10 Netflix originals that are outstanding but lesser-known
New Delhi: One of the problems with finding something for good watch on Netflix is the sheer quantity of content there. You may get suggested the same old things, but there are all these other shows that are outstanding, but lesser-known. Check out these shows on Netflix that have high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here’s a great place to start with a look at a ranked list of the 10 Netflix series right now.
1. The Crown
4 seasons, 40 episodes, 91%
Starring the inimitable Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II, this show follows her rise, as well as the inner workings of the royal family and the many characters associated with them, from an ageing Winston Churchill to Prince Phillip.
3 seasons, 30 episodes, 92%
Alison Brie (of Community fame) stars as an out-of-work actress in 1980s LA, who finds a new chance at fame courtesy women's wrestling. This comedy-drama is full of heart, friendship, and support for the underdog.
3. When They See Us
1 season, 4 episodes, 96%
Director Ava DuVernay’s limited series about the wrongfully accused men in the Central Park Five case is an emotionally heavy reimagining of a truly tragic event in our history. The series sheds light on racial profiling and corruption in the NYPD as a group of young Black men are targeted for a heinous crime and put on trial with little evidence. It’s a gripping, heartbreaking retelling, but one that feels sadly relevant.
4. Dead To Me
2 seasons, 20 episodes, 86%
Christina Applegate returns to TV with this story about a woman trying to pick up the pieces after her husband is murdered in a horrible hit-and-run accident. Applegate plays the angry, grieving widow with equal parts humour and empathy while Linda Cardellini plays her sunny, optimistic best friend. The two meet in a grief group and navigate the challenges of moving on after loss while also solving a murder mystery. There’s no way you’ll know what to expect here, which is half the fun of watching and the show dispelled any worries that it couldn’t keep up its cliffhanger-heavy intrigue with a second season that saw Applegate and Cardellini involved in a new, just-as-illegal cover-up.
1 season, 10 episodes, 96%
Omar Sy stars in this gripping, deliciously fun mystery thriller about a man hell-bent on revenge. Sy plays Assane Diop, a master thief who seeks payback when his father’s wealthy employer accuses him of stealing a valuable diamond necklace. Assane’s dad commits suicide because of the shame, but the con-man decides to wreak havoc on his enemy’s life, inspired by the adventures of master thief Arsène Lupin, a character created by Maurice Leblanc in the early 1900s.
6. The Queen's Gambit
1 season, 7 episodes, 97%
The runaway popularity of The Queen's Gambit, a seven-episode miniseries about a young girl who gets really good at playing chess against a bunch of boys, is only surprising if you haven't already seen it. Adapted from Walter Tevis' 1983 novel of the same name by writer-director by Scott Frank (Netflix's Godless), the show is a dark, intense exploration of the minds of obsessives, addicts, and strategic geniuses, as well as a fascinating foray into the cutthroat world of 20th-century professional chess. The story, in which precocious orphan Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) transforms into a world-famous master of her craft, is as exhilarating as it is, at times, deeply tragic, and turns an unflinching eye on what happens when nurturing a childhood talent becomes feeding an endless desire to win at all costs.
7. One Day at Time
3 seasons, 39 episodes, 99%
This show is a remake of a 1975 sitcom of the same name and follows a Cuban-American family led by a single mother raising her three children with the help of her own mom and a building manager who also becomes an invaluable friend.
1 season, 4 episodes, 96%
This four-episode miniseries is about a 19-year-old woman who flees her marriage and the restrictive Satmars in Brooklyn for Berlin, where she has a right to citizenship through her maternal grandparents. Co-written by Deutschland 83's Anna Winger, Unorthodox is a coming-of-age story that's not about a rejection of faith as much as it is about finding faith in new communities.
9. The Haunting Hill House
1 season, 10 episodes, 93%
If you're looking for the best Netflix horror TV show, The Haunting of Hill House is it. Hill House is about a family returning to their old home to reckon with the events that drove them away from it, a story with many genuinely terrifying moments, brought to life by a terrific ensemble cast (including Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas).
10. Alias Grace
1 season, 6 episodes, 99%
This Canadian miniseries is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1996 novel of the same name which itself is a true story. It follows Grace Marks, a poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant who is convicted of the murder of her employer and his housekeeper in 1843 and sentenced to life in prison.
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