On September 22nd, 2016, our very first guestMarz Timms was a featured actor in the new Netflix original series: Easy. In honor of Timms’ new project, we asked our staff and former guests to tell us a little bit about their favorite Netflix series. Be sure to check out Easy, playing on a streaming device with Netflix near you.
"Luke Cage has got to be my favorite Netflix exclusive TV show (Easy, the show I'm on, is a close second). I'm a black man, and a true hip hop fan so there is just so many things about the show that speak to me. It's an action filled show about a superhero in the hood that's smartly done. They talk about some great books, authors, and the acting is incredible. Finally, every episode is named after a Gang Starr song…DOPE! AND! Dapper Dan is in it. #longlivehiphop”
Devin Delaney, Audio and Music Producer at Professional Geek Podcast:
"As much as the Marvel fanboy in me wants to say otherwise, Bojack Horsemanis hands down my favorite show on Netflix. It's an absurd world, populated with animal-people and people, yet it feels entirely real (at least as much as a cartoon grounded in our reality can). It has cute, weird and dark sense of humor. I also think it has the rare ability to portray mental illness and depression in a very realistic way. Somehow cartoon animal-people's issues seem more true to life than most shows. Bojack's futile search for joy and acceptance makes his constant self destruction a fascinating watch. If you took out the hilarious animalistic antics, the should would still be a stellar look at fame and depression.”
"Voltron: Legendary Defender. Voltron, was a childhood favorite of mine. Sadly, until this new Netflix series, none of the other extensions of the brand have ever captivated me like the original. (However, I will fight you if you say the Vehicle Force is crap.) This series, which is a reboot of the original story, brings enough flavor from the original series to feel familiar to a long time fan, but also adds interesting new angles (which I won’t spoil) to keep things fresh. Also while I'm not finished with it yet, Luke Cage is blowing my mind. Nothing gets me more excited then something that is well soundtracked and Luke Cage has the best soundtracking I have experienced in a show for a long while.”
“My favourite Netflix exclusive show is Marvel’s Jessica Jones. It boasts one of the most realistic depictions I’ve seen of the emotional, psychological and especially the audio-visual effects of PTSD and trauma. Working, as I do, with people who’ve survived traumatic experiences, and having suffered vicarious trauma myself, Jones is not an easy watch but it’s incredibly rewarding and very empowering for people who’ve endured such experiences. It also features a number of bravura performances, offers no easy answers to complex morality questions and refuses to make its villain the least bit sympathetic - actively working, at times, against any empathy the audience develops due to his casting. While I’ve enjoyed all the Marvel shows, Jones sits unquestionably atop the pile.”
Zach Weiss, Blog Manager at Professional Geek Podcast:
“My favorite Netflix original show is Master of None. I actually had to read a review of the show to find words for why I like the show so much, or at least to point me in the right direction. I like that all the episodes have an agenda to them that’s laid out as soon as the episode begins. For instance, a scene of Dev and Arnold walking home from a bar, safe and having fun, is juxtaposed by a woman who was at the same bar doing a similar commute by herself with the theme from Halloween under the scene, where she’s followed home by a guy from the bar. She’s ok, but shaken and annoyed. The rest of the episode has the characters discussing sexism in the real world, and why it’s so hard for men to recognize what women deal with. This is mostly what the show is like, but it also follows Dev’s struggles with dating, both while single and in a relationship. It’s OVERLY sentimental and I love it. I think that it combines overt reliability and overt soapboxing in a witty but very emotional way."
“This is so hard. Netflix is my favorite hobby at this point, given how much of a workaholic I’ve become. I want to say Stranger Things, but given that this series has only had one season - I can’t honestly say it’s a favorite yet. I’m going with a tried and true fave: I can’t deny my love for Orange is the New Black. I’ve never seen a television show tackle women’s issues as well as this one, and I can’t deny how refreshing it is to follow stories that are specifically about women--and not just white women and/or cis-gendered women. This show isn’t afraid to address difficult social issues in both serious and comedic ways, and offers a really dynamic view of what “female” really means. OITNB challenges my comfort zone. I also want to mentionthat while I do recognize the pitfalls this show has fallen into in its fourth season, I’m still very optimistic and continue to see this show as an important one for television history… That being said, it’s the creative team behind Weeds, and we all know how that went. Honorable mentions: Luke Cage, Master of None, The Ranch, and Bojack Horseman.”