by Sherine Mostafa
Netflix has become extremely popular due to its hit shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Netflix has made a name for itself in the television industry by providing a variety of quality original programming. I wanted to take a look at some recent Netflix Originals that I’ve seen that might be worth hitting the play button.
The sci-fi drama tells the story of eight people from around the world who discover that they are linked mentally and can share each other’s abilities. This first season quickly builds into an intriguing, action-packed thriller as eight strangers must deal with their newly found connections to each other and work together to avoid those who see them as a threat. It’s beautifully shot on location in nine cities around the world, including Chicago, Berlin, Seoul and Nairobi. It also features an incredibly diverse main cast who played diverse characters from various races, religions and sexual orientations, all of whom are easily likeable and relatable. Go into it with an open mind and you’ll discover a show that will make you laugh and cry and see the world from different perspectives. Sense8 will be back next year for a second season so you’ve got plenty of time to catch up on all twelve episodes.
Okay, if you ignore the title, you’ll find this subtle British pick is quite funny and brimming with heart. This comedy tells the story of Dylan, a 20 something who discovers he has an STD, and must inform all of his past partners about it; hijinks ensue. Told in flashbacks, we get a glance into Dylan’s previous relationships and what caused them to wither away. While in no way a groundbreaking show, Scrotal Recall provides a few good laughs and Dylan’s endearing relationships with his two best friends will get you smiling. There are only six episodes but it’s a good show to watch before bed or to put on in the background while doing homework.
Wet Hot American Summer
This comedy is the prequel to the film of the same name which came out 14 years ago. It follows the crazy antics of a bunch of camp counselors on the first day of camp at Camp Firewood in 1981. With much of the original cast from the movie, these eight episodes are jam-packed with comedy favorites like Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. This is essentially a “love it or hate it” type show. While critics didn’t love the movie, it developed a small but strong following from its audience. If you are a fan of the movie, definitely check out the show. It’s just as crazy, if not more, and filled with all the fun guest stars you could ever hope for. Although the humor might not be for everyone, if you want to check out the show, I recommend seeing the movie first, which is also on Netflix.