The concept of Originals began in March 2011 when they acquired the rights to House of Cards, an hour-long political drama, debuting in 2013 February. The library of Netflix Originals is growing since and Netflix has started self-producing its original contents like Chelsea and The Ranch internally through Netflix Studios.
Why does Netflix make these Originals?
- One advantage that Netflix gains with such original shows are that these content stays with them for almost forever while other contents stay for a short period (mentioned in the agreement).
- Another benefit is they can make more money from these original materials because they do not have to pay royalties to every other company involved.
- The third reason is to keep off their rival companies because these original programs cannot be streamed anywhere else (and well, Netflix have made some good Originals which takes them ahead of their rivals).
Netflix Original Series | Shows
Netflix provides a variety of TV shows for the user to enjoy. This range consists different genres of superhero series, drama, documentaries, comedy series, and animated originals. There a good news for the user – a lot more original shows are on the way soon. Also, do not forget to check best Netflix original movies list.
Best Netflix Original – Series
Maria Bamford says, “I’m a 45-year-old woman who’s clearly sun-damaged! My skin is getting softer, yet my bones are jutting out, so I’m half-soft, half-sharp!” in a commercial for shampoo for a subsequent event within the show, which is drawn from the experience of a real-life comedian suffering from bipolar disorder and depression at the same time. Lady Dynamite is that kind of show whose subconscious flavor of comedy is clearly not for everyone. The creators Mitch Hurwitz and Pam Brady bring extreme sensibilities to this show, although it also contains some of the absurd streaks. Various references from other series are taken in the episodes meaning there are too many details in the show and for those who can keep count on it – this show is quite impressive. It is renewed for the second season – No surprises here!
F is for Family
F is for Family is an animated comedy on Netflix from Bill Burr which is based on the experiences of his childhood in Massachusetts. This series is not an original family sitcom, in particular, it is hilariously obscene, deceptively smart and an accurate observation of the 1970’s. This show will appeal to those sharing dim, honest, and unapologetically politically incorrect world view, like Bill Burr. Despite being vulgar and crudely animated, F for Family boasts some sad moments that will result in heartbreak. Those who are interested in knowing the era of the past, this show captures the perfect portrayal of the early 70s. The show is also renewed for a second season recently.
Netflix had committed 90 million dollars to the ten episodes for the first season of Marco Polo – a bold step taken! As compared to some of the others Netflix Original series, Marco Polo has not been beloved by the critics. Since it has earned two seasons, we can conclude that this series has done well enough by the standards of Netflix. Though the acting occasionally may have some spots to clear out, the season of the series has been beautifully filmed.If you want to complete a series in a short time, you may well turn your attention because, after two seasons, the series has ended.
Stranger Things by Duffer Brothers, a throwback, and a postcard of love to the 80’s movies of John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg, feels both new and familiar at the same time. A boy named Will is trapped by The Thing like a monster and captured in a Poltergeist-like world. The mother of the kid reports to the local sheriff about the disappearance of her boy. While the dorky and Goonies-like best friends of Will do some detective work by themselves, an unknown girl with some telepathic powers befriends them. The investigation into the disappearance of Will and the discovery of the alien girl with telepathic powers leads to a power-plant which is operated by a character name Dr. Brenner. It is a great PG sci-fi/horror series resembling the blockbusters of the 80’s and will be a new experience for younger generations.
Though many people think that Bloodline is underrated and overshadowed by other original criminal dramas of Netflix Originals, it is an excellent drama series about a family having some darkest of the secrets. The cast of the show includes notable actors as Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek. Conceived by the makers of another underrated drama series, Damages, which is also currently available on Netflix; but Bloodline has another season to be premiered in the coming future, unlike Damages. It is renewed for third and final season.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Luke Cage is the third entry in Marvel’s Defenders series which follows the main character Cage, who was introduced to Harlem, originally in Jessica Jones. Cage works as a dishwasher in a restaurant and as a sweeper in a barber shop. He has an unbreakable skin and a superhero strength and is dragged into fighting crimes, violence, and corruptions in Harlem city. The character Cage played by Mike Colter straddles the line between kind and imposing, perfectly, and the series is equally thematically compounded when compared to Jessica Jones. Though it is thematically bold, it is wavier in pace and storytelling, and the content becomes predictable and conservative at times. It is renewed for a second season and promises to be better in coming episodes.
When the deal between Netflix and Marvel TV was made, there were only a few people who expected Marvel’s Daredevil to be a super hit show. The show recorded a huge fan base, and the received excellent reviews from the critics, and now the series is renewed for the third season. The previous two seasons were an instant hit. The debut of Punisher and Elektra in Season 2 was a joy to watch, and there is a high chance that these two characters may get their shows in the future. Everybody is eager for the third season which has been renewed by Netflix.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
The title character Jessica Jones was not widely popular outside of the readers of Marvel’s comic books, so it had a steeper mountain to climb as compared to Daredevil. Even though the character has been around for almost 15 years, she is considered to be a recent addition to the Marvel’s Universe. But the creative team of Marvel’s Jessica Jones has done a tremendous job to bring this series to such a height. A beautifully played psychological thriller, having superhero elements in it. What has added to the beauty of this show? A great villain – Killgrave.Marvel’s Jessica Jones has been renewed for a second season by the Netflix following the massive success of the first season though the release date for season 2 has not be announced.
House of Cards
What a game changer House of Cards has been for Netflix! Netflix picked up Beau Willimon, Kevin Spacey, and David Fincher’s remake of the British version of this series by outbidding several major networks. This same series has put Netflix on the plot at the Emmy Awards, and at 52 episodes, it is currently the longest running Netflix Original series.Kevin Spacey plays a shady character of President Frank Underwood, and this character is one of the most gripping characters played on any series. Many believe that this fictional character is an improvement as compared to the presidential candidates we have seen lately.And information to cheer everybody out there – House of Cards has been renewed for a new (fifth) season.
Master of None
Shortly after his time on Parks and Recreation ended, Aziz Ansari is back with a bang with Master of None, a series co-created by himself for Netflix. Ansari stars himself as Dev, a jobbing actor from New York who tries to sail his way to the ultimate success through the highs and lows of a relationship and with solutions that do not come easy.If you think that the show is going to wrap up after watching the last episode of the first season, let me break out this to you – Master of None has been renewed for the second season upcoming next year.
After his memorable stint on HBO’s Game of Thrones had come to an end, Pedro Pascal was immediately signed for starring in Narcos as one of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in charge of hunting down drug mafia Pablo Escobar during the time in the 80’s.The first season of Narcos escalated quickly and intensely and covered most stories of Escobar history (not his downfall, however), the second season was much compelling. Some liberty may have been taken with the historical records, by the creative team of Narcos, but this has not degraded any quality. The series is rocking at the moment and to, much rejoice of the fans, the third season of the series is coming soon and is renewed for the season 4 too.
Underrated but is one of the best series in the Netflix Originals. It is set in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live together with no explanation as to why. Bojack Horseman is a story of a ‘finished’ star of the 90’s sitcom Horsin’ Around, Bojack, a horse. After sleeping around and boozing for a decade, Bojack attempts to bring back his celebrity pertinence back to life, but with mixed up results. His agent and his Off-again, on-again girlfriend, is the Persian Cat; is in love with a woman working as a ghostwriter for his autobiography; a golden Labrador is a rival to his previous show; and a roommate that once came to a party in his house and never left. The plot is a bizarre satire of celebrity and Hollywood culture. However, BoJack Horseman may well be the most honest examination of depressed people. The writing is to the point, there are different layers in the jokes, and the plot is hilarious, but underneath all these, we will still find melancholy and depressions.Well, BoJack may appear to be the horse, but it is one of the most humane in nature character to be presented on the TV series. It may take 2 or 3 episodes to hook you, but once you are hooked, it is going to be an impossible series to unhook oneself from.
Orange is the New Black
Though Netflix has not released any official number, there is substantial evidence that Orange is the New Black is one of the most popular shows on Netflix. This series has been renewed for fifth, sixth and seventh seasons at once – Orange is the New Black could be the longest running original series on Netflix because of this renewal. The creator of Weeds, Jenji Kohan, has brought this series to an existence where life inside a women’s prison is explored through predominately female characters played by Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne and Danielle Brooks. One of the well-portrayed series which covers genre of drama and comedy has taken a form of life through Orange is the New Black.
What a platform Netflix has been for Sense8! This series could not have been successful anywhere else. J Michael Straczynski and the Wachowskis collaborated to give us one of the best sci-fi shows that actively delves on the sexuality, gender inequality and other topics on social taboos, which many shows even don’t dare to talk. Eight strangers from around the globe find themselves to be linked with each other mentally. To add a degree of authenticity to this premise, Sense8 was shot over in various cities in several countries.Production of Sense8 for season 2 has already been started, and it is expected that the shooting will be carried out in sixteen cities around the world.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt would not have reached such heights if it had been premiered, according to its original plan, on NBC. But because it is not, we can see Ellie Kemper as a star-in-the-making on her role as Kimmy in the series. This show, though new, has already developed a huge fan base. And it is not difficult to see why. The show is strangely ‘weird’ and very hilarious.The premise of the show is that the character Kimmy was captured in a cult for several years, but she rejected to let her past get in her way for a new beginning – even if she did not know how she was going to that. Ellie Kemper completely justifies her role as Kimmy in the series. Her reactions to the modern world are hilarious to watch. Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is coming soon, and it has been renewed for the third season too.
We have put together a list that consists of 15 Netflix Originals worth watching in 2017. We had to cut out few good shows so that the list of 15 can be maintained. Do let us know if your favorite show has been left out here through your thoughts in the comment section below. Or you want go through different category, then check out Best of Netflix Streaming now or Netflix New Releases.
Know More: Netflix Originals
If you think you know the meaning of original, then you might have to adjust your knowledge a bit here because it is going to get a little confusing in this case. The original ‘original’ shows like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Daredevil’ are the shows that are created and driven by Netflix. Shows like ‘Trailer Park Boys’ and ‘Arrested Development’ are the continuation attributes which were picked by Netflix from cable TV and additional seasons were made. Then, there are exclusive shows like ‘The Fall’ whose sole distribution is carried out by Netflix on some areas.
Content that is either produced or co-produced or distributed by Netflix on their services exclusively is called a Netflix Original. Netflix funds the original shows in a different way than other networks when they sign for their project – they provide the money in advance immediately ordering at least two seasons of most of the series. Netflix has paid a whole lot of money so that their Originals cannot be watched anywhere else.
Netflix produced its first original series Lilyhammer back in 2012, and in a short span of four years, it has become the dominant powerhouse in challenging the cable networks with enough new shows of its Netflix Original TV shows.
Some cable networks have become unwilling to share their programs with Netflix. And there’s a reason for it. The streaming service of Netflix has grown rapidly and established its individual existence as the viewer has adapted quite nicely to the binge model of curated TV service it provides. Opposite to watching the episodes of the series on a weekly basis on the cable networks, fans can watch the series in a continuous way in Netflix. And if ever comes a day, when Netflix must ultimately rely on its original shows and movies, there will be enough shows already to fill in the library.