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5 Best TV Shows on Netflix (Part 2)

By Isny Dewi R

22 Mar 2019

Best series on Netflix you should watch.

If previously Check In Jakarta had reviewed 10 Netflix series you should watch, this time we will return to reviewing Netflix TV shows which are no less exciting and must be on your watch list.

1. Russian Doll
Natasha Lyonne stars in this Groundhog Day remake. It’s been done before, but this series stands out thanks to its mix of dark humor and a tinge of the supernatural. Natasha Lyonne is one of the often overlooked Orange is the New Black stars.

Russian Doll follows a woman named Nadia on her journey as the guest of honor at a party one night in New York City. Nadia repeatedly dies and relives the same night in an ongoing time loop. She tries to figure out what is happening.

2. Mindhunter

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In Mindhunter, Jonathan Groff plays Holden Ford, a character based on the real-life John E. Douglas (the inspiration for Jack Crawford in the Hannibal series). The series itself is based on the origins of an actual behavioral science unit in the FBI used to study serial killers in the 1970s to 80s. Ford is a young FBI Agent who takes a keen interest in psychology which, in turn, grows into an interest in the psychology of sequential killers.

The most interesting here is that while Ford is studying serial killers (all of whom are based on actual serial killers from that era), Ford develops his own obsession with serial-killers which mirrors the obsession serial killers have with their victims. For those fans of Zodiac film will appreciate Mindhunter for its same attention to detail, and the same dedication to character and research over surprising twists and reveals.

3. You
You is an American psychological thriller series. Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley Badgley plays Joe Goldberg in this series. The first season follows Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager, who meets Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer, and becomes immediately infatuated with her. To feed his obsession, he soon turns to social media and technology to track her presence and remove any possible obstacles that stand in the way of their romance.

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4. American Vandal
In theory, American Vandal sounds silly and sophomoric, and yes it is. But it’s also a genuinely brilliant, incredibly clever, smartly written satire of true-crime documentaries at school. It plays just like any other true crime docuseries, there are interviews, investigations, multiple suspects, and numerous conspiracy theories. Only the crime here is not a very serious crime.

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It’s a high school student who has been accused by the school board of spray painting indecent images on 27 cars, a crime that threatens his ability to graduate. It’s a brilliant whodunnit that just happens to also be the best parody of 2017, and it even earned a Peabody Award. With the show’s second season, the guys are investigating a new mystery: the case of the cafeteria’s contaminated lemonade. Lots of smart jokes waiting for you in this series.

5. The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting is an American supernatural horror anthology series. The series is a re-imagining of classic horror literature, including The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The first season, titled The Haunting of Hill House, featured casts consisting of Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Victoria Pedretti as the adult counterparts of the Crain siblings. Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas portray parents Olivia and Hugh Crain, with Timothy Hutton appearing as an older version of Hugh.

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In the summer of 1992, Hugh and Olivia Crain and their children – Steven, Shirley, Theodora, Luke, and Nell – move into Hill House to renovate the mansion in order to sell it and build their own house, designed by Olivia. However, due to unexpected repairs, they have to stay longer, and they begin to experience increasing paranormal phenomena that results in a tragic loss and the family fleeing from the house. 26 years later, the Crain siblings and their estranged father reunite after tragedy strikes again, and they are forced to confront how their time in Hill House had affected each of them.