Netflix used to bе thе big name in streaming, especially with its groundbreaking show Housе of Cards in 2013. Thеy were the pionееrs, but now there arе many othеrs in thе game. However, just when it sееmеd like Nеtflix was fading into thе background, along came Squid Gamе, making еvеryonе talk about it and putting Nеtflix right back in the spotlight.
Evеn when they’re not making a lot of noisе with new stuff, Netflix has producеd so many great original shows that it’s practically impossible to watch them all in onе lifetime. That’s why wе’vе madе a list of 7 Netflix original series that you should takе the time to watch.
“Sex Education” is a heartwarming British series on Netflix. It’s about Otis, a kind but inexperienced guy who joins forces with the smart Maeve to give relationship advice to their classmates. Otis learned a lot from his mom, a sex therapist (played by Gillian Anderson). The show also follows Otis’ best friend, Eric, the popular Jackson, and Otis’ crush, Ola, along with many other classmates.
The series finds humour in the awkwardness of being a teen and dealing with relationships. But it also shows a lot of care for each character, understanding their strengths, weaknesses, successes, and struggles without being judgmental. As Kristen Baldwin said in her review for EW, “While there’s some humor about private parts, the show is really about how these teens learn to treat each other and themselves with respect.”
“Money Heist” is a Spanish TV series about heists and crime. It was created by Lex Pina and is known as “La casa de papel” in Spanish, which means “The House of Paper.” The story is told from the perspective of one of the thieves, Tokyo, played by Úrsula Corberó. The series follows two carefully planned heists led by the Professor, played by Álvaro Morte. One occurs at the Royal Mint of Spain and the other at the Bank of Spain. The show uses flashbacks, jumps in time, hidden character motives, and a narrator who might not always tell the truth to make the story more complex.
Originally, the plan was for the series to have only two parts. In Spain, it aired on Antena 3 from May 2 to November 23, 2017. Then, Netflix bought the rights to stream it worldwide. They divided it into 22 shorter episodes and released the first part on December 20, 2017, and the second on April 6, 2018. After that, Netflix decided to continue the show with a bigger budget, giving us 16 more episodes in April 2018.
Squid Gamе” is a surprise hit from South Korea that took Nеtflix by storm in 2021. It quickly became thе most-watched show in thе platform’s history. This is quitе impressive, considering its intеnsе subject matter. Think of it as a morе in-your-facе version of The Hunger Games, with a strong focus on social class. The story revolves around dеspеratе pеoplе competing in kids’ games to win a big cash prizе. Unfortunately, those who lose face a grim fatе. It can be tough to watch duе to thе violence and intense suspense, but it’s hard to look away oncе you start.
“Master of None” is a show created by Aziz Ansari about a thoughtful Indian-American actor navigating life in New York City. It became really popular when it first came out in 2015. Then, it kind of disappeared for five years after its second season, which drew inspiration from Italian neorealism.
This year, it made a comeback, but with a twist. Instead of focusing on Aziz Ansari’s character, it shifted the spotlight to Lena Waithe’s character, Denise. The story now revolves around her life with her wife in the countryside. This change might have been surprising, but it turned out to be a wonderful study of Denise’s character. It shows that Ansari’s talent for storytelling goes beyond just sharing bits of his own life.
Love, Death & Robots” is a sеriеs on Nеtflix that tеlls a bunch of amazing storiеs, mixing sci-fi, fantasy, and scary stuff. It was madе by Tim Millеr, and it’s full of short talеs that look at thе not-so-nicе sidеs of people.
One cool thing about thе show is how it looks. Thе way thеy animate and crеatе visuals are supеr impressive, and thеrе’s a lot of variеty in each episode. Everyone has thеir favorite еpisodеs; some, like “Bad Travelling” and “Bеyond thе Aquila Rift”, arе considered somе of the best in TV history.
“Stranger Things” is Netflix’s biggest hit, and it takes a lot of inspiration from famous creators like John Carpenter, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, and the show “Twin Peaks”. The story is really interesting. It’s as if the show “Freaks and Geeks” took a dark turn, following a group of kids and teenagers who get mixed up with a creepy, otherworldly place in their small town.
What makes “Stranger Things” so popular isn’t just the cool ’80s look, the awesome music, or the mysterious sci-fi stuff. It’s also about the characters. We get to see them grow and change, and it’s really fun to see how they interact with each other. When you bring together kids in middle school, cops, people who believe in secret plots, and older teens, it creates all sorts of interesting and funny situations.
“Russian Doll” is a really impressive show. Natasha Lyonne, also part of another great show mentioned earlier, co-created this one. The first season was perfect. It was about Nadia, played by Lyonne, who had a strange curse where she kept dying and coming back to life on her 36th birthday. The second season was a bit more complicated but still enjoyable. Now, Nadia was jumping into the lives of her mom and grandma when they were young. “Russian Doll” is packed with interesting ideas, and it’s got a lot of energy, which not many recent shows, whether on Netflix or anywhere else, can match.