It goes without much saying that video on demand services has become part of our daily necessities. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu or even Disney+, you name it, they offer some great original series while also allowing us to stream our old-time classics to bring back nostalgia. Regardless of you working out, cooking, studying, or working, there is always something playing in the background. From comedy to thriller, we’re never short on anything to watch but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options, here are some recommendations that has caught our attention.
Based on the weekly column by The New York Times, Modern love, is inspired by true stories built on personal essays sent to the NYT. As real as these stories are, the series itself delivers raw emotions in exploring love in all of its glory; from sexual, romantic, filial to self-love. With its all-star cast (to name a few: Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey and John Slattery) each half-hour episodes explore themes that shows what it means to love in this contemporary day and age. Some episodes filled with laughter and some filled with tears, it’s one of those relatable feel-good shows where you realize you’re not alone in this love-fest world.
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The Umbrella Academy
If you thought only Marvel could make top-notch Superhero movies and series, you probably haven’t checked out The Umbrella Academy yet. Initially set in 1989, 43 women all around the world births children on the same time of the same day despite having no signs of pregnancy. Seven of these children are adopted by billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves (played by Colm Feore) and forms a superhero group called – you guessed it – The Umbrella Academy. Together, they are prepared under Hargreeves wing to save the world but later disbands. Back to modern day, the siblings grow up and are forced to investigate the mysterious death of their father and the future dangers that awaits them and the world.
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Avatar: The Last Airbender
It’s been over ten years since the last airing of Avatar: The Last Airbender but it still sits in a special place for many millennials heart. While newcomers may mistake it for only a kids show, its complexity supersedes its reputation. Praised for its political resonance and emotional depth, there are life lessons we can all learn from. With the awakening of Avatar Aang, who possess the power to control all four elements (Fire, Water, Earth and Air) he embarks on a journey accompanied by brother and sister, Sokka and Katara, from the water tribe to stop the aggressive conquest of the Fire nation. Avatar fans will be rejoiced to know that a live action by Netflix is in the making. Let’s hope it’s nothing like M. Night Shyamalan’s live action movie (eek!).
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The Handmaid’s Tale
Based on Margaret Atwood 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been adapted to a web series of the same name by Hulu. Just like the book, this deeply engrossing drama follows the lives of women who are forced into sexual subjugation as STD and environmental pollution contribute to the world’s crashing birthrate. Known as Handmaids, these women progressively rebel against patriarchy throughout the series. It is undoubtedly difficult to comprehend and uncomfortable to watch at times but it’s one that can’t go ignored.
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It’s Okay Not To Be Okay
A dark, twisted modern fairy-tale of two seemingly different yet similar people. It’s Okay Not To Be Okay is a rom-com that tells the story of Kang Tae (played by Kim Soo Hyun)- a psychiatric ward guard who determines to devote his life in protecting his autistic brother, and Ko Mun Young (played by Seo Ye Ji) – A children’s book writer who does not know how to love after a traumatic childhood. After a series of unfortunate and fateful events the two start to lean on one another as they learn to find their identities and what it truly means to give love and be loved.
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If reality shows are more your style, you should definitely check out Selling Sunset. It follows the lives of glamourous real estate agents of the Oppenheim Group’s brokerage based in Los Angeles who live extravagant lifestyles. If the coronavirus has been stopping you from hosting parties, scandals and lots of drama, you’ll definitely get your fair share here. Not only that, you’ll get a secondhand experience on the property market of the rich and famous. It’s third season has just been released last week, so get your girlfriends over for some drama filled reality TV day!
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Money Heist, or also known as El Casa de Papel. This Spanish heist crime has received global fame for its suspense and thrill. The plot revolves around a planned heist of the Royal Mint of Spain by the Professor (played by Alvaro Morte) and eight robbers. Netflix has announced it would be returning the beloved series for a fifth and final season soon so make sure to keep up to date with the latest episode!
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With a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an extensive award list, not to mention an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, Phoebe Waller-Bridge – who wrote the series and also acts as the protagonists of the show really outdid herself with this series. This British comedy drama follows a woman only known as Fleabag around London as she tries to heal the scars of losing her best friends, a breakup and financial troubles at her guinea-pig themed café.
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