Top 15 Netflix Original Shows that you shouldn’t Miss!

Netflix has been one of the fast growing portals in the world, as of now. It has bee originating hours and hours of content and in the last year, it has made around 1000 hours. If we calculate the hours in a day, they add up to 8,760 which are used to work, sleep, eat and likely you can stream around 1/8th of that time by watching the original shows that the platform has produced before you. Netflix Shows have almost turned into a genre this year as the platform has been earning good reviews from the critics along with attention. While the shows have turned out to be the Rock N Roll of our generation, here are the Top 15 Netflix Original Shows you might definitely want to watch:

Netflix is on the track to earn around $11 billion in terms of revenue, this year and therefore, 2017 has turned out to be the one with the highest watermark this year. However, it is really hard to predict what the platform is gonna get this year; but is giving a tough competition to other platforms like Amazon, Apple, and even Facebook. Netflix has spent around $6 billion for the original content last year and announced that it will spend $8 billion, this year. At this moment, the platform is exploring all the platforms making sure that it appeals to millions and millions of people. Some of the originals include the biggest stars including Kevin Spacey, Danny Masterson and even Louis C.K. Irrespective of them being toppled and blamed for harassment and assault; the Netflix despite the qualms has managed to produce excellent 2017 projects.

 

Top 15 Netflix Original Shows, you should watch:

#1 STRANGER THINGS:

  • No of Seasons: 2
  • No of Episodes: 17
  • Runtime of each Episode: 42-62 minutes
  • Written by: The Duffer Brothers
  • Cast: Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp etc.
  • Genre: Science Fiction Horror

Stranger Things, an American show is actually a period TV series set in the 1980s in a fictional town Hawkins, in Indian. During this period, the Hawkins had a National Laboratory which performed research and experimentation for the United States Department of Energy. That, to the town people. Secretly, is involved in the supernatural and paranormal research to benefit its own country and therefore has included humans as potential test subjects for this research. In the process of this, they manage to create an alternate dimension, “The Upside Down” which is connected to the real world with a portal and before they even realize; the dimension starts affecting the Hawkins residents in a chaotic way.

As the show starts, we see Will Byers; a boy in the group of four getting abducted by a monstrous creature in the Upside Down. While the whole town including the Sherif, Jim Hopper; his own mother and the three boys start searching for Will; they tend to find a psychokinetic girl named Eleven who manages to escape from the laboratory. Over the period, she manages to make friends with Mike, Lucas, and Dustin and helps in finding Will. The second season that has been released after a year shows that Will has been rescued. However, there are few things that change in him because of his time spent in Upside Down to the audience’s amusement.

#2 MASTER OF NONE:

  • No of Seasons: 2
  • No of Episodes: 20
  • Runtime of each Episode: 21-57 minutes
  • Written by: Aziz Ansari and Alan Young
  • Cast: Aziz Ansari, Noel Wells, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu etc.
  • Genre: Comedy Drama

In the world where people are turning up to TV shows for happiness, Master of None is the perfect fit that you have been searching for. The series is about Dev Shash, a 30-year struggling actor who is bound by his professional, romantic and as well as cultural experiences. The first season of the show has been set in contemporary New Tork City and contained 10 whole episodes. The Second season, however, shuffles between Italy and New York with the same 10 episodes. The series has managed to be critically acclaimed and indeed appeared on the top ten lists by many blogs and vlogs. It has gotten a Golden Globe (for Ansari) and three Emmys along with multiple nominations and Awards.

Talking about the writing, screenplay, and direction of the show; it has a balancing act of showing the human emotions, reflexes and behavior patterns over the layer of comedy which is why it keeps you hooked to the seat throughout the zipping of the episode. The first season indeed has achieved Emmy for its outstanding writing. Even though the lives in the show are not relatable, you can’t refrain yourself from rooting for them.

#3 BOJACK HORSEMAN:

  • No of Seasons: 4
  • No of Episodes: 49
  • Runtime of each Episode: 25-26 minutes
  • Written by: Raphael Bob-Waksberg.
  • Cast: Will Arnett, Emi Sedaris, Alison Brie etc.
  • Genre: Adult Animated Black Comedy Drama

BoJack Horseman, as mentioned is black comedy drama and it stars Will Arnett as the title character. It has the supporting cast that includes Alison Brie, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, and Paul F. Tompkins. The series first started back in 2014, even before the Netflix Originals got popular with the premiere on December 19, as a Christmas gift. The show on a whole is drawn and designed by Lisa Hanawalt, who previously worked on Tip Me Over, Pour Me Out as well. The theme of BoJack Horseman is to give you a satirical perception of the current events including politics, showbiz, and business. This show is known for its realism along with addiction, trauma, depression and self-destructive behavior as well.

BoJack Horseman is most likely taking place in Hollywood in Los Angeles area. The show has an alternate world where humans live along with anthropomorphic animals side by side. BoJack is the washed-up star living in Horsin’ Around back in the 1990s. He plans on returning to the industry by narrating his autobiography to the ghostwriter Diane Nguyen. BoJack throughout also have to meet the demands of his manager, his girlfriend, Carolyn; Todd Chavez, his freeloader roommate; Mr. Peanutbutter; his archenemy. The series is a mockery of Hollywood culture, anxiety, depression and also drug abuse together.

#4 13 REASONS WHY:

  • No of Seasons: 1(As of now – Season 2 in making).
  • No of Episodes:13
  • Runtime of each Episode: 49-61 minutes
  • Written by:  Brian Yorkey (Adapted from Jay Asher).
  • Cast: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro etc.
  • Genre: Mystery Teen Drama

13 Reasons Why is a mystery teen drama based on the novel, written by Jay Asher back in 2007. It has been adapted into the television series because of the intriguing and controversial elements, by Brian Yorkey. The series revolves around the lives of Clay Jensen, a high school student. The series has been made so profoundly that it has received positive criticism from both the audience as well as the critics especially for the performances of both the leads, Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette. However, it also managed to receive controversy from mental health industry because of the depiction of issues like rape, suicide, and other adult content.

Clay Jensen, is a teenager who returns from school and finds a box lying on his porch. After opening it, he discovers that there are around seven double-sided tapes in it, recorded by Hannah Baker. Hannah Baker, his one unrequited love commits suicide, two weeks earlier and manages to send these tapes before it. On each tape, Hannah narrates her audio diary indulged with emotions detailing the thirteen reasons and the thirteen people why she has decided to end her life. She writes instructions for each person that once they have completed listening to the tapes, they should pass them to the next person on the tape and if someone decides to break the chain; the tapes will go public. As the plot unveils you will get to know the appalling things about people around her.

#5 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK:

  • No of Seasons: 5
  • No of Episodes: 65
  • Runtime of each Episode: 51-92 minutes
  • Written by:   Jenji Kohan
  • Cast: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney and others.
  • Genre: Comedy Drama

Orange Is the New Black, a web drama is created by Jenji Kohan as one of the first Netflix shows. The series is highly based on the memoir with the same name, written by Piper Kerman. The plot revolves around Women’s Prison where she stated her experiences at the FCI Danbury. Initially, released in 2013; the series is going to extend and have 7 seasons. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television and Tilted Productions. Orange is the New Black is one of the most watched series in the Netflix database and has received many accolades as well acclaims.

The series is about Piper Chapman, a 30-year-old woman who lives in the New York City. She gets sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary. Initially, it is operated by the Federal Department of Corrections and later gets into control of Management & Correction Corporation in New York. Coming to the case, Piper gets convicted because of transporting a drug money suitcase for her friend Alex Vause, who is an international smuggler. The offense occurs 10 years before the series and Piper manages to move a quiet life but however, her sudden indictment disrupts her relationships with everyone around and rest is history.

#6 UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT:

  • No of Seasons: 3
  • No of Episodes: 39
  • Runtime of each Episode: 22-36 minutes
  • Written by: Robert Carlock and Tina Fey
  • Cast: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski and others.
  • Genre: Comedy Sitcom

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, an American Sitcom as it is; it is created by Robert Carlock and Tina Fey. It stars Ellie Kemper in the role and the show started back in 2015. Initially, the show has been set for 13 episodes on NBC but because of the popularity it has gained, it has been sold to Netflix which ordered two more seasons. Right from its premiere, the show has been receiving immense acclaim and most of the people have tagged it as the greatest sitcom of the streaming era, even beating The Big Bang Theory. The series has been nominated for Emmy Awards including its nomination for the Outstanding Comedy Series, thrice.

The series is about Kimmy Schmidt as the name says, a 29-year-old who moves to New York City. She tries to adjust to the city after being saved from the doomsday cult that happened in Durnsville, India. Here, she was held captive by three women by Reverend Richard Gary Wayne for almost 15 years. Highly fixated on being considered as someone more than a victim, she moves to live with a positive attitude by moving to the city. Initially, she makes friends with the landlady Lillian Kaushtupper on the street and then becomes friends with Titus Andromedon (a struggling actor) and becomes a nanny for the out of touch and dramatic socialite Jacqueline Voorhees.

#7 NARCOS:

  • No of Seasons: 3
  • No of Episodes: 30
  • Runtime of each Episode: 43-60 minutes
  • Written by: Chris Brancato
  • Cast: Wagner Moura, Pedro Pascal, Boyd Holbrook
  • Genre: Crime Drama

Narcos, almost like Breaking Bad has gained vigorous fame in the audience for its theme. It is crime drama set in Colombia and created by Chris Brancato, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard. Set and filmed both in the same region, the two seasons of Naros discuss the life of Pablo Escobar, the drug king. His life is shown to us as he becomes the billionaire by dealing with various drug lords, enemies and Drug Enforcement Administration agents as well. The Season three picks up after the fall of him, as the story shifts to the life of Cali Cartel. This sounds almost like The God Father, but only in a retro way.

Pablo Escobar is a drug dealer from the 1970s and that makes the series, a periodic one. He first began manufacturing cocaine and then shipped it in July 1992. This show actually relates all the real events that happened in the Colombian drug industry and how Escobar is related to all of them. The story is a narrative, told by Steve Murphy, a famous DEA agent working during the time of Pablo and it depicts how Pablo has grown to the kingpin in the industry. He was back then, a marketer who moved illegal goods when they were forbidden and then with the help of Cockroach Moreno; he gets pitched into the business.

#8 LADY DYNAMITE:

  • No of Seasons: 2
  • No of Episodes: 20
  • Runtime of each Episode: 26-35 minutes
  • Written by: Pam Brandy and Mitch Hurwitz
  • Cast: Maria Bamford, Fred Melamed, Mary Kay Place and others.
  • Genre: Comedy Drama

Lady Dynamite, an American comedy-drama; it is created by Mitch Hurwitz and Pam Brady for Netflix. The show has Maria Bamford as the lead and actually is kind of based on her own life loosely. The first season was released back in 2016 and the second season has been renewed by Netflix after knowing that the season one did great. The series was canceled after the two season which ended on January 13, 2018. But if you’re looking for a lady oriented show, here’s your pick. The show has come into picture when Mitch Hurwitz asked Maria Bamford if she had an idea for making a series and then she started telling him about the mental breakdown. Years later, Pam Brady managed to write the story attaching the breakdown and directed it at a slow pace.

“I’m a 45-year-old woman who’s clearly sun-damaged! My skin is getting softer, yet my bones are jutting out, so I’m half-soft, half-sharp!”

The actor/stand up comedian Maria Bamford (acted by herself) moves to Los Angels after spending time (6 months) away recovering her bipolar disorder. Being treated, she tries to build things from scratch with the help of Bruce Ben Bacharach, her agent. The first season contains flashbacks in order to give us a clear picture about her, bringing in insights about her backstory, her family, her friends and other people around.

#9 ATYPICAL:

  • No of Seasons: 1
  • No of Episodes: 8
  • Runtime of each Episode: 25-42 minutes
  • Written by: Robia Rashid
  • Cast: Keir Gilchrist, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brigette Lundy-Paine and others.
  • Genre: Coming Age Dark Comedy

Atypical is a dark comedy tv series written by Robia Rashid for the Netflix originals. The series is about an 18-year-old, Sam Gardner who is autistic. The first season was released in August 2017 and had eight episodes. The second season has been renewed and is yet to be released. It is rumored to have ten episodes with the same plot. The series has been originally titled as ‘Antarctica’ when it was written by Robia Rashid. Robia has previously worked on How I Met Your Mother and as well as The Goldbergs. For more accuracy, she talked with Michelle Dean, a professor at the Californian State University who worked at the Autism Research.

“She [Rashid] wrote the script. We talked a ton and I did research and I watched movies and I read books”.

Atypical is a sitcom which would make you feel at home just like the sitcoms Speechless, Fresh Off the Boat, Black-ish etc. It is a coming-of-age show about Sam Gardner, an 18-year-old boy. He is a youngster with high functioning autism from Connecticut where he arrives at a period where he wants to date and have sex. The first season has awkward encounters with many women including his silly crush on his own therapist who is 26 years old. Eventually, his relationship (practice) with the teenage girl, leads to going to the prom. The series contains challenges of his parents, his father attempting to connect to his son, his mother who is trying to find her identity and his sister who is a standout because she has to support her brother and as well create a life of her own as well. This might not exactly come out as a groundbreaking series with an excellent theme, but is sweet and extremely heartwarming.

#10 HOUSE OF CARDS:

  • No of Seasons: 5
  • No of Episodes: 65
  • Runtime of each Episode: 43-59 minutes
  • Written by: Beau Willimon
  • Cast: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly and others.
  • Genre: Political Thriller

House of Cards, an American political thriller series is created by Beau Willimon. When it was created at the start, the series acquired intense fame as it is an adaptation of BBC miniseries which released in the same name, back in 1990. The plot is actually based on House of Cards, a novel written by Michael Dobbs. The first season had 13 episodes, premiered back in 2013 as one of the initial streaming tv shows. The highly exuberant series can be termed as the grandfather of the Netflix originals and it has total five seasons under its belt with many highs and lows. Irrespective of the five seasons, the first season is said to be impeccable as we see the impeccable Frank Underwood ascent from being a Speaker to the President of the United States.

The series is set in Washington D.C, and House of Cards on a whole can be titled as the story of Congressman Frank Underwood. What took the audience is the portrayal of the lead by Kevin Spacey as a Democrat from 5th Congression of South Carolina and from the House Majority Whip. After being appointed as the Speaker of the house and passed over as the Secretary; he elaborates his plan along with his wife Claire Underwood to become the president dealing with manipulation, power, and pragmatism.House of Cards has received many awards and nominations for the Emmy Awards including the Outstanding Drama, the Outstanding Lead Actor and the Outstanding Lead Actress for all the five seasons. It is actually the first ever original series to receive so many Emmy nominations and it also had 8 Golden Globe nominations in its pocket with both Spacey and Wright winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor and Best Actress; back in 2015.

The series hits rough spots when Claire Underwood turns against Frank Underwood in the season three. When the two were working together in the initial two seasons, it was an eye feast but later in it turned out to the political maneuver as it entered the fifth season. Especially with Kevin Spacey being involved in a lot of things; the series did not fall short on turns, twists and surprises both onscreen and offscreen. Even with all that, it was a pleasure to watch to watch the scenery with disdain and delight including the supporting cast of Molly Parker, Michael Kelly, Constance Zimmer, Reg E. Cathey, Corey Stoll among others when the storyline runs into the dead end.

#11 MINDHUNTER:

  • No of Seasons: 1
  • No of Episodes: 10
  • Runtime of each Episode: 34-60 minutes
  • Written by: Joe Penhall, David Fincher
  • Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross and others.
  • Genre: Crime Drama

Mindhunter is an American drama television series, written by Joe Penhall. The series is based on the Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, a crime novel written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. The series is produced by Charlize Theron, Penhall and is executively produced by David Fincher and it has been debuted on Netflix in October 2017 under the tag name of David Fincher. Mindhunter has been renewed for the second season.

In Mindhunter, Holden Ford is a character which is loosely based on John E. Douglas life, played by Jonathan Groff. The series on a whole revolves around the origins of the behavioral science department in FBI, who used to study the behavioral patterns of the serial killers back in the 1970s and 1980s. Ford is shown as a young agent who takes a keen interest in the psychology of the sequential serial killers. While you see the first few episodes a little boring, once the exploration into the origins has been done; everything seems to be alluring inspiring many procedurals. What’s interesting is that the Ford develops an obsession with the serial killers while studying them, mirroring the obsession of the serial killers with the victims.

The other characters that are involved in the film include Bill Tench, along with Wendy Carr, the psychologist who have interviewed the imprisoned killers to understand how they think of applying the knowledge to the ongoing cases and understand how they work exactly.

#12 THE CROWN:

  • No of Seasons: 2
  • No of Episodes: 20
  • Runtime of each Episode: 54-61 minutes
  • Written by: Peter Morgan
  • Cast: Claire Foy, Vanesse Kirby, Matt Smith.
  • Genre: Historical Drama

The Crown, a historical drama is created by Peter Morgan and is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Left Bank Pictures. The show has been created by Netflix, depicting the biographical story of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The first season shows her marriage with Philip and takes the journey to her sister Margaret’s engagement. The second season starts from Suez Crisis to the retirement of Harold Macmillan, Queen’s third Prime Minister and as well as the birth of Prince Edward as well. The third season will be continued from 1964 to Harold Wilson’s covering the two terms until 1976, and the fourth season will be about Margaret Thatcher and her Prime Ministership while focusing on Diana, Princess of Wales.

The crown at once presents an ascension of what its like to be the queen, played by Claire Foy. The series contains many profound personalities; for example, Winston Churchill played by John Lithgow, struggling at the end of his career. His mentorship to Elizabeth despite the limitations take a different turn in the historical events creating an emotional center. And then we have her relationship with her husband Prince Philip, which is beautifully explored. However, we should really commend the production house for not sparing the pain in recreating the environment, establishing the protocols through constraints. All the challenges portrayed by the post-colonial period and modernity are filtered through the political structure and Elizabeth’s role in it appealing as the finest costume drama.

#13 TRAVELERS:

  • No of Seasons: 2
  • No of Episodes: 24
  • Runtime of each Episode: 45 minutes
  • Written by: Brad Wright
  • Cast: Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, and Nesta Cooper.
  • Genre: Science Fiction

Travelers is a science fiction series, created by Brad Wright. It stars Mackenzie Porter, Eric McCormack, Nesta Cooper, Jared Abrahamson, Reilly Dolman and Patrick Gilmore. The series has been co-produced by Showcase and Netflix. The first season contains a total of 12 episodes and premiered on the showcase with the entire series being globally released on Netflix. Netflix has renewed the show for the second season which will be released in the consecutive year. The series is a light-hearted scientific fiction about people who are from future (hundreds of years ahead). Their consciences are actually sent to the present day to replace the people who are dying. When they are sent back, a la Terminator prevents the bleak future from even taking place. The group of people is usually tasked with several missions to prevent the dystopia from happening and also to acclimate to the host lives.

Travelers can be listed as one of the most quintessential Netflix show, it is easy to binge. It is fun as hell, addictive and effectively engrossing. It borrows elements from other sci-fi movies and shows and does an immaculate job in bringing a fresh life to this genre.  While the transfer happened, it required the location of the target which is made possible through the smartphones GPS. Prepared by the public records and the social media frenzy, concerning the targets; the travelers should be able to main the previous lives of the host for the rest of the lives while they carry out the missions in teams containing five members. The missions are usually dictated by the Director, an AI of the future who monitors all the timeline and help the travelers aiming at saving the world from the catastrophe.

#14 ONE DAY AT A TIME:

  • No of Seasons: 1
  • No of Episodes: 13
  • Runtime of each Episode:  26-31 minutes
  • Written by: Gloria Calderon Kellett
  • Cast: Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell etc.
  • Genre: Comedy Sitcom

One Day at a Time is a sitcom which is loosely based on the series with the same name which has been made between 1975-1984. The series is written by Mike Royce, Calderon Kellett and contains around 13 episodes. The cast contains Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Stephen Tobolowsky and Marcel Ruiz, with the pilot episode directed by Pam Fryman. The series is meant to be released on the January 6th and the second season has been renewed in March 2017 with the Season 2 to be premiered on the 26th January 2018. One Day at a Time is a remake of the 1970’s sitcom and is indeed produced by the iconic producer Norman Lear. The name itself is enough for people to watch the show and the new show not only manages to match to its predecessor but is actually an amazing improvisation of it.

This updated version revolves around the Cuban American family headed by a single mother who has three kids. The series contains broad jokes, an excellent laugh track which makes you feel out of the place, but with the accurate landing that bursts you up. The characters are connected in an extremely honest way attempting to live on the modest salary and maintain their heritage, adapting to the progressivism. It’s a sitcom which is funny, poignant, warm and showing the difficulties of the single parenting resonating in the 2017s. Penelope Alvarez, an Army Nursing Corps who manages to raise two children with her income with the support of her mother, Lydia. Penelope works for a decent income as a nurse for Leslie Berkowitz in a regular shift so that she can return to her loving family by the end. However, balancing the family life with the civilian life becomes difficult as she faces many unresolved issues and that she’s not in contact with her husband Victor, who is estranged.

#15 AMERICAN VANDAL:

  • No of Seasons: 1
  • No of Episodes: 8
  • Runtime of each Episode:  26-42 minutes
  • Written by: Dan Perrault and Tony Yascenda
  • Cast: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro and others.
  • Genre: Mocumentary

American Vandal is a mockumentary which got premiered in September 2017. The series is telecasted as a satire of the crime documentaries like the Serial and the Making a Murderer. The American Vandal is created by Tony Yacenda, Dan Perrault, and Dan Lagana, who also acts as the showrunner. The first season has around 8 episodes, released initially and the second season is set to premiere in 2018. In theory, American Vandal is said as a script might sound sophomoric and silly just the way it is, but it is also brilliant. It is written as a satire but with just the right elements, cleverly around the true documentaries. It involves several investigations, interviews, multiple suspects and other conspiracy theories as well. It also has cases where a high school student gets accused because of spraying dicks on 27 cars, a crime which threatens his graduation. If you’re looking for a parody, this will be the best that you can get in 2017 with several things loitering around making you both excited and filled with zest.

That being said, this is the list of the Top 15 Netflix Original Shows, you should watch with which you can spend your weekend with extravagance and abundance. Why late? Get set and get your Netflix account right away with the appropriate details and streaming.

 

 

Jeevana Mounika
 

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