The Best Netflix Originals: Part 1

Since Netflix launched its streaming services in 2007, hit the final nail in the coffin for Blockbuster (in 2000 Blockbuster could’ve bought Netflix for 50 million), and became the 10th largest internet-based company in the world, it has created over 100 Netflix original series. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has admitted that it has been a costly affair. In 2017, Netflix’s content expenses totaled USD 15.3 billion. In the midst of all that, Netflix has been nominated for 432 Emmy’s and won 72. Not too shabby, I must say.

And because of Netflix’s success and popularity, we started Netflix and Chill. Their content algorithm, which recommends shows and movies for you to watch, isn’t that good…..at least not yet. And even if they do nail it one day, their AI won’t be nearly as entertaining as watching us throw pies in each others faces and eat hot sauce laden chips. For the time being, we’re still aiming to be your number one source for Netflix reco’s. Today, we’re giving you our two sense on the Best Netflix Originals to date. (Updated as of Dec. 1, 2017)

Mindhunter

Netflix Original Series: Mindhunter

David Fincher is one of the best filmmakers out there. Even his worst projects would be considered personal bests for a lot of Hollywood filmmakers. He sets the bar high when it comes to quality content. Mindhunter is the first of two Fincher Originals on this list. Adapted from the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Killer Crime Unit, by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, Mindhunter tells the tale of a number of real-life serial killers, and the FBI’s early days of criminal profiling. It’s amazing to watch and learn how little criminal investigators knew back then. Some techniques and terms have become so commonplace that we take them for granted. But, apparently this was cutting age stuff and really controversial at the time.

Why You Should Watch:

David Fincher. He doesn’t put his name on something unless it gets his stamp of approval. He’s obsessive and controlling but the man has a vision and knows what he wants. He was in charge of the writing room and moved the project from HBO to Netflix because he wanted more say. Fincher directs 4 episodes in the series. Watch it and you’ll be hooked.

13 Reasons Why

Netflix Original Series: 13 Reasons Why

I’d like to do an extended version and include thirteen reasons why you should watch this show. The show struck a chord with me. I was able to identify with the characters and it felt like brutally honest storytelling. We’ve all encountered bullying at some point. Whether we’ve been affected by it personally or we know someone who was a victim themselves. It’s easy to turn the blind-eye or to dismiss it as “no big deal”. What I loved about the show was that they emphasized Hannah Baker’s reality. It doesn’t matter what you think or how you perceive it, it’s her reality. It feels real to her.

Why You Should Watch: 

Brilliant cast and an incredible, heartfelt story. It may be difficult to watch at times. The creators worked very hard not to be gratuitous, but wanted it to be painful to watch because they wanted to be very clear that there is nothing, in any way, worthwhile about suicide.

The Fundamentals of Caring

Netflix Original Series: Fundamentals of Caring

This was a movie I overlooked a few times before deciding to watch it. It would always pop-up in my recommendations and time and time again, I would skip over it. No matter what you tell yourself, people do judge a movie by its cover. You don’t base your entire decision on it but, it does play a part. The Fundamentals of Caring was one of those cases. The lack luster cover didn’t make me care to watch it. But, if you want a heartfelt, feel-good film then this is it.

Why You Should Watch:

Paul Rudd delivers another likeable performance in this story of an unlikely friendship between a retired writer and disabled teenager. During the course of their relationship, you learn about life, hope, and friendship. To truly listen, you have to care. That’s something not too many people do well.

Abstract: The Art of Design

Netflix Original Series: Abstract Art of Design

This series provides s look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world. From graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, and architects, these artists are anything but starving. They’re an inspiration to a younger generation trying to find their place in today’s modern workplace.

Why You Should Watch:

With more and more graduates finding it hard to land jobs post-grad, this Netflix Original series provides hope. If you’re good at what you do and you’re passionate, you can build a great career. It’s amazing to see talented people doing what they love.

Making a Murderer

Netflix Original Series: Making A Murderer

Exonerated after spending nearly two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery filed suit against Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, and several individuals involved with his arrest. Shortly after, however, Avery found himself behind bars again, this time accused of the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach.

Why You Should Watch:

It’s hard to believe this actually happened to someone in real life. Steven Avery’s whole life has been spent behind bars. This documentary series presents a compelling argument that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system. If you watched and enjoyed  The Thin Blue Line  then you will definitely be up in arms over this one.

Stranger Things

Netflix Original Series: Stranger THings

Stranger Things was one of the best Netflix Originals to date. It’s hard not to fall in love with Mike and the gang. The chemistry between those talented young actors is incredible. Add a small town conspiracy based on The Montauk Project and you get an Emmy nominated series. It was one of those shows that all of your friends and coworkers talked about and you just HAVE to watch. I know some people who got Netflix just to watch the show. The 80’s influences and nostalgia factor on this show continues into season 2. I will say that the first season is better than the second but that’s to be expected with almost every sequel.

Why You Should Watch:

Watch our full review of Stranger Things: Season Two. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and get a chance to win a copy of Notes from the Upside Down.

House of Cards

Netflix Original Series: House of Cards

A congressman nears the pinnacle of power but his rapid rise creates more powerful enemies and the increasing chance that his dark secrets will be exposed……this is the tagline for House of Cards in 2013. Four years before Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States of America. At times this political drama seems more believable than the shenanigans we see on CNN. Jokes aside, this Netflix Original Series was one of the network’s first attempts at making a critically acclaimed show. And they did just that. To date House of Cards has won 27 Emmy Awards.

Why You Should Watch:

David Fincher directed the first two episode of the show. He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright deliver some of the best performances of their illustrious careers. That being said, we do not in any way condone or support what Kevin Spacey has done in his personal life.

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Terry Tyler

Co-Creator of the Netflix and Chill Show, Actor, Blogger, and Social Media Junkie

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