3 Original Netflix Shows That Everyone Needs to Watch

By on March 27, 2015 | 12:32 pm
March 27, 2015 | 12:32 pm

If you’ve been visiting the blog lately, then you know that streaming services are a hot topic. Last week we published a guide to streaming services that will help you ditch your cable subscription and become a cord cutter.

Of those that featured on the list, Netflix is by far the most popular (it has over 40 million subscribers) mostly due to its large content library and the fact that it offers users a great range of media that you can’t find anywhere else. Many of Netflix’s original TV shows have received Emmy nominations and won for their quality.

So, as Netflix prepares to launch even more original programming (starting with Marvel’s Daredevil superhero series that premieres on April 10th) we’ve put together a list of those already on the service that are very much worth your time. Have a look at our recommendations below.

1. Orange is the New Black

Kicking off this list is Orange is the New Black, which is perhaps the most talked about of all Netflix’s own TV shows.

Based on the real life experiences of writer Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black features a woman named Piper Chapman who has been forced to go to prison after being involved with a drug smuggling ring in which her ex-girlfriend Alex Vause was a primary player. Obviously, for our middle class protagonist, being thrust into a prison world of people from much worse backgrounds (who have also done much worse crimes) than her, things aren’t a walk in the park and Orange is the New Black covers all of that.

It’s dramatic in many moments, hilarious in others and despite the characters being murderers, thieves, junkies (and dealers), you will begin to empathize and feel for them. There’s a reason why OITNB has won so many accolades.

2. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Netflix has made OITNB a dramedy hybrid, but The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is all laughs all the time. But what else would you expect from a show co-created by Tina Fey?

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper (of Bridesmaids fame) as Kimmy, a woman who until recently, has spent most of the her life in an underground bunker. She was kidnapped and forced into a doomsday cult with three other women, with a mad man convincing them that the world had ended and that the bunker was the only thing keeping them safe. When Kimmy and her fellow captives are rescued they have to get used to the world around them: how do they get jobs? How do they learn how to date? And how do they get used to a society that is almost completely foreign to them now?

With Kimmy’s new roommate Titus, hijinks ensue but you’ll be rooting for and laughing with them along the way.

3. House of Cards

Have you ever wondered what really goes down in Washington D.C? Have you ever asked yourself about the power plays? The backstabbing? The hard decisions that the country’s politicians are faced with on a day to day to basis? If yes, House of Cards is a show you should be watching.

Netflix’s House of Cards features Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, the brilliant and devilish politician who will stop at nothing to get to the top. His wife Claire is similarly driven and the two of them are ready to take over Washington, whatever the cost.

While the events are dramatized for Netflix viewers, the show is so believable since it covers all of the murky moral dealings of politics and the sacrifices that will have to be made to get to the top. That’s why no one on the show is ever outright good or bad – at times they’re loveable and at others they are truly terrible. That’s what makes House of Cards so captivating and it’s also why you should be watching.

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