The inescapable internet slang ‘Netflix and chill’ made binge watching a way of life. Thanks to its unique idea of providing films and TV content online, Netflix became the comfort zone of millions across the globe. Statistics prove that people prefer seeing films more at their premises than at the cinemas. Star Wars is still surely making money in billions but home media is the thing in demand. Netflix founder realized this timely enough to provide a better medium for those craving for entertainment. The fairly economical and massively resourceful service not only incorporated popular, old content but fresh releases, with loved TV shows like Marvel’s Daredevil and Stranger Things.
When India caught the whiff of Netflix’s popularity, Star India hoped to rival it up with Hotstar, even before Netflix entered the country in 2016. Hotstar took off with TV shows and sports matches in 2015, which segregated the audience. While the viewership was initially low, it grew as soon as its catalogue was updated with fresh content, particularly HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Now, after two years, we have another competitor in the market. Amazon Prime Video, the progeny of world’s biggest e-comm site. It’s bigger, arguably better and a relatively cheaper online streaming app. With an annual subscription rate of INR 499 (< $8) and some perks, it has quickly expanded its roots.
While its film catalogue is significantly diverse, the best thing is the number of TV shows in its offering. It houses some amazing old and new TV series. Considering that their logs are constantly updated, TV shows like Doctor Who, The Pacific, True Blood have already had their run. But here are 10 TV shows currently streaming that you wouldn’t want to miss:
1) The Man in the High Castle
Based on Phillip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle is an alternate version of the US history depicting how different things would have been if Nazi Germany and Japan had won the Second World War.
A stirring show, high on imagination, The Man in the High Castle offers thought-provoking entertainment. It runs eloquently throughout the season without ever derailing from its central plot. The production is top notch with characters that are multi-dimensional and vastly memorable. The detailing is commendable too as it provides a closer, meaningful look at the events of World War II.
An L.A. family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out.
Transparent is an original, emotionally charged TV show that boldly portrays the life of a trans, albeit in a sugar-coated way. Providing a refreshing and relatable treatment to the run-of-the-mill dysfunctional family plot, it hits all the right notes. Perfectly encapsulating gender identity issues, it also gives an insight to a future that looks promising and fairly less stereotypical.
3) Mozart in the Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle illustrates life at the New York Symphony, both on and off-curtains. It depicts the highs and lows of the profession and familiarizes us with diverse characters and their uncanny lifestyles.
A terrain never explored on television before, Mozart in the Jungle is a fascinating drama that astutely captures the life of the artists at the symphony. Imbued with natural humor, strong performances (specifically Gael Garcia Bernal), and a crisp running time, it’s one-of-its-kind television show which looks and sounds (literally) great!
4) Fullmetal Alchemist
This Japanese Manga adaptation depicts the story of two Alchemist brothers who face a terrible accident while experimenting alchemy to bring their mother back to life. Styled after the European Industrial Evolution, albeit in a fictional world, we see the quest of the brothers to find the philosopher stone so as to restore their bodies.
Although a bit muddled, Fullmetal Alchemist is a dark and poignant anime, with both style and substance. Largely appealing to the adult audience, the theme of death and discovery is very well deployed. It encompasses great dialogues with strong character development. Comprising 51 episodes in all, it’s fairly easy to get lost in the adventures of Edward and Alphonse.
5) Two and a Half Men
A hedonistic jingle writer, his brother, and son of his brother make for the title of the show. What follows are cleverly written scripts that comprise love, sex, marriages, divorce, parenthood, family bonding, and friendship, permeated with humor.
A show that had a remarkable run for 12 years with equal number of seasons speaks a lot for itself. Two and a Half Men is the classic American sitcom which became the daily stress buster for people across the globe. You will love it for the consistently funny storylines and the performances of its central cast aka Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer.