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Netflix might be best known for its films, but the streaming service is also responsible for some of the best TV shows on the planet. Here are some of the top originals on Netflix’s UK and Ireland service.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
This short-lived drama and smash-hit film adaptation of the Lemony Snicket series of books takes the fantastical and renders it in the third person. The result is a creepy, magical book-to-film mashup which owes more to Monty Python and the Holy Grail than it does the “wicked stepmother.”
Sometimes called “The West Wing of television”, this bleak, yet believable political drama gave viewers the goods on the US media’s attempt to destroy a presidential candidate. Granted, politics in 2018 are a lot more colourful than those of an unusually cynical President Jed Bartlet.
This sci-fi thriller takes the 1980s and stretches it to its very limits. It takes high school romance, freaks and super weirdness, and puts them all into a 10-episode package. Within this world is a young boy discovering an alternate dimension where people have telekinetic powers, he’s hunted by a supernatural creature and the government keeps their secret tracks.
In 1977, a woman was told to audition for a TV wrestling show but is set upon by 15 men she’s never met. This is the story of this story, told through a series of flashbacks. Featuring lots of memorable women including Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron, GLOW is a feminist roller derby tale more Full House than Superbad.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
This gritty crime drama tells the story of a martial arts expert and one of Marvel’s darker superheroes. Seeing Cage as a former military man and father forced to re-adjust to being a New York city citizen has its pitfalls, but there are more than enough potential scares to keep you watching.
Stranger Things is available to stream now.