Netflix, founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California is a popular OTT platform today. But, it started as a company which would provide DVD on sales and on rental by mail. Netflix offers streaming services for films and television programs including their in-house productions, which they call ‘Netflix Originals.’ Netflix is slowly gaining popularity in India and with introduction of mobile only plan at Rs.200 per month; they are expecting more penetration in the Indian market. It has an estimated 1.2 million subscribers in India and faces a stiff competition from Hotstar and Amazon Prime. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular shows on Netflix.
Netflix Top Series in Hindi
Sacred Games (Season 2)
Based on a crime and thriller novel by Vikram Chandra in 2006 by the name Sacred Games, the same title has been used in its onscreen rendition. The first part i.e., Sacred Games Season 1 was aired on Jul 06, 2018 across 191 countries in more than 20 languages on Netflix and all the eight episodes were immensely popular not only in India, but across the globe.
The central character of the story is Sartaj Singh, a troubled police officer, portrayed by Saif Ali Khan, and a gangster Ganesh Gaitonde, portrayed by Nazazuddin Siddiqui. Gaitonde threatens Sartaj Singh to dismantle the entire Mumbai city in 25 days and challenges him to save the city. Then begins the cat and mouse game which has mysterious twists and turns woven into the storyline. Without giving any spoiler, we would recommend you to watch it on Netflix. The second season was aired on Aug 15, 2019 and second season also has eight episodes like the first one. Sacred Games has a rating of 8.9/10 on IMDB.
This crime drama series is based on the infamous 2012 Delhi gang rape case. The series is written and directed by Richie Mehta and has Shefali Shah (playing Deputy Commissioner of Police – Vartika Chaturvedi) while Rasika Dugal and Rajesh Tailang play the roles of an under-training IPS officer and inspector, respectively. The entire movie was shot in 62 days at different locations in Delhi.
Richie Mehta researched for almost 6 years after he sought approvals from the victim’s family and Delhi Police. Initially, Mehta thought of packing the entire incident into a movie; but while he continued to research more on the fine lines of the case, he realised that a three hour long movie may not do justice to the story. It’s a hard-to-watch, dark and grim web series and everyone may not enjoy watching this brutal crime story. 97% Google users have liked this series and IMDB rating is 8.6/10.
Ghoul is an Indian horror mini web series based on the Arabian folklore monster, ghoul. The story of this Netflix original is set on the backdrop of dystopian future in India. The story portrays a society where anyone who disagrees with authorities is termed anti national and put in a moral retuning process. The lead role Nida Rahim (played by Radhika Apte) is part of a govt. body constituted to capture terrorists. But, she is not the typical Indian hero and has a negative aspect as well. She gives away her soul to Ghoul as she transforms from patriotic soldier to a suspected terrorist.
Nida Rahim is appointed at a secret military facility where one of the most dreaded terrorists has been captured and is being interrogated. However, things take a shocking turn when the terrorist begins revealing the appalling secrets of the interrogators. Rahim starts to believe that the terrorist is possessed by some demonic spirit. Ghoul has been portrayed as a demonic spirit who takes the form of any guilty individual and has not been used as a ploy, but as a storytelling instrument. Ghoul is not your average Indian horror show with loud noises and expected hook scenes, but the horror is embedded in the story itself. This horror series has an impressive rating of 86% on rotten tomatoes and IMDB rating of 7.2/10.
Netflix Top Comedy Series
A world famous series, a sitcom based on the life of six crazy individuals who are in their early twenties, their troublesome and happening misadventures and how they juggle their life, work and love. The show is based in 1990s Manhattan and its 10 seasons were aired between1994 to 2003. With stars like Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc, it is one of the most acclaimed and liked comedy shows on TV. This Emmy winning show has gained popularity worldwide for the amazing chemistry between the actors and bone tickling storyline. Even after 25 years of its release, FRIENDS is still one of the most admired comedy shows on TV with an IMDB rating of 8.9/10.
Master of None
An American comedy drama web series streamed on Nov 06, 2015 on Netflix, Master of None is created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang with Ansari playing the lead role of Dev Shah. The series has two seasons till now with ten episodes each. The first season was set in New York; whereas the second season was in the backdrop of Italy and New York and was released on May 12, 2017.
The story revolves around a commercial actor Dev, who is 30 years old and is struggling to manage his personal and professional lives. This comedy drama has won three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe, no wonder it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB rating of 8.3/10.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ is a talk show directed and hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, a well known comedian. It’s an American web series which was premiered on Jul’19, 2012 on digital network Crackle. The first nine seasons of this comedy talk show were on Crackle and from the tenth season onwards it moved to Netflix. This show was available on Netflix from Jul’ 06, 2018 and the ten seasons have been bifurcated into six seasons on Netflix.
This talk show has a unique concept where Jerry would interview the celebrities around a car drive. Seinfeld would introduce the audience to a classic car first and then to his guest, which is mostly a comedian. As there is no scripted screenplay, you get to see a comical conversation between two funny individuals. Few popular guests include Barack Obama, Eddie Murphy, Jimmy Falon and Sarah Jessica Parker to name a few. ‘Comedians in Cars Getting coffee’ has a well deserved IMDB rating of 8.1/10.
Netflix Top Thriller Series
This psychological thriller crime drama series is based on the eponymous novel written by Caroline Kepnes in 2014. The story is about a bookstore manager Joe Goldberg, who falls in love with his customer and an aspiring writer Guinevere Beck. Joe is so obsessed with Guinevere that he quietly starts removing all the obstacles that are coming between him and Guinevere; he even uses technology and social media to track her presence.
The first season of ‘You’ was premiered on an American Pay TV service ‘Lifetime’ on Sep’ 09, 2018 and was internationally streamed on Netflix on 26th of Dec’18. A total of 10 episodes are a part of the Season 1 and Netflix has announced that there will be a Season 2 as well. Few tabloids have stated that the Season 2 for ‘You’ may be released in Oct’19. IMDB rating is 8.3/10.
Sherlock is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective novel named as Sherlock Holmes, which was later created into a hugely popular British crime drama television series. The original series was set in Victorian era fantasy where Sherlock was seen in the true Avatar as depicted by Sir Doyle. Sherlock is a detective who has unusual ways of decoding crime mysteries and he shares his flat with Afghan war veteran Dr. John Watson who has returned from military service in Afghanistan with the Royal Army Medical Corps.
The modern adaptation being produced by Netflix shows a more suave and techie Sherlock (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) assisted by Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman). The series was originally released on Jul’ 25, 2010 at BBC One and was telecasted till Jan’ 15, 2017. All the four seasons of Sherlock are now available on Netflix and has an excellent IMDB rating of 9.1/10.
This is an American crime thriller inspired by the true incidents based crime novel ‘Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit’ written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The story of Mindhunter is centered across two FBI agents, Holden Ford (played by Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (played by Holt McCallany). Both of them interview serial killers who are imprisoned for serious charges, in order to understand their psyche. Their job is to understand how a criminal thinks and in this process they take help of psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv).
Season 1 was released on Oct’ 13, 2017 and has a total of 10 episodes, whereas Season 2 was streamed on Netflix on Aug’16, 2019 and has 9 thrilling episodes. It has an IMDB rating of 8.6/10 and 97% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Netflix Top Action/Adventure Series
Immensely admired among the youth and one of the top rated super power hero series, Jessica Jones (character portrayed by Krysten Ritter) is a Marvel comic character quite popular in the USA before it was conceptualized into an Action series by Netflix and released on Nov’ 20, 2015. Jessica was a child when she met with a car accident, in which her parents were killed and she went in a coma. After regaining consciousness, she was legally adopted by Dorothy walker. She soon discovers that she has developed superhuman powers due to the car crash in which her parents were killed.
The story takes an interesting turn when a nasty person Kilgrave, who has mind controlling power; enters into her life and starts torturing her. Though, she breaks free of his control, but this disturbing experience leaves her suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Then she decided to no longer work under a hidden identity and decides to open her own detective agency. This is a mature superhero series meant for adults and IMDB rating is 8/10.
One more Netflix Originals, Sense 8 is a Science fiction drama series. It’s a story about 8 strangers, who live in different parts of the world and suddenly discover that they are emotionally and mentally connected. The role of the eight strangers is portrayed by Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and Brian J. Smith respectively.
The first season of the series was released on Netflix on Jun’ 05, 2015 and was critically acclaimed for its unique concept and representation of LGBTQ characters. The second season started with a two hour Christmas special episode in Dec’16 and the remaining 10 episodes were released in May’17. But, after release of second season Netflix announced cancellation of the series. This received critical criticism and thereafter Netflix released a two and a half hour series finale on Jun’ 08, 2018. This sci-fi thriller has received 8.3/10 on IMDB.
One more superhero series from Marvel and now available on Netflix, Daredevil is played by Charlie Cox; who is a blind lawyer Matt Murdock during the daytime, but becomes a masked hero and a devil for criminals in the night. Matt Murdock was blinded in an accident, but due to his extremely powerful sensory powers, he is able to fight the wicked on the streets of New York. All the 13 episodes of Season 1 were released on Netflix on Apr’10, 2015 and a similar number of episodes were released on Mar’18, 2016 in Season 2. Both the season became quite popular and there was a demand for third season. Two and a half years later, Netflix came up with 13 more episodes of Season 3. A phenomenal rating of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and an IMDB rating of 8.6/10 is well deserved for this action drama series.
Horror Series on Netflix
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
A Netflix original supernatural horror series, ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ is scripted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for Netflix and is based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The lead role of Sabrina Spellman is played by Kierna Shipka, whose character is of a half witch and half human. She must choose between her family (who are involved in witchcraft and teaches Sabrina about the spells and devotion to the dark lord) and her human friends. The series beautifully touches the love life of Sabrina and her dark side as well.
The first Season has 10 episodes and it was released on Oct’ 26, 2018 on Netflix followed by a Christmas special episode of on Dec’ 14, 2018 and the second part was released in the second season on Apr’ 05, 2019 which has the remaining 9 parts. As per few websites, Season 3 and Season 4 are in the pipeline and Season 3 may be premiered near Halloween of 2019. 96% Google users have liked the show and IMDB rating of 7.7/10.
Ash Vs Evil Dead
Thirty years after the release of the ‘Evil Dead’ movies trilogy, the sequel made in form of a web series is an absolute delight for the hardcore Bruce Campbell fans. This comedy horror television series portrays the famous character of Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), who now lives in a trailer park and works in a value departmental store. He is living a normal life and flirts around in the bars in the evenings. But, few evil things start to happen in his town and Ash is forced to don his old chain-saw wielding avatar.
Three seasons were released with 10 episodes each before a cancellation of the fourth season was announced in Apr’18. The first season was released on Oct’ 31, 2015, second one on Oct’ 02, 2016 and third and final one was premiered on Feb’ 25, 2018 and the last episode was aired on Apr’ 29, 2018.
The Haunting of Hill House
One of the Netflix Original Series, this is a supernatural horror drama series inspired by novel of the same name and written by Shirley Jackson. The story revolves around five siblings, who are now adults and being forced to return to the Hill House and confront the ghosts of their past. They had to flee this Hill House in 1992 following a series of haunting events and a tragic loss. After twenty six years, the siblings and their father will reunite to fight with the supernatural powers which are haunting and stalking them in the present.
The horror series is packed in 10 episodes and was released on Netflix on October 12, 2018. The series has a lot of bone chilling and shiver inducing scary scenes. The series received a lot of acclaim from viewers as well as critics and has an impressive IMDB rating of 8.7/10. A season 2 by the name of "The Haunting of Bly Manor" has been announced by Netflix and would be released in 2020. However, season 2 will have an entirely new story with different cast and characters.
Netflix to the Rescue
With online streaming of your favorite TV shows, Netflix has a lot to offer. Whenever you want to stay in and have a chill day all by yourself, you can just pick a show and binge watch it all day to fulfill your entertainment quota. It has a range of shows from all genres and also recommends shows based on your watching history. Get some soul food, turn on Netflix and binge on!