Partly drama, partly comedy, “Atypical” tells about autistic teenager Sam Gardner. Having reached adulthood, he seeks freedom in love and life after school. In the third series, Sam goes to college and faces higher education problems and finding new friends. The series shows Sam's family: his parents are experiencing a crisis in a relationship after his mother had an affair on the side. His sister Casey is struggling with her feelings for her best friend Izzy. Despite the whole gamut of emotions that “Atypical” will give you, in the series there is not a single character whom you will not love or at least not try to fall in love.
The second season of the raunchy teen series is one of Netflix’s trump cards in 2020. Despite the fact that the series looks very American, the action takes place in the UK, and the shooting itself was in Wales. Asa Butterfield plays an awkward teenager who gives sexologist advice for money and Gillian Anderson, who plays his mother in her unique charming style. Despite the fact that the topic of sex is the main topic for jokes in the series, “Sexual education” talks about intimate problems and gracefully educates the viewer, pulling out all the hidden emotions from him.
In this comedy of growing up, the main character Ryan has all the usual problems of a young gay, and a few more from above. He is desperately trying to impress his first unpaid internship, shy of dating in Grinder, and in real life he suffers from cerebral palsy. In the first episode, Ryan is trying to hide his illness, but given his new position in online media specializing in frank stories, one can predict how successful he will be. The series is based on the memoirs of Ryan O'Connell, who plays a major role, and is full of touching, awkward and funny scenes.
In a better world
After an incredible and humiliating death, Eleanor found herself in the "Best World" - an ideal area where the most worthy people of the world live. It seems that some kind of bureaucratic mistake has occurred, since Eleanor is not a very good person. In desperation that she would be sent to the “Bad World”, Eleanor is trying to fix herself in the afterlife with the help of her designated friend, professor of philosophy Chidi. Each series tells about ethical teachings, which in our eyes turn into something simpler and more understandable for the average viewer.
Life with oneself
Who could be better than Paul Rodd? Two Paul Rodd. In this eccentric comedy, an actor is cloned when his character, Miles, goes to a spa to get better. A new life gets harder when there is one, new and beautiful version of Miles, and a second, tired and broken. Aisling Beah plays Miles' wife, Kate, who does not know that she now has two husbands under one roof and wants to live with the man she married.
Clinging to the ice
The plot of the series is built around a skater who is trying to return to the competition after a head injury. Despite the fact that outwardly the world of figure skating seems perfect and blameless, inside it is full of gloomy passions, ranging from parental abuse to young skaters who are constantly at risk, going out on the ice with injuries of varying severity. Kaya Scodelario plays Kat, for whom the only chance to return to the ice is to learn how to work with a partner and January Jones, who plays her mother with bipolar disorder.
The last kingdom
The series is based on the novels of Bernard Cornwell, “The Last Kingdom”, and its action takes place at the end of the 9th century in England, long before the unification of the country. The kingdoms of England were captured and occupied by the Vikings. Only Wessex remained under the rule of King Alfred - the last who can resist the robbers. This is an interesting historical drama, in the center of which is Utred from Bebbanburg, an Anglo-Saxon who was kidnapped in childhood and raised by a Viking. He is forced to play a double game, trying to regain the land and the stolen title. The series does not reach the heights of the "Vikings" that are available on Amazon Prime, but it is a great replacement in anticipation of the last season. There are three seasons available on Netflix, and a fourth is in production.
When Marie Edler (Caitlin Dever) reports rape to the police, she is faced with an imperfect system that continues to tear her injured life to shreds. The series is based on a true story and, in addition to the story, Marie tells the stories of two female police officers who uncovered a series of similar crimes. The undisguised horror of the test that Marie fell in makes the series difficult to watch, but acting and focusing on the voices of the victims accurately show what the consequences of sexual violence are.
Science fiction and fantasy
Very strange things
The nostalgic science fiction series is on its third season. The series brings us back to 1985, when El, Mike, and the gang are awkwardly balancing on the abyss that separates childhood from adolescence. Meanwhile, things were taking a sinister turn at Hawkins, and the city's inhabitants were influenced by a strange, supernatural power. There are also curious Russian scientists in the laboratory. The third season more than fully compensates for the shortcomings of the second season, focusing on the infinitely sweet relationship between young characters, while the threat looms in the background.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Is "The Next Generation" the best series in the Star Trek universe? This is a subjective question, and you yourself can decide by watching all seven episodes. A definite plus is that you do not have to watch all seven seasons to understand what is happening. At the same time, the first season is rather nondescript, and the second is slightly better. In the third season, “The Next Generation” really did, and since then the series has never looked back. This means that you can safely skip dozens of episodes and not fall out of what is happening, so just the most general ideas about the Star Trek universe are enough to view.
Despite the fact that by all standards “The Witcher” is an imperfect series, the escapist pleasure that he delivers when watching is absolutely fine. The series is based on books of Polish fantasy, but the legendary video games about Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill plays in the series) brought the Witcher real fame. Witchers are people who kill monsters for money. In the story, our inflated hero with an afterlife voice finds himself in a more cunning position - his fate is intertwined with the fate of the orphaned princess on the run and with the fate of a powerful sorceress.
The series with its meager dialogues, killing monsters and leaps in time resembles a cut from a video game rather than a coherent dramatic plot. However, everything works. The success of The Witcher is not built on the grandiloquent and pretentious style of fantasy, but on cool magic and fights, and sexual protagonists.
This series of eight episodes is one of the most unusual and original on Netflix in recent times. It all starts with Prairie Johnson, played by one of the creators of Brit Marling. She suddenly appears after being considered missing for 7 years. Prairie does not explain where she was, but the biggest mystery of all is how she returned and how her vision returned, because before the loss she was blind. Next, an exciting supernatural secret unfolds, which sometimes replayes with credulity, but still keeps you on the screen. The second season was released in 2019 and earned critical acclaim.
Star Trek: Discovery
It could have been terrible, but, fortunately, Star Trek: Discovery is absolutely amazing. From time to time, the series hangs awkwardly between a big budget and cheap sci-fi tricks, but for the most part it's a thoughtful, visually rich revelation of the Star Trek universe, especially the Klingon race. The series’s love for hints of knowledge of the canon will delight fans of the series, but at its core, Discovery is a brilliant psychological drama with a fantastic fantasy plot. The series has two seasons and a third is expected.
Travelers is a hidden gem, although the series is gaining popularity and more and more people are drawn into this interesting and dense Canadian science fiction series. Created by Brad Wright, one of the co-authors of Stargate, the series follows a team of time travelers sent back to 21st to prevent the post-apocalyptic future from which they are sent. The main feature is how they travel. Travelers are transferred to the minds of people shortly before their death, taking on their identities and living their lives between missions. This is an exciting, sometimes difficult to watch series, which is ideal for both lovers of serious science fiction and amateurs of light entertainment.
Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance
The high-budget prequel to Jim Henson's classic movie Dark Crystal. Like its predecessor, The Age of Resistance is a breathtaking fantasy in which political conspiracies are no worse than in Game of Thrones. This puppet film is completely different from other Netflix films, especially when viewed in the original dubbing, which was made excellently.
A man who looks like a modern version of Jesus Christ appears out of nowhere and proclaims himself the savior of the world. Is he telling the truth or is he an ordinary extremist? This is a controversial and exciting drama in 10 episodes with Michelle Monaghan as the cynical CIA agent Eva Geller and Mehdi Dehbi as the aspiring prophet Al-Masi. The action begins in Syria and moves to the United States as Al-Masi gathers more and more followers, and the CIA, in the style of the series Homeland, cannot understand whether it is necessary to detain the new prophet.
The Mind Hunter
The second season of “Mind Hunter” by David Fincher turned out to be very in the style of Fincher, and this is a plus of the series. The director of the film “Seven” and “Fight Club” is the producer and director of many episodes of the series, which tells about the origin of the Department of Behavioral Sciences of the FBI and its research on serial killers. In the second season there were fewer intense interviews with the killers who glorified the first season. Instead, he focused on a lengthy investigation into the serial killings of young African Americans in Atlanta, the first hands-on test of department theories. The second season is not as stressful as the first, but it is still very convincing and beautifully made.
Better call Soul
Spoiled people are great for the role of dramatic heroes, and how much the spoiled characters in "Better Call Soul." This prequel to the legendary TV show Breaking Bad: the story of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkerk), a morally liberated lawyer, better known as Saul Goodman. The series tells about how Jimmy became Soul, but he is not limited to this. The series also complements the story of Mike Ermantrauta (Jonathan Banks), a former policeman and cleaner, and the owner of a restaurant chain, Guus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). Of course, in the center of the plot is Jimmy, and his relationship with his brother Chuck McGill, who was brilliantly played by Michael McKean. Their differences in characters and principles stretch the drama for three seasons, and the slow pace is the only drawback of the series.
End of the ***ing world
I thought it might be interesting to kill her. So I pretended to fall in love with her. ” So begins the internal monologue of James (Alex Lowter), a 17-year-old troubled teenager who is convinced that he is a sociopath. His goal is Alyssa, a new girl at school with terrible parents and a special talent to piss people off. Together they go on the run, and criminal thought brings them together. This is an ideal comedy of black humor, in which only two seasons, 8 episodes each lasting 30 minutes, are enough to master in a couple of days.
A story inspired by the real life of the most famous Israeli spy. Sasha Baron Cohen successfully works undercover in Syria in the 1960s. This is a dramatic career change for the satirical actor who created Borat. In the six-part film, the protagonist Eli Cohen spends years working undercover, makes friends with politicians and the military, who will soon come to power and take him with them.
Nick Sachs is a detective who has become a hitman who enjoys his completely dysfunctional life. After a heart attack during a skirmish, he wakes up and discovers that he is now accompanied by Happy, a small blue flying unicorn. Happy is an imaginary friend of the abducted girl Haley and believes that Nick is a hero who will come to her aid.
The series has gross violence and nervous scenes that are likely to alienate some viewers. Nevertheless, the story is a funny perverted version of pompous crime drama, with black humor that shows up even when there is no blood. Some of the jokes are based on the contrast between Nick’s indifference to the horrors of the criminal world and Happy’s childish naivety, but this line changes in for eight episodes of the series and does not have time to get bored.
Orange is the hit of the season
“Orange is the hit of the season”, debuted in 2013, after seven seasons is coming to an end. The series tells the story of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a former petty criminal who became a PR woman who has to answer for her past. Chapman falls out of her privileged lifestyle and is thrown into a tight security prison, in which she finds no place. From her first day in prison to the last - chaos follows her on the heels: death, sex and escape attempts.
Cartoons and anime
"Evangelion" has a well-deserved legendary status. The series, created by Hideaki Anno, talks about the 14-year-old Shinji, called to command the giant robot Evangelion to protect the city of Tokyo-3 from attacks by various monsters called Angels. Shinji reluctantly takes on the task, and not at all out of a thirst for heroism, but because of the desperate need to please his father. Despite the epic battles, the real victory of the series is its focus on the feelings and thoughts of the characters. The plot focuses on both the inner life of the characters and the battle for Tokyo-3, and talks about injuries, depression and the complexity of human relationships.
Horse BoJack plunges deeper into middle age and an endless cycle of substance abuse. In Los Angeles, half-populated by hybrids of humans and animals, BoJack resigned himself to his existential fear in a gloomy world full of black humor. The first half of the first season may seem overly depressing and not funny enough, but as soon as the series reaches its climax, a surreal comedy takes over.
The series looks like it was developed by the same company as Hello Kitty, but this is the original series from Netflix. It draws super-cute animals to tell recognizable stories of disappointment at work. Retsuko is a red panda and a dedicated employee of a company that does not respect and value her. Throughout the series, she seeks various forms of escape from work, finds new interests and builds new relationships in the hope that they will save a dull working life at work. The only thing that constantly supports her is her secret passion for killing karaoke death metal. The visual style, short episodes and exaggerated humor make this series very easy to watch quickly, but there will probably be times when you want to click on the pause and think about your own experience.
Tuka and Berti
The action of the animated series is supposedly in the same universe as "Horse BoJack", whose art director Lisa Hanwalt released a new animated series - Tuka and Bertia. As in BoJack, characters are animals with human arms and legs that are able to soberly evaluate their feelings in the midst of a quarrel. Just like in BoJack, surrealism and a gloomy atmosphere seem chaotic, but in reality everything is precisely calculated. The contagious energy of Tiffany Haddish and the neurotic nature of Ali Wong makes one believe in the reality of the characters from the first series.
Conversations with the Killer: Ted Bundy Records
If you are in search of real horror, it will come to you in the form of a documentary series about the life of a person whose psychopathic cruelty scared America in the 1970s. His name is Ted Bundy. Based on his interview with Stephen Michaud, which was held and recorded in prison while he was on death row, and in which the reporter asked him to answer his questions in the third person, in order to increase the reliability of his answers and show Bundy's confession in the murder of 30 women . At that time, it was a subject of painful charm for the public, and so it remained almost 40 years later. This series is better not to watch alone or if you have an unstable psyche.
Formula 1: Drive to survive
The Netflix series about Formula 1 returns for the second season, and this time in the case, even the Ferrari and Mercedes teams. The series shows the drama of last year’s championship backstage, including Daniel Ricardo’s transfer from the Red Bull to the Renault team, his unsuccessful replacements and the first season of Charles Leclerc for the Ferrari team. As usual, training and politics in sports are more interesting than what is happening on the track. A must-see for all Formula 1 fans and novice fans who want to understand the sport.
1980s, New York, AIDS epidemic. Madonna’s Vogue is everywhere, and the countercultural ballet scene - a haven for black and Latin American transgender people and gays - is a dizzying and brilliant whirlwind of joy and condemnation. Blanca decides to change her life after receiving an HIV-positive diagnosis, and gathers a company of the same people in which she is called "mommy." Among them are Damon, a talented 17-year-old teenager who dreams of becoming a dancer, and Angel, a young trans woman who would like to become a model (but works as a prostitute). The worlds collide when Damon enters a prestigious dance school, and Angel falls in love with young manager Stan Bowes, who works for Donald Trump.
The world of Pose, inspired by the legendary documentary of the 80s “Paris is on fire,” hits the mark: it talks about complex issues, discrimination, sexism and poverty, between ecstatic dancing and the race for leadership.
The murder of Gianni Versace
The creators of American Crime History tell the slightly embellished life story of Andrew Kunenen, who shot the world-famous fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997. This dark and stylish series, which debuted on the BBC in the UK, now features Netflix. The ragged narrative creates the character of Kunenen, featuring an eccentric, mysterious, and ultimately disfigured and gloomy man who is superbly played by Darren Criss, known as Blaine Anderson in the series Losers.
“The more I get to know people, the more I love my dog,” said writer Mark Twain. This is confirmed by the first series of "Dogs" - a story about a service animal trained to detect attacks in a young girl. She finally has the freedom to be alone. While the animal hairdressers episode in Japan is fascinating, Dogs is more than a series of cute clips worthy of an ingram. These calm and quietly told stories show how devotion and love bring out the best in us people, whether it is the largest shelter in Costa Rica in the world, fishing on an empty Italian lake or a dangerous trip that huskies embark on from Syria to reunite with it the owner, a refugee who now lives in Berlin. By the time the final episode ends, you will want to get a dog, but you will not feel completely worthy of the animal.
When they see us
A four-part mini-series talks about the unfair case of Central Park Five, a group of black and Hispanic teenagers from Harlem who were mistakenly convicted of raping and attempted murder of a white woman in 1989. Director Ana DuVerne - with Oprah Winfrey and Robert de Niro among executive producers - tells the story of racial bias, injustice and misinformation of the media over a 25-year period: from arrest to acquittal.
Love is blind
Given: there are several single girls and boys and a wall between them through which the heroes are forced to talk to each other. What will come of it? Absolute chaos. The encouraging romantics are ready to unite without even seeing each other, and although some of them say "I love you" after three days, it is not surprising that many relationships do not last long in the real world. The strangest part of this reality show is that in order to see each other, the couple must get engaged and plan the wedding in a matter of weeks. Not each of them can do it.
Fashion: what's next
Fashion: What's Next is an ideal choice for fans of Project Runway, which offers a proven format for fashion competitions. Eighteen designers draw, cut and sew to get a chance to win a cash prize and the opportunity to sell their line. They create images from dresses from the red carpet to sportswear in a tight time frame. The hosts, Alexa Chung and Tan France, support the mood, but the real find is the obvious talent of the designers, most of whom have already achieved significant success.