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Since September 16, 2014, Netflix has also been launched in Germany. The streaming provider is now available in over 190 different countries around the world with more than 130 million users who consume over 125 million series and films every day.
The numerous in-house productions that are only available on Netflix, so-called “Netflix Originals”, are particularly popular. The range is constantly being expanded, and ROLLING STONE has summarized which Netflix series are particularly worthwhile in this article.
The best Netflix series: Drama
In 1947, nurse Mildred Ratched applied for a job as a nurse at a psychiatric clinic in northern California that conducts experiments on the human brain. Mildred seems the perfect nurse, but the longer she works in the institution, the faster the facade of the always friendly nurse crumbles and slowly but steadily the dark side of her reveals itself.
The Queen’s Gambit
This seven-part mini-series tells the story of the young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), who grew up in an orphanage in the 1950s and discovered her talent for chess there. But in the orphanage she is also - as was customary at the time - sedated with tranquilizers and Beth develops a dependency that brings her inner demons to light. Beth is an outsider, but through her obsession and her talent for chess she draws attention to herself and soon shakes the male-dominated chess world.
“Unorthodox” is based on the New York Times bestseller memoir by Debora Feldman: It tells the story of a girl who rejects her radicalized upbringing and leaves to start a new and, above all, self-determined life. The series is a mixture of coming-of-age and thriller and is set in Berlin.
Quicksand (Störst av allt)
Maja is a student at a preparatory school in one of Stockholm's richest suburbs. And she is charged with murder. As her case is investigated more and more private details about her life, her relationship with Sebastian Fagerman and his dysfunctional family, come to light. The Netflix series "Quicksand" is based on the novel of the same name by the Swedish author Malin Persson Giolito.
Teenage Marie is raped - or at least she tells it. Nobody wants to believe her and she is even condemned as a liar. In another town, several hundred kilometers away, two investigators (Toni Collette and Merrit Wever) meet to discuss a terrifyingly similar case. Is there maybe more behind the matter and is it possibly a serial rapist? Based on a true story.
Teenage boy Otis is still a virgin and his mother (played by Gillian Anderson) is also a well-known sex therapist. Otis is rather shy and clumsy, but when he can help a classmate with a sex problem, that gives him an idea. Together with the rebellious Maeve, Otis starts a secret sex therapy practice at his school.
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The series is a prequel to "Breaking Bad" and focuses on the career of Walter White's future attorney, whom we met as Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), but whose real name is Jimmy McGill. McGill works with reasonable success as a criminal defense attorney for a law firm in Albuquerque. The series focuses primarily on the personal development of McGill, but also describes important stories about people like Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) or Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). Just like "Breaking Bad", Vince Gilligan is behind "Better Call Saul".
Orange Is The New Black
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Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) was convicted of a ten-year-old crime and has to be in a women's prison for 15 months because she transported money with her then drug-dealing friend Alex (Laura Prepon). "Orange Is The New Black" is a mixture of drama and comedy and is about a group of women who have to serve their time in Litchfield Prison for various reasons.
America in 1979: The two FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench are part of the "Elite Serial Crime Unit". And they interview incarcerated serial killers to learn more about their psyche. But of course also to solve murder cases. But the search for answers is brutal, draining and ominous. The Netflix series is a mix of drama, thriller and crime novel. David Fincher ("Se7en", "Fight Club") is executive producer and has also directed several episodes. "Mindhunter" is based on the book "Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit".
An African American teenager is critically injured in a hit-and-run accident and dies of his injuries. The police now want to investigate and uncover the case, but at the same time they are trying to cover up the incident. The series explores the impact the boy's loss has had on the lives of the family and community of New Jersey residents.
Canada, 1840: The inconspicuous Grace Marks is an immigrant from Ireland and works as a housemaid in her new home. When she is convicted of a brutal murder, she turns it into a doctor's obsession. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood.
Martin 'Marty' Byrde (Jason Bateman) is a Chicago financial advisor. When his dealings with a drug cartel go differently than planned, he secretly moves his family to rural Ozark, Missouri. He promises the drug lords to launder $ 8 million for them if nothing happens to his family in return. However, when he arrived in Ozark, he soon discovered that he was not the only one with criminal business.
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Drug boss Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura) is the focus of this Netflix series. “Narcos” shows the life stories of drug barons in the late 1980s and the efforts of law enforcement agencies to get them behind bars. The viewer gets a detailed picture of how different interest groups (politics, justice, military, civilians) want to control cocaine.
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Back to the roots: “Narcos: Mexico” explores the origins of the modern drug war by telling the Netflix series of the rise of the Guadalajara cartel in the 1980s when Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) built a drug empire. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) moves with his wife and son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new job, he quickly realizes that his job will be a lot more challenging than he ever imagined can.
The series about a fictional record label in Frankfurt in the field of tension between hip-hop and organized crime: The plot about the rapper and label boss Kalifa (Murathan Muslu) and the up-and-coming producer Jinn (Edin Hasanović) is exciting and is primarily driven by striving for power, money and success. The driving hip-hop beats and the setting around the banking metropolis of Frankfurt am Main round off the successful package.
Anne With An E.
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The series is based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery and tells the story of Anne, an orphan in the 19th century. She begins her new life on the Green Gables farm on Prince Edward Island.
House of Cards
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Kevin Spacey plays Francis Underwood, a power-hungry politician who is ruthless and devious. Together with his wife Claire (Robin Wright), who is no less ambitious, Francis tries everything to advance his conquest of power.
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The Rayburn family lives in the Florida Keys and is highly regarded. But when the brother, the black sheep, returns, old wounds are torn open and secrets are revealed.
Sacred Games (The Godfather of Bombay)
This Netflix series is set in Mumbai and sheds light on the dark side of India's economic boom. Because this is a complex web of crime, corruption, politics and espionage.
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World history returns to our screens with the American-British drama series "The Crown" and tells the story of the British royal family. This begins with the 25-year-old Elizabeth II shortly before her coronation. The relationship with the then Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and the decline of the British Empire play a central role.
Ryan Murphy's miniseries ("American Crime Story") takes place in the "Golden Era", the Hollywood of the 1940s. The plot revolves around young actors, producers and screenwriters, all of whom are looking for their place in the dream factory in the. Actual and fictional elements are cleverly combined in Murphy's series concept, the actors are great, the plot is gripping and moving at the same time.
The best Netflix series: Comedy
Emily in Paris
Emily Cooper (Lilly Collins) is in her 20s and works as a marketing manager in Chicago. When her company acquires a French marketing agency, Emily has a unique opportunity: she is supposed to move to Paris to completely overhaul the agency's social media strategy. A dream comes true for Emily, but her new life in Paris also presents her with some challenges and so she has to successfully juggle her job, friendships and love life. Despite some clichés, “Emily In Paris” is an entertaining series with charm.
Four-star general and pilot Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) dreams of assuming a leadership position in the Air Force, but then everything turns out very differently when he is supposed to take over the leadership of the newly formed Space Force. Mark is skeptical at first, but then accepts the challenge and moves with his family to a remote military base. There, together with a diverse team, he has only one task: to achieve dominance of space as quickly as possible.
I Am Not Okay With This
"I Am Not Okay With This" tells the disrespectful genesis of teenage girl Sydney Novak (Sophia Lillis from "It"), who navigates the everyday trials and tribulations of high school life while simultaneously dealing with the complexities of her family, hers burgeoning sexuality and mysterious superpowers. Based on the graphic novel by Charles Forsman.
From the creators of the series “black-ish” comes “#blackAF”, a new family sitcom that offers a look behind the scenes of the chaotic and often humorous everyday life of a “nouveau riche” black family who are doing everything right in the modern world wants, but has no idea that there is no such thing as “right” anymore.
Living With Yourself
Miles (Paul Rudd) has a hard life and usually gets in his own way. But a new wellness treatment promises the solution and should make a better person out of him. That sounds almost too good to be true - and it is. Because Miles later finds out that he's been replaced by a better version of himself. That was of course not the point and now Miles not only has to fight for his wife, his career and his identity, but also not to compete with his copy.
This fantasy series is all about two recently deceased people who are brought back to life by a marble with magical abilities - but in completely different bodies.
Tony Johnson (Ricky Gervais) seemed to have the perfect life. Until his wife suddenly dies. Because he can't cope with the loss, Tony first thinks about suicide, but then has a better idea: He wants to punish the world and everyone around him by doing whatever he feels like doing from now on. This new form of freedom is quickly becoming a kind of superpower for Tony. But his attitude to life also comes with a few pitfalls, because his friends and acquaintances want old Tony back, Tony, who is a nice person and takes care of others. "After Life" is a black comedy penned by Ricky Gervais.
Paytorn Hobart - a wealthy student from Santa Barbara - has known since he was seven that he would one day be president of the United States. But to do this, he must first survive high school, be elected president of the student body, and get a place at Harvard University. Payton has to take on other students and always be one step ahead of them. All of this without betraying his own moral standards and damaging his public image.
Malcolm loves dogs more than anything and above all his faithful pug and companion Bruno. With him he experiences many different and exciting adventures in Brooklyn.
Russian Doll (Matryoshka)
“And every day the groundhog greets you differently”: Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne) is hit by a car on the evening of her birthday party on the way home and dies in the process. Since then, she has lived through the same day over and over again, each time dying from a different accident. While searching for the cause of this time loop, Nadia soon finds out that she is not alone: Alan is also trapped in his very own time loop and has to go through the worst day of his life over and over again.
Dead To Me
Jen is a cynical widow, her husband was killed in a car crash and hit-and-run. And since then she has tried to find the culprit in order to bring about justice. In a self-help group she meets Judy, who seems to be the complete opposite of Jen: Judy is optimistic and cheerful, but has to struggle with her own losses. A close friendship develops between the two women, but one that also has its secrets.
How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)
The German Netflix series about the rather solitary students Moritz (Maximilian Mundt) and Lenny (Danilo Kamperidis), who develop an online drug trade from their parents' homes and quickly build up an international business, is entertaining and enormously entertaining. In addition to the plot about drug trafficking, it also spins, in the typical coming-of-age tradition, a love story, namely between Moritz and Lisa (Lena Klenke).
The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin star in this comedy series on Netflix directed by Chuck Lorre. Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) is an aging actor who has found a new calling as an acting coach. Together with his agent Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin), whose wife recently died of complications from cancer, he goes through the ups and downs of aging in Los Angeles - a city that values youth and beauty.
The End Of The F *** ing World
17-year-old James is a firm believer in being a psychopath. Alissa is 17 too, the newcomer to the school and a moody person. The two go on a road trip together to find their birth father.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) lived 15 years of her life in an underground bunker because a priest made her believe that the world had ended. When she is freed from the doomsday bunker by the police, Kimmy decides to move to New York and start all over again.
Sam is 18 years old and has autism. During one of his regular meetings with his psychologist, he decides that it is time to find a girlfriend. However, his mother does not like Sam's plan and is afraid that her son will seek more independence. She begins her own journey towards self-discovery.
Master of None
Comedian Aziz Ansari ("Parks And Recreation") is the screenwriter, director and leading actor in this Netflix series: "Master Of None" is about the professional and personal life of 30-year-old Dev, a New York-based actor who has no idea what to do with his life. Ansari takes up many personal experiences from his own life in the series, but also deals with current topics, which makes “Master Of None” a particularly ambitious series that has rightly been showered with praise.
The new series from the "Orange Is The New Black" makers: "GLOW" is set in Los Angeles in the 1980s and tells the story of the unemployed actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), who lands a gig on a series about women wrestling and now wants to fulfill her dreams. "GLOW" stands for "Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling" and the series is based on real events.
Santa Clarita Diet
Married couple Sheila and Joel Hammond (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) lead happy lives: They work as real estate agents in sunny Santa Clarita, California. One day, however, her ideal world takes a dark turn: Sheila dies. But she doesn't stay dead, instead she turns into a zombie who is hungry. Hunger for human flesh ...
This “mockumentary” disguised as a documentary deals with pranks in American schools and pokes fun at real crime documentaries like “Making A Murderer”. In the first season cars were covered with penis graffiti, in season 2 the "Turd Burglar" chases his mischief.
"Love" is a funny portrait of modern relationships in which the couple Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) take center stage. Together they experience joys, humiliations and other inescapable things in their love and relationship life. "Love" was penned by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin and Paul Rust.
Pete is always broke and always needs money. When he takes a job with student Tiff, he doesn't suspect any harm. But then it turns out that Tiff is working as Dominatrix and Tiff is to become her new assistant. The beginning of a strange friendship.
Grace and Frankie
When Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) discover that their husbands are homosexual and have had an affair with each other for 20 years, the lives of the two older women are turned upside down. But suffering shared is suffering halved - and together Grace and Frankie look into an uncertain future, discover a new definition of the word "family" and experience one or the other emotional fluctuation.
The TV series, which originally appeared in England on Channel 4, was bought by Netflix and a second season was released on November 14, 2016. Dylan was diagnosed with an STD and must now contact any women he has ever had sex with to inform them that he has chlamydiosis.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Detective Dirk and his assistant Todd are pretty haphazard, but together the two have made it their business to solve mysterious and supernatural cases. The series is based on the book of the same name by Douglas Adams.
The best Netflix series: Horror / Mystery / Fantasy
The Haunting Of Bly Manor
From the makers of "The Haunting Of Hill House", "The Haunting Of Bly Manor" - German title: "Spuk in Bly Manor" - opens the next chapter in the creepy anthology series. The action takes place in England in the 1980s. After an au pair tragically dies, Henry Wingrave has to hire a new nanny to look after his orphaned niece and nephew at Bly Manor. But nothing is what it seems at Bly Manor and the property seems to be haunted.
Locke & Key
Three siblings and the mother of the Locke family move into their ancestral home after their father is mysteriously murdered. In the house you will find many magical keys that could be related to the death of your father. When trying out the keys, however, the siblings also awaken a malicious demon that is after them.
"The Witcher" is based on the fantasy bestsellers of the same name from the Witcher saga by author Andrzej Sapkowski and tells a story of fate and family. Monster hunter Geralt von Rivia wants to find his place in a fantasy world in which humans are often much more cruel than the creatures that are hunted and killed by him. By a stroke of fate, Geralt meets a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dark secret. Together they try to survive on an increasingly volatile continent.
Cal McTeer is a young woman returning to her homeland after ten years in prison - a small fishing village called Orphelin Bay. Suddenly nothing seems to be the same, because after a body is found, Cal discovers that there is a group of outcasts living in the fishing village who call themselves "Tidelanders" and are half-human, half-siren.
Korea in the Middle Ages of the Joseon Dynasty: A kingdom is plagued by famine and corruption and the rumor is spreading that the king has long since died of a mysterious disease. To make matters worse, a plague breaks out that turns people into meat-hungry zombies, who hide in the dark during the day and only go hunting at night. Crown Prince Chang, who himself fell victim to corruption, is now embarking on a dangerous journey with his loyal bodyguard Muyeong to uncover the truth and save people from the spreading zombie plague.
The Haunting Of Hill House
Two siblings grew up as children in a house that is now one of the most famous haunted houses in the country. Now, years later, they have to face the demons and ghosts of the past and return to their parents' home. But of course it's still haunted there.
Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
Shortly before her 16th birthday, Sabrina has to choose between the world of witches and the world of humans. And thus also between your family and friends.
The first German Netflix series has already received a lot of attention in advance and there is great hope that Netflix can land the big hit with “Dark”. Four families are at the center of this mystery thriller: two children have disappeared and the search for the lost children even goes back to 1986 and 1953.
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Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) is a young mother with violent tendencies. One day, for no apparent reason, she stabs a stranger to death. Compassionate Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) takes on the matter and investigates the extremely mysterious case.
By the way: "The Sinner" is an American TV series that was produced by the "USA Network" station. However, Netflix has secured the international rights and therefore refers to the series as "Netflix Original".
A little boy disappears without a trace and in 1983 mysterious things happen in a small Indiana town: secret experiments, supernatural powers, and a strange little girl. The mother (Winona Ryder) of the missing boy literally has to go through hell to find her son again.
The best Netflix series: Action
The Umbrella Academy
In October 1989, 43 babies were born simultaneously on the same day, either inexplicably or arbitrarily, to women who were not pregnant the day before. Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of these children and founded the "Umbrella Academy" because he found that the children all have supernatural abilities and he wants to save the world with them in the best superhero fashion. But of course nothing goes according to plan and the family falls out over the years and gets lost. When Sir Reginald Hargreeves dies, the six surviving Umbrella Academy members come together to bury their adoptive father and to research the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. And then they also have to stop an impending apocalypse ...
Frank Castle is an ex-Marine whose family was brutally killed. Since then, he has taken the law into his own hands and, as a punisher, ensures vigilante justice. Back in New York, he tackles the underground and uncovered a conspiracy. Although Frank Castle is actually a lone fighter, he involuntarily gets help from the hacker David Lieberman aka "Micro", who soon becomes his closest ally.
The five-part French mini-series with Omar Sy (“Pretty Best Friends”) tells of a jewel theft in the Louvre, which in turn is inspired by the well-known books about the master thief Arsène Lupine. The series is also dedicated to social issues in France.
The American West in the 1880s: Frank Griffin is a bandit who hunts down his former partner Roy Goode, who has now become his enemy. Roy is hiding in a farm. The search for him leads Frank to La Belle in New Mexico, a city that is almost entirely inhabited by women.
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Unlike the cinematic adaptations of Marvel's comic books, “Daredevil” is not a family-friendly and cheerful series, but rather dark, brutal and dirty. Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) has been blind since childhood when he got chemicals in his eyes in an accident. But his other senses are all the keener and in Hell’s Kitchen in New York he fights against crime. During the day as a lawyer with his longtime friend Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and his assistant Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), at night as a lonely crime fighter Daredevil.
House of money
The Spanish Heist series became an international megahit: Outrageous raids on the Spanish banknote printing plant (seasons 1 and 2) and the Spanish central bank (seasons 3 and 4) are depicted. All of this is orchestrated by the head of the troupe, the "professor" (Álvaro Morte). "House of Money" offers an exciting plot with interesting group dynamics. The series convinces with great actors and all kinds of action.
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Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) has supernatural powers and a dark past. After her brief existence as a superhero has come to a tragic end, she dares to start over as a private detective in New York City.
The best Netflix series: Sci-Fi
Love, Death & Robots
The Netflix series "Love, Death & Robots" is a collection of various animation short stories that are a mixture of science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy. The individual episodes couldn't be more different. Each episode deals with different topics and is around 15 minutes long. This makes "Love, Death & Robots" ideal for in between. But watch out: This Netflix series is guaranteed only for adults, because there is no cutback with explicit scenes.
In this Netflix miniseries from Patrick Somerville and Cary Joji Fukunaga, two strangers (Jonah Hill and Emma Stone) meet as they participate in a pharmaceutical study testing a new drug that is supposed to eradicate all human problems. You will be assured that there will be no complications or side effects, but of course everything will turn out differently than planned. During the study, seemingly hidden parts of Owen and Annie's memories are brought to light, and their dreams and subconscious are mixed together. And then there is also the artificial intelligence of the test computer "GRTA", which has developed its own consciousness and wants to destroy the test program ... Ten-part mini-series.
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