Netflix Originals 2014: Series, Documentaries You Should Stream This Year
Netflix Originals are killing it. If the noteworthy content isn't evidence enough, you can take a gander at the series' ability to rake in ample Emmy nominations as well as oodles of loyal binge-watchers. With the New Year comes a promise of new original content. Below is a roundup of Netflix Original series and documentaries you should watch in 2014. Happy streaming!
"House of Cards" Season 2
Warped congressman Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) returns to the small screen on Valentine's Day. This Netflix Original series is bound to make hearts skip a beat come its February 14 premiere date with its dark and twisted political storylines. As the "House of Cards" season 2 trailer reveals, the second season will continue to deliver episodes packed with shady secrets, potent enemies, corruption and a lot of Spacey speaking to the camera. "Hunt or be hunted."
"Orange is the New Black" Season 2
Your favorite orange jumpsuit-donning ladies will return this year. For those of you late to the party, "Orange is the New Black" is a Netflix Original series delving into the lives of a women's prison through the eyes of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). Creator Jenji Kohan ("Weeds") pledges that second season will be less Piper-centric and dig deeper into the back stories of the eclectic group of inmates. This means more Crazy Eyes, Taystee, Red and the rest of the diverse cast. The back stories and true-to-life representation of prison life (with consultation from real-life former inmate and show inspiration Piper Kerman) make for a hilarious, heartbreaking and addictive series. The "Orange is the New Black" season 2 Netflix premiere will likely hit the streaming service around April 2014.
"Hemlock Grove" Season 2
This Netflix horror series is the brainchild of director Eli Roth, who describes his gory work as "the potent combination of sexy monsters, mystery, and the dark family soap opera that ended with a huge twist." This Netflix Original series hones in on the ominous lives of a secluded Pennsylvania steel town. "Hemlock Grove" season 2 will also see a new face - "OITNB" alum Madeline Brewer will be joining the cast. Horror fans can expect the show's return come mid-2014 with 10 blood-curdling episodes.
For those of you feeling (Fr)eaking (S)ad after the end of "Breaking Bad", don't fret - Aaron Paul is returning to your screens this year. He will once again play a human sidekick - only this time he's animated, and the leading male is washed-up, humanoid horse BoJack (Will Arnett). Netflix's first original adult animated series centers around BoJack, a former actor turned whiskey-drinker. Amy Sedaris rounds out the cast as the voice of Princess Caroline, a feline agent and BoJack's ex-lover. "BoJack Horseman" premieres mid-2014 with a 12-episode run.
Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix") are the masterminds behind the Netflix Original sci-fi thriller "Sense8." The creators have remained pretty tightlipped concerning the details of the show. What we do know is that "Sense8" centers on a group of eight people globally who are suddenly linked via telepathy and must survive being hunted by those who view them as an international danger. The "Sense8" Netflix premiere is set for sometime in late 2014. If the show is anything like the Wachowski duo's "Matrix" franchise or "V for Vendetta," it's sure to be gripping.
This Netflix Original series is a drama based on the life and death of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Like "Sense8," details surrounding "Narcos" have been scarce, though show executives have reportedly chosen Jose Padilha ("Elite Squad", "RoboCop") to serve as a director and showrunner of the 13-episode first season. The "Narcos" premiere date will reportedly launch sometime in 2014.
"Untitled Psychological Thriller"
Sony Pictures Television has struck a deal with Netflix to produce said "untitled psychological thriller." No, that's not the official title, but details are in short supply to date. The 13-episode Netflix Original series is dubbed a "tightly wound thriller" that will examine complicated and disloyal family bonds. Perhaps the most exciting buzz surrounding the new Netflix series is that Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (KZK), the trio behind "Damages", are the minds behind it. The suspenseful family drama will hit Netflix sometime in 2014.
Netflix is beginning to foray into the documentary world. "Mitt" is a Netflix Original documentary that follows Romney's first efforts to win the Republican nomination in 2006 through the 2012 presidential elections. The political documentary gives six years of exclusive access into the man behind the campaign. This doc is for an eclectic audience, whether you're a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent or a member of the Green Party. Watch Mitt Romney behind-the-scenes talk concession speeches, do some light ironing and even call himself "the flipping Mormon." "Mitt" premieres on Netflix on January 24.
This is another Netflix Original doc. "The Square" is an eyewitness documentary that spotlights the Egyptian Revolution as it unfurls in the streets of Cairo. "As two governments topple, the personal stories of the freedom fighters unfold in an inspiring tribute to the power of citizenship," Netflix states on its streaming service. "The Square" premieres on January 17. Watch the trailer below.
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