Just as huge networks such as ABC and NBC have delivered hits over the years, Netflix has been producing originals that gain major viewership. For example, “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards” both came out in 2013 and grabbed the attention of millions. Just this past summer, Netflix released two new originals: “Stranger Things” and “The Get Down.”
“Stranger Things” was said to be a mix of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King and George Lucas. It would be an understatement to say people were intrigued. In a way, some felt that the hype for this show was too good to be true or a tad extravagant, possibly promoting it in a clickbait type of way. Comparing a Netflix original series to Spielberg and King? A pretty big comparison if you ask me. Despite the doubts, “Stranger Things” is most definitely a hit. With the plot being about the disappearance of a boy in the 1980s, you might wonder what all can happen. Putting it bluntly: a lot. With themes ranging from science fiction (including a mysterious character, Eleven) to suspense, it’s sure to draw you in, not to mention the abundance of ’80s films the show pays homage to. You’ll be on the edge of your seat.
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 24, 2016
Not only has “Stranger Things” been making headlines, “The Get Down” has been gaining momentum and high praise as well. Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” is a series set in the late 1970s in the Big Apple. The show glides through the music eras of disco, turn tabling and MCs, and the rise of hip-hop. Throughout, “The Get Down” unfolds other themes like the financial downfall of New York and the drugs and violence that went along with it, while stressing the importance of art. The talent among the cast includes Justice Smith as the young, up-and-coming MC Ezekiel, Shameik Moore as the quick-footed, aspiring DJ Shaolin Fantastic and Herizen Guardiola as Ezekiel’s talented love interest. The show also features Jaden Smith, who almost seems to be playing a ’70s version of himself.
— The Get Down (@TheGetDown) August 11, 2016
Although both “Stranger Things” and “The Get Down” have been the subject of praise, Netflix always has the future to keep in mind. Netflix plans on adding quite a few new viewing opportunities in September. Season 5 of “New Girl,” season 6 of “Portlandia,” “Jaws,” “Sweeney Todd” and much more. Personally, I’m really excited for the latest season of “New Girl” to be available. This quirky comedy about roommates living in Los Angeles never fails to make me smile. (Also, Zooey Deschanel is the cutest human being ever. Obsessed.) Another addition I’m looking forward to is “Jaws.” I realize fall is right around the corner, but I’ll always be up for any classic Spielberg flicks.
Maybe the convenience of viewing these shows without commercials or never having to wait until the next week for a new episode draws people in, or maybe it’s the overall quality and effort put into these Netflix originals that makes them stand out in a crowd of television networks. Regardless of what anyone’s opinion is of Netflix, no one can claim that they aren’t making strides as a company. Kudos to Netflix, always.