The best series to watch on Netflix this fall
From 'Daredevil' to 'Bodyguard,' these TV shows will leave you engaged, thrilled and entertained until the last leaf falls.
Are you ready to welcome the return of both the cooler months and a slate of critically acclaimed, binge-ready series on Netflix? We've gathered six series we believe represent some of the best available on the streaming giant this fall. From superheroes to comedy to riveting dark dramas rich in suspense, there's a little bit of everything here for everyone. Ready to hit play and start watching? Check out our list below.
"Daredevil," returning to Netflix on Oct. 19, is teasing a third season laden with doubt and vindictive agendas. The villainous Wilson Fisk, played by American Vincent D'Onofrio, will once more take center stage as the force working to destroy Matt Murdock. According to British actor Charlie Cox, who plays the blind superhero, D'Onofrio's imposing screen presence is felt by all on set.
"Vincent D'Onofrio is a tour de force, huh? I don't know if could say enough good things about him," he told Collider. "What's great about Vincent — I always think of the scenes I have with him as requiring very little acting on my part. Because he's so scary as Wilson Fisk, and he's so big, I just know if I learn my lines, when I say them, it's likely to work. Because so much of the acting is done for you just because of what he brings for you to a scene."
Season three also marks the welcome return of Vanessa Fisk, played by the talented Israeli star Ayelet Zurer. When last we saw her in season one, Vanessa had been sequestered for her own safety. According to D'Onofrio, Vanessa's reemergence will help ground the bombastic Fisk.
"The thing about Fisk,” he tweeted, “He is in a constant state of emergency when he is not near Vanessa. When he can not reach out to her, touch her. He is a walking, talking monument of power. Emotional rage leans into him. Pressing against him always. He is the great white whale of New York."
The Good Cop
"The Good Cop," a lighthearted comedy-drama, offers a nice break from some of Netflix's grittier series. Based on an Israeli TV show of the same name, a trend on the rise in Hollywood, the series revolves around a detective, played by American singer Josh Groban, who unwittingly partners with his former NYPD officer father, played by the legendary Tony Danza, to solve crimes.
According to Danza, "The Good Cop" is modeled after crime shows he grew up watching. Part of its appeal, he adds, is its lack of omnipresent darkness.
"So many of these shows, I love them, but they’re all fighting with each other for how in your face and gory and edgy they can be," he told Entertainment Weekly. "'The Good Cop' hearkens back to the shows I watched when I was younger. Shows where you can still have the excitement, you can have moments where there’s action and things like that. But for the most part [it’s] character driven and family oriented. [It’s] stuff where you can enjoy the mystery of it and the characters."
As some critics have noted, the series less-than-serious approach works to its advantage.
"'The Good Cop' is a cop procedural that follows its own sort of formula, one that injects some warmth, some innocence and breezy, goofy delight into this typically testosterone-filled space," writes Malcolm Venable for TV Guide. "Where's the crime in that?"
Netflix's original series "Ozark," starring American actors Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, revolves around a financial planner and his family caught up in laundering money for various crime organizations. It's like "Breaking Bad," but with the entire family, kids and all, aware of the illegal, dangerous machinations playing out around them.
Now in its second season, "Ozark" is doubling down on the intensity and dark characters that made watching its debut in 2017 such a rewarding experience.
"The writers do a great job of going the extra lengths,” four-time Emmy nominee Jason Bateman told Deadline, “because of the division in the culture right now, they keep raising the stakes of the characters, and mine just keeps digging. He should put the shovel down, but he keeps getting into things that warrant extreme measures."
Starring American actors Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, and based on a Norwegian series of the same name, the series follows two mentally ill strangers who volunteer for a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment. While they're promised that the drug trial will solve all their problems with absolutely no side effects, things do not go as planned. What follows is an adventure through the mind as dazzling visually as it is complex.
“The thing I liked about ‘Maniac’ was that it’s about people who have their own internal struggles and are trying to fix them with a pill,” Stone, who earned a Best Actress Oscar for her role in "La La Land," told Elle Magazine. “But you see over the course of the show that human connection and love is really the only thing that gets us through life. I liked that idea.”
Critics, blown away by not only the trippy concept of the series but also its acting and writing, have given "Maniac" near-positive acclaim. "Maniac is a new kind of TV experience that constantly questions what it means to be 'normal,' or if such a thing even exists." writes Adam Epstein for Quartz. "It's the rare psychological puzzle show that wears its heart on its sleeve, finding the humanity in mystery."
House of Cards
Claire Underwood is the 47th President of the United States, and Frank Underwood is dead. Welcome to the sixth and final season of Netflix's acclaimed "House of Cards."
While Frank Underwood's departure shifts the spotlight firmly on Claire, played by American actress Robin Wright, it doesn't mean an end to the series' iconic personal chats with the viewer.
"I don’t think she’s going to do it the way Frank did it," co-executive producer Frank Pugliese told TV Line. "How she does it could be really exciting. Claire’s needs from the audience are unique to her. We want Francis and Claire to be equal but different."
New to the cast this season are American actors Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane, who will reportedly play siblings in undisclosed roles. The eight episode conclusion is slated to debut on Nov. 2.
"Bodyguard," the BBC's biggest hit drama in more than 10 years, is bringing its potent mix of shock and suspense to Netflix on Oct. 24.
The miniseries stars Scottish actor Richard Madden, best known for his role as Rob Stark on HBO's "Game of Thrones," as a former soldier turned specialist protection officer for London's Metropolitan Police Service. When he's assigned to protect the British Home Secretary, played by English actress Keeley Hawes, he discovers that her politics go against everything he believes in.
Heralded for its strong female characters, "Bodyguard" has also been lauded by critics for its writing, direction and utter intensity. "The scripts are so gripping and suspenseful, once you've watched one episode, it's hard not to become hooked," writes Pat Stacey of the Irish Herald.
Should you decide to tune in on Oct. 24, just remember to try and keep breathing through all six episodes. The final, in particular, appears to have left many shaking with adrenaline. "Wooooooah. Like seriously. Oh my goodness," wrote one fan on Twitter. "That whole final episode was INSANE. What an incredible series."
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