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STRANGER THINGS

                                        

Netflix Originals are killing it and that’s a fact. After the House of Cards and Orange is the New Black phenomenon, they are going hard at it with more and more brilliant shows. And brilliant doesn’t even cover the half of it. Stranger Things is the science-fiction scary drama that got everyone talking, whose eight-episode first season follows the adventures of some kids in a small Indiana town where strange things happen. Set in 1983, the show sees a harried Winona Ryder in the role of the mother who deals with her son’s disappearance, intertwining horror with humour in a way you have not seen before. Its sense of mystery resembles True Detective’s, with the creators Matt and Ross Duffer delivering a drama so gripping, that you’ll be left breathless looking at the final credits after a 24-hour binge.

BOJACK HORSEMAN

An enthusiastically metatextual take on Hollywood, BoJack Horseman is an animated comedy about loneliness and addiction, fame and depression. Featuring humans and animals alike, the show takes on adult themes - intellectually sophisticated concepts, bad language or worse behavior - following BoJack, a washed-up sitcom star who is also a talking horse. The Netflix original is quirky, ridiculously clever and emotionally resonant, and with its third season released this summer, it dazzles me that not many people know about it. It has Will Arnett voicing the horse, Aaron Paul playing the ever-present housemate and there are also appearances from actors such as J.K. Simmons, Angela Bassett, Olivia Wilde and even Stephen Colbert and Daniel Radcliffe as Daniel Radcliffe. Underneath the Hollywood satire, the ingenious wordplay and the amazingly biologically specific commentary on humanoid animals, we cannot help but fall in love with the characters. This has to be my favourite discovery of the year.

11.22.63

A new Stephen King adaptation with J.J. Abrams directing and James Franco in the lead? Oh, yes. Hulu’s sci-fi series focuses on a divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time-travelling closet and emerges October 1960. 11/22/63 is, of course, the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, which the protagonist is trying to prevent. But the past doesn’t want to be changed, so our hero is indubitably struggling on his quest. A thrilling narrative, gorgeous visuals and an overall first-rate production, 11.22.63 is given beauty and credibility thanks to a deeply effective Franco and a great historical accuracy. Another plus is the flawless art direction, the period details – the clothing, cars, hair – paralleling Mad Men’s sophistication.

NARCOS

Another Netflix classic - sorry not sorry. A gritty drama that will have you go from despair to enchantment in a span of five seconds, Narcos follows the rise and fall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, along with the Medellín drug cartel and the DEA agents hunting them. You’re invited to see the truth behind the fiction for yourself in this unnerving and addictive show taken to the extreme, with a brilliant Wagner Moura portraying the druglord responsible for almost 5000 deaths. Money, drugs, women and bloodshed – there’s no sugarcoating that, but the show is so much more; and with the actual archive footage added to the mix, it makes for a fantastic history lesson. Of course, we all know how this ends, but Narcos is must certainly worth the journey there. Second season was released September 2nd, so I suggest plunging headfirst into that.

Published by Diana Lupica