Whether you’re into nail-biting thrillers or quirky, lighthearted comedies, Netflix is likely to have just the series under their belt. Amongst the hundreds of original titles, you’ll probably find yourself scrolling endlessly into the abyss and asking if any of them are actually worth the time.
No one likes getting stuck into a show only to realise it sucks halfway through an episode – especially when it’s taken so long to finally settle on a decision. So, if you’re unsure on where to start your latest binge, these Netflix originals will certainly add some spice to your daily viewing.
You (2018 – Present)
Synopsis: A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.
Penn Badgley is the average creep next door, Joe Goldberg, who toes the line between charismatic and diabolical. He’s funny, attractive, romantic, Joe pretty much ticks all the boxes of the ideal partner – murderous tendencies aside, of course. You is addictive, binge-worthy drama at its finest. The series is completely insane; filled with twists, turns and toxic romance, there’s always something to keep you entertained – in a bizarrely twisted way, mind you. Badgley gives a fantastic, unnerving performance, amping up enough charm to have you swooning before switching straight into psycho mode.
IMDB Rating: 7.7
The Crown (2016 – Present)
Synopsis: Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.
The Crown portrays an intimate (albeit dramatised) history of the British monarchy from Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension day and the decades she has reigned long after. As fans eagerly await its next season, the fourth instalment edged closer and closer to the more modern affairs of the royals – including Prince Charles’ highly publicised marriage to Princess Diana. Everything feels authentic from the costumes to the locations. Viewers are enlightened to the glitz and glam of regal life while seeing it juxtapose with the demanding expectations the family face from the public and themselves.
IMDB Rating: 8.6
Midnight Mass (2021)
Synopsis: An isolated island community experiences miraculous events – and frightening omens – after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest.
Midnight Mass is a powerful reflection on the human condition – as with most of Mike Flanagan’s work. Anchored by a phenomenal ensemble cast, every performance is enamouring to watch as Crockett Island’s natives challenge skepticism, devout faith and fanaticism. The miniseries delivers a captivating concept over the course of 7 episodes; Flanagan excels in building on tension within each episode, cleverly driving an ever-present enigma forward before culminating in a harrowing conclusion. Midnight Mass is a truly thought-provoking, horrific masterpiece.
IMDB Rating: 7.7
After Life (2019 – 2022)
Synopsis: After Tony’s wife dies, his nice-guy persona is altered into an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude; taking his old world by storm.
After Life demonstrates a balance between dark comedy and heartfelt drama through its honest portrayal of grief and relationships. Ricky Gervais takes on a role unlike anything we’ve seen from him; his character, Tony, holds a cynical view on the world – even before the death of his wife – but he’s extremely easy to relate to. It’s a poignant depiction on mortality and everything that comes after; there’s a persistent carefree tone throughout with the moral of the series being to appreciate all the time we have.
IMDB Rating: 8.5
Marvel’s Daredevil (2015 – 2018)
Synopsis: A blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night. Matt Murdock fights the crime of New York as Daredevil.
Before making his official MCU appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdoch resided in Netflix’s iteration of Hell’s Kitchen. Daredevil establishes a much grittier form of the superhero genre and has been praised for its high quality production as well as its handling of darker storylines. While lasting only 3 seasons, Daredevil is cited “the second best Netflix original programming series released” by IGN after its 2015 premiere.
Daredevil will leave Netflix on March 1 and will stream on Disney+ March 16 in select regions
IMDB Rating: 8.6