Netflix’s Best Original Series of 2021 Are Pure Comfort Viewing
It’s 2021, and your nightly scroll through Netflix is as much of a staple in your routine as brushing your teeth. We usually know what is coming out on Netflix every week because this is our job, and yet most nights, we still wind up scrolling aimlessly for longer than we’d like to admit. As the weather warms up, we’re hopeful for more time spent outdoors and away from screens in the evenings. But for the time being, it’s nice to have a list of the best bets: an abbreviated rundown that keeps you from getting arthritis in your scroll thumb.
From true crime documentaries that’ll keep you up all night to new adaptations of classic films, Netflix is cooking up something for everyone this year. Here’s the best of the original series that has been released so far.
Murder Among the Mormons
Perhaps the niche world of rare Mormon document dealing does not immediately come to mind when you think of criminals, bombs, and murder. But Murder Among the Mormons, a new docuseries from filmmakers Tyler Measom and Jared Hess, is an unbelievable tale of crime and deception that shook the Latter-day Saints Church in 1985 Salt Lake City, and it will undoubtedly shock you, too.
Pretend It’s A City
In Pretend It’s A City, the viewer traverses and discovers New York City with the guidance of legendary writer and humorist Fran Lebowitz. In a series of conversations with Martin Scorsese, the documentary serves as both a roast and celebration of New York’s quirks, crannies, and foul smells with love and honesty.
Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer
This four-part docuseries chronicles the crimes and investigation timeline in the infamous Night Stalker case. Kidnapper and serial murderer Richard Ramirez terrorized Californians in the mid-eighties for nearly a year until his arrest, and this series, told primarily from the perspectives of the detectives who worked the case, highlights the long-winding and frustrating investigation, as well as the victims and survivors of the attacks.
Fate: The Winx Saga
Fate: The Winx Saga is Netflix’s new teen drama series inspired by the Nickelodeon animated series Winx Club. In it, fairies attend a magical boarding school where they learn to master their powers while balancing their friendships, love lives, and fighting monsters. You know, all the normal high school stuff. The cliffhanger at the end of the six episodes will certainly leave you awaiting a Season Two announcement.
The third season of Netflix’s fan favorite Cobra Kai, a martial arts comedy-drama based on the original Karate Kid films, hit the streamer this January. A smash-hit with fans of all ages, the wait until Season Four might be a while, so catch up on the first three seasons of high-stakes Karate school drama now.
The first French show to break into U.S. Netflix’s Top 10, Lupin is a thriller that follows suave gentleman burglar Assane Diop (Omar Sy) as he attempts to expose the corruption of an affluent Parisien philanthropist and in doing so, clear his late father’s good name. The good old-fashioned heist series is action-packed and suspenseful, but also smart and full of emotion. Part 1 of Season 1 hit Netflix this January, but Part 2 isn’t expected until the summer, so you have plenty of time to catch up on the first six episodes.
Bling Empire is Netflix’s chaotic new reality show that follows a handful of ultra-wealthy Angelenos as they shop, bicker, and dine in style. The first American reality series helmed by an all Asian-American cast, the drama-filled series is both a window into Asian culture and a very welcome escape to a world of couture, private jets, and Gucci party favors at children’s birthday parties.