Netflix has made a name for itself on the back of some really good TV shows, and it continues to spend billions of dollars each year to build up its portfolio of original series and prominently showcases them on its homepage to attract more eyeballs to its self-produced efforts. By doing so, it tends to background popular and critically-acclaimed series it doesn’t make itself, some of which are arguably better than anything Netflix has made in its history.
There’s a need to highlight what casual viewers may miss on Netflix, and it’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to gather the best TV shows streaming on Netflix. To prepare this list, we used aggregate ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and IMDb to draw up a shortlist, and then picked our top 3. Here are the best TV shows on Netflix in India, sorted alphabetically. This list will be updated once every month if there are any worthy additions or if some movies are removed from the service, so bookmark this page and keep checking in.
Currently streaming on Amazon Prime in India, McMafia is inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 non-fiction book McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld. The eight-part series is created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins. While its premise does bear some similarities to The Godfather (1972), McMafia‘s contemporary setup and realistic characters make it quite unique. While the series essentially deals with the Russian Mafia, it is nothing like Eastern Promises (2007). But what makes it interesting is how it focuses more on businessmen, bankers, money launders and pimps rather than on gangsters. The USP of the series as far as the Indian audiences are concerned is Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s menacing portrayal of Dilly Mahmood—the greedy Indian handler of an Israeli shipping tycoon.
2. Altered Carbon
This Netflix original futuristic series oozing with cyberpunk detail is easily the most intoxicating and cerebral stuff available right now. Created by Laeta Kalogridis, Altered Carbon is based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan. The sci-fi series is set in a future where human consciousness is digitised and stored, thereby allowing it to be transferred from one body to another. Altered Carbon is not just about fancy gadgets and impeccable graphics. For, it offers a great critique of materialism, class divide, and morality. Altered Carbon forces us to question the very meaning of life and what it means to be human. The ten-part series is currently streaming on Netflix.
Directed by Mayank Sharma, Breathe is an eight-part original series produced by Amazon Prime. Breathe is a gritty psychological thriller that focuses on the lives of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances. The series stars R. Madhavan and Amit Sadh in the lead roles. While the former plays a father desperate to find a lung donor for his dying son, the latter plays a maverick cop with questionable methods. Breathe raises some serious questions about morality and fate and brings our attention to issues which we usually tend to overlook. If you like thrillers then Breathe will certainly not disappoint you.