When the whole world is gripped by the ongoing pandemic and when every individual is forced to stay home, Netflix seems like a godsend. While you are unable to enjoy the outside world anymore like the good old times, there are lots of new and amazing TV content being added every day to the online streaming platforms. Instead of worrying relentlessly about the ongoing pandemic, you can pass your time by staying at home and watching these amazing contents such as Netflix original shows.
Platforms like Netflix provide an amazing collection of innumerable TV shows. But what’s the best Netflix Original series or movie to commit to? Netflix has put more and more emphasis into their programming over the last few years, and with over 100 Netflix originals — between movies and TV shows — browsing aimlessly can be daunting. If you’re trying to figure out exactly which original show to watch next, here’s a great place to start by taking a look at the top quarantine content i.e. Netflix Original movies and TV shows.
Netflix Original TV Shows
1. Ozark (2017)
This show is an example of what you can call stress-watching television which will keep you hooked with its combination of Bloodline and Breaking Bad-styled theme. Created by Bill Dubuque (“The Accountant,” “The Judge”), this drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Laura Linney as Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes south, pressurizing him to pay off a major debt to a Mexican drug lord to keep his family safe. While the Byrdes’ fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect. It is a tense, stressful, and well-written show where the actors have given phenomenal performances.
2. Stranger Things (2016)
Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things feels both familiar and new. Set in the early 1980s this science fiction show 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. Will (Noah Schnapp) the boy who disappears, is being searched by his mother (Winona Ryder) who recruits the local sheriff for the investigation. Meanwhile, Will’s dorky, Goonies-like best friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (GatenMatazarro), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) take to their bikes to do some sleuthing of their own and eventually befriend an alien-like girl (Millie Bobby Brown) with telepathic powers (the E.T. of the series). The investigation into Will’s disappearance and the arrival of the telepathic girl all seem to lead back to a power plant operated by a character played by Matthew Modine. It’s great PG horror/sci-fi, like the blockbusters of the early’80s.
3. Peaky Blinders (2013)
A British import licensed in America exclusively by Netflix, Peaky Blinders is roughly the UK equivalent of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, taking place in the same period and covering similar terrain. Created by Steven Knight, it’s got British gangsters, and while bootlegging and gambling are involved, so is the IRA, Peaky has one thing that Boardwalk does not, however, and that’s the piercing, intense Cillian Murphy, who plays something akin to Prohibition-era Boyd Crowder. The show also features Tom Hardy as a phenomenal recurring character in seasons two and three (along with Noah Taylor). It’s addictive, violent, and intense as hell. A dangerous Tommy Shelby leads Peaky Blinders, a criminal gang based in Birmingham in 1919. Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Sam Neill) decides to nab him and put an end to the activities of this gang. The series follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family in the direct aftermath of the First World War.
4. Sex Education (2019)
Following in the footsteps of Nick Kroll’s Big Mouth, this British teem comedy is committed to exploring all of the cringe-worthy, taboo topics associated with sex, just not in animated form. The series follows a mother-son duo navigating their way through those uncomfortable “talks.” Of course, the mother here happens to be a sex therapist named Dr. Jean Milburn (a terrific Gillian Anderson) and her son Otis (Asa Butterfield) is the kid enduring her overbearing tendencies at home while doling out sex advice of his own in an underground sex therapy ring amongst his friends. Sex is a comedy goldmine, and although the show loves to play up’80s high-school tropes, there’s real nuance and thought that goes into how these teens are portrayed and their interactions with sex. Plus, Anderson’s comedic timing is spot-on.
5. Dark (2017)
If you’re trying to pin down Netflix’s mystery crime thriller, the best way to describe it is to call it a German version of Stranger Things minus the Demogorgon. The show centers on four families whose lives and dark deeds are brought to light after two children vanish in the woods. There’s plenty of familial drama here and a supernatural twist or two to keep things interesting.
Netflix Original Movies 2020
1. Okja (2017)
This story follows a girl and her genetically modified super pig. While this is her best friend, there is always someone or something in the wings waiting to sever those ties.
A great collaboration between writers Jon Ronson and Bon Joon-Ho, this story will make you smile, laugh, get angry, and experience a host of other emotions before the screen goes dark.
2. Marriage Story (2019)
Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star in this movie about a couple who falls out of love and everything that comes along with it. It’s essentially an anti-romance flick that shows how painful it can be loving someone and then knowing you don’t love them anymore.
Human, emotional, and realistic, “Marriage Story” is a must-watch.
3. The Irishman (2019)
Martin Scorsese does it again, bringing back the gang of Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino in this throwback ode to the days of “Goodfellas” and “Casino.”
Consider “The Irishman” as an epic crime film based on the 2004 nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt. Filled with all the things you would expect from a “mob” movie, it follows hitman Frank Sheeran as he looks back over secrets he has kept for years as part of the Bufalino crime family.
4. Extraction (2020)
Who doesn’t love a Chris Hemsworth movie? When he’s not being Thor, he’s making other movies such as Extraction. The underlying story is one of perseverance—seeing the mission through to save a little boy. The film is filled with gunfights, car chases, and features Randeep Hooda in this action-packed film, full of wit, firepower, and everything else in a foreign country where money rules everything.
Does Chris get his man? Absolutely. But, at what cost?
5. Gerald’s Game (2017)
Directed by Mike Flanagan (who also made Hush and Oculus), Gerald’s Game is a thriller with a twist: the protagonist is handcuffed to a bed for almost the entire movie. Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood play a couple who rent a secluded cabin to spice up their marriage. Shortly after handcuffing Gugino’s Jessie to the bed as part of a sex game, Gerald suddenly dies. Tied to the very sturdy bed, and with no one else close enough to hear her cries for help, Jessie faces a fight to survive.