For many millennials like me, this election will be our first time voting—and boy am I excited. Though we’re still awaiting more details of the campaigns to unfold, that hasn’t stopped the coffee shop talk surrounding contesting parties, candidature, and our political climate. From Ivan Lim’s withdrawal to the rise of Desmond Tan, there’s never a dull day in Singapore’s politics scene.
As polling day draws near and we gear ourselves up for elections fever, here are 6 Netflix shows about politics to put you in a rallying mood.
1. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
Hosted by Hasan Minhaj, Patriot Act is an American comedy web television talk show that delves into harder-to-discuss topics like censorship laws and Asian-American discrimination. If you’re looking for a no-holds-barred presentation of issues that are as troubling as they are real, catch this hilariously honest depiction. As you watch on, you’ll realise that many global issues hit closer to home than we think.
Who should watch it: That one boomer hell-bent on blindly voting for the ruling party.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Watch Here
2. Designated Survivor
Gripping plot twists and serious drama await in Netflix’s Designated Survivor. When everyone else in the presidential line of succession is killed in an explosion, Thomas Kirkman is catapulted into assuming the role of President of the United States. Join him in his hunt to uncover the truth. And if you really liked it, there’s always the Korean adaptation of the series—Designated Survivor: 60 Days.
Who should watch it: Anyone looking for good writing and strong character arcs.
Designated Survivor | Watch Here
3. The Politician
The Politician tells the story of Payton Hobart’s ambitious childhood dream of being elected as President of the United States. Starting small, Payton first attempts to run for Student Body President in Saint Sebastian High School, Santa Barbara. Despite the odds stacked against him, watch as Payton grows from plain to powerful over the course of two seasons.
Who should watch it: The one who’s looking for an inspirational coming-of-age political drama.
The Politician | Watch Here
The goddess Michelle Obama herself needs no introduction. If you’ve ever wondered what life was like as one of the greatest FLOTUS to have ever graced the White House, you can now have a peep into the quieter side of her otherwise high profile life. Listen to Michelle Obama’s aspirations, hopes, and stories in Becoming.
Who should watch it: The one believes that God is, indeed, a woman.
Becoming | Watch Here
Critically-acclaimed Danish political drama series is one of Netflix’s highly anticipated newcomers. Birgitte Nyborg, a minor centrist politician, becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark in a state that doesn’t expect her to. Watch all three seasons on Netflix now.
Who should watch it: The one who’s curious to know what the brunt of political struggles feels like.
Borgen | Watch Here
6. Trump: An American Dream
I sincerely hope that you’re watching this out of irony or just to get a good chuckle out of America’s current POTUS, and not as an ardent supporter of Trump. Whatever the reason might be, this docu-series gives us a little insight into the life of Trump before he rose to power.
Who should watch it: Anyone who wants to learn how NOT to be POTUS.
Trump: An American Dream | Watch Here
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