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Netflix Original Series You Should Be Watching

Few companies today have learned to adapt with the shifting popularity of the internet the way Netflix has.  Netflix began as a DVD distribution company and was one of the first companies to jump into the internet streaming space. Not resting on their laurels, they began producing their own feature content. Today, Netflix is responsible for around 37% of all internet traffic, and they have produced several shows that rival content created by the major networks.  I’m gonna recommend 5 of those shows.  Shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and DareDevil are already pretty well known, this list is not for them. I’m hoping you see something new on this list and give it a shot.

#5 Narcos

This is Netflix’s most recent series and it’s already making waves. A dramatized tale of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and the Medellin Cartel. Narcos is the kind of dark & gritty drama that is gaining popularity thanks to shows like “True Detective”. In show casing one of the more famous tales of the “drug war”, the line between right and wrong, winners and losers is as blurry as ever. With plenty of characters and even more angles, Narcos is very invested in not only telling the narrative tale of these characters. It’s interested in examining the board strokes these events have had in history.


#4 Grace and Frankie

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I’m a big fan of Jane Fonda. Combine her with people like Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterston, sign me up. Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) are loose friends. Their husbands , Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterson) are successful divorce lawyers. Their entire foundation is shaken when both of their husbands announce they will be leaving them. Not only are they leaving them, they are leaving them for each other and looking to get married.  Now, two women, who haven’t really seen eye to eye before are forced to support each other through a difficult transition. Grace and Frankie falls right in line with a Dramedy.  The situation presented is serious, and provides plenty in terms of dramatic effect. However, the show still feels light in ways that make dealing with the fallout a lot less awkward or tense for the viewer and ultimately makes you smile and laugh.


#3 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I think most people would admit we sort of live in a crazy world. Now imagine, if you were experiencing that crazy world for the first time as an adult? That is the premise of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Kimmy Schmidt is 29 years old and was recently rescued from a doomsday cult in Indiana. Having spent most of her known life confined in an underground bunker. Determined not to been seen as a victim, she sets out to New York City to begin a new. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt feels like an updated and funnier version of a film with the same premise called “Blast from the Past”. Watching someone experience things we consider everyday and/or normal for the first time has plenty of laughs. Surrounded with a great cast, Kimmy is one of the best new sitcoms in recent years.


#2 Bloodline

Bloodline is a sleeper hit if I ever saw one. Few people are talking about this show, but the people who are all have great things to say. Bloodlines follow the Rayburn family, a wealthy and prominent owners of a beach-side hotel in the Florida Keys. John (Kyle Chandler) is a detective and local deputy, and he is nervous. The 45 year celebration of the family business, ushers the return of his eldest brother and black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn). Inter family turmoil begins to escalate, and layers of a dark family secret begin to surface that endanger its legacy and standing. This show sports some fantastic writing and cinematography, completing committing itself to the slow burn. Bringing about revelations in a meaningful way that strengthens the narrative and story telling. The pacing of the show, in my opinion, is done in a way to support the binge watching culture that Netflix conjures best.


#1 Peaky Blinders

Period Dramas might just be my new favorite genre. Activated by Mad Men, and further embellished by series like Broadwalk Empire and Downton Abbey. Peaky Blinders is a gangster family drama set shortly after World War 1 in Birmingham, England in 1919. Following the rise of a street gang with the titular name Peaky Blinders and their ambitious leader Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy). In a lot of ways, Peaky Blinders feels like a healthy combination of the gang/criminal drama of Broadwalk Empire and the family dynamics of Downton Abbey. Were left with some compelling story telling about the men who made it back from the war. Trying to, justly or not, make their mark on whats still remains. Supported by a great cast of actors including and not limited to Noah Taylor, Tom Hardy and Helen McCrory. Peaky Blinders material isn’t so much inspired as it is just refreshing. These characters feel different and the time period hasn’t been explored much. While shows like Broadwalk Empire touched on the effects of WWI a little bit. America was never impacted physically like England was, and it provides a refreshing backdrop.


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