5 best Netflix original shows
To binge or not to binge? It's the age old question you ask yourself as you scroll through all of Netflix's new TV offerings on one of those Netflix & Chill nights.
The answer, most of the time, should be yes. But every day, it seems like Netflix has a new original TV show on its platform. And while that's exciting, it can also be super overwhelming.
We're here to help. Check out Mashable's top five Netflix TV original picks.
Orange Is The New Black
One of Netflix's first original offerings, this Jenji Kohan dramedy is worth your time. If you don't believe Mashable, trust the six Golden Globe Award nominations, six Writers Guild of America Award nominations, two Producers Guild of America Awards, the American Film Institute award, and the Peabody Award.
Based on the book of the same title by Piper Kerman, the series follows a group of women in the corrections system.
Season 4 gave everyone #allthefeels, but mostly sadness. The series goes to where it's never gone before making it both incredibly heartbreaking and impactful.
Making a Murderer
Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi spent 10 years making the 10-part Netflix series, which was just greenlit for a second season.
The Wisconsin-set docuseries follows Steven Avery two years after new DNA evidence exonerated him in a 1985 rape case, but not before he served 18 years in prison. Avery's subsequent lawsuit was ostensibly on the brink of exposing corruption in local law enforcement when he found himself the primary suspect in a new case: The murder of a young photographer named Teresa Halbach.
The Making duo was there roughly from the time of the arrest through Avery's conviction, capturing hours of intimate moments with his family members, lawyers and other players.
The show picked up six Emmy nominations this year.
Just remember while binging this particular series: AVOID GOOGLE.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Fact: Tina Fey is a genius.
So it comes as no surprise that Unbreakable — which Fey co-created with fellow 30 Rock alum Robert Carlock — is a smart, funny hit show.
The series, which had its Season 2 debut in April, follows the titular character, an optimistic 30-year-old (Ellie Kemper) in New York City as she re-adjusts to the real world after being freed from a bunker where she spent 15 years being held captive.
She has help in the real world, of course, from her hilarious roommate Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), nutty landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) and former boss-turned-friend ex-trophy wife Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski).
The comedy has also been nominated for a handful of Emmy Awards, including one for Kemper.
Master of None
The 10-episode first season, which debuted on Netflix in November, follows 30-something actor Dev (Aziz Ansari) and his group of friends in New York City. Ansari serves as the show's writer and director, as well as its star. Alan Yang co-created the show.
It was inspired by a mix of Ansari's stand-up comedy, content from his book Modern Romance: An Investigation and actual events that happened to him years ago (including getting asked to do an Indian accent, which was depicted in the "Indians on TV" episode).
The hard work paid off. The show nabbed four Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy.
The Get Down
Baz Luhrmann, the mastermind behind Moulin Rogue, takes on TV with this hip-hop origin story. The show is about growing up in the Bronx during the late 1970s. It's filled with colorful costumes, period detail, phenomenal fresh-faced actors and — of course — awesome music.
Part 1 of the series is six episodes long.
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Even if you aren't an Anglophile, Netflix's 10-episode series about Queen Elizabeth II is chockfull of amazing acting, costumes and sets.
Written by Peter Morgan (the mastermind behind The Queen), the show begins with 25-year-old pre-Queen Elizabeth (played by Claire Foy). It continues to follow her time as Queen (into the second half of the 20th Century) and forging a relationship with Prime Minster Winston Churchill (John Lithgow).
"We all imagine it's a fairy tale; it's anything but," Morgan said during the show's Television Critics Association presentation.
Co-stars include Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton, Jared Harris, Vanessa Kirby and Eileen Atkins.
FYI: Morgan also said the Royals are indeed "very very aware" this show exists.
Release date: Nov. 4, 2016
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), our favorite fast-talking, coffee-addicted mother-daughter duo, is back (thanks Netflix!).
And so are all our favorite other Stars Hollow friends, but this time the show will take on a different format. It will be four parts, each 90 minutes in length, that cover each season (spring, summer, fall and winter).
Release date: Nov. 25, 2016