Another Top 10 Netflix Originals
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Written by Telly Vlachakis
These are the shows that give us more reasons to binge. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we're counting down our picks for another top 10 Netflix Originals.
For this list, we'll be looking at more great shows worth binge-watching right now. If your favorite show isn't on here, make sure to check out our first list of our Top 10 Netflix Originals.
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These are the shows that give us more reasons to binge. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for another top 10 Netflix Originals.
For this list, we’ll be looking at more great shows worth binge-watching right now. If your favorite show isn’t on here, make sure to check out our first list of our Top 10 Netflix Originals.
#10: “Lady Dynamite” (2016-)
“From the minds behind ‘South Park’ and ‘Arrested Development’” is a sentence that sets the bar pretty high, but shows based on a stand-up comedian’s life or routine don’t always translate well to television. Maria Bamford decided to take the risk, and bring her neurotic brain and fragile ego to Netflix. While not exactly a situational comedy, the show is loosely based on her real-life struggles with Hollywood, her family, and her mental health, and is told with heavy use of flashbacks. Traditionally, these themes don’t scream out “comedy!,” but Bamford’s unique take on life definitely makes up for it. It’s episodic comedy like you’ve never seen before.
#9: “The Crown” (2016-)
When original content from streaming services started sneaking into the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards, people took note. But nobody thought that Netflix would start picking up awards and nominations so quickly, but they did with The Crown’s 2017 Golden Globes win for Best Television Drama and Best Actress in a Drama series. Chronicling the rise to power of Claire Foy’s Queen Elizabeth II, this incredibly expensive show was a huge gamble for Netflix, but it seems to have paid off. Combining the drama and pomp of “Downton Abbey” with real-life scandal and the world’s obsession with the Royals, the appeal and success of this show was inevitable.
#8: “F Is for Family” (2015-)
Mainstays like “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” may continue to dominate the world of network animated sitcoms, but Netflix more than proved their worth with the 2014 hit “BoJack Horseman.” They followed this up with another hidden gem, “F is for Family,” a hilarious look at middle-class America in the late 70s. With the voice talents of comedian Bill Burr, Sam Rockwell, Laura Dern and Justin Long, and inspired by Burr’s own childhood, it’s perfect for anybody who grew up in the mellow decade, or just appreciates good comedy. Like “BoJack,” “F is for Family” can be vulgar and all too real at times, but that’s just part of its rough and ready charm.
#7: “The Get Down” (2016-)
Television is becoming more epic in scope and scale, and “The Get Down” proves that. Stewing in director Baz Luhrmann’s mind for a decade, this trippy journey through New York City in the late 70s chronicles the fall of Disco and the rise of Hip Hop. Each episode becomes a kaleidoscopic musical tour of the Bronx, using real historical characters and events to tell the fictional story of Ezekiel, a Hip Hop prodigy, and his love for Mylene, a wannabe disco singer. Anyone familiar with Luhrmann’s work will immediately recognize his signature energy and passion in every single scene.
#6: “Jessica Jones” (2015-)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe had already expanded to television with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” but there was an untapped market on Netflix, where Marvel could create a mini-universe of misfit heroes, as unfiltered, gritty and dark as they should be. Series like “Daredevil” and “Luke Cage” each has a unique take on superhero life, but the biggest surprise was “Jessica Jones,” which at the time was a pretty obscure player in the Marvel canon. Less spandex and aliens, and more commentary on sexual abuse, this brilliantly written series shocked everyone with its frank depiction of a damaged and broken individual who just happens to have superpowers... and maybe a drinking problem.
#5: “Black Mirror” (2011-)
Premiering on Channel 4 in 2011, “Black Mirror” is a revolutionary look at modern society and our destructive relationship with technology – and, ironically, it became an instant cult hit thanks to the Internet. As they did with other cult hits like “Arrested Development” and “Trailer Park Boys,” Netflix took the opportunity to give “Black Mirror” new life on their platform, with some added star power in front of and behind the camera, including the likes of Bryce Dallas Howard, and director Dan Trachtenberg. The one-off stories offer brilliant and chilling looks into an unflinching crystal ball, with bizarre and shocking endings not seen since “The Twilight Zone” or “The Outer Limits.”
#4: “Making a Murderer” (2015-)
People are obsessed with murder mysteries, especially stories about real-life homicides and wrongful convictions, like “Rectify” or the podcast “Serial.” And this docu-series – about a man wrongfully convicted of rape, released after 18 years in prison, then convicted again of murder – became a worldwide phenomenon. The implications of what the filmmakers present to the audience - almost ten years of material about the conviction of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey - is damning to the US legal system. Of course, the motivations behind the show are controversial and clear, and its influence has even reached the White House, but even so this is an irresistible drama that will have you demanding more.
#3: “Master of None” (2015-)
Aziz Ansari is not a lazy guy. Apart from the book publishing, stand-up shows, and wrapping up “Parks and Recreation,” Ansari figured that 2015 was not busy enough, so he decided to create, write, and star in a new show inspired by his struggles as a 30-something actor in New York City. He pokes fun at his family, his upbringing, his personal issues, and how the entertainment industry treats an American-Indian actor such as himself. Written from the heart, and with the biting social commentary we’ve come to expect from him, this Emmy-award winning hit is the millennial’s version of a day-in-the-life sitcom.
#2: “Narcos” (2015-)
Streaming and producing films and shows from countries worldwide, Netflix has long had international appeal. A bilingual original series seemed inevitable, and “Narcos” ended up becoming one of their biggest hits to date. The first two seasons follow the investigations and real-life rise and fall of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, with following seasons likely to follow another historical drug dealer. The show’s intense drama garnered international praise, especially for Wagner Moura’s portrayal of Escobar from the late 70s to his death in 1993. With multiple accolades, including Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and impressive immersive production design, “Narcos” breathes new life to the tried and true police procedural drama.
Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” (2016)
- “Love” (2016-)
- “The OA” (2016-)
#1: “Stranger Things” (2016-)
Taking the world by storm, “Stranger Things” is the epic series we didn’t know we needed. This sci-fi/drama hybrid uses great story-telling and infuses it with a heavy dose of '80s nostalgia. From the fashion and music, to the constant references and homages, “Stranger Things” is the love child of Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and Ridley Scott. And many, many other things. The trick of course in using so many references is to somehow create something wholly original, and the Duffer Brothers achieved that, and then some. The story of a young boy’s disappearance in a small town, and the possible involvement of a nearby mysterious government facility, ignited the imaginations of viewers everywhere.