The Best Netflix Original Drama Series Right Now (June 2017)
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As Netflix continues to churn out a series of excellent original dramas, it may be growing harder for some viewers to figure out exactly where to let the binge watching begin. Here you’ll find a collection of some of the best Netflix original drama series that’ll hopefully help you narrow down the options the next time you’re in the mood to add a little drama too your life.
These days Netflix is turning out so many great original dramas that there are plot lines to suit the interests of a huge variety of viewers. So whether you’re into ancient battle dramas packed full of warlords, political drama, or even TV shows that manage to work in music in fresh and original ways, Netflix has got you covered. So the next time you’ve got a day off with nothing to do but relax, make sure you’re armed with this list of the best original Netflix drama series to add to your queue.
The Get Down
If you’re into music, you’ve got to check out the gorgeously shot Netflix Original The Get Down, which has the feel of a Hip-Hop Moulin Rogue set in the 1970’s South Bronx. Baz Luhrmann was joined by a star-studded team, including Oscar winning Catherine Martin, MC Nas, and Grandmaster Flash to create this tale of a group of young musicians navigating the world of Hip-Hop when it was a fresh new revelation. The Get Down combines graffiti art, disco, hip-hop music, and dance into a stunning and vibrant story of the emergence of a whole new scene.
Peaky Blinders is one of those Netflix Original series that’s still a bit of a hidden gem. Set in Birmingham, England in 1919, the series follows the adventures of a notorious street gang called the Peaky Blinders. Led by the intense Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, the crime drama follows the adventures of Thomas and his family as they try to get ahead in the world, with or without the consent of the law. Not only is Peaky Blinders full of action and drama, it also features some gorgeously shot cinematography.
13 Reasons Why
In 13 Reasons Why, Katherine Langford portrays a young woman named Hannah who takes her own life, leaving behind a mysterious box for a classmate named Clay who has always had a crush on her. Inside the box, Clay finds a set of recordings in which Hannah reveals the 13 reasons that led her to commit suicide, one of which may involve Clay himself. The series switches between narratives by Clay and Hannah, as her the gripping details of Hannah’s life and struggles slowly unravel.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Based on the best-selling book series by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events chronicles the tale of three newly orphaned children named Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. When the Baudelaire children are thrust into the custody of the evil Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris, they begin to investigate their parents’ death, foiling the plans of Olaf to steal their inheritance at every turn. Full of dark humor, adventure, and whimsical scenery, this is a fun one to watch with (or without) the kids.
This Netflix original drama is based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, played by Claire Foy, from the 1940’s up through modern times. Based on the award winning play “The Audience,” the series gives viewers an inside look at the private life of Elizabeth starting with her ascension to the throne at just 25 years old. As it unfolds, The Crown reveals some of the personal struggles, romances, and political rivalries that shaped Elizabeth’s life and ultimately her reign as Queen.
If you're into gritty crime dramas then look no further than Netflix's Narcos, which chronicles the rise and fall of notorious Columbian kingpin Pablo Escobar. The story largely unfolds from the opposing views of Escobar himself, played by Wagner Moura, and Steve Murphy (Boyd Hollbrook), one of the DEA agents hunting him. Narcos begins in the old days when drug offenders where mostly harmless hippies caught with marijuana and escalates to portray what would eventually come to be known as an all-out drug war involving the smuggling of countless kilos of cocaine.
House of Cards
An adaptation of a U.K. miniseries with the same name, Netflix's House of Cards follows the life of U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a ruthless politician from the state of South Carolina. After throwing his support behind Presidential candidate Garrett Walker in exchange for the promise of becoming Secretary of State, Underwood ultimately finds himself betrayed.
Ultimately the newly elected Walter backtracks on his promise, explaining that he finds Underwood’s position in Congress too valuable to follow through on his side of the deal. Though Underwood pretends to take the decision in stride, he and his environmental activist wife launch a secret plan to take down Walker and his allies.
Based on a series of mystery novels by the same name, Longmire stars Craig Johnson as Sheriff Longmire of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Though a dedicated and fearless lawman in his own right, Longmire is also haunted by the recent death of his beloved wife and struggles to maintain a good relationship with the Sheriff of a local Indian reservation where his jurisdiction no longer applies. With the help of his female partner Vic and his best friend Henry Standing Bear, Longmire attempts to uphold the law as he sorts through the complexities of his past.
The Last Kingdom
If you’re into Game of Thrones but can deal with the absence of dragons, then The Last Kingdom may be your next binge waiting to happen. The story revolves around a young man named Uhtred who is captured by a Danish warlord named Earl Ragner after witnessing his father’s death at the hands of invaders. Uhtred is ultimately raised by Ragner, alongside a captive girl named Brida, to become a skilled warrior in his own right.
As fate would have it however, tragedy turns Uhtred’s world upside down yet again when Ragner is murdered, leaving him alone and exiled with Brida. Vowing to avenge Ragnar’s death, Uhtred is forced to tread a delicate line between his birth country and the one in which he was raised as he attempts to reclaim his homeland.
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