#Movies & TV
8 Netflix Original Series You Need to Watch
by Sierra Burgos
What did we ever do before Netflix? Just chill?
CAUTION: The following shows can be dangerously addicting. Only read if you’re prepared to spend all your time binge-watching on Netflix (you’re welcome).
1. Orange is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black has quickly become Netflix’s most-watched original series, not to mention a popular craze that has us waiting on the edge of our seats for each new season. The series revolves around Piper Chapman, an upper-middle class woman in her 30s, who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison in upstate New York. Piper has been convicted for something she did 10 years prior: transporting drug money for her then-girlfriend Alex Vause, an international drug smuggler. The unexpected indictment shakes up Piper’s life in more ways than she ever could have imagined.
2. House of Cards
Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards deals primarily with themes of power and manipulation within the government (spicy, right?). The series tells the story of power-hungry Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip who initiates an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of greater power, aided by his wife, Claire Underwood. If you’re interested in government, enjoy drama, or all of the above, you’ve got to give this show a try.
3. Fuller House
If you weren’t a fan of the 1987-95 sitcom Full House, you’re probably lying. Thank goodness Netflix decided to continue the laughs with Fuller House, the sequel series about everyone’s favorite family. The series centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller, a veterinarian and widowed mother of three sons. Her not-so-little sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy provide support by moving in with her. Most of the original cast have reprised their roles on Fuller House. However, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House, do not appear in the first season. We’re crossing our fingers for the second season.
Bloodline is a Netflix original thriller–drama. The series portrays the lives of the Rayburn family, who run an oceanfront hotel in the Florida Keys. When the oldest son and black sheep of the group, Danny, returns home from Miami, he quickly causes turmoil amongst the family, who have a dark past. When Danny gets involved in the criminal world, he threatens to bring down his entire family and their legacy with him. One quote from Bloodline that intrigues us is “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing.” What is the “bad thing”?! You’ll have to watch to find out.
Sense8 focuses on eight complete strangers, each from a different part of the world. During their everyday routines, they all suddenly have a vision of a woman being violently killed. They learn that they are “sensates,” or humans that are mentally connected and able to communicate. Their connection allows them to use each other’s knowledge, language, and skills, which all differ tremendously considering they come from different cultures. Jonas is another sensate who warns them of a similar group called “whispers,” who also possess sensate powers but use them for evil. Who comes up with this stuff?
6. Master of None
If you’re a Parks and Rec fan, you definitely need to check out this series. Master of None is a comedy-drama created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, who were both involved in the masterpiece that is Parks and Recreation. It stars Ansari as Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to make his way through life in New York City. The show’s title is alluding to the figure of speech, “Jack of all trades, master of none” and took months to come up with. Ansari says he and Yang did not ultimately agree on it until all of the episodes were completed.
7. Making a Murderer
Have you already watched every episode of Criminal Minds… Twice? Well, Making a Murderer is the Netflix binge option for you. The ten-part documentary series tells the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who served 18 years in prison for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen. He was also arrested in connection with the murder of Teresa Halbach, a local photographer, and was convicted in 2007. The series has received both praise and criticism for its emotional exploration (and perhaps manipulation) to tell the audience one side of the story.
8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
First things first: This sitcom was created by Tina Fey and stars Ellie Kemper (AKA “Erin” from The Office). You know it’s got to be good. And if that doesn’t convince you, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she was held for 15 years. Unapologetically positive Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, and with the help of her new friends, she learns to adapt to an unfamiliar adult life. And trust us, it is hilariously addicting.