Netflix has become a massive part of our lives, and although people complain about the lack of quality content on the platform, many shows still can be considered Netflix classics. These shows had and still have an undeniable impact on popular culture today. Whether it be a few kids in the 1980s in a small town called Hawkins fighting inter-dimensional monsters, or 456 individuals playing deadly children’s games to win a grand prize, the following shows are a few of the best shows on Netflix, and they are already Netflix classics.
1. Stranger Things
From the little spoiler we presented above, it must have been impossible not to think about Stranger Things. Even if you never watched the show, you must have heard somewhere that this sensational show becomes the main focus of social media whenever a new season gets released. Well, you may not know what it’s about, so let us help briefly introduce you to Stranger Things.
The show starts in 1983 when a young boy named Will Byers gets abducted by a creature from the Upside Down, an alternate dimension or a parallel universe. At a nearby laboratory, human subjects are tested in experiments on paranormal and supernatural activities. When Will’s mother Joyce and the police chief Jim Hopper are looking for Will, a psychokinetic girl named Eleven escapes from the lab and helps Will’s friends Mike, Dustin, and Lucas in their search for Will.
The most-watched Netflix series in the English language until Stranger Things 4 came around, Bridgerton already carved its name among Netflix classics despite being out for only 2 seasons. The series follows the powerful noble Bridgerton family in the Regency era (early 19th century) Britain, where the marriageable members of families make their debut in the competitive marriage market. The Bridgerton family, headed by Lord Anthony Bridgerton, consists of 8 children. In the 1st season, the eldest daughter of the family, Daphne, makes her debut and searches for the love of her life, while in the 2nd season, it is Lord Bridgerton himself, the eldest son of the family, who wishes to find a suitable wife.
3. Squid Game
The most-watched Netflix series, Squid Game, was the only thing the internet talked about when its groundbreaking 1st season was released. The South Korean show has at its center a deadly contest comprising of children’s games played by 456 participants in hopes of winning ₩45.6 billion (US$38 million). The participants are all there because of their financial problems and think they can go back home even if they lose. But they learn after playing the game that they die when they fail.
One of the best shows on Netflix, Dark, is a German-made science fiction thriller set in the German town of Winden, where some people discover a wormhole in a cave beneath a nuclear power plant. The disappearance of 2 children around the cave in 2017 made families start an investigation which led to the years 1953 and 1986 via time travel. The series includes puzzling characters who have a troubling connection to the town’s history.
5. The Queen’s Gambit
The Netflix series that made Anya Taylor-Joy a house name, The Queen’s Gambit, follows the young chess prodigy Beth Harmon beginning in the 1950s and continuing in the 1960s. Beth starts as an 8-year-old orphan who the orphanage’s custodian teaches chess. She quickly becomes a great chess player due to her visualization skills and races to become at the top of the chess world while struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.
You, the show that caused many discussions on social media about romanticizing and glorifying the actions of its stalker and killer protagonist. The lead character in question is Joe, a bookstore manager in New York, who meets a woman called Guinevere and becomes seriously obsessed with her. He stalks her physically and on social media and schemes to get rid of everyone who stands between their romantic involvement. The main theme of the show is obsessive love, a condition in which a person has an overwhelmingly obsessive desire to protect and possess a person, at times with the inability to not being able to handle rejection.
The last Netflix series on our list is Elite, a Spanish teen drama focusing on 3 working-class teens who get admitted to an elite school after an earthquake destroyed theirs. Elite has in its center the clash between different classes of people: those who have everything and those who have nothing. On top of the clash of classes, there is a murder. But who is the murderer?
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