Best Netflix original drama: 'Narcos' or 'Mindhunter'? | The Tylt
Best Netflix original drama: 'Narcos' or 'Mindhunter'?
Netflix has come a long way since it launched its streaming service in 2007. Since its early days as a pioneer in streaming TV and movies online, Netflix has grown to over 125 million subscribers. But the streaming service's growth isn't just from making TV fanatics happy by binging their favorite shows online, it’s the original content that seals the deal.
Netflix launched its first original series "House of Cards" in 2013, and ever since, has launched tons of more original content: sci-fi shows, crime shows, TV comedies, adult cartoons, animated kid series, movies and more. But it all started with that first political drama and Netflix has been a leader in TV dramas ever since. And the Tylt wants you to vote on what you believe to be the best Netflix original drama.
In our first round, we have "Stranger Things" versus "Dark," "Orange is the New Black" versus "13 Reasons Why," "Narcos" versus "Mindhunter," and "House of Cards" versus "The Crown." Which show is the ultimate Netflix original drama?
Don't forget to cast your vote for the rest our "Netflix original drama" debates below!
A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.
"Narcos" is told through the lens of a drug lord who built an empire off of cocaine from the late '70s to early '90s, and the DEA agents tasked with bringing him down. The show also chronicles the rise of other drug lords of the era.
The series has been nominated for two Golden Globes and three Emmys since its premiere. The biographical crime drama remains a critically-acclaimed smash, holding a 96 percent fresh rating in its third season on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics argue that the complex crime show keeps getting better and better each season. Indiewire's Liz Shannon Miller wrote:
“Narcos” has never been a simple show to process, especially for someone not embedded in this universe — there are many players, many complications, speaking in many languages, operating decades ago.
But it is one of the great examples of shows that have improved thanks to the opportunity to grow and evolve, and Season 3 continues that journey with an investment in human storytelling.
In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.
"Mindhunter" premiered only six months ago, and it's already garnered a ton of praise, becoming one of Netflix's most respected series. The psychological crime series holds a 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "Mindhunter" is acclaimed for really getting into the minds of criminals rather than focusing on the formulaic "whodunit" like many TV crime dramas. NPR's David Bianculli wrote:
But their new approach is precisely what makes Mindhunter so compelling. Most TV crime dramas are whodunits. Columbo famously reversed things by starting with the murder, and making it a "How'd he get him?" Mindhunter, in contrast to both those approaches, is all about motive. It's a "Whydunit."