With the number of successful Netflix Originals has to its list, it’s difficult shortlisting, not just the best but shows that stand out from the rest. The streaming platform is rich with content that will put other older networks to shame. Here are 5 shows that are worth binge watching the nights or weekends away.
1. 13 Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why easily became the most talked about show when it aired in March 2017. This highly controversial show follows high school student, Hannah Baker who takes her own life after a series of abuse and bullying and the tapes she left behind that explains 13 reasons why she chooses to commit suicide.
The internet was soon obsessed with it but criticism from parents and organisations came pouring in when people voiced their concerns that the show glamorises suicide. However, research also resulted in positive feedback. Most teenagers polled that the show gave them perspective and encouragement to talk about their problems with their parents and families.
2. Luke Cage
Marvel’s Luke Cage or simply Luke Cage is a story of a man with super strength and unbreakable skin caused by a sabotaged experiment. There have been much criticism of the show for being ‘too black’ and that it lacks diversity in the cast. However, the show portrays NYC in a different rare light and let’s not forget Luke himself. A modern day superhero without the suit, capes and gimmicks defending the rough streets of NYC against super villains.
3. Black Mirror
Black Mirror is a show that is made for the purpose of opening people’s eyes to the prevalence and danger of technology in society. For some this show maybe a little than what you bargained for but it’s worth a watch. Each episode is a mini movie with topics that range from realistic to downright bat shit crazy. Once you start on this show, it’ll be difficult to turn off your screen. Not only is this show riveting but it dawns on what could possibly happen if we become dependent on new age technology.
4. Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon became an instant success if you’re into dystopian science fiction with a dash of cyberpunk. The series, which takes place 350 years in the future, follows a former political operative (Joel Kinnaman) who wakes up after being “asleep” for 250 years, and he is tasked with solving the murder of a wealthy man. Futuristic sci-fi has never been so complicated and enthralling where people use flashing holograms to sell copious sex, drugs and violence in the gritty streets of futuristic San Fransisco.
Glow may lie on the guilty pleasure list of shows you need to watch. Set in the 80’s, the show is about a group of women hilariously trying to make it big in wrestling. Besides the hair do, wacky leotards, sit-com love drama, the women lack skills and professional direction which makes it even better to sit and laugh through all the failures and cheer for their almost epic turn of events.