10 Amazing TV Shows You Wish You Knew Earlier!
10 Amazing TV Shows
With the massive popularity of Netflix, it's no secret that TV shows are no longer reserved for the big screen. Thanks to technology, binge-watching is now possible, and it doesn't seem like this trend will slow down anytime soon.
Whether you watch TV shows for enjoyment or to learn something new, it's important to keep in mind that there are many amazing TV shows available that you might not know about. Below, we're going to highlight 10 amazing TV shows that deserve a spot in your Netflix queue.
Marvel's The Defenders
What if there were more than one vigilante in town? That was the question that troubled the residents of Manhattan when a strange wave of violence emerged from the sewers. After consulting with the brilliant Spiderman (who's already defending New York from crime), the citizens of New York formed a special unit to take on these underworld figures. Together, they became known as The Defenders.
Pitting Spiderman against Ironman in an epic battle, this show is both exciting and fresh. The story involves four separate cases that connect the characters to one another. So, even if you haven't heard of some of these characters before, you'll undoubtedly know who they are the moment they appear on screen. In fact, this show is so good that even Christopher Nolan, the director of Dark Knight fame, named it one of "his favorite shows of all time."
The Handmaid's Tale
This year, Hulu expanded its original series lineup, with an increase of 13% in the number of original TV shows. In the spring of 2017, they will be adding a spinoff of The Handmaid's Tale, named Offred. Set in the Republic of Gilead, which was previously mentioned in the original work, Offred is a handmaid who dreams of running away. The only hope she has of doing that is to become a governess and to work with children. But first, she must endure 12 years of celibacy and submit to inspections by the Colonization Office to prove her fertility.
When asked about the appeal of this show, one of the creators, Bruce Miller, had this to say: "I think it's a combination of everything. You've got to respect the storytelling, which I think is really well done. You've got to respect the characters, who are interesting and memorable...I think it's a show that can speak to a lot of people because it's about such a universal experience: marriage and parenthood and what it means to be a woman."
This fall, FX will be airing its second season of The Strain, based on the vampire novel of the same name by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Season two continues the story of Dr. Abraham Setrakian (played by William H. Macy) and his fight to survive as the world around him falls apart. As a physician who's been trained to heal, Setrakian becomes the only one who can help the fight against the evil vampires who are running amok in New York City. With the CDC and the FDNY struggling to contain the spread of the infectious virus, Setrakian forms an uneasy alliance with Dr. Nora Martinez (played by Nora Lum) to save as many lives as they can.
The appeal of this show is how it combines all of the cinematic elements that make up a great story: amazing special effects, gory battles between vampires and werewolves, and dark yet beautiful worlds filled with creatures that would rather eat you than your blood. In the words of one reviewer, "The Strain is like seeing a beautiful movie that keeps getting more exciting and frightening as it progresses."
If you love Pirates of the Caribbean but wish that it were a bit more...civilized, then you'll love Gentleman Jack. Based on the character created by Richard Stark, this series is an extravagant romp through the Golden Age of Pirates. Set in the early 1800s, this show focuses on the adventures of a man named Jack Sparrow. When Sparrow is arrested for piracy and later escapes prison, he sets sail for the Spanish Main in search of buried treasure. Along the way, he meets up with the beautiful Mrs. Brown, who's been abandoned by her friends and family. Together, they embark on a journey that will bring them face-to-face with pirates, skeletons, mermaids, and maybe even a ghost or two. Not your usual pirate fare, but then again, what is usual when you're sailing the high seas?
This series is so well made and puts such a unique spin on a classic story that it's hard not to love it. And it looks like it will be a hit, based on the buzz surrounding its premiere. If you haven't heard of this show, now might be the perfect time to add it to your Netflix queue.
The Boys, Netflix's latest comedic anthology series starring Jim Carrey and Richard Armitage, is now streaming. The first season introduced viewers to an eclectic group of characters: some good, some bad, some funny, and some scary. In the words of one critic, "The diversity of personalities on display makes for a refreshing change of pace from the usual white male protagonists that populate most similar series."
Each episode focuses on a different character's point of view. For example, Jim Carrey plays the owner of a major corporation who believes that profits should always come before people. So, in this instance, you'll get to see how he approaches solving crimes and other issues from a business angle. Set in contemporary London, this series combines slick comedy with razor-sharp storytelling. If you're looking for a new show to binge, then The Boys is definitely worth a shot.
Speaking of crime and superheroes, Marvel's Daredevil is one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on Netflix. Based on the comics series of the same name by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, this show explores the adventures of a man named Matt Murdock, who works as a lawyer but secretly works as a vigilante, defending those who can't defend themselves. Murdock's alter ego, Daredevil, becomes his superhero identity, and it's a role that he takes very seriously. After witnessing the murder of his close friend by the hands of a gang of criminals, Murdock sets out to fight crime and make the streets safe again. To that end, he employs the help of a former pupil, who's now a reporter, and an old friend from boarding school, who's now a security consultant.
This is one of the most popular shows on Netflix, and for good reason. With its tight scripts, intricate plotting, and stunning visuals, it is easy to see why. Additionally, the performances of Charlie Cox and Rosario Dawson, who play the title characters, are both praised and acclaimed. If you're not familiar with this show, then it might be the perfect time to check it out.
There are many more amazing TV shows available to stream on Netflix. From cult classics like Twin Peaks and The X Files to new shows like the aforementioned Offred and The Boys, there's something for everyone. Keep in mind that if you add a lot of shows to your Netflix queue, it will affect your streaming plan. So, be sure to add only those shows that you'll actually watch. Otherwise, you'll end up paying for shows you might never watch.