This week on Top 5 Fridays I’m going to take a look at my favourite Netflix Original Programming. These are based on what I have seen, and if you haven’t seen any of the titles I mention, I have linked to their official trailer in the tittle name.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (TV-MA)
This takes a little bit of time to get its momentum, but the first episode leaves you with just enough of a ‘I wonder what happens next?’ feeling that it makes you give the second episode a watch, and thats what gets you hooked. Plenty of action interspersed with a thoroughly entertaining and enticing plot makes this a binge-worth hit. Even if you’re not a fan of comic books and superheroes, this show has enough ‘real world’ in it to keep you appeased.
Master of None (TV-MA)
Many people would recognise Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”. This time, he’s using his stellar comedy career to create this light-hearted yet heartwarming journey of a single actor trying to find his place in New York City. This is a very clever series, and delivers constant laughs throughout. If you’re a fan of Aziz’s standup work, or just want to watch something with a decent amount of laughs yet still gives you characters you care about, definitely give this one a watch!
Making a Murderer (TV-14)
Reading this, you’ve probably seen or at least heard about Making a Murderer. This fascinating docu-series takes a look into the trials of Steven Avery, a mild mannered Wisconsin man who was jailed for 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit. As he seeks compensation from the county sheriffs department, he is implicated in the disappearance and murder of local woman Teresa Halbach. This is a jaw-dropping, eye-opening look into the justice system of small-town America will have everyone talking about their own theories.
Hannibal Takes Edinburgh (TV-MA)
Hannibal Buress is one of the funniest comedians working in America at the moment. Shot to fame as his role as Lincoln in ‘Broad City’ and hosting his own comedy talk show on Comedy Central, he is taking the US by storm. But how will Scotland take to him? Filmed in 2012 and produced by Judd Appatow, this documentary follows Hannibal throughout his 28 day run of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you haven’t heard of Buress, this is great place to start. He also has several other standup shows on Netflix, so take the time to check him out.
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (TV-MA)
John Mulaney is one of those comedians who uses personal experience and casual observation really well. A former long-time writer for SNL, he jokingly refers to himself as a ‘tall child’. This special includes hilarious stories about things like McDonalds, real estate agents, Back to the Future, and Bill Clinton. Its well worth checking out his first special which is also on Netflix (though not a Netflix original, thus why its not on this list) called “New In Town” to really understand his sense of humour and point of view.
So there we have it. 5 of my favourite Netflix Originals. What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below.