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If you haven’t been hooked on at least one of these Netflix or HBO series, then you can probably catch before the ball drops on Dec. 31. (Netflix YouTube channel/File)
The year is almost over and if you haven’t been hooked on at least one of these Netflix or HBO series, then you can probably catch up before the ball drops on Dec. 31. Here are 10 series favorites from The Jakarta Post’s lifestyle editors.
1. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - Netflix
If you grew up with Archie comic books for laughs and appreciated their humor, you’d probably be thrown off by how the creators decided to make Riverdale as it is today. However, in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, also adapted from a comic book series, the producers don’t only adapt, they elevate the stories, making it come alive without having to change much. Enter Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), half human and half witch, who at the age of 16 has to make a choice between the two worlds. Things started getting weird and scary when Sabrina couldn’t make up her mind.
2. Maniac - Netflix
The 10-episode miniseries Maniac that has an all-star roster stole the spotlight with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. The two play strangers who got to know each other during a mysterious pharmaceutical experiment. Dubbed as giving their career-high performance, both Stone and Hill step out of their typical roles under the direction of director Cary Fukunaga who has just been confirmed as the new Bond director. If you’re into science fiction drama and testing actors’ limits, Maniac is for you.
3. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj - Netflix
Rising comedy star Hasan Minhaj offers a show consisting of only his well-choreographed monologues, combined with graphics, wit, well-researched material and great comedic timing. Minhaj offers his perspective, mostly as a millennial and an immigrant in America on the ‘modern geo-political and cultural landscape'. The show may remind you of Minhaj’s Netflix stand-up comedy special that was released in 2017, Homecoming King. If you like that format, you’d love Patriot Act.
4. Sharp Objects - HBO
Amy Adams portrays Camille Preaker, a reporter who investigates the murders of two young girls in her hometown and ends up having to face her personal demons. If you’re into dark, psychological thriller and mystery, and haven’t had the chance to give this series a try, what are year-end breaks for? Go ahead and transport yourself to Wind Gap, Missouri and join Preaker in her investigation.
5. Queer Eye - Netflix
Five gay guys, one makeover; the reboot of Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy now features a new set of Fab Five: Antoni Porowski the food expert, Karamo Brown the culture and lifestyle expert, Tan France the fashion expert, Jonathan Van Ness the grooming expert and Bobby Berk the design expert. Together, the Fab Five visits those who need a makeover not only in their looks but also their lives. The series have been renewed for its third season that will be launched in 2019. If you need a feel-good, lift-me-up show to survive the last seconds of 2018, go for this one.
6. Narcos Mexico - Netflix
With its previous seasons exploring the Colombian drug cartel, Narcos Mexico focuses on the illegal drug trade in Mexico. First intended to be the fourth season of the parent series, Narcos, the Mexico edition finally gets its own series and has now been renewed for a second season. Michael Peña stars as DEA agent Kiki Camarena who takes a new post in Guadalajara, just in time for the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s. The cat-and-mouse play between Camarena and drug kingpin Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) is an intense one, ultimately unraveling a chain of events that affects the drug trade in the future. For you who are into stories that are inspired by true events, Narcos Mexico may just be your thing.
7. Bodyguard - Netflix
Game of Thrones fans may have known him as Robb Stark, heir of House Winterfell. In Bodyguard, Richard Madden may have stepped down a few pay grades to the bodyguard level, however his performance as David Budd cements his status as a solid actor with many under his belt. Those who love political drama will be absolutely hooked on this series, and may start 2019 anxiously waiting for the second season while calling every woman around ‘Ma’am’, David Budd-style.
8. Folklore - HBO
A horror anthology series from six Asian countries including Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea, Folklore premiered on HBO last October. Stories are based on each country’s superstitions and folkloric myths, and each story is directed by a director from the corresponding country. The anthology opens with A Mother’s Love from Indonesia, directed by Joko Anwar, and adapted from the Indonesian myth of Wewe Gombel. Brush up your Asian ghosts and eerie beliefs knowledge to enjoy Folklore to the max.
9. Kim’s Convenience - Netflix
If you’re from Asia, or an immigrant, or both, you’d relate so much to Mr. Kim and his family. Telling a story about a Korean family in Canada, Kim’s Convenience stories revolve around Mr. Kim or Appa, Mrs. Kim or Umma, their convenience shop, their relationship with estranged son, Jung and live-in daughter, Janet and their daily lives. With a great sense of humor, the writers manage to put in current issues like women’s equality, homophobia, diversity and many more, in a lighthearted manner.
10. The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix
Horror lovers surprisingly said that if you really think about it, The Haunting of Hill House is really a psychological thriller rather than a typical horror series. Telling a story about five siblings who grew up in the most haunted house in America, the series goes back and forth in time, with enough jump scares while forming a strong story. Hugh and Olivia Crane along with their children Steven, Shirley, Theodora, Luke and Eleanor moved into Hill House with the intention to build and sell it. Twenty-six years later, a tragedy occurred and the family reunited to face their past. Adapted from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, the series will scare you and get you discussing it for days after your binge. We recommend you see this one with a friend.
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