Netflix is owning the original show game way better then the competitors, they’re in it to win it. Today we feature here 10 best shows which are hot on Netflix right now and they are a must watch for anyone who loves good TV.
This one came out of nowhere to rocket up to the top of many people’s lists. A note-perfect recreation of 80s science-horror, with plentiful homages to classics like E.T. and Poltergeist, the Duffer Brothers’ first series was gripping, playful and super engaging. Many Netflix originals are seemingly made for binge watching, and Stranger Things is no exception. A second season has been officially greenlit, but nobody knows if it’ll continue the narrative or present something else with a similar tone. Whatever they do, we’re signed on for it.
Spinning the Marvel Cinematic Universe out to street-level TV could have gone horribly wrong. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. But Marvel’s four-show partnership with Netflix came roaring out the gate with this dark, unsparing series. The character of Matt Murdock has gone through plenty of changes in the comic, but the show cut right to the classic Frank Miller bone. Daredevil is obsessively driven and often in way over his head. The second season got greenlit at lightning speed, and we wouldn’t be surprised if more are on the way.
Marvel’s second Netflix collaboration stuck to the same neighborhoods, but used the story of a retired superhero recovering from PTSD to create something totally new. Krysten Ritter has the performance of her life as Jessica Jones, who fought crime as Jewel before falling under the thrall of the mind-controlling Purple Man. Jessica is a deeply flawed, self-destructive character, and the first season made no apologies for how unheroic she could act. A second season is in the works, and we can’t wait to see where they go with it.
Not all shows come to Netflix out of nowhere. Trailer Park Boys was a cult classic in Canada that enjoyed a second surge of popularity due to the Internet. After seven seasons on the Showcase network, it ended in 2008. In 2014, Netflix announced that they were bringing the band back together for two new seasons, which soon turned into four. The show doesn’t ever tread much new ground – the trials and travails of Julian, Ricky and Bubbles as they try to earn a dishonest living are always kind of the same – but the knife-sharp character work and demented dialogue make it crackle.
Netflix’s first real “prestige” show was just renewed for a fifth season. Critics rightfully compain that House Of Cards takes a luridly exaggerated view of American politics, with shocking plot twists that strain the brain, but we don’t watch it for realism. Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood is a spectacular creation, a reptilian greaseball who grasps for success no matter what the cost. Robin Wright is also insanely good as his wife Claire, who is equally unscrupulous in her own way. We can’t wait to see how they handle the rich soil of the 2016 election next year.
The real-life story of Pablo Escobar is so ridiculous and over-the-top that even Michael Bay couldn’t have come up with it. With Brazilian director José Padilha behind the wheel, Narcos is a lurid, fast-paced dive into Escobar’s early days as he sets up his Colombian cocaine empire. The show does a tremendous job of walking the line between documentary and fiction, and over the course of two seasons has ratcheted up the stakes and the tension super high. Netflix renewed it for at least two more, so get in now before you have to binge for days to catch up.
Netflix’s first excursion into long-form documentary turned out better than we could have ever imagined. The twisted murder case against Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey had more holes in it than a piece of Swiss cheese, and the police misconduct had us screaming at the screen. One of the reasons Making A Murderer worked so well is because at the end of the day, it’s still very possible that Avery didmurder photographer Teresa Halbach. With Dassey rightfully released from prison, a second season exploring the aftermath is on the way.
Netflix started out their original content initiatives with shows that were relatively cheap to produce. But as they’ve started turning a profit, the budgets have gone up. Marco Polo, which was originally developed for Starz, cost $90 million for its first season – coming in second to Game of Thrones for most expensive shows on television. That cash ends up on the screen, though – luxurious visuals and awesome, immense battles are the reason to tune in. While it took the first season a little bit to find its voice, Marco Polo improved immensely in the second.
The Wachowski siblings haven’t had the best career arc since the Matrix movies, butSense8 might be the start of a potent second act from them. The ambitious series produced with Babylon 5 mastermind J. Michael Straczynski follows eight people from around the world who suddenly find their minds linked together. It’s got the obligatory “evil organization trying to track them down” plot, but the way the show handles the bond between the characters is incredibly innovative. A second season is on the way.
This show was actually produced for the BBC, but Netflix wisely snatched up the exclusive rights in the States and branded it as an Original, so here we go. The tense thriller follows a serial killer played by Jamie Dornan and the cop hunting him down played by Gillian Anderson in parallel. Anderson kickstarted her current career comeback with this show, and her performance is balls-out. She’s brilliant, intense and uncompromising. Two seasons are on Netflix, a third is debuting in the UK in September and should cross the pond soon after that.
The newest show on the list, the Baz Lurhmann-produced The Get Down is a loving recreation of the early days of hip-hop in the Boogie Down Bronx. Some of the all-time greats consulted on the production, and the visual style and period details are insane. Throw in a banging soundtrack and you’ve got a seriously watchable show. As a little bit of trivia, the producers used Ed Piskor’s Hip-Hop Family Tree comic series as reference for the main players.