‘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 […]

‘BoJack Horseman’ delivers another splendid offering of harsh reality, introspection

“It’s weird not having you around. I hope you’re okay, wherever you are.” With those two small sentences in a much larger stream of voicemails that Diane Nyugen (Alison Brie) leaves BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) during the opening episode, “BoJack Horseman” (2014–) kicks off its fourth season right where it left off at the season […]

‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ shows the star at her most vulnerable, honest

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” (2017) debuted for streaming on Netflix on Sept. 22 as the latest addition to the company’s roster of original documentaries, movies and series. The biopic, referencing the singer’s height, follows the mega pop star Lady Gaga over the course of several months of 2016 and 2017, from the release of her […]

Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ successfully explores race problems

Netflix has been producing its own shows for years now, and it has seen much success in making its own content. While most of these shows are unique, not many are focused around creating dialogue and giving voices to marginalized groups of people. Enter “Dear White People” (2017–present), one of Netflix’s latest television series based on […]

Brit Marling’s ‘The OA’ is more than its mysteries

2016 was another immensely successful year for Netflix original series. The streaming service launched over two dozen new programs throughout the year, ranging from the smash hit “Stranger Things” to the buzzed-about biopic “The Crown.” On Dec. 16, 2016 while critics and bloggers were putting together their end-of-year lists, another program unlike the rest quietly premiered: “The […]

Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’ provides absorbing look at murder case

Truth, as the well-worn cliche goes, is often stranger than fiction. In “Making a Murderer”(2015), a new Netflix documentary series that premiered on Dec. 18, 2015, truth and fiction are virtually indistinguishable – in more ways than one. Despite the fact that it recounts true events, the show has all the elements of a good novel […]