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Check Out These Binge-Worthy Netflix Miniseries That You Can Watch in ‘One Day’

Whether it’s the recent adaptation of ‘One Day’ or the true story on ‘Inventing Anna,’ these Netflix miniseries are the perfect watch!

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Sometimes there is nothing better than curling up on the couch and settling in for an addictive TV series. Or maybe you’d prefer an easier watch, like a two-hour movie that you can quickly digest and move on to the next. But what if you are looking for something in between the two? That’s where the genius of a Netflix miniseries comes in.

From award-winners to highly anticipated drops, Netflix miniseries are the perfect watch. Over the past few years, these limited programs have become increasingly popular as our attention spans grow shorter.

Quick-to-watch, these shows keep audiences engaged for the 6, 10 or 12 episodes they offer, rather than go on for eight seasons just to keep viewers hooked (although Netflix is very good at that too!)

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Cast of “Daisy Jones and the Six” (2023) moviestillsdb.com/Amazon Studios

Other streaming platforms have taken note of this rising trend, too — Amazon Prime with Daisy Jones and the Six (2023) and Hulu with Dopesick (2021) — but there are dozens of enticing Netflix miniseries to sit down and binge.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy watch, but love to get invested in the drama, check out these 7 Netflix miniseries that will keep you hooked for, well, at least a full day.

1. One Day (2024): Netflix miniseries

This most recent Netflix miniseries is one for the ages, starring The White LotusLeo Woodall and Ambika Mod. One Day follows the lives of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew after they meet on the night of their graduation in 1988, knowing they must go their separate ways the next day. Each episode marks a new year, checking in with the pair every July 15.

Based on the 2009 novel and 2011 film, One Day fits the classic friends-to-lovers trope, allowing Emma and Dexter to slowly explore their feelings over a period of 20 years. The two deal with the realities of life, a long-distance friendship and falling in and out of sync with each other, while ultimately harboring secret feelings

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Woodall shared about how he felt making a series based on a movie, based on a book. “I think if we were remaking the movie I might feel some pressure,” he explained, “but we knew that we were telling it in a new way.”

If you’re looking for an exceptional and emotional watch, this 14-episode miniseries might be just the thing you need. Each episode clocks in at about 30 minutes, give or take, but are certainly worth the watch.

2. Maid (2021)

Maid follows the life of single mother Alex (Margaret Qualley) as she escapes an abusive relationship and tries hard to make ends meet for her young daughter, Maddy. Dealing with their potential homelessness and her mother’s undiagnosed bipolar disorder, Alex faces the harsh realities of living on her own and working hard as a maid.

Adapted from the memoir of Stephanie Land, the 10-episode series was nominated for three Primetime Emmys and three Golden Globe awards. Check out this miniseries if you’re looking for an uplifting watch.

Qualley shared how she got involved with the show and how reading the memoir secured her decision. “I read the script, and I was just really taken aback by it … I hadn’t read [the memoir], and this was the final cherry on top of, like, ‘You gotta read this book.’ And then I flew through it. It’s painful but propelling. And it just was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

3. Beef (2023): Netflix miniseries

This multiple-Emmy award winning series swept up at every award show this year. Snagging dozens of honors, Beef follows two people in a prolonged feud after a road rage incident. Danny (Steven Yeun) and Amy (Ali Wong) get so invested in getting each other back, that their vendetta begins to affect everything and everyone around them.

Called “A thrilling dark comedy that explores the complexity of anger,” by the New York Times, Beef has been a hit since its release. The show was one of the most watched on Netflix and the plot and cast are to thank for that. Check out this Netflix miniseries the next time you’re looking to watch a drama mixed with hilarious comedy.

4. Inventing Anna (2022)

This crime drama explores the true story of Anna Delvey, a con artist who posed as a wealthy heiress and New York socialite. Another masterpiece from Shonda Rhimes, Inventing Anna follows an investigative journalist researching the case of Anna. Meanwhile, audiences get to dive into Anna’s world as a supposed “rising socialite” in the New York City art world.

Starring Julia Garner as Anna Delvey, the show was nominated for three Primetime Emmy’s. Despite viewers learning how the con artist stole money from people — like the $62,000 she conned Rachel Williams out of — the series seemingly sympathizes with Delvey.

Beyond that accent and some of the missteps the series may have taken (like the “disclaimer” in each episode), Inventing Anna is a thrilling watch and will keep you invested for each of its 9 episodes.

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5. The Watcher (2022): Netflix miniseries

This Netflix miniseries takes a bit of a turn into the horror/mystery genre. The Watcher, based on a true story, follows a married couple who moves into their dream home, only to start receiving threatening letters from a stalker called, “The Watcher.”

This eerily true story became a fan-favorite when it was released in 2022, especially as audiences started to dive into the real-life facts behind it. Definitely watch this series if you’re looking for a quick crime drama to enjoy.

6. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (2023)

Bridgerton fans were treated to this miniseries revolving around the early life of Queen Charlotte. This 6-episode binge is perfect to watch if you are waiting for the season 3 drop of Bridgerton or if you just need a fast series to view. 

India Amarteifio, who plays the young Queen Charlotte, shared that Golda Rosheuvel, the veteran Charlotte, helped her bring the role to life. “She gave me her advice and her hand and her opinions on things … I’m very lucky that I get to work so closely with her.” Dive into this Netflix miniseries if you’re looking for an easy-to-watch period drama.

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7. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016): Netflix miniseries

Coffee lovers everywhere were thrilled when this Gilmore Girls miniseries dropped in 2016. The Gilmores are back in this new 4-episode show which checks in on Lorelai and Rory nearly ten years after the original series ended.

The mother-daughter duo finally returned for this reboot Netflix miniseries, pulling audiences right back into the world of Stars Hollow. This revival shows a year in the life of Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore, with each episode representing a different season of the year.

Lauren Graham, who plays Lorelai, shares that she was more than thrilled to return for this reboot. “I relished it, and I’m ruined for life because there’s no more perfect fit I feel like for me than that writing and that show …It was everything I wanted it to be and more.”

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