Over the past few years, Netflix has worked its way to becoming the first streaming service in America. With more than 10,000 streaming titles to look over at the touch of a button, it is hard to recognize what is worth a viewer’s time. We’ve all been there. Exactly when you think you’ve found the next awesome show, it ends up being an absolute waste, and the ones you least expect have you binging for days.
It is no lie that Netflix has been knocking it out of the park recently. As indicated by Business Insider, Netflix has guaranteed it will release more than 1,000 hours of unique shows and movies for the year of 2017. In 2016, Netflix released around 600 hours of original content, so that is twice as much as a year ago. With opponents like Hulu and Amazon Prime, it’s no big surprise they are making an extraordinary effort. It would take a viewer more than 41 days to watch all of Netflix’s new content, and quite recently like any streaming service, Netflix has made some terrible deals before. How is a viewer to know what is worth their time? Here are 10 Netflix shows that are too awesome.
10. Better Call Saul
Taking after the success of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s, prequel series Better Call Saul, featuring Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill a.k.a. Saul Goodman is a triumph of present day television. Very much into its third season, the show has proved the estimation of long-form storytelling and in-depth character development.
Odenkirk is remarkable as the smooth and thoughtful lawyer who just can’t get a break. And fans can not improve Better Call Saul’s resident PI and hitman, Mike, played by the unfathomably capable Jonathan Banks.
The most excellent part of Better Call Saul is that while the occasions of the show are paving the way to Saul’s possible introduction to Breaking Bad’s scandalous Walter White (Bryan Cranston), no prior knowledge of Breaking Bad is essential for full enjoyment of the series. In spite of the fact that, fanatics of Breaking Bad will be eager to know that the third season is going to bring a universe of inconvenience for Saul Goodman, with the reintroduction of a particular owner of the fast food chain, Pollos Hermanos.
9. Girl Boss
At first look, Girl Boss, created by Kay Gun and in light of Sophia Amoruso’s self-portrayal #Girlboss, may appear like transitioning millennial grub. However, there is significantly more to this show than meets the eye. In truth, the show is shockingly ardent and engaging. Sophia (Britt Robertson), hungry for her very own existence finds she has an ability for flipping vintage garments on eBay. As her business thrives, she is confronted with unexpected difficulties that will test her coarseness as a self-began female entrepreneur in the mid-2000s.
What will turn viewers off straightaway is Sophia’s recklessness and over the top dialogue in the first episode. In any case, if you stick it out you will find that the dialogue mellows out and Sophia’s demeanor turns into a solid highlight of the show. This show is preposterously entertaining with crackpot funniness and innovative conventions. One of those conventions is the depiction of chat rooms as office tables in a black void where characters can pop in and out of the discussion of comedic impact. What’s most charming about the show is that we worry whether Sophia succeeds or not. While Sophia begins most of her struggles, she handles them in such a human way, to the point that we can relate and appreciate.
8. Dear White People
Based off the diverting and famous film of a similar name, Dear White People, made by Justin Simien, is the show we all have been waiting for. A social parody for the ages, Dear White People does not keep down for one minute to state what we’ve all been considering. That prejudice, white privilege, and discrimination are genuine, and it’s time we begin calling it out for what it is. The series takes after a group of different students at a predominantly white Ivy League college and shows how they figure out how to explore life in a biased and poisonous condition.
An ensemble piece, with episodes centering on different characters, Dear White People does an outstanding job of managing its narrative while handling the issues it conveys to light. I would prefer not to go excessively into it as spoilers may manifest, yet believe me when I say this show is unquestionably worth the watch. The best part of the show is that it is brazenly unapologetic about its statements and for incredible reasons. It may not offer much in the method for solutions, but rather in a way it reflects where we are in our present society. All it takes is to kick the discussion off, and Dear White People does it in a fun and sarcastic way that is sure to entertain.
7. The Crown
You may think The Crown is simply one more historical drama twisted on over-sensationalizing the royal family. Trust me; it is much more than that.
Created and written by Dwindle Morgan, The Crown, featuring Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and John Lithgow, concentrates on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and asks the interesting question, “What is the purpose of having a ruler in a Post-WWII Joined Kingdom?” Morgan handles this issue with effortlessness and humanity showing all viewpoints. The church, the public, the state, and even the royal family have differing opinions and show no dread in compelling their dogma’s upon the newly crowned Queen.
Still, The Crown goes further than that. It has a delightfully human side that past biographical dramas tend to miss. Its characters are perforated with profundity, and Morgan never misses an opportunity to display it. John Lithgow’s depiction of Winston Churchill is worth the 10-episodes binge on its own. The real star is Claire Foy as Elizabeth II. With her piercing eyes and fantastic poise, she is consummately suited to bringing England’s conflicted Queen to life.
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, made by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, is a comedic virtuoso. On the brink of releasing its third season, the show revolves around Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), an unfathomably idealistic young lady who ends up straightening out to life in New York City in the wake of being saved from an apocalyptic cult.
Kimmy Schmidt is witty, ardent, and ridiculously humorous. If you are an admirer of 30 Rock, this show is absolutely for you. The characters are elegantly written, adorable, energetic, and best of all quotable as damnation. Particularly Titus Andromedon (Titus Burgess), who continually takes the show with his flashy fierceness. Trust me, if you haven’t seen Titus’s self-made music video “Peeno Noir” you are missing out.
5. Halt & Catch Fire
Halt & Catch Fire is the uncelebrated hero of AMC. Set in the 1980s, the series takes you on a voyage of the technological change through the eyes of an engineer, an idealist, and a prodigy whose innovations challenge the corporate mammoths of the decade. This show has it all. Capturing dialogue, high stakes, and dynamic characters.
It’s difficult to tell who in this show is all the more exciting to watch: Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) with her progressive virtuoso and rebel mentality, Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy) with his appetite to accomplish pertinence and unfailing capacity to stick his foot in his mouth, or Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) the scribe who can make any situation profitable. And keeping in mind that we ceaselessly pull for this trio and need them to conquer their corporate enemies, it is much more enjoyable to watch the group conflict and eventually self-destruct every step of the way. I will concede, I have been blameworthy of binge watching this show to a purpose of pulling a few dusk ’til dawn affairs. It attracts you that much. It’s amazing that Halt & Catch Fire have gone unnoticed for this long, yet believe me when I say this show is worth your time.
4. Mystery Science Theater 3000
Because of the magic of crowdfunding, Mystery Science Theater 3000, is back and more grounded than ever. Created by Joel Hodgson, the introducing of the show is that a human test object (Jonah Ray) has been detained aboard the spacecraft “Satellite of Love” and is compelled to watch ghastly moves to perceive which one will make him go frantic. At the end of the day, the whole show is an excuse to sit down and laugh at bad films.
So if you appreciate taunting and tearing dreadful film to shreds, look no further – this show is for you and your friends. The best thing is the show does not require any serious thinking to enjoy. In fact, you don’t even need to focus for it to instigate bountiful amounts of laughter. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is extraordinary to have running out of sight as you entertain guests, finish work on your PC, or if you just require something mindless playing to unwind you. Did I state Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day loan their abilities to this round of the series as the evil Mads?
3. Black Mirror
Hailed as the new Twilight Zone and restored by Netflix, Black Mirror does not show you want to miss. Created by Charlie Brooker, Dark Mirror is an anthology series focused on uncovering the dark side of life in the technological age. Every episode comprises of a different cast of characters and focuses on the abhorrences made by present and futuristic science. The frightening part of the show is that most of the tech exhibited would be entirely viable given a couple of decades of innovation.
But it isn’t just horror that Black Mirror brings to the table. The stories introduced are exciting and alluring. They are human and awful. Best of all they are character compelling. With actors such as Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Mackenzie Davis (Halt & Catch Fire) on board it is no big surprise this show is a raving success. With season four on the horizon and the show’s hype especially alive, there is no better time to begin watching. Black Mirror is ensured to entertain. It is likewise guaranteed to leave you lying awake at night asking one from society’s difficult questions, “Is technological progress really good?”
2. The Get Down
The Get Down, made by Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis, is an amazing show set in the 1970s, about a group of youngsters from the South Bronx who finds empowerment through the presentation of hip-hop, punk, and disco. If there was ever a show about uprooting yourself by your bootstraps, this is the one.
New York City is in confuse and on the verge of bankruptcy, yet Ezekiel “Books” Figuero (Justice Smith) can see the light. He pours his soul into poetry which in the end swings to rap with the help of DJ Shaolin Fabulous (Shameik Moore), and their friends who come to be referred to in the Bronx as The Get Down Brothers. Meanwhile, Figuero’s love intrigue, Mylene Cruz (Herizen F. Guardiola) dreams of a life of music as a disco star and finds herself impelled into the music industry against her ultra-religious father’s wishes. These two narratives move between each other displaying the best and the worst of New York City in the 1970s. The show does not shy away from undertaking bigotry, injustice to minorities, and gang violence either as Ezekiel and his team often find themselves at the center of the battle for the Bronx’s very soul. A dynamic and historically relevant show with an impressive score and astounding musical numbers, The Get Down is a perfect watch for all Netflix viewers.
1. Bill Nye Saves the World
Bill Nye is back, and he is here to save the world. A marvel of the 90s, kids flocked to their TVs to take in science from Bill Nye’s entertaining and engaging series, Bill Nye the Science Guy. Now Bill is back and he has a lot to say about how science impacts society, politics, and pop culture. In other words, Bill is here to tell, “Wake up! And stop ignoring the scientific facts!” A bit pompous you may think. However, Bill tackles dispersing anti-scientific claims made by politicians, industry, and religious pioneers in an ideal way. He goes up against these issues head on with humor and a gnawing sarcasm that never fails to entertain. The best part is that it’s a science talk show, thus creating a mainstream media for scientific debate and intriguing discussion.