These 3 amazing shows on Netflix will have you forgetting about Game of Thrones in no time!
After six seasons of raving reviews and amassing a cult following of its own, Game of Thrones (GoT) is truly a phenomenon…one who’s koolaid I’ve yet to sip. That’s right. I’ve never watched it. But in honour of its finishing, I’m sure many are stumbling through life wondering how they’ll survive without their weekly dose of dragons and gruesome battles. If you’re looking for some shows on Netflix (the reason I don’t own a television) to fill the space in your heart where goblins and knights used to reside (not even really sure if this is even a component of GoT), then stick around because I’m going to run down my personal series queue of summer ’16 *Drake voice*.
In the fantasy department, we have Marvel’s Daredevil. I’ve honestly never been a fan of medieval anything except for The Other Boleyn Girl, so GoT never had a chance. Comic book fantasy suits my style much better. If you’re unfamiliar, I’d like to introduce you to Matt Murdock, a legally blind orphan turned lawyer turned masked vigilante that protects whomever is in need from the fiends of Hell’s Kitchen (dangerous neighborhood in Manhattan). Adversaries include your average criminal to much grander scenarios like corporate fiends who lie, steal, and murder to protect and grow their wealth AKA main adversary Wilson Fisk, whom you shall meet in season one. Season two *spoiler alert* is going to introduce you to the beautiful Elektra and introduce you to this creepy ninja cult narrative, about which I was hesitant (nothing ninja-related tops Kill Bill, Volumes 1 & 2), but it paid off in the end.
We also get to see Matt struggle with The Punisher, who is another vigilante, but believes the system is too flawed to trust. Therefore, instead of injuring bandits, thugs, and gang-bangers…this former armed services sniper shoots them dead. The two have this mutual respect for each other that complicates their desire to end one another because they’re both playing for the same team but an entirely different game (hope that makes sense). The development of this paradox is thrilling to watch.
For drama, please devote the rest of your immediate future to Orange is the New Black. For those of you renting a rock to live under, I’ll explain the premise: blonde yuppie serves felony sentence in minimal security prison for women. Sounds simple, yes? No. The way in which the characters all develop and the way story lines evolve from season to season astounds me every summer.
At some point, every person to whom you’re introduced becomes a main character. Even if they seem ancillary in the first and second seasons, you get the full background of their lock-up and the details that bring them near and dear to your heart. I think that’s the point of this show. To prove that we all are flawed and could easily find ourselves in situations we did not expect, i.e. prison, and to not allow ourselves to alienate those incarcerated, because just like us, they are and have parents, siblings, children, lovers, etc.
This latest season, though! We see race gangs, a drug ring, branding, and the writers/producers even included police brutality which resulted in murder (I’m not telling who, but keep the Kleenex handy), abuse of prisoners by seriously mental guards, and the corporate exploitation of prisoners which is basically slavery. This show is super smart and the lovable characters never let me go too long without laughing out loud. It’s safe to say every woman at Litchfield Penitentiary has a place in my heart.
On a lighter note, for constant laughs, you’re going to want to watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! This is comedic gold! It takes a lot to make me literally laugh out loud, to the point that I have to pause the show to catch my breath; but that damn Tina Fey! Ellie Kemper (from Bridesmaids and The Office) stars as super chipper Kimmy Schmidt, a “mole woman,” who along with three other peculiar ladies were rescued from a bunker where they had been held prisoner for 15 years by “The Reverend.”
As morbid as it sounds, this show is hilarious! Kimmy decides that life in Durnsville, Indiana was simply not feasible after her rescue made international headlines, so she moves to New York with money raised on GoFundMe by supporters/fans and moves in a basic studio apartment with 30-something, gay, black, and sassy-as-they-come Titus Andromedon né Ronald Wilkinson of Mississippi who moved to New York with (failed) dreams of becoming a Broadway star. She finds a job being a nanny for some disgustingly wealthy trophy wife, who has two horribly mannered step-children.
Everything beyond the new millennium is brand new to Kimmy, and watching her learn about everything current, while also making supremely unlikely friends with a gay black narcissist and a desperate housewife. Tina Fey is a comedy genius for compiling such raunchy, wild jokes and appropriate physical humour so closely together. It makes for side-cracking, tear-inducing laughter! Don’t sleep on this one.
Marcus Garlington lives at our Liberty Court Student Accommodation London, he is from Kansas City in Missouri, and is in his 2nd year studying Journalism at City University London.