So many shows, so little time. Here’s what to watch with your Netflix account.
First the bad news: Indian subscribers to Netflix have access to only a fraction (between 1 and 14 per cent) of the American catalogue of films and TV shows. Now the good news: There’s still a lot to see and none of it is snipped, bleeped or blurred out by Indian censors. Start with these:
Marvel’s Jessica Jones: A superhero story with a twist. The hero is a woman. Her city is realistic. Her superpowers are not terribly dramatic. And her villain is a stalker-rapist-mind-controller who stands for every entitled male who’s ever harassed a woman (#YesAllWomen). Stream for the story, stay for the feminist subtext.
Marvel’s Daredevil: Another Marvel superhero. Same city. No superpowers. But a killer villain in the real-estate mafia and its kingpin. And fight scenes that make you close both eyes in pain, then keep one open to watch the choreography.
Master of None: Aziz Ansari goes through life in New York – hooking up, parenting, holding on to relationships, casual racism, more dating and male privilege. And along the way are some hilarious lessons on what it means to be a grown-up today.
Happy Tree Friends: Was there ever a show that promised so much wholesome fun (cute animation, pastel colours, wooded animals) with such graphic violence (chainsaws, blood splatter, dismemberment, safety-pin through the eye!). The cult 2000’s show is listed as kids programming. Do yourself a favour – keep it away from children and don’t watch it if you’re a big baby too.
Making a Murderer: Filmed over 10 years, this is a 10-part documentary about Steven Avery, a man imprisoned for sexual assault and attempted murder, exonerated, but later accused and convicted of murdering another woman. Who made him do it? And why is everyone talking about it? Find out when you stream.
Black Mirror: A dark, disturbing speculative drama that makes you question whether modern society is equipped to deal with modern technology. Each episode is a different story, and covers privacy, terror, the environment and similar hot-topic subjects. Watch an episode. Spend the day in thought. Repeat.
Narcos: Everyone’s already obsessed with this dramatisation about the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Two episodes in, you’ll know there’s a fine line between good and evil – and that line is often made of cocaine.
Orange Is the New Black: Netflix’s most-watched series covers a year in the life of a woman in a minimum-security women’s prison in America. Great acting, super ethical conundrums, shocking violations of human rights. Though some scenes will make you think that American prisoners are probably living better, safer lives than many in India.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Schmidt is rescued after 15 years of being imprisoned in a cult in an underground bunker and decides to reclaim her life by moving to New York. Believe it or not – this is a comedy.
Watch for the rapid-fire references to newsflashes and for brilliant takedowns of American life.
From HT Brunch, January 17, 2016
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