Netflix and TV have almost become like two different standards of watching movies and videos, similar to the standard we have for PC and console gaming. And which standard is superior will always be a matter of debate. But who would have thought, a company which grew by starting in the “DVD by mail” business, could ironically expand into becoming a format of watching videos itself?
In past couple of years Netflix has expanded profoundly into film and television industry. Now Netflix produces its own original shows to cater to their streaming service’s subscribers. And many of these shows have earned a lot of reputation and following in the pop culture lately and continues to add new seasons and episodes. So, if you are doped with TV series’s , here is the list of top 10 Netflix originals, which you owe to yourself.
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10. HOUSE OF CARDS
Netflix took its most transformative turn by venturing into its own production with netflix exclusive series, starting with “House of Cards“. It outbid several major networks to pick up Kevin Spacey, David Fincher, and Beau Willimon’s remake of the British version of the series. Not only this, it also placed Netflix under the eyes of reputable awards such as Emmy awards.
“Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood , a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood. The series deals primarily with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, and power.”
9. MARCO POLO
As the name suggests, Marco Polo series is inspired by Marco Polo’s early years in the court of Kublai Khan, the Khagan of the Mongol Empire and the founder of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). It is set in a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry. As a youth of 15 or 16, Marco Polo first met his father and uncle and embarked on an epic adventure, crossing thousands of miles of unforgiving terrain, through political unrest and upheaval, to the court of Kublai Khan in what is now Beijing.
The show premiered on Netflix on December 12, 2014.
8. BETTER CALL SAUL
Although its not exactly a Netflix Original, Netflix is the exclusive video-on-demand provider for the series. and makes the content available in all its territories, except for Australia and New Zealand. In Australia, Better Call Saul premiered on the streaming service Stan.
It is a spin-off prequel of the hit AMC series, Breaking Bad, which was also created by Gilligan. Set in 2002, Better Call Saul follows the story of small-time lawyer James Morgan “Jimmy” McGill (Bob Odenkirk), six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman. In this show the events after the original series are briefly explored as well.
Bloodlines is a very well-produced drama series about a family with some very dark secrets and an impressive cast. The series begins with an eerie narration by John Rayburn: “Sometimes you know something’s coming. You can feel it. In the air. In your gut. And you don’t sleep at night. The voice in your head is telling you that something is going to go terribly wrong and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. That’s how I felt when my brother came home.” The first season received positive reviews from many critics, with most critics praising its performances and cinematography. However, the second season received a mixed response from critics.
6. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Orange is the new black, is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. Orange Is the New Black is streamed on Netflix, and premiered on July 11, 2013. Orange Is the New Black has become Netflix’s most-watched original series. It has received critical acclaim and many accolades. For its first season, the series garnered 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
5. JESSICA JONES
This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts an the end to her short-lived career as a superhero, Jessica settles in New York City and opens her own detective agency, called Alias Investigations, which seems to be called into cases involving people who have special abilities. Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jessica wants to do good, but her primary interest isn’t in saving the world, it’s saving her apartment and getting through each day. Based on a graphic novel intended for adults, this is not a superhero story for the kids.
4. LUKE CAGE
This gritty, action-packed drama follows the evolution of Luke Cage , a man with super strength and unbreakable skin caused by a sabotaged experiment. After a failed relationship with fellow superhero Jessica Jones, Cage tries to rebuild his life in Harlem, New York, but is pulled out of the shadows and forced to fight for the heart of his city. Along the way, Cage cannot avoid confronting his past, which he has worked hard to bury. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” is the third show in the Netflix-original Defenders series.
Netflix takes on the infamous Medellín drug cartel in “Narcos,” which follows the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Drug Enforcement Agency agents hunting him. The story is told largely from the points of view of Escobar, played by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, and U.S. DEA Agent Steve Murphy, on opposite sides of what would become an all-out war. The gritty drama begins with the early days of the drug battle, when the biggest offenders were “hippies in flip-flops” caught with up to a kilo of marijuana, continuing to the violent, bloody battles between members of the cartel peddling tons of kilos of cocaine and drug agents from Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. — a struggle estimated to have cost at least 4,000 lives over two decades.
The first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe, “Daredevil” follows Matt Murdock, attorney by day and vigilante by night. Blinded in an accident as a child, Murdock uses his heightened senses as Daredevil to fight crime on the streets of New York after the sun goes down. While Murdock’s day job requires him to believe in the criminal justice system, his alter ego does not follow suit, leading him to take the law into his own hands to protect his Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and the surrounding communities.
1. STRANGER THINGS
This thrilling Netflix-original drama stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 — inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce’s 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl.