5 Drug-Themed Things To Watch On Netflix If You Finished 'Narcos'

by John Haltiwanger

"Narcos" Season 2 finally arrived on September 2.

If you're like me, you probably binge-watched most of it over the weekend (or finished it altogether).

Finishing a series can be really emotional and leave you wondering, "Where do I go from here?"

I get it, I've been there. But I'm not going to let you go through this alone.

If you're feeling a little lost and don't know what to watch next, dust those Doritos crumbs off of your shirt, pull yourself together, get some more snacks and check out one of the fantastic movies, documentaries or TV series from the list below.

I figured it might be hard to stray into other topics so soon after "Narcos" (it's hard to let go), so all of these suggestions are drug-themed to reduce stress and maximize entertainment.

"Breaking Bad"


"Breaking Bad" is definitely one of the best television series of all time.

It tells the tale of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who gets terminal cancer and begins cooking meth to cover his medical expenses.

The show explores not only the idiosyncrasies of the drug trade, but also the complexities of the human spirit.

You will find yourself questioning things Walt does, but you'll never stop cheering him on.

It's an epic show that you will not regret spending all of your time on.

"City of God"


"City of God" tells the story of what it's like to survive one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It's a captivating tale of organized crime, drugs, money, violence, sex, love, big dreams, friendship, despair and hope.

In many ways, the film is a testament to the arbitrary nature of our existence.

You will love this visually stunning and thrilling crime drama.



"Weeds" is a hilarious comedy series about a widowed mother who's forced to sell weed in order to afford her cushy suburban existence.

This series will have you cracking up, but it also has the capacity to really make you think about marijuana laws in the US. It can be as thought-provoking as it is comical.

It has a dynamic cast of characters, led by Mary-Louise Parker, who does an incredible job in the lead role of Nancy.



"Dope" is a film that really lives up to its name and in more ways than one.

It tells the story of Malcolm and his nerdy friends as they try to survive in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. These endearing geeks just want to live normal teenage lives, but they inadvertently find themselves embroiled in a drug-fueled drama.

This movie is highly entertaining, will leave you in stitches and has an incredible soundtrack. It's also very poignant at times, and touches on some thought-provoking themes regarding what it means to be a young black man in America.

"Cartel Land"


"Cartel Land" is an epic documentary about the vigilantes who've been bold enough to stand up the the Mexican drug cartels.

It's illuminating, thrilling and, at times, very unsettling.

If you want to get an authentic look at what the drug war looks like in today's world, you should definitely watch this documentary, which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2016 Oscars.

Honorable Mention: "The Wire"


It's not on Netflix, but you need to watch "The Wire".

The legendary HBO series tells the story of organized crime and drugs in Baltimore and how it all intersects with various aspects of society.

In many ways, it's an intricate sociological analysis of life in America's inner cities, told via Baltimore.

This show, which happens to be highly admired by President Obama, will probably leave you with more questions than answers. But that's kind of the point.