Netflix and Chill: The Best Shows on Netflix
Dirty politicians, throwback slap-stick comedies, dark re-imaginings of childhood in the 70s, STRANGER THINGS … we need to chill, because Netflix certainly isn’t. You can’t string two weeks together without the release of at least one new season of binge-worthy Netflix original programming.
By giving people what they want, Netflix has changed the at-home entertainment industry for the better. And Filthy Rich isn’t the only one taking notice. The high calibre entertainment factory that is Netflix has garnered a seemingly endless deluge of red carpet hardware. Awards that have earned them the ire of TV executives and movie-theatre investors alike.
But we’re sure you’re wondering, “With so much content and so little time, how will I ever decide what to watch?” Well, luckily for you, this particular Filthy Rich writer has no real social life.
So today on Filthy Rich, we’re going to take a look at the best Netflix original shows available on … Netflix. So, pour a glass of wine, pop some corn, and get ready to binge. Let’s go!
House of Cards
House of Cards has it all: money, sex, power, Kevin Spacey, deceit, violence, intrigue, and Kevin Spacey. House of Cards is an American political drama detailing Frank and Claire Underwood’s unrelenting quest for untethered power.
Buyer beware: House of Cards is a bit of a slow burn. So, don’t expect gun fights and knee-slappers is all we’re saying. It uses misinformation and top-shelf acting to build tension. It’s brooding, it’s cynical, it’s sophisticated and, most importantly, it’s unpredictable in every sense of the word. Oh, did we mention that Kevin Spacey is in it? He is. And he’s glorious.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Back in 2001, writer/director David Wain crafted a slap-stick comedy made up of, at the time, a bunch of no-name actors. The result, a movie with a terrible IMDB score and a cult following. Time moved forward and those no-name actors went to work building their names. You may recognize them as Paul Rudd, H. Jon Benjamin, Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler, just to name a few.
Enter Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The now-famous cast is tapped to reprise their roles in the cult comedy. Except this time, it’s for 10, 30 minute episodes. If you like slap-stick (think Naked Gun and Airplane), and goofy comedies, give this one a shot.
Orange is the New Black
No Netflix original content list is complete without mentioning the women of Litchfield Penitentiary. Inspired by the real-life Piper’s memoir of the same name, Orange is the New Black follows Piper Chapman’s experience as a white-collar, upper class, maximum security inmate. Actress Taylor Schilling is spectacular as the doe-eyed Piper Chapman, and the rest of the cast is just as incredible.
Orange is the New Black is often billed as a dark comedy, but we don’t think that classification does the show enough justice. Orange is the New Black is much more than a comedy. It’s a very human look at the lives of incarcerated women. Sure it’s silly. Sure it’s a bit over-the-top. But it’s also endearing, thought provoking, and raw.
If you haven’t seen Orange is the New Black yet, we highly encourage you to check it out. It’s truly deserving of all of its many accolades.