*This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.
Netflix is ready with a whole year’s worth of exciting new shows and movies for 2018. If you’re like most of us, you’re simply done with 2017 and ready to move on. So, get excited about these new Netflix Original series coming up.
Netflix Originals has put out some unique and ground-breaking television shows in the last few years. And they’re ready to feed your binges in the coming year. They’ve got close to $8 billion to spend on original movies and shows. And here are the best ones to hit your List queue.
1. Altered Carbon
Originally intended as a movie, science fiction fans will love Altered Carbon. This series stars Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, and Martha Higareda. Based on the 2003 novel by Richard K. Morgan, this cyberpunk thriller is set 300 years in the future. Human beings are digitized and moved from body to body. Death has been defeated. Protagonist Takeshi Kovacs was put “on ice” for rebellion. But, a wealthy client promises to restore him to a new body if he solves a murder.
2. Seven Seconds
A northeastern city explodes with racial tension after a white cop hits and injures a black teen. Afterward, an attempt to cover up the accident follows, along with the trail of a century. Clare-Hope Ashitey, Regina King, and Beau Knapp star. This emotion Netflix Original series was created by The Killing producer, Veena Sud.
3. Kiss Me First
This virtual world action thriller features Tallulah Haddon, Simona Brown, and Matthew Beard. Leila, a lonely 17-year-old gamer, meets Tess on the gaming site, Agora. Tess is a confident party girl, but harbors a dark secret. When Tess disappears in real life, Leila assumes her identity to solve the mystery.
“Skins” writer Bryan Elsey is penning the script, adpated from Lottie Moggach’s best selling young adult novel. Netflix is pairing up with U.K. Channel 4. And producers are promising state-of-the-art CGI animation to put viewers slap-dab in the middle of action on Agora.
Channel 4 Head of Drama, Piers Wenger told press:
“This is a thrilling and truly groundbreaking series which takes an emotional look at the lives of a group of young gamers and the truth which exists behind their online life. We are thrilled to be welcoming Bryan Elsley back to E4 to lead a group of new writers and to helm this exciting new show.”
This new animated series is from Matt Groening, the brilliant mind behind The Simpsons and Futurama. This fantasy show follows the misadventures of Princess Bean of Dreamland. She hard drinker and hangs out with an elf companion. And talk about kicking a princess while she’s down — she also has her own private demon in tow. We can’t wait for this Netflix original series.
5. The Umbrella Academy
Penned by Gerard Way (yes, that Gerard Way — former frontman of My Chemical Romance), The Umbrella Academy is coming to the small screen. And heading the voice talent cast is Ellen Page.
Announced last July, this Netflix original series follows a family of superheroes that aren’t all that super. The cast of misfit heroes — The Monocle, Spaceboy, Number Five, The Horror, and The White Violin — reunites to solve the mystery behind their adoptive father’s death.
6. Watership Down
A year after the passing of beloved children’s author Richard Adams, we have the new animated adaptation of his first novel, Watership Down, to look forward to. Critics admonish Adams because of the blunt and realistic portrayal of life as a wild rabbit in the English countryside. The 1978 cartoon adaptation brought even more outcry. Promoted as a cartoon for young ones, its scenes of violence left some kids terrified.
The new show creators say this Netflix original series is less violent. Netflix is teaming up with the BBC to remake this classic. According to executive producers, they’re also going to spotlight the heroics of the female rabbits in the new show more than the original.
Rory Aitken, executive producer told The Telegraph:
“While we won’t shy away from the darkness in the book, visually it won’t be as brutal and scarring.”
7. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Coen Brothers are back. And this time, they’re on television. The Academy-Award winning producers of Fargo are bringing an anthology of Western tales to Netflix. With six, one-hour episodes, the show will star James Franco, Zoe Kazan, and Tim Blake Nelson in the eponymous role. Their treatment of “True Grit” makes them the go-to team for Westerns.
Featured Image: CC0 Creative Commons by Mojzagrebinfo via Pixabay