As we get ready to say farewell to another year of binge-worthy delights, it’s time for Team Wiretap to share our annual picks for the best Netflix Original Series!
In addition to the returns of hits like The Crown and GLOW, 2019 also brought us some of our newest obsessions, including Russian Doll and The Umbrella Academy.
With shows dropping almost every week, we were never without something to watch. It was tricky for us to narrow it down to the most noteworthy shows, but we faced the challenge!
Here’s our list of the top Netflix Originals in 2019.
I really liked seeing the character rebooted and think Kiernan Shipka did a fantastic job. Also, I loved her aunts.
I think the new actors have been introduced very thoughtfully. Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret are superb.
Dushane is one of my favorite TV characters of all time. The way it tackles different social issues is reminiscent of The Wire. Watch Top Boy: Summerhouse first.
I’m endlessly fascinated by Korean period pieces, then they add zombies to the mix? It’s brilliantly executed.
Part dysfunctional superhero sibling drama (sans parents) and part apocalyptic thriller, this show had me from the first episode. There were many intriguing characters to dig into, great music, and great production quality. It was mostly a fun watch. (Mind you it wasn’t perfect.) The Umbrella Academy lagged at times but, for me, there was still so much to like and they have so much more to explore next season. Season 2 just finished filming, and I’m excited to go back!
Russian Doll was another unique entry this year that I loved. Great dialogue, brilliant twists and Natasha Lyonne’s performance was mesmerizing to watch. Half the cast seem to be from Orange is the New Black, but that’s not a bad thing at all.
The move from FOX to Netflix did wonders for Lucifer, making Season 4 naughtier and sexier than network TV would’ve allowed. It was layered and edgy, and went deeper into Lucifer’s inner conflict between the fallen angel he was to who he’s become since coming to LA. Plus, his first love landed in town to complicate things even more. I hoped it would be around for at least a few more seasons on Netflix, but It’ll be ending with Season 5. At least it’s going out with a super-sized final season.
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling returned over the past summer for their third season, and it was some of their finest work. The move to Las Vegas proved to be challenging for everyone, but it also brought about some major character growth. It was as funny as it was thought-provoking. It was even heart-wrenching at times. GLOW’s been renewed for a fourth and final season (coming in 2020), and while it’ll be bittersweet to see it go, at least we can say a proper goodbye.
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