If you’re like me and love to binge watch shows, you know that you can easily get sucked into the whirlwind of autoplay that Netflix offers us. Lately, Netflix has been producing a number of awesome shows and I am definitely hooked. As an aspiring writer and producers, it’s definitely refreshing to see the different plots and storylines Netflix can come up with.
Here’s a list of Netflix shows I recommend:
At first, this show can be a bit confusing. But, once it gets going, it’s hard not to fall in love with the characters. It is definitely one of the most diverse shows on Netflix, featuring trans actress Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, a San Francisco transgender female political blogger and hacker. The premise of the show follows 8 complete strangers, from different national and cultural backgrounds, who are suddenly mentally and emotionally connected. They are able to communicate and help each other physically, while trying to figure out why they are connected in the first place. There’s also a new 2 hour Christmas special to hold us off till the 2nd season.
This show stars Michaela Coel as Tracey Gordon, an extremely sexually frustrated virgin living in her extremely religious mother’s home in London. She is curious about the world, obsessed with Beyonce, and wants to have sex, like really bad. There are many cringe worthy moments in the show, like Tracey somehow thinking licking a guy’s nose is sexy. But, the show is funny and Coel is definitely a star in the making.
I have recently been obsessed with super heroes, mainly the Flash and X-Men, but Luke Cage has definitely won my heart and a place on my favorite super heroes list. The Luke Cage character, played by Mike Colter, is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The story follows Luke, who is a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life, but can’t seem to escape his past. The circumstances that caused him to become the bullet proof protector of Harlem will definitely ruin the plot, but he does end up exposing those trying to corrupt the city. The show is full of action and a great story line, with an amazing cast including Rosario Dawson, Mahershala Ali, and Alfre Woodard.
The Get Down
The birth of hip hop, afros, and an abundance of early 80s fashion: this is probably my favorite of all the shows I have listed. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, this musical drama iss set in the South Bronx in 1977. Disco is a dying musical form and the rise of hip hop is told through of the eyes of smart and musically talented Zeke and his posse. It stars Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith, and Herizen Guardiola.
If you haven’t heard about this show or watched it, please do so. The kids are all great at acting, the plot is super suspenseful, and it’s funny. When Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) son Will goes missing, she, along with her son’s friends, a cop, and a strange bald girl named Eleven, discover that scary thing that goes bump in the night is real. It has that familiar 80s scary movie feel.
I first watched this show because of Antonia Thompson, who was in the show Misfits.
I loved her in the show, so I knew it Lovesick would be good. It was called “Scrotal Recall” during the first season, but changed during the second because come on, Scrotal Recall? GROSS. It follows Dylan as he finds out he has chlamydia and spends each episode telling the girls he’s slept with to get themselves checked. Antonia plays Evie, Dylan’s close friend and girl he loves. Both can’t ever admit they love each other and the second season ends on a somber note.
This anthological series follows 8 of random couples living in Chicago and their love lives. From two women just getting to know each other to a couple trying to spice up their sex life with a threesome, this show is interesting to say the least. I really like this style of storytelling, like reading a collection of short stories. It stars Orlando Bloom, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Dave Franco, and one of my favorites, Kiersey Clemons.
Created by Misfits creator Howard Overman, this show stars Susie Wokoma, who also stared in Chewing Gum as the main characters sister. In this comedy-horror show, Wokoma plays Raquel, who is a half demon, demon killer. Her partner in crime is Amy played by Cara Theobold. Both Amy and Raquel are “seers” which basically means they can see demons in their true form. The first season is about discovering: Amy discovers she a seer and Raquel discovers she like a rarity because she’s half demon and can open a portal to hell. It’s funny, odd, but definitely deserves to be on the list of best Netflix shows.
The reason I’ve been obsessed with these shows is because of how different they are from most cable TV: lots of people of color and good plots. These shows have definitely inspired my creative writing woes.