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After revolutionizing the consumption habits of millennials with its streaming service, Netflix began unveiling its original shows in 2013, with House of Cards becoming the services’ first hit single. More popular shows soon followed, and today the streaming giant is only gaining momentum.
That said, if nothing captures your imagination, try our picks of the best documentaries on Netflix.
Best original Netflix series
As Netflix’s library of original content continues to expand and expand, it’s worthwhile to take stock of all that the service currently offers.
Sacred Games is an Indian web television thriller Emmy nominated series based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel of the same name. Sartaj Singh, a Mumbai police officer, receives an anonymous phone call from a gangster who threatens to blow up the entire city. Amid the corrupt standards of Indian law enforcement begins a battle between a nobody cop and ruthless gangster who perceives himself to be a God.
Ghoul is an Indian horror web television miniseries based on the Arab folklore monster ghoul. In a totalitarian near-future India, a mysterious prisoner is sent to a remote military interrogation center where he turns the tables on his captors by exposing their most shameful secrets and unleashing a demon from Arabic folklore.
Selection Day is an Indian Netflix Original Sports web television series, based on Aravind Adiga’s 2016 novel of the same name. The series follows the life of two brothers Radha and Manju who are raised by their cricket obsessed father. Two teen cricket prodigies struggle against their overbearing father and a system stacked against them to realize their own ambitions and identities.
Bard of Blood
Bard of Blood is an Indian fictional spy thriller web television series based on the 2015 espionage novel of the same name by Bilal Siddiqi. It follows four Indian intelligence officers belonging to the Indian Intelligence Wing (IIW) who are compromised, before they can relay an important piece of information to India. They get captured and are about to be decapitated. Back in India, the intelligence veteran Sadiq Sheikh, the handler of the captured agents, realizes he must spearhead a clandestine mission to rescue his men. He reaches out to a former spy and now professor of Shakespeare, Kabir Anand – a man who knows the terrain and politics of Balochistan inside out.
Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega
Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega is an Indian crime drama web television series directed by Soumendra Padhi and written by Trishant Srivastava. Masterminds and cousins, Sunny and Rocky, along with their friends, quietly run a wildly successful phishing scam from the small village of Jamtara. A news report about the scam catapults the village into the limelight, throwing a spanner in the works when, suddenly, everyone wants in on the game.
Taj Mahal 1989
Taj Mahal 1989 is an Indian comedy drama romance web television directed and written by Pushpendra Nath Misra. It follows the intersecting lives of a Lucknow University professor couple, their students, a long-lost friend and his lover, and a schoolgirl in love with an older boy. Through the daily struggles and triumphs of the characters, the series explores the different shades of love over the ages as it mutates and matures.
She is an Indian crime drama web television series created and written by Imtiaz Ali & author Divya Johry. It follows the story of a female constable in the Indian Police Force who has been inducted in the Anti-Narcotics Group to fight a major drug lord.
The Ranch is an American sitcom web television series revolving around a former pro football player who returns to Colorado to help run the family ranch business. It takes place on the fictional Iron River Ranch, near the fictitious small town of Garrison, Colorado. It details the life of the Bennetts, a dysfunctional family consisting of two brothers, their rancher father and his estranged wife, a local bar owner.
Narcos is an American crime drama web television series created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. It tells the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It centers around the notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and Steve Murphy (Holbrook), a DEA agent sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture him and ultimately kill him.
Narcos: Mexico is an American crime drama web television series that focuses on the illegal drug trade in Mexico. The series dramatizes the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo unifies the traffickers in order to build an empire. It explores the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers.
Bodyguard is a British police-thriller television series set around the fictional character of Police Sergeant David Budd, a British Army war veteran suffering from PTSD, who is now working for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. He is assigned as the principal protection officer (PPO) for the ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose politics he despises.
House Of Cards
House of Cards is an American political thriller web television series that deals with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, betrayal, and power. It is the story of Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip, and his equally ambitious wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). Frank is passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, so he initiates an elaborate plan to attain power, aided by Claire.
Ozark is an American crime drama web television series starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as a married couple who are forced to relocate their family to the Ozarks following a money laundering scheme gone wrong. When the Byrdes arrive in Missouri, they become entangled with local criminals, including the Langmores and Snells.
13 Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why is an American teen drama web television series that revolves around seventeen-year-old high school student Clay Jensen and his deceased friend Hannah Baker, who takes her own life after having to face a culture of gossip, bullying and sexual assault at her high school and a lack of support from her friends, her family and her school. A box of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah in the weeks preceding her suicide detail why she chose to end her life.
Mindhunter is an American crime thriller television series that revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), who operate the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit within the Training Division at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They interview imprisoned serial killers to understand how they think, with the hope of applying this knowledge to solve ongoing cases.
What/If is a neo-noir thriller that explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. Each season tackles a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life.
Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera reboot based on the 1980s series of the same name. It follows two of America’s wealthiest families as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.
Orange Is The New Black
Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama web television series based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.
The Punisher is an American web television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle becomes the vigilante known as The Punisher, with only one goal in mind: to avenge them.
Unbelievable is an American drama web television miniseries about a series of rapes in Washington State and Colorado. It is based on the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed the path to the truth.
Daredevil, is an American web television series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. A blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night – Matt Murdock fights the crime of New York as Daredevil. As a child Matt Murdock was blinded by a chemical spill in a freak accident. Instead of limiting him it gave him superhuman senses that enabled him to see the world in a unique and powerful way. Now he uses these powers to deliver justice, not only as a lawyer in his own law firm, but also as vigilante at night, stalking the streets of Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil, the man without fear.
Money Heist is a Spanish heist crime drama television series that traces two long-prepared heists led by the Professor – one on the Royal Mint of Spain and one on the Bank of Spain. Set in Madrid, a mysterious man known as The Professor recruits a group of eight people, who choose cities for code-names, to carry out an ambitious plan that involves entering the Royal Mint of Spain, and escaping with €2.4 billion. After taking 67 people hostages inside the Mint, the team plans to remain inside for 11 days to print the money as they deal with elite police forces. In the events succeeding the initial heist, the group are forced out of hiding, and find themselves preparing for a second heist, this time on the Bank of Spain, as they again deal with hostages and police forces.
Fauda is an Israeli television series developed by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff drawing on their experiences in the Israel Defense Forces. It tells the story of Doron, a commander in the Mista’arvim unit and his team as they pursue a Hamas arch-terrorist known as The Panther.
Designated Survivor is an American political thriller drama television series created by David Guggenheim. It stars Kiefer Sutherland as Thomas Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union. In this dramatic thriller, Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.
Stranger Things is an American science fiction, drama-horror web television series created by the Duffer Brothers. Set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy amid supernatural events occurring around the town, including the appearance of a girl with psychokinetic abilities.
The Crown is a historical drama web television series that focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a twenty-five-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. It follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.
Iron Fist is an American web television series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, a martial arts expert with the ability to call upon a mystical power known as the Iron Fist.
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