Most Popular Netflix Originals
Established in 1997 as a DVD subscription service, Netflix has proven that it can adapt to meet its subscribers’ demands. As Netflix started streaming movies and shows, it demonstrated that it was a serious rival to cable. As of July 2016, Netflix netted 83 million subscribers – subscribers with serious TV watching habits. In 2012, Netflix produced its first original series and – once again – proved itself a worthy source of entertainment.
It’s easy to see the writing on the wall: Netflix could be the next big producer of television shows. With so many shows streaming, Netflix Originals hold their own. Take a look into five of the best of the Netflix Originals: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, and House of Cards, Orange is the New Black.
Daredevil, based the comic by Stan Lee, stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock. Murdock, a blind lawyer, seeks justice in the courts by day, but finds justice through vigilantism on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen by night. The show is the first in a series of shows that will culminate in a Defenders miniseries. Season one debuted in April 2015 with the second season following in the March 2016. Fans rejoiced in July as the series was renewed for a third season.
Jessica Jones, also in the realm of Marvel, is a Netflix Original, starring Krysten Ritter. Jessica Jones, a former superhero, now owns Alias Private Investigations and spends her days working as its sole employee. Jessica Jones was nominated for Best New Media Television series, Outstanding New Program, Best TV series, and won the Peabody award for Entertainment Programming. With an 8.3 star rating on Imbd.com, it’s clear that Jessica’s a keeper.
Revenge. Politics. Secrets. Corruption. House of Cards is Netflix’s take on the UK miniseries of the same name. Produced by Kevin Spacey, House of Cards highlights the corruption behind the political scenes as US Representative Francis Underwood seeks revenge. Rated nine stars on Imbd.com, it’s no surprise why this show will be back for a fifth season.
Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt may seem like the oddball on the list, but it’s hard to argue with the facts: 11 primetime Emmy nominations and 4 wins. Led by the always-perky Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt is a light comedy focused on a once-imprisoned Kimmie who tries to live a normal life in New York City. The show is strange and quirky, but very original and fresh.
Orange is the New Black gained a fan base so big, there is even a Facebook page devoted to exclusively sharing Orange is the New Black memes (a fan page, by the way, which has over 800,000 followers). Piper Chapman, living a perfectly normal life, suddenly finds herself serving 18 months in a federal penitentiary. Orange is the New Black is funny, racy, dramatic, and keeps its fans coming back for more – four seasons of jailhouse fun.
Netflix offers its subscribers shows that don’t merely coexist with cable options but arguably are more popular than some cable network shows. Plus, everyone is happier without the commercials.