Here at iiNet we have been loving every addictive quota-free minute of Netflix. Nothing’s better when you’re wiped out after a hard slog at the office than coming home and curling up on the couch with a great TV show. I know between my housemates and I, the TV has scarcely had a minute’s rest since we signed up. It’s been night after night of How I Met Your Mother, Angry Boys, Lost, Pokémon and one strange time after we stayed up way too late we even watched Teletubbies and got seriously creeped out.
As it turns out, many iiNet staff have also been catching up on the latest Netflix hit series. Since it’s been such a hot topic of discussion around the break room, we thought it would be fun to put together our best picks for Netflix. So without further ado, I present to you the top Netflix shows to look up in your down time, as recommended by iiNet staff.
Grab your axe and shield, and set sail for adventure with the Legendary Ragnar Lothbrok in Vikings. The series is a historical drama inspired by the old stories of Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok and depicts early medieval Scandinavia and all the raids and ruckus that went down. This is the natural progression for Game of Thrones fans as it’s similarly and satisfyingly both gory and sexy. It also features the same kind of political power struggles that makes GOT so juicy.
Among the impressive Viking specimen there are some refreshingly powerful female characters who fight just as ferociously as the men. It’s an interesting look into one of the most brutal periods in human history, and provides insight into the Viking culture and Norse religion.
Vikings gets the tick of approval from Jane in Marketing who perfectly summarised the series:
“Tall, blonde, muscly, handsome Vikings running around….Plus it’s historically interesting. Some of the violence is pretty full on, but it always has a purpose within the storyline.”
Calling all comic book fans: Marvel’s Daredevil is the live action, comic-based series, taking the world by storm. This grim drama is thought by some to be Marvel’s greatest triumph to date. Unapologetically bleak, Daredevil follows the story of the tortured Matt Murdock: lawyer by day, vigilante by night.
Not your run-of-the-mill muscleman hero, Murdock turns the classic superhero archetype on its head and keeps things real by being one of the most human heroes the comic book universe has ever seen. He isn’t gifted with any special powers beyond extra-ordinary senses after losing his sight. His strength and skill all come from years of training. Think of him like Batman, except he’s blind.
Tal in the Social Media team provided a great description of the series:
“Marvel’s dark horse; blind lawyer Matt Murdock, sheds the reputation left from 2003’s relatively mundane film (also available on Netflix for comparison) and sees the character reborn in a new dark and gritty series that’s brimming with well-formed characters, rich stories and brutally astounding action scenes.”
Ever wondered what would happen if you crossed a futuristic sci-fi with a Western? The result: Firefly. In the year 2517, mankind has conquered space travel and colonised several distant planets. Soaring across this deep space scenery is a renegade crew of misfits, captained by witty anti-hero Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds on the small spacecraft Serenity.
Raised on a ranch, Mal is your heart-of-gold country boy turned reckless, butt-kicking commander. The true definition of Space Cowboy, this captain leads his crew through perilous adventures as they try to dodge the controlling Alliance government.
Mo from the Marketing team makes Firefly his Netflix show of choice:
“My pick is Firefly, Joss Whedon’s one of a kind mash up of Sci-Fi and Western about the motley crew of a spaceship called Serenity. Along the way they take on some fascinating passengers and daring heists. There is simply nothing else like it!”
Mo even gave the show his own special rating: “I give it 5 Mo’s out of 5”
Freaks and Geeks
Another troupe of eccentric outsiders are the teens of William McKinley High School in Freaks and Geeks. A wonderful throwback to the 80s, this coming of age series follows the distinct groups of “Freaks” and “Geeks” as they awkwardly scramble their way through the tragic comedy that is high school. The series left quite the legacy and even has its own cult following thanks to its amazing writers and cast of familiar youthful faces.
This retro series got the thumbs up from both Gina and Erin in the Communications Team:
“Freaks and Geeks is actually really good, especially if you’re nostalgic for easy-viewing high school television like Breakfast Club and Degrassi High. Not to mention the entertainment value of young James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel!” – Gina.
“I recommend Freaks and Geeks. Even though it only ran for one season, you get to see James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel before they were well-known actors in Judd Apatow films. Plus, the show captures the total awkwardness of high school perfectly. I love all the characters.” – Erin.
Another oldie but goodie. You may recall the story: one brother sent to death row for a crime he didn’t commit so the other brother tries to break him out of prison. Get lost in the mesmerising eyes of Michael Scofield, as he navigates his way through prison life and formulates a complex plan to escape using his brilliant engineering expertise.
Andrew, another member of our Marketing team, can’t stop watching:
“Did you miss it ten years ago? Do you want to feel forced to watch multiple episodes in an evening and stay up until stupidly early hours of the morning? Do you like cliff-hangers? Then why not try Prison Break? If you want to watch a show where every episode is like getting to the end of a chapter of a Dan Brown novel and causes you to have no life whatsoever until you finish it then Prison Break is for you.”
House of Cards
You knew it was coming. You’ve heard all the buzz. It’s the Holy Grail of Netflix: House of Cards. This award-winning political drama is so talked about, I probably don’t need to say anything! You’ve no doubt seen Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright strapped into their luxury corporate-wear as the fiercely ambitious power-couple Frank and Claire Underwood. Together they are a forced to be reckoned with: intimidatingly poised and ruthlessly cunning. These two are the masters of manipulation and use it to their advantage in political power games.
House of Cards was the most popular pick from our staff, who had this to say:
“If Game of Thrones was set in The West Wing, House of Cards would be the outcome. A thriller set within the machinations of the White House, you don’t even need to be a political aficionado to enjoy the unpredictable plot twists and sublime character performances. Kevin Spacey (in his best role since Usual Suspects) stars as Frank Underwood, a Machiavellian style villain with his eyes on the Oval Office. Whilst Robin Wright (remember The Princess Bride, or Jenny from Forrest Gump?!) redefined her acting career playing his wife Claire, a modern day Lady Macbeth in black running lycra. Five stars!” – Charisse.
“So thought provoking and layered. You can watch every episode multiple times and get more and more out of it each time. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are brilliant and disturbing. Also, great to get a better understanding of US politics. It’s a must watch!” – Jane.
“House of cards for me – There is a new plot, dead person and killer around every corner.” – Alicia.
We had a great time deciding on our favourite Netflix picks, but now we want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below which Netflix show you’ve been glued to and your comments could feature on the iiNet Blog.
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