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Nine Netflix Original Shows to Binge-Watch

Sheena Joseph | Apr 04 2021
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Netflix has made itself a popular platform with its original content. There is something for everyone on this OTT platform. Since its first original series ‘House of Cards’ in 2013, it has come a long way with critically acclaimed and popular shows that have defined its existence among audiences. Here some of the best ones for a binge-watch session.

1) Stranger Things

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'Stranger Things' is a science fiction horror show known for its eerie old tale vibes. The story is set in a fictional town called Hawkins where supernatural events and science experiments surrounding them are always leading to chaos. In the middle of the drama are four young boys and a new girl with psychokinetic abilities. The childlike sensibilities set the show apart from other supernatural shows. Netflix received rave reviews for the show for its homages to 1980s films. The show is likely to end with the fourth season set to release in 2021.

2) Ginny & Georgia

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Ginny & Georgia is a 2021 show that is being hailed as a darker version of the iconic show 'Gilmore Girls'. The plot revolves around Georgia Miller and her children Ginny and Austin. Georgia is a single mom who turns into a con artist when she has to survive in the world and provide the best for her children. Coming from a tough childhood, she wants to give her children a better life. The show starts when they settle down in a white picket fence town called Wellsbury. However, the demons of her past don't stay away. The focus of the story remains the mother-daughter relationship which struggles as Ginny is a teenager and starts asking questions.

3) The Umbrella Academy

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Adapted from the comic book series of the same name, 'The Umbrella Academy' is a superhero fantasy show with black comedy and family drama. The plot revolves around a dysfunctional family of six adopted siblings and their late father. Each of the siblings has a different ability and they are always dealing with the threat of an apocalypse. The show was renewed for a third season. The characters are always set for impending doom and racing against their fate.

4) Bridgerton

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Based on the popular books by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton is a romantic period drama set in the Regency era. The first season became one of the most-watched series on Netflix and has been renewed for a second season. The story revolves around the aristocratic Bridgerton family consisting of the widow Dowager Viscountess and her eight children. The plot is set in an alternate history where London is a racially integrated society. However, the matrimonial culture of the Regency Era is kept intact. The story begins during The Season when debutantes are presented at court. However, the show looks further and gives the audience strong, feminist female characters. If you are a fan of light tropes and Jane Austin-like settings, Bridgerton is the show for you.

5) BoJack Horseman

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BoJack Horseman is an adult animated tragicomedy sitcom. The plot revolves around a horse who is a washed-up star of a 1990s sitcom. He is planning his return to celebrity relevance with an autobiography to be written by a ghostwriter. The final and sixth season was streamed in 2018. While the first season of the show was met with mixed reviews, subsequent seasons made it one of the most popular, critically acclaimed shows. It has been praised for discussing topics like trauma, addiction, depression, self-destructive behaviour, racism, sexism, sexuality, and the human condition.

6) Orange Is the new black

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'Orange is the New Black' is a comedy-drama show set inside a minimum-security women's federal prison. The plot is based on the memoir 'Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison' by Piper Kerman. The widely acclaimed show is the longest-running original series of Netflix with seven seasons. 'Orange is the New Black' is praised for not only humanising prisoners but for its portrayal of race, sexuality, gender, and body types. It has been called a ground-breaking show for tackling hard-hitting issues with gallows humour. It was ranked 58th on The Guardian's list of the 100 best TV shows of the 21st century.

7) The OA

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'The OA' is a mystery drama with elements of supernatural, fantasy, and science fiction. It was meant to be a three-season show and was sadly cancelled after two seasons. The plot revolves around Prairie Johnson who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years. She was blind before her disappearance. Now, she can not only see but has other mysterious abilities and claims to have been in another dimension. The show scientifically builds up near-death experiences and the existence of alternate realities. The OA has been called the strongest and strangest production of Netflix.

8) The Crown

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'The Crown' is one of the controversial shows by Netflix. The historical drama revolves around the royal family of Britain. The royal family has repeatedly denied commenting on the show. The show begins with Queen Elizabeth II's wedding to Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The fourth and most recent season revolved around  Margaret Thatcher's tenure as prime minister and Lady Diana Spencer's marriage to Prince Charles. The show is set to have two more seasons. The acting, directing, writing, cinematography, and production of the show have been praised for excellence.

9) Grace and Frankie

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'Grace and Frankie' is one of the most popular comedy shows. It stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in title roles. Grace Hanson and Frankie Bergstein are two unlikely friends forced together by fate when their husbands are gay and in love. Over the course of six seasons, the duo has become a lively, pleasant, and challenging representation of women in their 70s. The show has been praised for its nuanced take instead of portraying them as people at the end of their lives. Grace and Frankie are an energetic duo running their own business and experimenting with their lives. The show was renewed for a final and seventh season in 2019. But the production was halted due to the pandemic. Fans are expecting ‘Grace and Frankie’ to return in 2021.