pearl Harbour, Nazis that were led by Adolf Hitler and bombs hit Great Britain. You definitely want to watch this series as it would become a great lesson on how history shapes our world today.

Genre: Historical Documentaries

Season: 1

Episodes: 10

Duration: 50 minutes

Watch it here: Greatest Events of WWII in Colour

13. The Mind, Explained

Synopsis: This series will dive deeper on what is going on inside our head. Why our memory changed or forgotten, why we have dreams, why are we anxious and what will meditation do in our body are the topics that will be tackled in 5 episodes. 

Genre: Science & Nature

Season: 1

Episodes: 5

Duration: 19- 22 minutes

Watch it here: The Mind, Explained

14. Explained

Synopsis: This docu series digs into and explains many topics such as K-pop industry, cryptocurrency, diamond, beauty industry, music, world’s water crisis, reasons why women paid less, tattoo, existence of aliens and marijuana. This is a good documentary to binge on because you will gain knowledge on those topics.

Genre: Science & Nature

Season: 2

Episodes: 30 episodes 

Duration: 17- 26 minutes

Watch it here: Explained 

15. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

Synopsis: This reality shows the outstanding and beautiful houses around the world such as Israel, Norway, Spain, India, Japan, Switzerland, Portugal and the USA. The shows will reveal the features of beautiful houses and if you want to be an interior designer one day, this is the perfect show to watch as you will learn a lot about what makes a home.  

Genre: Home & Garden Reality TV

Season: 2

Episodes: 12 episodes 

Duration: 46-59 minutes

Watch it here: The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes 

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Stephanie Calamba
Part time ACCA student, part time content writer but full time child of God.

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