‘Kingdom’ graces audience with gift of talented script-writing, acting

In recent years, Netflix has increased the number of Korean original programs distributed on its platform, with “Kingdom” (2018–) being the latest addition to this growing list of productions. The drama series has a few hit-makers in its credits: screenwriter Kim Eun-hee also wrote the well-received cable drama “Signal” (2016) and director Kim Seong-hun directed the 2016 hit “The […]

Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’ delivers strong comedic, emotional punch

Netflix’s new series, “Russian Doll” (2019–) contains a premise that has been featured in film and television numerous times: The protagonist, Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), keeps dying and reliving the same day. With this premise, however, the show takes the viewer to a place only possible in our current content-and-streaming-soaked television landscape. The show blends comedy, drama and […]

Hit Series ‘You’ problematizes media’s cliché romantic lead

The hit series “You,” which premiered on Lifetime, follows Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) and Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley)’s relationship from its twisted inception to its tragic ending through the lens of Joe’s demented mind. From the show’s first encounter between Beck and Joe, the viewer can quickly tell that Joe is bad news. However, as the […]

‘Bird Box’ a cage of bad ideas

Content Warning: This article mentions self-harm and suicide. ‘Netflix Original.’ This term has, in recent years, taken on an almost reverent meaning, symbolizing the epitome of production, entertainment and cinematic value. Yet some of Netflix’s recent forays into originality have proven that labels are sometimes undeserved; “Iron Fist” (2017–18) and “Disjointed” (2017–18) stand out as […]

‘Sex Education:’ a raucous, thoughtful glimpse into the awkwardness of adolescence

Given the high volume of content on Netflix, searching for a good show to watch can be daunting and almost overwhelming. In 2018 alone, the streaming service provided approximately 700 original shows. Some shows like the sci-fi horror “Stranger Things” (2016–) or adult cartoon “BoJack Horseman” (2014–) have become major hits. Others fell flat and proved to be controversial, such […]

‘Atypical’ season debut fails to address past criticism

Netflix dramedy “Atypical” (2017–) returned for a second season on Sept. 7, with all ten episodes available for streaming. However, while the show did well enough to merit continuation, season one garnered plenty of criticism for its hackneyed portrayal of people on the autism spectrum. The first episode of the show’s second season appears to overcome some […]

‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ is a sweet but unremarkable high school love story

We all know the classic high school rom-com formula: Unpopular Girl likes Popular Boy. Unexpected circumstances bring them together. Unpopular girl comes out of her shell. Romance ensues, miscommunication abounds but, in the end, everything works out for the best.   It is a cute, relatively uncomplicated premise, and the Netflix film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved […]

‘Lost in Space’ can’t find itself

Netflix’s re-imagining of the 1965 series of the same name, “Lost in Space” (2018), has all the hallmarks of a Netflix production. The series is based on a cult favorite, the new cast is talented and the premise is interesting. However, there is something about the show that falls flat, and while it is certainly a good […]

UK dark comedy series ‘The End of the F***ing World’ impresses on Netflix

“Black Mirror” (2011-) fans across the globe could hardly wait for the year-end release of the show’s fourth season and were far from disappointed. (This reviewer binge-watched all six episodes over the course of a single weekend.) However, one of the darkest and most discussed episodes to date is Season 3’s “Shut Up and Dance,” featuring […]

Netflix crime drama ‘Mindhunter’ capitalizes on our obsession with serial killers

Netflix’s latest thriller series “Mindhunter” (2017) follows two FBI agents in the late ’70s as they begin to conduct research on America’s living serial killers. The show is produced by the highly acclaimed David Fincher, who worked on movies such as “Fight Club” (1999), “Gone Girl” (2014) and “The Social Network” (2010). Fincher also directs some episodes. The […]