This Danish series is an unique spin on the comedy-drama genre and each episode loosely follows the ‘situational’ structure, straying away from multiple overarching storylines. Meet Rita: a witty and free-spirited school teacher. She is a 40-something mother of three who is in her own right an anarchist, and despite this, also a great teacher.
The English subtitles provided by Netflix fully capture the essence of the quick-witted banter that makes the colorful characters so amusing. Rita mixes drama and comedy in a manner that, for the most part, is unfamiliar to American television.
When I first saw Wentworth pop up on Netflix's "Recommended" list, I was certain that it was some B-grade ripoff of Orange is the New Black. What I found when I finally decided to take a chance was a cleverly scripted Australian series that throws surprises at it viewers in every episode.
The premise of the show centers around Bea Smith, a housewife who finds herself in jail awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband. What Bea finds within the walls of the women's prison is a hierarchical system in which every prisoner follows the direction of the current "Top Dog". Almost immediately, Bea shakes up the prison's social order, causing a palpable tension between herself, Frankie, and former Top Dog, Jacs.
The show’s terrific ensemble acting and intricate stories weave in and out of episodes, leaving viewers constantly on the edge of their seats. While the setting is reminiscent of Orange is the New Black, this depiction of prison proves itself to be much more gripping and honest.
What do you like in a television show? Complex plots? Religious cults? Clones? Then, Orphan Black is the show for you. The Canadian dystopian thriller mainly follows Sarah Manning, who after spending the past year on the run, tries to reconnect with her eight-year-old daughter Kira.
She learns that along with five others, she was a part of the original set of clones genetically fabricated as an experiment done by the Dyad Institute, a research company dedicated to pushing the limits of human evolution.
This original sci-fi drama stands out amongst other primetime shows because of its mind-bending cinematography, grit, and phenomenal cast supported by equally exceptional storylines.