When you want to look for the best place to find series binge-watching entertainment offer, not too many sites can match that of Netflix. The variety of themes, moods, genres, lengths or countries of origin will definitely make it possible for every user to find something for themselves. They all, however, have one common feature – they are excellent! Let us begin.
The following list is a randomly ordered catalog of Netflix series that have gathered a big audience and earned interest and attention of the viewers. Some of them feature big names, some are more of an Indie-style but all of them deserve your time and involvement.
Creator(s): The Duffer Brothers
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine
An homage to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 state of Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. There’s a government mystery, impressive effects, and most of all memorable characters that are a joy to watch.
The West Wing
Creator(s): Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, Alison Janney, Rob Lowe, John Spencer, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney, and Dule Hill
Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe, as the U.S. President and his deputy communications director, play politics in this innovative Washington, D.C., drama series from award-winning producers John Wells, Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme. An ode to good people trying to do their jobs well, the series is not only an incredibly engaging look “behind the scenes” of the White House, it’s also a hilarious comedy, a moving drama, and a charming love story all rolled into one.
Creator(s): Charlie Brooker
Starring: Mackenzie Davis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kelly Macdonald, Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Smiley, Rory Kinnear, Toby Kebbell
Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone -- a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. A touch of Kurt Vonnegut, a splash of William Gibson, and yes, a hint of The Twilight Zone.
Creator(s): Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin
Scientist Barry Allen acquires super speed through a freak accident and becomes known as the Fastest Man Alive in this adaptation of the DC Comics character the Flash. It’s wholly accessible to non-comic readers (or to those not typically superhero genre fans), but also has plenty of insider references to keep comic fans happy. Those willing to work with its full embrace of its comic origins — including time travel, alternate universes, and Gorilla Grodd — will be rewarded.
Creator(s): Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, Anthony Cipriano
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz, Nestor Carbonell, Kenny Johnson
Fashioned as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Psycho, Bates Motel introduces viewers to Norma (Farmiga) and Norman (Highmore) Bates just when Norman is starting to realize he may not be normal. The moody, atmospheric series is referential to the movie though without being beholden to it, and has found room to expand the stories of interesting side characters in the town of White Pine Bay, and their relation to mysterious murders. The series also plays with the characters’ obsessive closeness in a way that makes their being bound together feel claustrophobic, uncomfortable, and completely necessary. The perfect binge-watch for a cold, rainy evening.
Creator(s): Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
Starring: Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rupert Graves, Andrew Scott, and Louise Brealey
A modern adaptation of the crime novels of Arthur Conan Doyle. The series puts the characters of Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. James Watson (Martin Freeman) in a contemporary context, using the classic dynamic and detective genre as the foundation on which Sherlock is built. Sherlock benefits from the fact that each episode is 90 minutes long (each season only consists of three episodes total), so while it’s technically a TV series, each episode feels like a feature film. Smart, thrilling, and wildly entertaining.
Star Wars: The Clone wars
Creator(s): George Lucas
Starring: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, Matthew Wood, Corey Burton, Ashley Eckstein, Terrence ‘T.C.’ Carson, Catherine Taber, ian Abercrombie
Yoda, Anakin and the Jedi Knights fight in the Clone Wars, taking them to many new planets and introducing new players. The series spans the time between 'Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones' and 'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.' It’s notable for greatly expanding (and improving on) Anakin Skywalker’s backstory before he took on the persona of Darth Vader. If you’re looking for another angle on the familiar Star Wars universe, this is a great place to start.
Creator(s): Sera Gamble and John McNamara
Starring: Jason Ralph, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Stella Maeve, Arjun Gupta, Hale Appleman, and Summer Bishil
A group of twentysomethings studying magic in New York discover a real-life fantasy world that poses a great threat to humanity in this drama adapted from Lev Grossman's book series. Essentially, an R-rated Harry Potter. Jason Ralph stars as Quentin Coldwater, a melancholic late-twentysomething who discovers that not only is magic actually real, but he’s a magician. He goes to Brakebills, a graduate school for magicians of sorts, and soon discovers there’s an even bigger twist involved. The show, like the books, tackles issues of depression, sexual assault, and mental illness in a realistic but entertaining way but its darkly funny sense of humor keeps things from getting too dark.
Creator(s): Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
Starring: Rose Byrne, Glenn Close
A legal thriller centering on two, take-no-prisoners equally manipulative and strategic high-power litigators, Ellen Parsons and Patty Hewes (Byrne and Close who specialize in corporate-malfeasance cases.), but its endlessly fascinating, meticulous, and often brutal depiction of the powerfully greedy is what gives the entire series its sting. The rich are so often depicted solely as evil, sadistically uncaring and weak yet domineering, but Damages, even in its most theatrical turns, sees corruption and the willingness to murder for profit in strikingly human terms.
Orange Is The New Black
Creator(s): Jenji Kohan
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew
A New York woman struggles to adjust to life in a federal prison. Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be. The show pays close attention to how corruption, drug smuggling, funding cuts, overcrowding and guard brutality affect the prisoners' health and well-being and the prison's basic ability to fulfil its fundamental responsibilities and ethical obligations as a federal corrections institution.
House of Cards
Creator(s): Beau Willimon
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakin Jaffrey, Constance Zimmer, Rachel Brosnahan, and Mahershala Ali
A drama about a ruthless congressman and his equally ambitious wife who navigate the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. House of Cards is a wickedly dark, sharp political thriller/satire with style to spare. Two very strong points of the series: Kevin Spacey’s monstrous lead performance and, most strikingly, the show’s secret weapon: Robin Wright. The actress truly shines in the “Lady Macbeth” role and, as the series progresses, turns in some career best work. A game-changer in the original series genre.
Creator(s): Eric Kripe
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard
Twenty-six years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America and he taught them how to kill it. This haunting series follows the Winchester brothers as they crisscross the lonely and mysterious back roads of the country in their '67 Chevy Impala. The characters – main and supporting – run the moral spectrum from angels and gods to witches and demons. So, if it’s a weekend’s worth of easy binge-watching you’re looking for, turn your gaze on 10 seasons of Supernatural waiting for you right now.
The Walking Dead
Creator(s): Frank Darabont
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Michael Rooker, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson, Michael Cudlitz, Chad L. Coleman, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green
A classic horror drama following the survivors of an apocalyptic holocaust who are searching for a safe haven while being tracked and menaced by zombies. Adapted from a comic-book series. The show’s central tenet is faith, and how much you can have in the post-apocalypse, a world where those you love could be and likely will become a mid-day chow for a cadre of rotting zombies. The Walking Dead is equal parts ingenious horror film, family melodrama, and Western, replacing bandits, outlaws, and, well, Native Americans with the hungry undead and people who have let the instinct to survive curdle into an eerie comfort toward the torture and murder of others.
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