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Best Netflix series you can watch right now (20+1list)

Best Netflix series you can watch right now

written by Souranath Banerjee

In 1997 a new company by the name of Netflix was founded by  Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in California with the idea of providing subscription-based streaming service from its library of Best-Netflix-seriesfilms and television programs. By 2012 they started their content-production of both films and television series under the name ‘Netflix Original‘. And at present they are the largest streaming service with 125 million total subscribers worldwide, operating over 190 countries across the globe!

Needless to say most of the top notch films and series of recent times are available only on Netflix, and don’t know about you but I often get damn confused while choosing from their vast library of awesome content.

And thus to simplify our search for quality binge watching here is a list of some of the Best Netflix series you can watch right now!

P.S – The Golden rule of watching any TV series is to remember that the 1st Season is always the best!

20. 13 Reasons Why (2017) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JebwYGn5Z3E

Best-Netflix-seriesA teenager going through high school is never been easy and this is one show that dares to speak up about the pressure, the temptations, the torments of a young mind and seeks answers to the brutally honest vulnerabilities of today’s youth.

Created by Brian Yorkey, this is about a guy who needs to backtrack in the past and connect the dots in order to know the cause of his friend’s suicide.

19. Dexter (2006) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQeUmSD1c3g

Best-Netflix-seriesA blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police has a secret life of his own – at night he hunts down murderers and kill them!

Created by James Manos Jr., a crime mystery with a twist where you want the serial killer to succeed in his missions.

Awesome performances by Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter. Highly addictive!

18. Sacred Games (2018) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28j8h0RRov4

Best-Netflix-seriesCreated/directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, this is the first Indian Netflix Original TV Series.

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The story of the intertwined lives of a mafia don (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) nearing the twilight of his life and the struggles of an honest cop (Saif Ali Khan) trying to do right amidst a corrupt system.

17. Gotham (2014) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d1zpt6k5OI

Best-Netflix-seriesSet on the backdrop of the most dangerous city – Gotham, this series tells the story of a young Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his rise through the police force to greatness.

Created by Bruno Heller, this is such an unique show where Batman (only a child) plays  the  second fiddle and you get to watch the beginnings of some of the greatest villain characters like the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Fish Moony (Jada Pinkett Smith) and even The Catwoman (Camren Bicondova).

16. Arrested Development (2003) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXg2_yExgVY

Best-Netflix-seriesA refreshing comedy drama that enfolds the humorous tensions and conflicts within a so-called dysfunctional family.

Created by Mitchell Hurwitz, and Jason Bateman taking the lead – this is one of the very few witty laugh riots that perfectly fits the limited comedy options in Netflix.

Won multiple Emmies and still one of the highest rated TV series ever made!

15. Fauda (2015) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5zcu25_IG0

Best-Netflix-seriesThe Israeli Special Forces tries to take down the Palestinian Jihad organisation – the only series that narrates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and brilliantly weaves the issue into a thrilling tale of action, violence and emotional loss for both sides.

Created by Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz, an underrated show yet highly addictive, brilliant performances and an intense storyline.

14. Ozark (2017) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hAXVqrljbs

Best-Netflix-series‘Most people just have a fundamentally flawed view of money’

A financial advisor gets in trouble with a drug cartel and is forced to relocate his family and come up with innovative schemes to make money.

Created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams, and starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney in the lead – an intense drama with multiple thrilling plot twists.

13. The Punisher (2017) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIY6zFL95hE

Best-Netflix-seriesA Marine veteran (Jon Bernthal) whose family been murdered turns into a vigilante and all he wants is vengeance!

‘Those who do evil to others – the killers, the rapists, psychos, sadists – you will come to know me well. Frank Castle is dead. Call me… The Punisher.’

Created by Steve Lightfoot, an action packed crime drama that promises to engage you till the end!

12. Bloodline (2015) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRnS8FkcXNk

Best-Netflix-seriesAs the black sheep of the family returns home many past family secrets are to be spilled along with a bit of bad blood!

Created by Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman, probably the only 100% family drama available in Netflix which completely engages you through its brilliant characters and unique storytelling. Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn gives amazing performances!

11. Fargo (2014) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKs8DzjPDMU

Best-Netflix-seriesThis show is as popular as the Oscar winning film by the same name from the Coen brothers on which it is based on, maintaining similar storyline but with a fresh star-cast – Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Kirsten Dunst and Ewan McGregor among others. 

Created by Noah Hawley, definitely the best black comedy TV series ever made. Totally worth your time!

10. Stranger Things (2016) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWxyRG_tckY

Best-Netflix-seriesThe sudden disappearance of a young boy in a small town begins a hunt which eventually leads to dark government agencies and their rogue experiments that will turn the otherwise peaceful town upside down and put everyone’s life in danger!

Created by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (the Duffer brothers), a dark and twisted tale of horror that you can’t miss. Millie Bobby Brown shines as a child actor.

9. House of Cards (2013) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULwUzF1q5w4

Best-Netflix-seriesA cunning and vicious Congressman (Kevin Spacey) and his ever-supporting wife (Robin Wright) makes their way to the top of the political ladder while taking revenge on people who betrayed him in the past.

Created by Beau Willimon and directed by a series of acclaimed directors like David FincherJames FoleyJoel Schumacher and John Dahl – one of the best series ever made!

8. Daredevil (2015) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAy6NJ_D5vU

Best-Netflix-seriesA blind lawyer who transforms into a vigilante by night – this is the story of an unlikely superhero (Charlie Cox) with superhuman senses that allows him to see the world in an entirely unique manner.

Dark and violent, yet highly captivating with a terrific storyline.

Created by Drew Goddard, this Marvel series has some of the best fighting sequences ever!

7. Peaky Blinders (2013) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwXfVGjSz-4

Best-Netflix-seriesSet in 1919 Birmingham, England -this is one brilliant Gangster saga that has become one of the most popular shows in Netflix and rightly so.

Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Sam Neill and Tom Hardy among other in the acting department, top class story telling and brilliant cinematography! Created by Steven Knight, this is The Sopranos of our time!

6. Homeland (2011) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyFmS3wRPCQ

Best-Netflix-seriesA bipolar CIA operative becomes suspicious to the point of conviction that a war prisoner who is being treated as a war hero is actually been turned into an al-Qaeda spy.

Starring Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis and created by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, this is a perfect example of a high class espionage drama, thrilling and emotionally captivating at the same time!

5. Orange Is the New Black (2013) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLyUlTu4KbI

Best-Netflix-seriesPrison can be a life changing experience and who knows it better than the lead character of this show, a married woman (Taylor Schilling) who is convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend!

Created by Jenji Kohan, quick paced and quirky, and dealing with LGBT themes, this is one show which manages to be both emotional and funny at the same time.

4. Sherlock (2010) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK7S9mrFWL4

Best-Netflix-seriesOriginally created by Conan Doyle, the ever popular sleuth and his assistant are back and this time Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) are transported to our modern world where they solve unique crimes by the help of Sherlock’s ‘Deductive logic’ of course.

Created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, a thrilling, superbly edited show that guarantees your attention.

3. Narcos (2015) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7elNhHwgBU

Best-Netflix-seriesA series based on the real story of the rise and expansion of the Colombian drug cartels spearheaded by the cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura). And also about the brilliant effort made by a joint team of Colombian and US forces to eradicate the cartel.

Created by Carlo Bernard, Chris Brancato and Doug Miro, this is one of the most addictive series I have ever watched in my life! 

2. Breaking Bad (2008) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhesaQXLuRY

Best-Netflix-seriesA chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer decides to break bad and starts cooking and dealing drugs.

Bryan Cranston in his legendary performance and such an exceptional storyline – this dark comedy series is as addictive as any drug ever existed. 

Created by Vince Gilligan, this is one show that changed the whole game for the future of TV series!

1. Mindhunter (2017) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gZCfRD_zWE

Best-Netflix-seriesLate 1970s, in order to delve into the psychology of serial murderers two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) while researching on criminal behaviour interview some of the most prolific murderers of the time!

Created by Joe Penhall and some episodes directed by acclaimed David Fincher – this is at present the most exciting and dramatic crime thriller series to watch!

and (The ‘+1’ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)

+1. Black Mirror (2011) (TV Series)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jROLrhQkK78

Best-Netflix-seriesA British Sci Fi anthology series, each episode a new story mostly based on futuristic worlds where technology have evolved into extreme advanced dimensions and we humans are trying our best to coup up with it.

Created by Charlie Brooker, brilliantly imaginative, often dark and satirical but thoroughly engaging. Even frightening to some extent as most of the episodes are uniquely scary and believable too.

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Poster courtesy: www.imdb.com.

Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia review

written by Souranath Banerjee

A perfect satire on our human world and thankfully, not a single human character in the film!

My Ratings: 4.2/5.

In the history of animated films, most of the protagonists start out as ordinary/funny/good-for-nothing bums but then, along the way comes the moment when they “need to believe in themselves” and zootopia-poster1finally in crisis, they conveniently transform into heroes!

Well, Zootopia is not necessarily an exception but here, the expected hero’s journey is been played from a reverse angle.

Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is a little, cute, ambitious rabbit who is beaming with confidence and zeal from her early childhood, she wants to be the first ever bunny-cop joining the ZPA (Zootopia Police Academy); but then she is constantly being demoralized by her parents, friends, mentors, colleagues – everyone.

After all she is only a tiny rodent in this vast and diverse spectrum of zootopia-poster2anthropomorphic animal-world called the Zootopia.

But Judy is all set to prove everybody wrong, and teaming up with a sly, hustler fox named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman), she is in the quest of solving one of the most puzzling and dangerous conspiracy in town – the case of the 14 missing mammals!

Large animals like Rhinos, Hippos, Polar bears, Lamas, Elephants, Bisons, Giraffes, Wolves and then, the smaller ones like Shrews, Otters, Beavers, Sheep, Deers, and of course the Rabbits and Foxes – an immense variety of animal characters on display, and with their individual characteristics undoubtedly exaggerated into some pretty hilarious gags.

The best example being the sequence with the Sloths, after all they zootopia-poster9are not the fastest animals on the planet!

Directed by Byron Howard,  Rich Moore and Jared Bush this is one of the most witty, thoroughly entertaining satirical adventure that Disney has ever come up with.

Loaded with spoofs of the typical detective noir films and then the over-the-top Godfather stereotype, but more importantly Zootopia pokes fun of our current socio-political scenario to the fullest.

And then, just when you think it’s all fun and games, our heroic little bunny teaches us an important lesson!

‘Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.’

zootopia-poster6But the only problem (if you even call it a problem) is that most of the jokes, puns and punch lines from Zootopia are meant for a matured audience, far out of reach from a kid’s appreciation level.

But never the less, I am sure the children will adore the flawless animation of their favorite talking-animals, the brilliantly decorative sets and environments and not to forget the soulful Shakira songs.

Grab a ‘pawpsicle’ along with your 3D glasses and enjoy the show.

Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com

The Gift (2015)

The Gift review.

written by Souranath Banerjee

My Ratings: 4.2/5.

‘Just because you’re done with the past doesn’t mean the past is done with you’.

gift-poster3A married couple Simon and Robyn (Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall) shifts into a new neighborhood with the prospect of a peaceful life ahead. But then Gordo (Joel Edgerton), an ex schoolmate of Simon arrives in the scene; a weird guy who seems a bit too eager to help out.

And then the sudden repetitive attempts of Gordo to become chummy ruffles Simon and Robyn’s social and personal equilibrium. And of course Simon is keen to stop such intrusions and is desperate to protect his family’s privacy.

But trust me, The Gift is not just another story of a random psycho who gets obsessed with some family and make their life a living hell. This film is much more complex and deeply rooted than that.

gift-poster2Writer/director Joel Edgerton, who also played the part of Gordo has done a good job in keeping the film away from any stereotype plot structure. 

A tensed thriller dependent on three leads and primarily based on a single location, and still manages to create the right amount of suspense with some unexpected twists that keeps the audience guessing.

So real and believable characters – Jason Bateman, generally seen as the comic guy has this time taken up a serious role and does justice to it. Rebecca Hall the wife looking for the truth is also very convincing. And then ‘Gordo the weirdo’ Joel Edgerton perfectly plays his creepy part – never going over-the-board with unnecessary dramatics.  

gift-poster1Decent camera work by Eduard Grau and crisp editing by Luke Doolan

Music by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans perfectly compliments the mood of the film.

Overall, The Gift is a film that takes it’s own pace to reveal the plot but more importantly it succeeds in making the audiences feel very uncomfortable – the signature of a good psychological thriller!

Don’t miss this one, it’s a gift indeed.

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

My Ratings: 3.3/5

Horrible Bosses 2 is the second take on the lives of the three tormented employees who now want to open their own company and be their own bosses; none other than the amusing trio Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day).

But then again there are bosses everywhere who wants to bully them, trick them, betray them and take over their company.

So the real question is how far or how funny can they go in order to save their company?

Well, funny enough but may be not as hilarious as their first installment three years back, Horrible Bosses.

The new players in this sequel are Bert Hanson (underutilized Christoph Waltz) who tries to steal their company and Hanson’s son Rex (superb performance by Chris Pine) who is more twisted than you can imagine.

horrible-bosses-2-poster2So for Nick, Kurt and Dale the initial plan was simple – to kidnap Rex and ask for ransom from his rich father and ultimately regain control over their company.

But the execution was difficult beyond their imagination.

Horrible Bosses 2 has a handful of real humorous scenes and dialogues tossed here and there that WILL make you laugh. But then again most of the time it’s purely slapstick and the overall the script could have been much more witty and entertaining.

Only the incredible chemistry between the three main characters has saved the film.

Ever sexy Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) and ever abusive Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) seems to enjoy their parts as much as they did in the first round.

And don’t forget “Motherfucker” Jones (Jamie Foxx) who gives the stupidest ideas but then again is always ready to help out. 

Horrible Bosses 2 director Sean Anders has done a decent job, or at least tried his best to make us laugh. But i insist, he along with his scriptwriters should have tried a little harder. May be they have reserved their best jokes for the third installment!

Colin Farrell as Bobby Pellitt – we miss you.