What are the best Netflix originals?

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    #1Stranger Things

    Stranger Things

    Stranger Things is a sci-fi horror series set in the 80s and starring a group of kids who will try to find their missing friend in a town where the supernatural and the strange reign hand in hand. The show is created by the Duffer Brothers.

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    Samantha Washington
    Written on May 7, 2017
    "This is one of my favorite Netflix original shows, and I normally don't even like horror. This show has horror in it, but it avoids a lot of the tropes that I hate about horror shows. And it truly has the feel of something taking place during the 1980s with the pop culture references of the time."
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    #213 Reasons Why

    13 Reasons Why

    13 Reasons Why is a Netflix original series that tells the story of Hannah, a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her death, a classmate finds a box with recordings made by her where she explains why she committed suicide.

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    Eugene Brown
    Written on August 14, 2017
    "13 Reasons Why is a very intense show that highlights the act of suicide. It is a very dramatic show that can be disturbing to some viewers that will take you on an emotional roller coaster. The plot and acting is second to none and was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. "
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    #3Narcos

    Narcos

    Narcos is a Netflix original series which the gripping real-life story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar who became a billionaire for the production and distribution of cocaine. Its season four is a reset of season one titled Narcos: Mexico. 

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    Scott Delgado
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "Narcos is a Great Netflix Original Series! I've watched both season with my friends multiple times. I also recommended it to all my friends and family"
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    #4Marvel's Daredevil

    Marvel's Daredevil

    Marvel's Daredevil is a Netflix original series which follows Matt Murdock, an attorney by day and vigilante by night. Despite being blind, he uses his heightened senses to fight crime in New York during the night. 

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    Denise Bennett
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Daredevil is definitely among the best that Netflix has to offer. Truly one of the better superhero shows and certainly among the top 3 best ever Marvel shows created, since they create much better movies than TV shows. Can't say it's my favorite Netflix original, that crown belongs to some of the comedies, but it's certainly up there and one to try out if you like superhero or action shows or movies."
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    #5House of Cards

    House of Cards

    House of Cards is a political drama series set in present-day Washington. It tells the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Congressman who, after being passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, creates a plan to attain power. 

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    Jeremy Stevens
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "House of Cards is definitely the best Netflix original series. This show has everything, politics, murder, espionage, and sex. I am convinced that Frank and Claire Underwood are probably the most scandalous political family with the exception of the Trumps. "
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    #6Master of None

    Master of None

    Master of None is a comedy-drama series that revolves around Dev, a 30-year-old actor who tries to make his way through New York. The show aired on 2015 and starred by Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe.

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    Thomas Holmes
    Written on March 16, 2017
    "Master of None is a break out comedy on Netflix starring Aziz Ansari has become hugely popular and gets better with every season. Highly rated on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, Master of None picks up new fans day after as everyone wants to see Dev's newest problems in New York."
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    #7Orange is the New Black

    Orange is the New Black

    Orange is the New Black, also known as OITNB, is a comedy-drama series released in 2013 which revolves around Piper Chapman, a woman who is sentenced to 15 months in a fictional women's federal prison.

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    Gloria Smith
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "If you were to have told me I'd get so wrapped up in an online prison comedy, I would never have believed you. Yet here I am, bleary eyed from binge-watching all the episodes of Orange Is the New Black I could get my hands on. I've never laughed so much in my life, yet they still manage to make you care about the misfortunes of the characters, without dehumanizing them. Great writing and acting!"
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    #8Sense8

    Sense8

    Sense8 is a science fiction Netflix original series created by Lana and Lilly released in 2015 which centers on eight strangers from different cultures around the globe who find themselves connected. 

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    Guillermina Franco
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I love watching Netflix shows. I especially love Netflix original shows. One of my favorites is Sense8. It's about eight strangers that come together because they can telepathically experience each others lives. It's really fascinating and a very tense show, which I love. I'm at the edge of my seat when watching it most times. I love it and highly recommend it to fantasy and sci-fi fans, as well as anyone who enjoys Netflix originals."
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    #9The Crown

    The Crown

    The Crown is a Netflix original series wherein we discover Britain's royal family's romances, political rivalries, personal intrigues, and events that shaped the world during the 20th century. It is, particularly about Queen Elizabeth II.

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    Jose Baker
    Written on March 8, 2017
    "This isn't truly one of the best Netflix originals. It is a netflix original but not one of the best that netflix has to offer. There are many other choices that could be considered better, and ranked higher than The Crown"
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    #10Sacred Games (2018)

    Sacred Games (2018)

    Sacred Games is a crime and mystery drama series that was initially released on July 6, 2018. It was directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. The show stars Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and more.

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    #11Marvel's The Defenders

    Marvel's The Defenders

    Marvel's The Defenders is a Netflix web television show which centers on Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist who must join forces to face their common enemies together as a sinister conspiracy is threatening New York. 

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    Lisa Perkins
    Written on July 12, 2017
    "If you're a fan of comic book shows like me, then you'll like any of these shows that Marvel has to offer. Even better, is that you can binge watch it on Netflix. I love the fact that brings together a lot of the characters from the other shows all into one."
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    #12Black Mirror

    Black Mirror

    Black Mirror is today's version of the sci-fi TV series The Twilight Zone back in the sixties. This BBC production created by Charlie Brooker is an anthology series following the advancement of technology and how it shapes and controls our minds.

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    Harold Castillo
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Black Mirror is a very popular series on Netflix that has been running for a while now and has a lot of interesting plots that transpire."
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    #13Ozark

    Ozark

    Ozark is a Netflix original series which centers on Marty Byrd who relocates his family to a summer resort community in the Ozarks after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong to keep his family safe since he is indebted. 

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    Edward Johnston
    Written on June 30, 2017
    "I love Netflix originals. I like checking out the new shows Netflix originals releases. My new favorite series is Ozark. I also like Jason Bateman and I think this is his best role since Arrested Development."
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    #14Jessica Jones

    Jessica Jones
    Jessica Jones is a series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name that stars Jessica Jones, a private eye-former superhero that will try to trap its former abuser, a supervillain before he could hurt more people.
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    Steven Jones
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "It is easy to get caught up in this story of Jessica Jones on Netflix - from the sometimes dark setting to criminal / superhero elements to action sequences Another great offering from Netflix that is sure to have a big following!"
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    #15Making a Murderer

    Making a Murderer

    Making a Murderer is a documentary that explores the story of Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison due to a wrongful accusation. This series is written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

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    Mildred Gordon
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "This is a documentary, and it's one that keeps you guessing. I suppose you could spoil it and do an Internet search, since there are still related things to this happening in the news every so often. But after watching it, you'll probably pull into question the legal process of which regular citizens have to go through to defend themselves."
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    #16Love

    Love

    Love is a romantic comedy web television series on Netflix released in 2016 which explores the male and female perspectives on romantic relationships through the fictional characters of Mickey and Gus. 

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    Susan Weaver
    Written on July 1, 2017
    "A funny and sweet comedy that has a lot of heart while still being original. These days it seems a lot of comedies deal with really dark themes or just plain unlikable characters and although this has some of it, at the end of the day it's about characters trying their best and often and hilariously failing at their goals. One of the best Netflix original series if you're a fan of romantic comedies."
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    #17Altered Carbon

    Altered Carbon

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction TV show created by Laeta Kalogridis and based on Richard K. Morgan 2002 novel. The TV show is starred by Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs and James Purefoy as Laurens Bancroft. It was premiered on Netflix on February 2, 2018.

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    Binoy Kolay
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "It is one of the best Netflix Originals I have ever watched. Mixed with futuristic sci-fi & action drama.It has a very interesting and deep plot. The series takes place over 350 years in the future,in the year 2384.In the future, a person's memories can be decanted in a disk-shaped device called a cortical stack, which is implanted in the vertebrae at the back of the neck. These storage devices are of alien design and have been reverse engineered and mass produced. Physical human or synthetic bodies called "sleeves" are used as vessels that can accept any stack. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), a political operative with mercenary skills, wakes up 250 years after his previous sleeve is terminated. He is given the choice to either spend the rest of time in prison for his crimes, or to help solve the murder of Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), one of the wealthiest men in the settled worlds.Takeshi was the sole surviving soldier of those defeated in an uprising against the new world order 250 years prior."
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    #18A Series of Unfortunate Events

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    A Series of Unfortunate Events is a black-comedy drama starring the Baudelaires, three children that, after a tragic accident that killed their parents, are placed into the care of the strange and mischievious relative Count Olaf.

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    Rachel Banks
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "The novels were a little repetitive but the series is terrific! The best thing about the show is Neil Patrick Harris. He's so talented and absolutely mesmerizing to watch (if you don't believe me check out Dr. Horrible)."
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    #19Marvel's Luke Cage

    Marvel's Luke Cage
    Marvel's Luke Cage tells the story of a hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con who has to fight to clear his name and save his neighborhood. He wasn't looking for a fight, but the people of Harlem need a hero. 
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    Theresa Hart
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Luke Cage is the embodiment of antihero turned accidental hero. It is nice to see a representation of a black hero tackling problems in the city. Its a brilliant piece of modern storytelling filled with action, humor, and thrills. I can't recommend it enough. Totally bingeworthy! Netflix is coming strong!"
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    #20Marco Polo

    Marco Polo
    Marco Polo is a TV show that follows the famous Italian explorer Marco Polo in his journey through Asia as he left written in his Book of Marvels of the World. The show is set in the period in which the young Marco Polo stayed in the Kublai-Kahn court.
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    Jennifer Reid
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "I am so glad someone finally decided to make a generously budgeted Marco Polo miniseries. The story of his life is just so fantastic. I love seeing the exotic times and places. The fact that the star is pretty easy on the eyes is a definite plus. It's shows like this that make me subscribe to Netflix."
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    #21GLOW

    GLOW

    GLOW is a Netflix original series starring Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder who finds an unexpected chance at stardom after entering the world of women's wrestling, where she must work alongside 12 other Hollywood misfits. 

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    Jack Matthews
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "Not sure that it would be a good thing to watch as things from the 80's tend to do good for an episode or two and then fade away quickly. I don't see it being worth watching as this has been done before and ended badly. To me, it just seems like a bad idea to even go down the road of 80's female wrestling as it never had much of a following then and I don't see it working now. "
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    #22Grace and Frankie

    Grace and Frankie

    Grace and Frankie is a Netflix original series which centers on two women who suddenly find their lives turned upside down when their husbands come out as gay and announce they are divorcing them and marrying each other. 

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    Daniel Richards
    Written on June 1, 2017
    "I like this show a lot. As a guy, I didn't think I would like it, but my wife and I watch it together and it's really good. It's very funny, as you would expect from two great actresses like these."
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    #23Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a sitcom that follows a 29-year-old woman as she adjusts to life in actual New York after her rescue from a doomsday cult that held her for 15 years.

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    Howard Hunter
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "If you want a fun sitcom to binge watch, this is the one. Great cast and great writing make this show a very fun watch. Ellie Kemper, formerly of The Office, lends her unique comedic sense to this show, making it quirky and funny. A must watch."
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    #24Imperial Dreams

    Imperial Dreams

    Imperial Dreams is a drama film written and directed by Malik Vitthal. It was first released in 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival and later on Netflix in 2017. This centers on reformed gangster Bambi who is released from prison. 

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    Grace Collins
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "This is a pretty good Netflix original. It's kind of gritty and addresses a lot of the issues that young black men in the US face trying to better themselves. Kind of depressing at times. A friend of mine recommended it to me because they just loved it. I thought it was okay, but I don't think I would consider it the best Netflix original. There are a lot of better ones out there, like "Orange Is The New Black" or "Stranger Things"."
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    #25Dark

    Dark

    Dark is an original German-language crime thriller on Netflix. The series develops an interesting plot that focuses on the investigation of a child disappearing that resembles the one that happened 30 years ago.

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    Emanuel Shaji
    Written on January 22, 2019
    "If you like Stranger Things, you are gonna LOVE Dark. Dark is somewhat similar cause of the plot, but the darker and mature version of Stranger Things as you have to use your head to solve the mystery. Note: as the trailer says "the question is not where, who or how. It's when". You have to listen to them, cuz you wont be able to solve the mystery without the question 'when?'."
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    #261922

    1922

    1922 is a Netflix Original film directed by Zak Hilditch and written by Stephen King. It is a crime, drama and mystery movie about a farmer set in 1922. It features Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid.

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    María Luisa Zárate
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "Stephen King never disappoints. 1922 will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. If horror is your thing, then 1922 is perfect. Overall, the intensity will keep you engaged throughout."
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    #27I Don"t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don"t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don"t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a comedy, crime, and drama released in February 2017. It is a Netflix Original and directed by Macon Blair. It features Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey.

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    Elizabeth Russell
    Written on May 27, 2018
    "One of the best Netflix originals is I don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. It's a great movie about Ruth, a timid nursing assistant gets a new lease on life when she and a neighborhood loner track down the degenerates who broke into her house. It stars Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, who all give great performances. "
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    #28Wheelman

    Wheelman

    Wheelman is released in 2017 and directed by Jeremy Rush. It features Frank Grillo, Caitlin Carmichael, Garret Dillahunt. The film is about a bank robbery's gateway driver that is in conquest in finding who betrayed him.

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    Barbara Smith
    Written on May 30, 2018
    "Another Netflix film. Kind of reminds me of Baby Driver with the intense atmosphere and view from the vehicle the whole movie. It does have nice atmosphere and cinematography and a lot of action. It's about a getaway drive for a bank robbery that realizes he has been double crossed and tries to find out who betrayed him. Overall this is well directed and well acted. "
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    #29I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

    I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

    I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a film about a nurse taking care of an elderly author that lives in a hunted house. It is a Netflix Original and directed by Oz Perkins. It is starred by Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Bob Balaban.

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    Raymond Larson
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "This is one of those off the wall horror movies. It takes a little different spin on a old stand by haunted house story. It really is well written and the dialogue for the characters is really chilling in some spots. This is a really good movie to watch with a friend or your spouse so you have someone there with you when you get scared. A really good scary movie."
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    #306 Balloons

    6 Balloons

    6 Balloons is a 2018 drama movie starring Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco. The Netflix original film was written and directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan. 6 balloons features the story of a woman who learns her brother is addicted to heroin.

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    Hannah Howell
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "This one is pretty intense. I wanted a Netflix show to start watching, and I agree that this one is really good, but man you really have to be in the right mindset to watch it. Definitely not for everyone."
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    #31The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House is a supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan in 2018. Based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, it ran on Netflix for 10 episodes. 

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    Video Station
    Written on February 1, 2019
    "Amazing Direction, mind blowing acting, very emotional story! One Word.. Must Watch!"
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    #32The Umbrella Academy

    The Umbrella Academy

    The Umbrella Academy is an action fantasy television (TV) series based on a comics series written by Gerard Way. This show is created by Jeremy Slater and starred by Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Eden Cupid.

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    Jacob Juan
    Written on March 13, 2019
    "An excellent show that does it differently than most. Skipping around in the perfect way to create tension and keep you on the edge of your seat without completely confusing viewers as to what's going on. You never expect what's coming next and everything is linked together in a beautiful tapestry. Throw in some random dancing, seemingly random humor, and great action, and you have perhaps one of the best Netflix Originals available."
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    #33The Most Hated Woman In America

    The Most Hated Woman In America

    The Most Hated Woman In America is a 2017 drama film by Netflix. It is written and directed by Irene Turner and Tommy O'Haver. The movie was released on March 24, 2017, and stars Melissa Leo, Brandon Mychal Smith, and Juno Temple.

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    Mark Butler
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This movie has received mixed reviews. Reviewers have noted its biased portrayals of the main character and her family."
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    #34Small Crimes

    Small Crimes

    Small Crimes is a crime film directed by E.L. Katz which premiered first at South by Southwest and released on Netflix in 2017. It is about disgraced former cop Joe Denton who is seeking redemption after a six-year prison sentence. 

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    Kimberly Hoffman
    Written on June 1, 2018
    "I don't think I would characterize Small Crimes as the best Netflix original. I like Stranger Things better. This show is about an ex-cop who is just coming out of prison after attempting to kill the DA. He tries to return home, but things will never be the same and seems to end up in an even bigger mess with a corrupt sheriff. "
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    #35Mute

    Mute

    Mute is a Netflix Original movie directed by Duncan Jones. It is a mystery, sci-fi and thriller film that was realeased in Febuary 2018. It is starred by Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux.

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    #36First Match

    First Match

    First Match is a 2018 sports drama by Netflix. It is written and directed by Olivia Newman. First Match shares the story of a teenage girl from Brooklyn who decided that join the boys wrestling team. It stars Elvire Emanuelle. 

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    Brittany Crawford
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "This Netflix-original may never make it to universal popularity, but it's become a hit on its own platform. As society battles issues gender rights, a young African-American girl from Brooklyn decides to follow her dreams despite the prejudices that others try to impose on her. It's an inspiring story that helps us take a step back from politics and look at an individual as someone with hopes and dreams."

Summary

Best What are the best Netflix originals
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Stranger ThingsTV Shows 915 Paid
213 Reasons WhyTV Shows 385 Paid
3NarcosTV Shows 357 Paid
4Marvel's DaredevilTV Shows 187 Paid
5House of CardsTV Shows 184 Paid
6Master of NoneTV Shows 102 Paid
7Orange is the New BlackTV Shows 92 Paid
8Sense8TV Shows 91 Paid
9The CrownTV Shows 76 Paid
10Sacred Games (2018)TV Shows 69 Paid
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