In its short life as a content creator, Netflix has delivered some outstanding series. Netflix Originals such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things (what to watch after finishing Stranger Things) have all received praise from viewers and critics alike.
While the streaming company is facing more than $3 billion in long-term debt, it plans to continue investing heavily in original content, which is good news for subscribers who have enjoyed the Netflix Originals released so far.
With that in mind, here are seven original Netflix series you should watch right now. Assuming you have already watched our other favorite Netflix Originals.
From writer and producer Joe Swanberg, Easy is an anthology series that falls into the “dramedy” genre. Each of the show’s half-hour long episodes features different actors while focusing on different stories.
The program includes some fairly big-name talent, including Marc Maron, Emily Ratajkowski, Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, and Dave Franco.
If you’re a fan of anthology series such as American Horror Story, Fargo, or even a classic such as The Twilight Zone — but would like an additional twist of comedy — definitely give Easy a try.
2. Haters Back Off
The comedy Haters Back Off is based on the popular YouTube character Miranda Sings, played by actress and comedienne Colleen Ballinger.
The Netflix series focuses on Miranda’s family life, giving a bit of background on how a relatively talentless and extremely self-absorbed youngster looks for fame on the internet. The series follows Miranda from the time when she uploads her first video online until one goes viral.
Others in the series include Angela Kinsey as Miranda’s mother, Steve Little as Miranda’s uncle, Francesca Reale as Miranda’s sister, and Erik Stocklin as Miranda’s best friend.
If you’ve previously found yourself clicking around YouTube in search of Miranda Sings videos — which have been around since 2008 — this show has literally been made for you.
3. Lovesick (Previously Scrotal Recall)
It’s not a huge mystery why Netflix opted to change the name of this series, which originally aired in 2015 to open-minded albeit confused viewers. Scrotal Recall, while maybe a funny pun obviously based on the Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall, has nothing to do with implanted memories, space travel, or secret agents.
It does, however, convey the surprisingly charming story of a young adult who finds out he has an STD and has to tell all of his past sexual partners about it so they can get tested.
Now more appropriately named Lovesick, this English rom-com drama is a must-see.
The drama thriller Bloodline is summed up nicely by its tagline: “We’re not bad people, but we did a bad thing.”
The program revolves around the dysfunctional Rayburn family, notably oldest child and black sheep Danny Rayburn. When Danny decides he wants to return closer to his family and help his parents at their inn, his siblings vote against it. Things happen. Family secrets unfold.
Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, and Norbert Leo Butz are among the stars, with others including Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendelsohn, and John Leguizamo.
If you like darker suspense dramas in the vein of House of Cards or The Killing, Bloodline might be for you.
5. Grace and Frankie
Created by Marta Kauffman of Friends fame, Grace and Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two women who become friends after their husbands surprisingly announce they’re in love and plan to marry each other.
One of the strengths of Grace and Frankie is the experience of its cast. In addition to Fonda and Tomlin, actors Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston also star. Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, and Baron Vaughn are among those in supporting roles.
The show is a somewhat unconventional and quirky comedy. If you liked Netflix’s own Master of None or Love, you’ll want to check out Grace and Frankie.
The intriguing sci-fi drama Sense8 follows eight strangers from all over the world who suddenly become mentally and emotionally linked. The show’s creators, Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski, wanted to create a science fiction series that touches on topics not commonly found in the genre, including politics, religion, gender, and sexuality.
The series features an ensemble cast, including Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen, and Jamie Clayton. Others who appear include Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, and Terrence Mann.
Fans of mysterious sci-fi series such as Lost or Stranger Things will likely enjoy Sense8 as well.
7. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is a prequel to the 2001 cult classic movie Wet Hot American Summer, itself a parody of 1980s-era teen sex comedies.
The show features a large ensemble cast that includes a number of big names, including Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Jason Schwartzman, and Molly Shannon.
The prequel series was well-received, leading to the sequel series titled Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.
If you’re a fan of the original movie, you’ll want to put Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on your viewing list immediately.
What Shows Will You Binge This Weekend?
If you’re planning to start and finish a Netflix original this weekend, the suggestions on this list are a good place to start.
If you plan to lock down some “me time” for your marathon, consider watching Easy or Lovesick as both tend to be a bit more adult-themed than the other shows on this list, which could make watching them with certain friends awkward.
However, if you’re going to buddy up for a binge-watching session, Wet Hot American Summer, Haters Back Off, and Grace and Frankie are all casual, funny shows. These are perfect for watching when you have friends over, because they’re entertaining but also easy to pause or tune out if you plan to chat and eat, etc.
And if you’re planning to hole up with a serious TV buff like yourself for some intense, don’t-miss-a-second binging, go with Bloodline or Sense8. These shows are more detail-driven, with plenty of drama to keep you guessing.
What other Netflix originals would you recommend your fellow readers watch right now? Please tell us in the comments below!
Image Credits: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock