Netflix Review: 'Narcos,' Season 2

Fans of Breaking Bad should immediately binge-watch Narcos on Netflix. It's the the best drug drama on TV since Breaking Bad, and may be the best ever.

Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar likes his Columbia Gold.

Narcos zeroes in on the life of notorious Medellín Cartel leader Pablo Escobar. In Season 1, he surrendered to Columbian authorities, spent some time in jail, then managed to escape. Season 2 he's on the lam. Escobar (played brilliantly by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, who received a Golden Globe nomination for Season 1) grows a beard, moves around so as not to get caught and smokes pot to calm his nerves. (Interestingly, Escobar never gets high on his own cocaine supply.)

With a huge $7 million reward for capturing Escobar, he's pursued not only by the country's armed forces, but by competitors, such as the Cali Cartel, who would also like to see him and his cartel out of the white powder business.

The story is told through two lenses: the world of Escobar and the DEA operatives who've been chasing him for years. Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) employ different methods while overseen by administrators who are working with the government to end Escobar's violent reign of terror. There are numerous false alarms along the way before Escobar is finally cornered.

Where does Narcos go from here? It appears that there will be a third season with Peña leading the charge against the Cali Cartel.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.