Netflix has been providing subscribers with innovative, engaging, and original content for years, now. They’ve produced hits like Orange Is The New Black, Black Mirror, and Stranger Things that have built cult-like followings since their release dates.
However, not every Netflix Original is a major hit, and we want to help you find the ones you’re likely to enjoy without sifting through all of the fluff. Here are the best Netflix Originals of 2019.
Russian Doll takes the familiar concept of a time loop, and it mixes it with deeply philosophical, outstandingly funny, and unbelievably stylish concepts and performances.
Since its release in February, Russian Doll has built a rabid following through its use of witty dialogue and edgy philosophical concepts. The show follows a middle-aged woman named Nadia as she repeatedly relives her 36th birthday.
The show covers ideas such as mortality, morality, and loss, but Natasha Lyonne adds her witty charm to the main character, and her performance truly elevates a cliche concept into something that you can’t stop watching.
Natasha Lyonne’s performance is what truly helps to set this show apart from similar shows. She has gotten to know her character on a deeply personal level, and she uses that knowledge to create realistic and engaging interactions with other characters in the show. Everything from her speech to her preferred gestures make Nadia feel like a real person.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is different than most of the other Netflix Original programs that we’ve gotten over the years. It’s not a fictional story with high production values. It’s a reality show that follows famed lifestyle coach Marie Kondo as she teaches American’s how to remove clutter from their homes.
Marie uses her own KonMari technique for every home that she enters on the show. She doesn’t force people to throw away things that they love, but she does teach them that it’s best to get rid of things that don’t make them happy.
The philosophy behind the show is unique, practical, and entertaining. It has been inspiring viewers to adopt Marie’s method on their own. This isn’t a show that’s likely to appeal to everyone, but it’s definitely worth watching if you’ve been having trouble making space in your home.
Sex Education is a remarkably honest sitcom. As the son of a sex therapist, a teenage boy named Otis helps his classmates with sexual issues.
You’ve probably figured out that it has its fair share of humor by now, but despite the copious amounts of gut-wrenching laughs it produces, the show is surprisingly honest.
It doesn’t shy away from real issues that modern teens face, and it charges at those issues head on. That brutal honesty has helped the show develop a massive following, and it has already been renewed for a second season. So, you’ll have more to watch once you binge-watch the first season.
The Umbrella Academy
If you loved My Chemical Romance in the early 2000’s, you probably know about Gerard Way’s comic series The Umbrella Academy. It follows a group of superheros that are more aligned with the cultural expectations of the modern world.
This Netflix Original is an adaptation of that comic series that stays true to the source material. At the start, you are treated to a high-energy dance montage, and then you’re introduced to superheros that are far from being Batman or Spiderman. It doesn’t take long for the group to start developing as heroes, and the show keeps a steady pace throughout each episode.
Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Ted Bundy is one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, and this 4-part documentary goes into extreme amounts of detail for viewers with a darker taste in entertainment.
The series features video recordings that have never been seen by the public, personal accounts from people involved in the infamous case, and tons of information that people who are infatuated with the criminal system will absolutely love.
I Am Mother
This is the first movie on our list, and it’s one that will certainly appeal to sci-fi fans. I Am Mother is the story of a young girl and the android that she treats as her mother.
In the story, the robot has the overwhelming responsibility of repopulating the human race, and to make things worse, her relationship with her human daughter is challenged when an unknown woman comes to their spaceship.
The story focuses on keeping viewers guessing, and it does a great job of distracting viewers with clever plot twists.
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The Wrap Up
All of the Netflix Originals we’ve recommended are noteworthy shows, but we have our own favorites that we’d like to share. Here are our top three choices, and we hope you’ll give them a try:
- I Am Mother
- Sex Education
- The Umbrella Academy