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There is a weird misconception that Netflix Originals are of lower quality than studio productions. It could be inferred that this opinion is formed simply because they are produced at such a large quantity. However, there are some Originals of such high quality, it feels as though they were produced for regular syndication! While my taste may be a little all over the place, these shows/films are truly fantastic! Here are a few of my favorites that I would encourage anyone to give a chance!

(Keep in mind, these are purely the scripted originals! No spoilers here, so see what tickles your fancy and enjoy!)

This listicle is broken into TV shows (#1-6) and movies (#7-11).

Spinning Out (2019)

I am THE BIGGEST advocate for this show! It is the first one I recommend to anyone who needs a new series to watch. The experience of competing in an individualized sport is one that many people can relate to. This show gives a very honest, although dramaticized, look into that world. The cast is fantastic and the world they create is so immersive which makes for a great show!

Lucifer (2016 – 2020)

A show about Lucifer may not come off as the most appealing thing, but as someone with little to no religious ties, I went in blindly and came out so happy with my decision. Not only will the storyline pull you in, but you’ll stay to see the characters grow. You’ll be introduced to both new and old characters that are so well portrayed, it feels as real as it gets for a fictitious show! 

Peaky Blinders (2013 – )

Although this started as a BBC show, Netflix brought it to the US mainstream media and has kept it here going on five seasons now. You may know it as your parents’ favorite show from a couple years back, but don’t let that deter you! This has become my “new” G.O.T. The show is so good that I’m mad at myself for keeping on my watchlist for so long. Although it is not for the faint of heart, the action and intensity is bearable for most anyone!

Élite (SP) (2018 – )

I think it’s super important to diversify your taste by going a step further than just genre, but language too. Not only is it an immersive experience, but you get to see how similar or different their productions are to what we are familiar with. I think Élite will go down as one of my favorite shows of all time. It is so original and never disappoints! Although dark natured and mature, there is a wonderment about it that is transportive. It helps that I do know Spanish (although Spain “Spanish” is different) and love the language, but I still would recommend this to anyone!
(If you like this then check out Las Chicas del Cable, La Casa de Papel.)

Hollywood (2020)

As someone who loves a period piece, especially about Old Hollywood, I was so excited from the day the Hollywood Reporter announcement dropped. This show is right up my alley (also see The Last Tycoon on Amazon Prime). The humor and sincerity used to convey the plot will keep binging all day! fantastic cultural references and captivating cinematography! It’s so aesthetically pleasing that it is sometimes overwhelming.

Never Have I Ever (2020)

For a more light-hearted vibe, this series from the genius mind of Mindy Kaling is the perfect binge! A coming-of-age look into the life of an Indian-American teen trying to juggle her traditional family while in highschool. Boys, friend drama, and dealing with life after her father dies, this show will pull you in with it’s sweet sentiments and humor! It feels very authentic and is so different from anything I’ve had the pleasure of watching before! Definitely recommend.

The Dirt (2019)

Easily one of my favorite movies of the past 5 years! It may be out of left field and not everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly checks all my boxes. It is so extremely well cast and faithful to the real lives of the Motley Crüe guys. It’s everything you’d want to see from the rock and roll era but hits you in the gut with emo vibes as well. It makes me a wreck every time I watch it!

Set It Up (2018)

A very 2018 version of an early 2000s workplace rom-com complete with a star-studded cast and a storyline that makes you root for a happy ending! It relays semi-relatable frantic intern energy while also relating to many who have had horrible bosses. Definitely give this a watch for your next girls night or when you want a fun, light-hearted vibe!

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

An epic cast re-envisioning a classic story! Eddie Murphy fills the shoes of the late actor, singer, and comedian, Rudy Ray Moore. Moore wrote, produced, and starred in the original Dolemite film (1975) as the titular character. He created the pimp character as part of his stand-up career. Murphy portrays Moore’s early stand up days as he’s developing his Dolemite character and getting himself noticed and up on the big screen. With a comedy legend at the helm and a supporting cast just as funny, there is no wonder that this film got a Golden Globe nomination!

Kodachrome (2017)

Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, and Elizabeth Olsen, what more could you ask for?! Add the elements of a dying wish and the lost practice of Kodachrome film and you’ve got a great journey to follow. Don’t make the same mistake I did and watch this on a plane, it tugs at your heart strings! If you love a road trip, buddy movie, this one’s for you. If you appreciate the art and nostalgia of analog photography, then this one for you, too!

6 Underground (2019)

All the action and excitement everyday life may be lacking is all right here! While it may lack superheroes (well, maybe there’s one ;) @ Ryan Reynolds) the scale of this movie is nothing short of spectacular. Car chases, high stakes, and running from the past…all of the makings of a true Micheal Bay blockbuster! Also not for the squeamish but if you can handle the thrill, this movie is great as it surprised me in both quality and content!

Here are some on my list that I’m hoping to watch soon/next: Crash Landing On You, Da 5 Bloods, The Trial of The Chicago 7.

Senior studying Strategic Communication
Her Campus Utah Chapter Contributor