5 Best limited series on Netflix right now

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No matter how productive your week is and how focused you are on your work, you need little breaks to recharge your energy. You are scared to turn to Netflix because you’ll wind up binge-watching ten years of television. We totally understand the pain that comes with binge-watching an addictive television show. But why spend weeks watching a show when you can finish one in just five hours? Or even in a day? 

If you don’t have the time to hunt for the best ones that are worth your precious break, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a list of limited series that you can stream on Netflix right now:

Maniac

Episode duration: 26–47 minutes

No. of episodes: 10

Two strangers, Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), along with ten others, are drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial for a drug that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems permanently. Things do not go as planned. This dark comedy is based on a Norwegian series of the same name about a nondescript man in a psychiatric hospital who lives an exciting life of adventure and romance in his mind. He may be insane or just having fun.

Unbelievable (2019)

Episode duration – 43–58 minutes

No. of Episodes: 8

Based on the true events of 2008–2011 Washington and Colorado serial rapes, Unbelievable tells the story of two detectives (Oscar Nominee Toni Collette &  Emmy Winner Merritt Wever) who follow a twisted path to arrive at the truth about a teenager ( Kaitlyn Dever) accused of lying about being raped. The show is based on T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2015 article An Unbelievable Story of Rape. It also draws from the writers’ previous work, A False Report (2018). 

Inventing Anna (2022)

Episode duration – 59–82 minutes

No. of episodes: 9

Inventing Anna, the new Shondaland series on Netflix, is about Anna Delvey (Julia Garner), the Russian-born faux heiress who elegantly finessed banks, hotels, and socialites out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Based on Jessica Pressler’s 2018 New York magazine feature on Delvey, Inventing Anna closely follows reporter Vivian Kent (Anna Chlumsky), a fictionalized version of Pressler, as she attempts to connect Delvey’s dots — and make her deadline. “The investigative journalism we see on TV is completely true — except for the parts that are completely made up,” reads the Netflix official explainer of the show.

Unorthodox (202)

Episode duration: 52–54 minutes

No. of Episodes: 4

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Unorthodox follows Etsy, a 19-year-old Jewish woman living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. She is trapped in an unhappy arranged marriage within the sect of the ultra-Orthodox community. She flees to Berlin, where her estranged mother lives, and tries to live a secular life, exploring life outside of her community and rejecting all of her upbringing’s beliefs. After learning of her pregnancy, her husband flies to Berlin with his cousin on the orders of their rabbi to try to find her.

Maid (2021)

Episode duration: 47–60 minutes

No. of episodes: 10

This German-American drama is inspired by Stephanie Land’s memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. It follows Alex as she struggles with raising a young child, dealing with both an abusive ex-boyfriend and her own dysfunctional family. All while navigating the red tape of government assistance, working as a maid, and dreaming of a future as a writer. The show is primarily in Yiddish, but you can stream it in both German and English.

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