As of late, streaming services have been killing the original content game. Their shows are often HBO-reminiscent, meaning very writer/creator-oriented and very Kayla-friendly. Three of the five shows included in this lineup are online originals! I love sharing my limited perspective on online entertainment with you, so let’s get this installment of Streamable Shows Worth Your Time underway!
Master of None
Oh Aziz, you have done so right by us. How to describe Master of None? It’s sort of like Louie, but generally more positive and funny than the last few seasons of that have been. It has the aesthetic of a beautiful indie film with a drop-dead GORGEOUS soundtrack. Its cast is actually, for real, diverse. This Netflix Original was created by Aziz Ansari, who also stars in the 10-episode season. Each episode revolves around a specific theme. The first episode is good, but the least entertaining, so stick with it. The episode “Parents” will make you feel all of the things. (And Aziz’s parents play his “parents,” which is adorable.) The episode “Indians on TV” throws a diversity reality-check your way. Overall, the humor and storytelling shine in every segment.
Do you like Orphan Black/United States of Tara-style shows where the main actress plays many characters? Do you like Veronica Mars for her case-solving chops? Do you like observing the fictional justice system? Do you like the undead? Great, then you will definitely like iZombie! The protagonist is a new zombie who left a medical career to work in a morgue, where there's always a steady inflow of human brains. A fun twist? Whenever she eats a new brain, she develops the characteristics, limitations, and skills of the brain’s owner. She essentially plays a new character in every episode. The brains also grant her the owner’s memories, so you know she’s gonna use that skill to solve their murders!
I’ve always loved Krysten Ritter. So often she has been pigeonholed into playing funny best friends or bitchy apartment queens, but not anymore! As Jessica Jones, she is flawed, relatable, struggling, resilient, willful, and genuinely inspiring. Not to mention that she’s a Marvel super-lady. With this strong female protagonist and some hella solid writing, this show is a must-see. And if you really needed more convincing: David Tennant. David Tennant is the villain. David Tennant is in this. With all of his magnificent David-Tennant-ness. So you’re sold, yes? Good.
The Almighty Johnsons
I love campy, silly television, so I couldn’t help but include this ridiculous show from New Zealand. Essentially, this family of four brothers are all the human incarnations of the Norse Gods, but very limited in power, and they only learn this on their 18th birthday. So, of course, the show opens on the youngest brother’s 18th birthday where he is incredulous and blindsided by his entire family with centuries-worth of mythological news. You meet many other gods and goddesses and handmaidens throughout the series. Overall, this show is funny, absurd, and genuinely enjoyable. If you’re looking for something easy and light, this is your perfect pick.
Mozart in the Jungle
Technically this is a stretch because it’s available on Amazon, not Netflix, which is usually the only platform that I include in these posts. But realistically, chances are that you know someone who would lend you their Amazon Prime password for a few days and I guarantee that you will want to devour this show as fast as you can. Mozart in the Jungle is about the New York Symphony, their community, tensions, trials, and heartwarming moments of growth. The series opens with the introduction of a new, avant-garde, rebellious conductor and a young, hopeful oboist. It took me till the second season to realize that the oboist’s familiar face was linked to my familiarity with the actress’s older sister, Jemima Kirke of GIRLS. This show was created by such big names as Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola (also two other fellows who I didn’t know) and has received several Golden Globe noms for its second season. Also, Bernadette Peters is in it. Seriously, just watch it ASAP.
Happy streaming and may the laughs be with you!