Top 5 Netflix Gems You Can't Afford To Miss To Spice Up Your Weekend Watchlist


Kicking back this weekend but unsure what to binge-watch? No worries, Netflix has got your back with some brand-new goodies to spice up your screen time. As we roll into the second week of May, the streaming giant has a fresh lineup that’s as varied as it is enticing — from a gripping true-crime docu to a heartwarming rom-com and edge-of-your-seat thrillers. Whether you’re in the mood for laughter, tears, or some serious popcorn-spilling action, Netflix will likely have you covered.

Here are five fresh Netflix releases you’ll want to add to your weekend watchlist right away:

Cooking Up Murder: Uncovering the Story of César Román

Fans of gripping true crime documentaries are in for a treat with Cooking Up Murder: Uncovering the Story of César Román. Image: Tudum/ Netflix

Diving into the dark world of culinary celebrity, “Cooking Up Murder: Uncovering the Story of César Román” explores the life of a high-profile Spanish chef known as the “king of cachopo.” Román, who enjoyed celebrity status in the culinary world, hid a disturbing secret behind his fame. In November 2018, authorities arrested him for the murder of his girlfriend, Heidi Paz. Fans of true-crime documentaries like “Bad Surgeon” and “The Tinder Swindler” will find this gripping tale irresistible.

Mother of the Bride

Just in time for Mother's Day, "Mother of the Bride" brings a delightful romantic comedy to the screen. Image: Tudum/ Netflix

Switching gears to a lighter, more heartwarming note, “Mother of the Bride” lands just in time for Mother's Day. This romantic comedy stars Brooke Shields, Benjamin Bratt, and Miranda Cosgrove. The film follows Lana (Shields), a single mom whose trip to her daughter’s wedding in Thailand takes a twist when she discovers the groom’s father is her ex (Bratt), reigniting old flames in a lush, romantic setting.


The comedy thriller featuring Will Forte, Siobhán Cullen, and Robyn Cara. Image: Tudum/ Netflix

For those who love a mix of comedy and mystery, “Bodkin” delivers just that. This Netflix Original comedy thriller features Will Forte, Siobhán Cullen, and Robyn Cara as American podcasters investigating decades-old disappearances in a quaint Irish town. What starts as a simple inquiry soon spirals into a bizarre adventure full of unexpected twists.

Thank You, Next

The Turkish Netflix series enjoys mixing the hopeless romantic with the murky waters of modern-day relationships. Image: Tudum/ Netflix

Although the title might remind you of a certain Ariana Grande album, “Thank You, Next, is a Turkish drama series that ventures into the world of romance and legal drama. The story centers on Leyla, a lawyer reentering the dating scene after a tough breakup while tackling the “divorce case of the year” against a notorious serial divorcer. This drama intertwines personal and professional challenges in a compelling narrative.

Blood of Zeus

For those hooked on mythological dramas, "Blood of Zeus" returns with its second season. Image: Tudum/ Netflix

Lastly, animation and mythology enthusiasts will revel in the return of “Blood of Zeus.” This animated series, a sequel to “Gods & Heroes,” continues the adventures of Zeus’ demigod son who battles to save Olympus and Earth from ancient threats. Packed with gods, giants, and mythical battles, this series promises to be a visually stunning and thrilling journey through lost Greek tales.

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