6 Great Netflix Shows to Watch Right Now For Malaysians

 

Whilst cable television remains to be a vital medium in today’s society, be it for entertainment or news alike, there is no doubt that it is dying a slow death, much like past media channels such as vinyl records and print.

To say that it is becoming obsolete is much of an exaggeration, but it is no surprise that each day there are more people switching from their cable remotes to the world of online media streaming. 

A name synonymous with this is Netflix. Every year, people spend less time watching cable television and more time on the ever-popular Netflix.

Whilst providing instant access to thousands of TV episodes, Netflix changed the game in 2013 by rolling out with some of its own programs, with ‘House of Cards’ being the first ever original series released. Now, there are over 200 original series and films on Netflix, many of which are absolute must-watches.

To help you pick what to watch this upcoming weekend (or weekday), here is a list of 6 of the best Netflix originals to watch right now (in my opinion of course), in no particular order.

Ozark

Credit: Ozark from Netflix

 

Ozark is an American crime drama thriller web-television series starring Jason Bateman. The first season is composed of nine one-hour episodes and a final 80-minute episode; it was released on Netflix on July 21, 2017.

Jason Bateman portrays financial planner Marty Byrde, and Laura Linney portrays his wife, a homemaker turned real estate agent Wendy Byrde. Marty suddenly relocates the family from a Chicago suburb to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong, and he must pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord. The series was renewed for a 10-episode second season on August 15, 2017.

I myself have just started to watch this, and I feel if you liked Breaking Bad you’re also going to really enjoy this.

The script is so good and with every episode, you watch you can tell it’s only going to get better.

Designated Survivor

 

Credit: Designated Survivor

 

My current favorite show, so disappointed to only find out about this show recently, but so glad I did. Designated Survivor is an American political drama television series created by David Guggenheim, starring Kiefer Sutherland. The first episode premiered on September 21, 2016.

For those who don’t know, a designated survivor is a term used by the U.S. government a cabinet member who does not attend a meeting where all the other cabinet members are supposed to gather, to ensure that in case of a disaster, there will be someone in the presidential line of succession left alive.

That’s all I’m going to say about it, but trust me when I tell you that every episode you watch will only make you want to keep watching.

Mindhunter

Credit: Mindhunter

Another fascinating crime-drama type show – Mindhunter is based on the true crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

Set in 1977 – in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, along with psychologist Wendy Carr, who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think with the hope of applying this knowledge to solving ongoing cases.

What’s more interesting here, however, is that while Ford is studying serial killers of the century, Ford develops his own obsession with serial-killers which mirrors the obsession serial killers have with their victims.

Expect many surprising twists and reveals.

Sense 8

Credit: Sense 8

 

You may have already heard about this one as every other person I know is watching this and absolutely raving about it. If not, you’re welcome. Sense 8 is about a group of people around the world who are suddenly linked mentally.

For all its sci-fi flourishes, however, Sense8 is about big, sloppy profound love, and as unwieldy as the series can often be, there’s at least one moment in every episode so powerful that viewers can’t help but to feel moved by the affection the characters feel for one another.

It is sometimes cheesy, and occasionally illogical, but it is also one of the most diverse, multi-cultural, romantic, life-affirming sci-fi series ever. It may require some patience from viewers, but for idealists and romantics, it’s a truly special series.

 

Master of None

Credit: Master of None

 

 

A break from the serious dramas above, Master of None is a light-hearted comedy starring comedian Aziz Ansari.

It is as goofy and awkward as the man himself but is generally a good dating sitcom, that always entertains. It is clever in writing and does bring in the sometimes-cruel reality of social media in today’s dating scene.

It isn’t necessarily laugh-out-loud funny but it really is an enjoyable sitcom and something of a humorous take on dating for the new generation.

Travelers

Credit: Travelers

No must-watch TV show list is complete without the obligatory sci-fi entry, and Travelers surely does not disappoint.

A rather light sci-fi drama, the show is about people from hundreds of years in the future whose consciences are sent back to the present day to take the place of others who are already about to die.

They’re sent back to prevent a bleak future from happening.

In the present day, this group of people is tasked with missions to prevent the future dystopia from happening, but they also have to acclimate to the lives of their host bodies.

It is a quintessential Netflix show: Easy-to-binge, madly addictive, fun as hell, and immediately engrossing. Even though it borrows heavily from other sci-fi shows and movies, it does an excellent job of shaking it up and bringing fresh life to the genre.

Author’s Bio:

My name is Kai Zen Au, and I’m a 20-year-old Malaysian who is pursuing my Bachelor Degree (Class of 2020) in Physiotherapy at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Hanzehogeschool Groningen), Netherland.

I have great interests in health, fitness, football, and food. And I hope to write more articles in the future just because I really enjoy writing.

I want to share my personal experiences of living and studying in the Netherlands and general knowledge of other topics.

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