Netflix has really transformed the way we watch movies and TV shows. It’s on demand and we can now “binge watch”. Another great thing about Netflix is are the “Netflix Originals” series and movies. Ones that are new and produced exclusively for Netflix, ones made in partnership with other networks or even sometimes shows that TV channels have cancelled and Netflix has then picked up and carried on making more.
Although these “originals” are great and everyone loves the idea sometimes it’s quite hard to find them and there is the fear that we are missing out on something that we would actually really enjoy. Simply doing a search on Netflix for “originals” doesn’t return all the results. A search on Google does bring up various lists with detailed text descriptions but sometimes what we really want is for them all to be on one page, categorised and a video trailer. This enables us to quickly see all the dramas or all the comedies or whatever, watch the short clip and then quickly decide if it’s something we want to watch or not…well, here on Steve Says this is is what you can get.
Let’s look at Comedy!
Hater’s Back Off
Haters Back Off is a television comedy series starring Colleen Ballinger, based on her character Miranda Sings, that was released on Netflix on October 14, 2016.The “surreal and absurd” series centers around the family life of Miranda Sings, a sheltered, self-absorbed and untalented young performer who is so confident that she is delusional. Miranda seeks stardom on YouTube and manages “to fail upward by the power of her belief that she was born famous – it’s just no one knows it yet.”
The half-hour episodes depict Miranda’s origin, “her struggle to become the famous icon she believes she deserves to be” and her road to fame. The show co-stars Angela Kinsey as Bethany, Miranda’s mother, Steve Little as Jim, Miranda’s uncle, and Erik Stocklin as Patrick, Miranda’s best friend. Netflix describes the show as “a bizarre family comedy, and a commentary on society today and our fascination with fame.”
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, where she quickly befriends her street-wise landlady Lillian Kaushtupper, finds a roommate in struggling actor Titus Andromedon, and gains a job as a nanny for the melancholy and out-of-touch socialite Jacqueline Voorhees.
With their help, Kimmy struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar world and jump-start the adult life that had been taken away from her.
Grace and Frankie
The series follows Grace, a retired cosmetics mogul, and Frankie, a hippie art teacher, whose husbands, Robert and Sol, are successful divorce lawyers in San Diego. Grace and Frankie’s lives are turned upside down when Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives.
Now, the women, who have never particularly liked each other, are forced to live together and support each other as they navigate the next chapter of their lives.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
A 2015 satirical comedy web television series written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, and directed by Wain. The eight-episode Netflix series is a prequel to Wain’s 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, a parody of teen sex comedies which has since developed a cult following.
Master of None
An American comedy-drama web television series, which was released for streaming on November 6, 2015 on Netflix. The series was created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, and stars Ansari in the lead role of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to make his way through life in New York City.
The first season consists of 10 episodes. The show’s title alludes to the figure of speech, “Jack of all trades, master of none”and was originally suggested by Ansari.
W/ Bob & David
W/ Bob & David is a web television comedy sketch show created by and starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross that premiered on Netflix on November 13, 2015. The sketch show consists of four half-hour episodes plus an hourlong making-of special entitled “Behind the Making of the Scenes”.
Although it shares much of the same writing team as Mr. Show with Bob and David, it follows a different structure with Odenkirk describing it as “lighter”, “less complex” and “faster”.
Love is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin. This show stars Gillian Jacobs and Rust. Netflix has ordered two seasons of the show. The first 10-episode season was made available on February 19, 2016, and a 12-episode second season will premiere in 2017.
The series is a “down-to-earth look at dating,” exploring male and female perspectives on romantic relationships through the characters Mickey and Gus, played by Jacobs and Rust respectively.
Flaked is an American comedy web television series that stars Will Arnett, who developed it alongside the creator/executive producer of Arrested Development, Mitch Hurwitz. The first season consisted of eight 30 minute episodes, with the episodes released simultaneously worldwide on March 11, 2016. In July 2016 the series was renewed for a second season to premiere in 2017.
Columnist Cindy Elavsky describes the show as being about “a self-help guru named Chip who’s struggling to stay a step ahead of his own lies.”
Netflix Presents: The Characters
Netflix Presents: The Characters is an American web television comedy sketch show that premiered on Netflix on March 11, 2016. It features eight up-and-coming comedians, who each write and star in their own 30 minute show. The comedians featured in the show are Lauren Lapkus, Kate Berlant, Dr Brown, Paul W. Downs, John Early, Tim Robinson, Natasha Rothwell, and Henry Zebrowski.
The Ranch is an American comedy web television series starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott that debuted in 2016 on Netflix. The show takes place on the Iron River Ranch in Garrison, Colorado, detailing the life of two brothers trying to run a business.
Stand-up comedian/actress Maria Bamford (portrayed by herself) moves back to Los Angeles after spending six months away in recovery for bipolar disorder and attempts to build up her life from scratch with the help of her agent Bruce Ben-Bacharach (Fred Melamed). Throughout the entire first season, flashbacks are employed to gain an insight on Maria’s backstory and her relationships with her family and friends.
Easy is a comedy-drama anthology series written, directed, edited and produced by Joe Swanberg. It consists of eight half-hour episodes. The series is set in Chicago. The first season was released onNetflix on September 22, 2016.
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