Perhaps you are just like me and become overwhelmed when clicking through Netflix and are bombarded by so many programs. It seems like the list grows daily. This Guide to Netflix Original Programming is for you!
I chose a handful of programs to highlight in this guide. Keep in mind, I have not seen these programs and am not giving them an endorsement. Instead, I am including a trailer, a brief synopsis, and current critical reaction to hopefully help a little bit in making your decisions for what to watch.
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In no particular order, here are some original programs to consider for your next binge session.
WARNING: Some of these trailers are for mom and dad shows only and contain rough language and adult situations. I include these so you may make viewing decisions ahead of time as to what will be appropriate for the whole family and what would be more appropriate to watch after the kids go to sleep.
Your Guide to Netflix Original Programming
SYNOPSIS: This heartfelt comedy series follows Sam, a teenager on the autism spectrum, who has decided he is ready for romance. In order to start dating, Sam will need to be more independent, which also sends his mother on her own life-changing path. She and the rest of Sam’s family, including a scrappy sister and a father seeking a better understanding of his son, must adjust to change and explore what it means to be “normal.”
CRITICAL REACTION: Currently 79% on Rotten Tomatoes and 66% on Metacritic
SYNOPSIS: Inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the 80s, this series tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan, a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture perfect life turns out not to be what it seems. At the wheel is Sam Sylvia, a washed-up B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling super stardom.
CRITICAL REACTION: Currently 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and 81% on Metacritic
TO THE BONE
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING
SYNOPSIS: Witness the wrenching emotions that accompany end-of-life decisions as doctors, patients and families in a hospital ICU face harrowing choices.
CRITICAL REACTION: 94% of Google users liked this movie, and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject Documentary.
ABSTRACT: THE ART OF DESIGN
SYNOPSIS: This Netflix series concentrates on the art and science of design with some of the world’s greatest designers.
CRITICAL REACTION: Currently 86% on IMDB and 94% of Google users liked this show.