So we’ve all been locked up indoors for almost a month now and we’ve explored new hobbies, experimented with lots of recipes, learnt all sorts of new stuff and probably streamed hundreds of hours worth of online content. So much so that at this point you may feel like you are running out of movies to watch, or maybe there’s just too many and you don’t know where to start. Fret not! Here’s a quick compilation of some of the best Netflix originals of 2020 that are a must watch.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
This seven-episode documentary series has taken the internet by storm, topping charts all over the world. It was watched by a whopping 34.3 million people over the first 10 days of its release, making it one of Netflix’s most successful shows yet. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness focuses on the eccentric Joseph Maldonado-Pasage, better known as Joe Exotic, and his animal park in Oklahoma. We follow Joe as he gets entangled in a rivalry between big cat eccentrics in between his many campaigns running for office, his polygamous marriages and many more wild twists and turns in this true murder-for-hire story.
Rotten Tomatoes cited that this docu-series is “a bizarre true crime story you have to see to believe, Tiger King is a messy and captivating portrait of obsession gone terribly wrong,” giving it a rating of 86% on the Tomatometer.
Unorthodox is a German-American drama miniseries, based on an Orthodox Jewish woman in Brooklyn who flees to Berlin (where her estranged mother lives) to escape an arranged marriage and radicalised lifestyle in New York. There in the German capital, she aims to make a fresh start in life. In this four-part series by the streaming giant, journey with 19-year-old Esty as she struggles to navigate her life and adjust to secular norms in a new world where she learns to become a musician, and eventually have to face her past again.
Based on the New York Times bestselling memoir by Deborah Feldman, this coming-of-age-story is thought-provoking and very emotional at the same time. With a rating slightly shy of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, you definitely want to add this to your list!
Netflix has been well-known for having an impressive line-up of crime series, and this UK production is testament to that. The Stranger is the compelling story of how Adam Price, a happily married father of two is told by a mysterious stranger of a horrible secret that his wife has been keeping. His life is turned upside down as he goes on a pursuit, desperate to seek answers.
As the plot progresses, viewers learn that the stranger has a number of targets in town and threatens to expose their darkest secrets for a ransom.
Filled with mind-boggling twists, turns, murders and an improbable series of coincidences, it’s no wonder why this show has garnered so much attention online!
Love is Blind
Netflix’s latest reality dating show, Love Is Blind has become a hit all over the world ever since making its debut on 13 February. Taking a somewhat different approach to modern dating, this show features a group of singles who want to be loved for who they are rather than what their exterior portrays them to be as they go on ‘dates’ in individual pods where they are able to talk but not see each other.
Over time, when they are ready, the men propose to the woman they intend to marry. Following the engagements, the couples finally meet in person for the first time and they make their way to Mexico for a couples’ retreat. At the retreat, they spend their time getting to know each other on a deeper level and are able to meet and mingle with other participants as well.
Once the retreat was over, the engaged couples move in together and get the opportunity to meet each other’s families and understand how they live their lives. The series eventually leads up to the day of the wedding and the couples are faced with crippling anxiety, wondering if everything is real. If love is indeed blind after all.
Adding to the collection of constantly expanding documentaries on Netflix, The Pharmacist is based on a true story that took place in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana back in 1999. Resident Dan Schneider is a middle-aged pharmacist who lives a simple and comfortable life there, when his life is turned upside down with the murder of his adult son; a crack cocaine addict who strayed away from home with lethal consequences.
Feeling distraught at how the police handled the tragic situation, Dan decides to take matters into his own hands and do the detective work himself. Follow Dan as he does whatever it takes to seek justice for his late son and expose the corruption behind the infamous opioid addiction crisis.