A throwback to the Duffer Brothers in the films of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter. Stranger Things looks both familiar and modern. The first season is about a boy named Will (think of Elliot of ET) who has been captured by a strange creature. His mother (Winona Ryder) hires the local sheriff to investigate Will's disappearance. Meanwhile, Will's best friends get on their bikes to do their own research and eventually find a girl with telepathic powers. The search for Will's disappearance and the arrival of the telepathic girl leads back to a power plant run by a character played by Matthew Modine. It's a great horror / sci-fi movie, like the blockbusters of the '80s, but for those who didn't grow up at the time, the series may not be as popular.
Orange is the New Black
Jenji Kohan's ability to satirize social phenomena is perfect for a prison story. Orange is the New Black is as funny as Weeds in its early years, but Kohan found a way to raise awareness of the overall vibe of her stories. The different, exciting cast is full of favorite actors and Orange is the New Black challenges and complicates stereotypes. The scenery is great, the writing is brilliant and the stories are addictive. Most importantly, it pushes us to support people who make bad decisions, leading to the fact that we all make wrong choices because they are in our human nature. The series will make viewers laugh, but also think and will often break their hearts.
In Mindhunter, Jonathan Groff plays Holden Ford, a real life character based on John E. Douglas. The series itself is based on the origins of a behavioral science unit at FBI used to study killers in the 1970s and '80s. Ford is one new FBI agent who is deeply interested in psychology, and then develops interest in the psychology of serial killers. It's a fascinating exploration into the roots of criminology, a science that has inspired dozens of police officers. What is more interesting here is that while Ford studies killers (all based on real killers from that time on), he develops his own obsession with the killers, which reflects the same obsession the killers have with their victims. The series comes from Joe Penhall and executive producer David Fincher, while fans of Fincher's Zodiac will appreciate Mindhunter for the same attention to detail and dedication to character, as well as research on amazing twists and revelations.
Highly directed, highly choreographed, and extremely well-written, the Daredevil series is so far from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that it is something quite special. It's brutal and crueler than the movie franchise, though there is humor in the series to make its characters nice. The series gives the comic vibe, the characters are intricate and really portray the gray area between the hero and the villain, as well as the fine line between the two, where violence is concerned. The scenes are brutal and one cannot ask for a better Matt Murdock than that portrayed by Charlie Cox. The villains are not caricatures. Their stories evolve and sometimes they are quite sympathetic to the public. Daredevil is a powerful combination of writing, action and directing that makes it one of Netflix's best and best superhero on TV.
If you're trying to explain Netflix's next big mystery crime thriller, the best way to describe it is as a German version of Stranger Things without demogorgon. The series focuses on four families whose lives and dark deeds come to light after the disappearance of two children in the forest. The Dark offers plenty of family drama and many supernatural events to keep things interesting.
Peaky Blinders is about the British equivalent of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, which takes place around the same time and covers similar territory. It has British gangsters and while the hostilities and gambling involved in the series, like the IRA, the Peaky Blinders have something that the Boardwalk Empire does not have and that is the spectacular Cillian Murphy, who seduces us with his interpretation. The series also features Tom Hardy in a controversial character (along with Noah Taylor). Peaky Blinders are, at least, addictive.
House of Cards
The highly intelligent political series is the grandfather of Netflix's original programming, and now with five seasons under its belt, it has a lot to offer its viewers. The first season is perfect, as we see the beginning of Frank Underwood's rise to power. The series, however, hits some hurdles, especially in the third season when Underwood and his wife Clare (Robin Wright) turn against each other. The series is definitely better when the two of them work together, and as House of Cards moves into its fifth season in 2017, it begins to run out of political room for maneuver. However, the series is never sparing in twists and huge surprises and it is always a pleasure to see Spacey - a three-time Emmys nominee for his work on the series - giving acting lessons. The supporting cast - which includes Molly Parker, Michael Kelly, Reg E. Cathey, Constance Zimmer and Corey Stoll - is always great, even if their stories often come to a standstill.
With Narcos, Netflix presents the rise and fall of Colombian king Pablo Escobar and the drug cartel Medellín. Combining dramatic scenes and reportage, Brazilian director José Padilha (Elite Squad) combines Scarface and Goodfellas to watch Escobar's life. However, the real story here is not the characters, but the drug trade in Colombia and the spread of cocaine from South America to the United States in the 1980s. Escobar is used as a tool to illustrate the futility of the American war on drugs that have affected both the criminals in Colombia and their authorities United States.
The sixth series of Marvel presented by Netflix falls victim to the same problems that existed in the previous series of Marvel, that is, it takes on a strong character and does not present its story as it should. Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) is, apart from Jessica Jones, arguably the most exciting character in the Marvel universe for Netflix. He is a villain in the Daredevil era, but a dark anti-hero here. A man who has zero respect for the lives of bad people, who tortures them to death. Frank is a gloomy character, but - thanks to his partner David Lieberman (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) - there are moments with doses of humor. The problem with The Punisher is that it is a series of six episodes that spanned 13 episodes and the first of these will test the patience of even the most devoted friend of The Punisher.
Intimate and sweeping, The Crown tells the story of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Claire Foy, and the early years of her reign. John Lithgow is described as a ruthless Winston Churchill. Elizabeth Churchill's support and guidance, despite her limitations, creates an important emotional focus around which various historical events revolve. Elizabeth's relationship with her husband, Prince Philip (Matt Smith) is also wonderfully portrayed. The production did not create anything without carefully remodeling the natural environments and rigid protocols that limited and defined the royal family. The challenges of modernity and the post-colonial period are filtered through the political structure of the Palace, where despite her role, Elizabeth's personal needs and desires are constantly subject to protocols and appearances. This series is aimed at anyone who enjoys elegant and luxurious scenery, but it is also a fascinating exploration of the post-World War II period and the development of a monarch who managed to maintain and expand the popularity and stability of the British Monarchy against significant obstacles.