The Best Netflix Original Shows in 2021

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Being the leading streaming platform in the world, it is no surprise that Netflix invests a huge amount into producing originals. With the likes of hits such as Narcos (2015 – present), Sense8 (2015-2018), Stranger Things (2016 – present), Netflix definitely has a great library for the binge-streamers amongst us.  

After these first few initial successes, Netflix is on a roll when it comes to producing great original series. However, it must be kept in mind that some shows aren’t available for streaming everywhere. The content on Netflix is geo-blocked, meaning everything on Netflix isn’t available for broadcasting everywhere. A simple way to access this hidden content in your region is with the help of VPNs.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the best 5 Original Netflix shows available for streaming right now!

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#1 Squid Game

Any list about the best series on Netflix will be incomplete without the recently released Squid Game. The show is amongst the best of South Korean cinema that has got all the attention in 2021. And for good reason. The show has become the most-watched tv serial on Netflix. It’s safe to say it became a viral hit as soon as it was broadcasted.

The story revolves around a sinister sadistic plot. The wealthier echelon of the society cooks up an idea where they gather a group of people and let them play children’s games, where the winner takes all. A promise of all the riches in the world is what the winner gets. However, there’s a catch, there’s only one way out of these games – either you win or you die.

#2 The Witcher

The Witcher made it to this list without us having to put a lot of thought into it. The show is based on a video game franchise and book with the same name. A plot and story full of mythological tropes and historical references, The Witcher is a great watch, especially for those interested in fantasy.

The story revolves around Geralt of Rivia, who is a demon slayer, a princess Ciri, and a sorceress Yennefer. The entire show is filled with mystery and a solid storyline that makes one question their own sanity. Overall, a great watch!

#3 Ozark

The third in this list is Ozark. Starring the famed Jason Bateman as a finance professional who turns towards money laundering. And seeks refuge in the Ozark mountains to stay clear of the law. But soon enough, he’s tracked and made to pay his dues, with interest.

His wife and a local girl in the mountains are also involved in the scheme. Marty, played by Bateman, is now made to return his debts to a Mexican gang, while staying clear of the law. All in all, the show is a true thriller and will keep you on the edge of your seat!

#4 Stranger Things

Stranger Things began in 2016, and its season 4 is all set for release in 2022. This long duration speaks volumes about how gripping the show is. It’s gotten the entire bunch of streaming fanatics waiting for it. The show is set in the 80s, adding a nice flavor of nostalgia to the overall thriller that it is.

The story is set in a small fictional town in Indiana. A young 12-year-old boy goes missing and in the quest for finding him, his mother and a group of his young friends encounter the supernatural. In all its terrifying and sinister glory. The entire charade of finding the missing boy perfectly weaves together sci-fi, supernatural and nuances associated with coming-of-age. Driven mainly by children, the storyline gets sinister with every episode. The superb performances and the solid narrative make this one a great show you can watch on Netflix.

#5 Midnight Mass

The final show on this list is Midnight Mass. Released in 2021, and created by Mike Flanagan, the show is another supernatural thriller. Mike Flanagan got fame when he created The Haunting of Hill House, so it’s not hard to imagine the kind of tropes and vibe Midnight Mass carries.

The story is set in Crockett Island. A fictional town where its long-gone prodigal son is returning home. The prodigal son Riley Flynn, played by Zach Gilford returns to find a religious cleric, Father Paul, inciting people for a revival of the religious sentiment in the people. He has miracles at hand to convince the townsfolk of his truth. But the sinister part is, there is more to Father Paul than his miracles. And as the story progresses, Riley finds Father Paul dicey, and as he starts to disagree with him, he finds a supernatural, wicked creature coming after him, and everyone who’s ever been close to him.