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Best Netflix Originals Nobody Should Miss Out On

Updated on October 9, 2018
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Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are 'The Wire', 'Breaking Bad', and 'The Sopranos.'

Netflix has proved its mettle over the course of the last couple of years, distributing one quality original series after the other. What TV shows to Watch on Netflix? With its ever-expanding catalog of series, it can be overwhelming to pick the best amongst them.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the best Netflix TV shows you’d like. Let’s take a look.

Show Title
Years Running
Black Mirror
2011-present
Jessica Jones
2015-present
Daredevil
2015-present
Luke Cage
2016-present
Stranger Things
2016-present
House of Cards
2013-present
Hemlock Grove
2013-2015
Narcos
2015-present
Master of None
2015-present
Sense8
2015-present
The Crown
2016-present
Bloodline
2015-present
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
2015-present
F Is for Family
2015-present
Easy
2016-present
Love
2016-present
A Series of Unfortunate Events
2017-present
Marco Polo
2014-present
Making a Murderer
2015-present

Black Mirror

Over the last couple of years, technology has changed the world, making things easier for us. What if things were to go awry? Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror introduces us to an unforeseen side of innovation and technology. All its episodes take place in the near future, focusing on the dark, untouched aspects of living in a world full of gadgets.

Even if sci-fi shows don’t intrigue you, you should give it a shot. It focuses on telling a personal story, avoiding the cliché of sci-fi shows. The thought-provoking mini-stories are going to stay with you for a long time, leaving you with a lot of queries swirling around in your head - questions that are impossible to answer.

The only problem with Black Mirror is that there isn’t enough of it. Apart from that, there is not much to complain. The first two seasons consist of 3 episodes each, but the third is extended to 6 episodes, courtesy of Netflix.

If it flew under your radar somehow, now is the time to catch up on this show before its 4th season.

Jessica Jones

The plot revolves around Jessica Jones, a former superhero, who tries to do good with her superpowers but fails. With not much to look forward to, she moves to New York in the hopes of leaving her dark past behind. Unfortunately, Jessica's past catches up with her when she crosses paths with her mind-controlling ex-boyfriend again. Using his charm and supernatural powers, he can control anyone he wants except for Jessica, who has finally found a way out of his compulsion. Can she save the city from a psychopath who is too used to getting things his way?

Although the first few episodes felt slow and too fluffy at times, the ending was satisfactory, bringing an end to a tense, action-packed season in emphatic fashion. With the second season scheduled to release sometime this year, you have ample time to catch up with the story.

Daredevil

Daredevil focuses on a blind protagonist, who is a struggling lawyer during the day and a kickass vigilante at night. Though he lost his vision in an unfortunate accident a long time ago, he developed a fighting mechanism of his own over the course of time.

The petty thieves of Hell's Kitchen stand no chance against him, but there are more resourceful people in the city who’d love nothing more than to get rid of him. Would he be able to stand up to them and protect the city?

The first few episodes take some time in setting up the plot, exploring the past of Daredevil and his friends, but it soon changes gears, challenging the audience to keep up with its fast-paced and dynamic storyline.

Daredevil has proven to be a huge hit for Netflix. No wonder they postponed Luke Cage and Iron Fist in favor of an early second season of this gripping drama. And with the recent announcement of The Defenders, a series with Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Luke Cage fighting side by side for the greater good, it's going to be a very busy year for Marvel fans.

Luke Cage

The story revolves around a wrongly imprisoned man, who becomes a super strong human with an unbreakable skin after an experiment upon him goes wrong. He comes back to life as an immortal. With an incredible gift comes the responsibility to keep the city safe from the evil lurking around.

I was skeptical when I heard that Netflix had ordered a Jessica Jones' spin-off. Sure, Luke Cage had potential, but a standalone series revolving around a character with not much buzz seemed like a great risk. But they have delivered once again with a slow-burning, intriguing storyline that would keep everyone invested in it till the end.

Stranger Things

Stranger Things is going to bring back a lot of memories for those who grew up in the ‘80s.

The plot revolves around a teen who disappears all of a sudden, leaving no trail or explanation behind. When his mother and friends start looking for his whereabouts, they realize that there’s more to his disappearance than meets the eye. They must fight the evil, dark forces in an alternate world to get him back.

Even though Netflix is crammed with tons of binge-worthy originals, Stranger Things is amongst the best Netflix shows around right now. Of course, its other shows are great too, but they seem a little bogged down by the fluff at times. With only eight episodes in the first season (And we’re getting another!), it’s not going to take much of your time. A beautiful and mysterious story with some good direction and fascinating cinematography ensure that Stranger Things stays intriguing all the way through. I’ve had a lot of fun with this show, and I hope the same for you.

House of Cards

The story revolves around Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Congressman, and his equally conniving wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). Together, they work their way to the top, taking on everyone who’ve wronged them in the past. Anyone who comes in their way of success gets murdered or destroyed in one way or another. Things complicate when the bond between these two finally starts to show signs of fatigue, giving their enemies a chance to counterattack. There are a lot of hurdles on Frank’s way to Presidency. Would he succeed? How far would he go to get what he wants?

Frank is not your usual protagonist. He is cold, manipulative and ruthless, determined on doing whatever it takes to rise to supremacy. His wife is not too far behind. As Frank rises through the ranks, Claire also benefits from it. Despite all their treachery and backstabbing, you’d root for this couple to succeed.

Hemlock Grove

Produced by Eli Roth, Hemlock Grove revolves around the aftermath of a brutal murder. The search for answers leads to more perplexing questions. In a town where everyone has their secrets, would the killer be brought to justice?

The first few episodes raise a lot of questions, and the next few raise some more. Granted, It’s not an easy series to follow, I urge you to stick with it. It gets puzzling, and to some extent, infuriating, but you’d be rewarded for your patience in the end.

Narcos

Based on a true story, Narcos follows the conflict between Pablo Escobar, a notorious Colombian drug lord, and the law enforcement. He might be ruthless when it comes to the drug business, but he is still a loving father and husband at the end of the day, making him vulnerable to his enemies. Eventually, his criminal exploits lead the U.S. government to take action against him, resulting in a bloody, brutal war with dire consequences.

While everyone has done a reasonably good job with their characters, Wagner Moura, the Brazilian actor, shines in his role as Pablo; a man who commands respect from his crew as well as his enemies. Due credit should also be given to a spell-binding script and a masterful direction, without which nothing else would have been possible.

Don't miss out on it.

Master Of None

The story follows Dev (Aziz Ansari), a struggling actor, who’s looking for a perfect girl to settle down with. In his quest, he turns down one girl after another, only to realize that no one is perfect. The story spreads over ten episodes, capturing his social and dating life.

At first glance, Master of None might look like a mediocre sitcom revolving around a miserable life of a 30-year old guy in New York. Watch a few episodes, and you’d realize that it’s a romance themed show with a touch of sadness and hilarity.

Sense8

Sense8 has people divided into two different groups. Some write it off as just another show that uses confusion and mystery to keep people hooked. Others who have stuck with it for last two seasons have found out that it’s a dark, unsettling show, which never hesitates from touching upon some of the most sensitive topics of modern times (homosexuality, rape, just to name a few)

The plot revolves around eight strangers from different parts of the world with a strange, surreal connection to one another. They see the same haunting visuals together as if they’re synchronized with one another. Things get out of hand when they inadvertently start interfering with each other’s personal and professional lives, leading to more confusion and chaos. And it only gets worse when they find out that a mysterious organization is hell-bent on taking them down.

The show is shot all over the world, including Nairobi, Mumbai and many more cities, capturing the diversity and beauty of different places quite successfully. If not for anything else, give it a shot for its amazing cinematography.

The Crown

Prepare to be drawn into a whole new world of privilege, power, and politics. Created and written by Peter Morgan, The Crown portrays the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II who had a daunting task of leading the monarchy and save the British Empire from declining any further.

From its recent influx of quality shows, it’s pretty clear that Netflix has been investing a lot of money in new, quality shows. Despite not casting any big, popular stars, The Crown still is one of the most expensive original shows Netflix has ever distributed, costing around $100 for two seasons. Judging by the accurate portrayal of that era and attention to every little detail in the background, none of that money went to waste. And this is what makes it so authentic. Even if you’re not into the world of politics, I will urge you to give The Crown a shot just to marvel at its beauty.

Bloodline

If you can turn a blind eye to a somewhat underwhelming season finale, the first 11 episodes are incredibly suspenseful and entertaining, keeping you invested in a dark, mysterious storyline of a family.

The story revolves around an American family with a lot of inherited wealth. When one of its members returns home to be reunited, things don’t go as planned, leading to an exposure of their deep, dark past. The whole story is spread out in 3 parts, each getting their fair share of screen time in the form of an entire season. Here is hoping that it goes out with a bang in what’s going to be the 3rd and final season.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Meet Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who was led to believe that the world has come to an end, and the only people alive are she and her cult members.

When she is finally rescued from this cult along with others, she faces a daunting challenge of getting back out there in the world. In her quest to live life like a normal person, she comes across Titus, a somewhat narcissistic and kind-hearted person, who wants to be a star but ends up working as a street performer to make ends meet.

While this show has many other dynamic characters, these two have remained the big draw over the course of two seasons so far. It’s fun to watch these two broken, dysfunctional people inadvertently working as a support system for each other, all the while they handle their life-crisis in a weird, amusing manner.

F Is For Family

Co-created by Michael Price and Bill Burr, F is For Family is an animated sitcom that takes us back to the good old ‘70s. You could beat your kids and carry a gun anywhere you wanted to, like a boss. A glorious era indeed!

The writing, animation, and voice acting are expertly done, making it a must-watch show. With the second season scheduled to release sometime this year, you have all the time in the world to watch the first season, which consists of 6 short episodes. Don’t be surprised if you start caring about these characters in such a short span of time.

Easy

Easy is a romantic anthology series that takes place in modern day Chicago, revolving around a group of friends navigating through their social and love life. For the most part, every episode tells an independent story. Every now and then, though, you’d see characters from different episodes crossing paths with each other. Some episodes are loosely connected with others, making for more interesting stories.

Despite its fair share of comedic moments, it’s a drama series with a lot more to offer than just a few chuckles.

Love

Created by Paul Rust, Love is a romantic comedy that follows Mickey and Gus, two broken, miserable people made for each other. They must sort out their messy lives together while trying to make their relationship work.

Just like any romantic comedy out there, Love has its fair share of flaws. I personally feel that some characters are a little underdeveloped. They could use some more screen time. For a show with not much of a budget, though, they have done an amazing job with it.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Based on a series of novels by the same name, A Series of Unfortunate Events is the story of three inherently wealthy children who must face a series of unfortunate events triggering right after the death of their parents. Born with silver spoons in their mouths, they must soon accept the new reality.

Things get worse when Count Olaf, a sinister distant relative, adopts them. The kids must protect themselves and their inherited wealth from him. Their attempt to uncover Count Olaf’s dark secrets leads to chaos, violence, and tons of hilarious moments.

Marco Polo

The story revolves around Marco Polo, a famed explorer from the 13th century, who finds himself in the middle of the power struggle between two royal families in Mongolia. In a world where everything is not as it seems, he must learn their ways to make it out of there alive.

Expectations were sky-high when this show was released by Netflix, leading to a few mediocre reviews. It seems that every historical drama released these days is eventually compared to the heavyweights like Game of Thrones and Vikings.

If you’re looking for a slow-burning show with a good mix of facts and fiction, you’d love what Marco Polo brings to the table. History buffs would tell you that this show is far from accurate, and they’re right. Put the accuracy aside for a moment, and you’d see that it’s a beautifully crafted show that’s rife with political intrigue and warfare.

Making A Murderer

Directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, Making a Murderer is a true story of Steven Avery, who was sent to prison for something he didn’t do. Fast forward 18 years, he is finally exonerated, only to find himself behind bars once again. Did he actually kill someone or is he framed once again?

Filmed over the course of 10 years, Making A Murderer is a moving, eye-opening documentary, which should not be missed out by those looking for a gritty drama. The story is revealed bit by bit every episode that would make you churn out one episode after another in quick succession.

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    • hclpd profile imageAUTHOR

      Rahul Parashar 

      14 months ago from Delhi, India

      @Lousie I liked the first two seasons of Orange Is The New Black. The third season wasn't really good in my opinion. I'm glad that you liked it, though :)

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      Louise Powles 

      14 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I've watched Narcos and really enjoyed it. Shame you don't have Orange is the New Black on your list too. I enjoyed watching that too.

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      Antonis Tsikelas 

      19 months ago from Greece

      I think that's what the creators were aiming for :p

    • hclpd profile imageAUTHOR

      Rahul Parashar 

      19 months ago from Delhi, India

      I've checked out at least the first few episodes of every show in this list, and I plan on adding more. And to be honest, I didn't really dig "The OA". It's confusing.

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      Antonis Tsikelas 

      19 months ago from Greece

      Do you actually watch all these shows? That's a lot! I would also include ''the OA'' it's so interesting and mysterious.

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