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Best Netflix original drama: 'Orange is the New Black' or '13 Reasons Why'?

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! 


Below is the synopsis to "Orange is the New Black," per IMDB.

Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be.

"OITNB" still holds a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The series has tackled a variety of controversial topics—like white supremacy, police brutality, drug smuggling, being transgender in prison, pregnancy in the prison and bed bugs—that really deal with what life is like for women in prison. The dramatization of these issues is met with many twists, turns and an array of fan reactions. New York Observer's Anne Easton wrote about season five:

Season 5 picks up right in that moment, when Daya, and ALL of her fellow inmates, seemingly have the upper hand—and lots of decisions to make.
What transpires is equal parts sickening, shocking, salacious, satirical, silly, and sad. All of it is unsettling, as it should be.
In hindsight, the things that seemed outrageous and maybe scandalous in the four previous seasons of OITNB now seem rather tame in light of this new direction.
The shift in tone makes the series a bit tougher to digest, but that doesn’t make it any less intriguing to watch. It almost makes seasons past feel a little complacent in terms of real drama. Issues that seemed so intense at that time now feel petty compared to this. This is real, palatable intensity.

Season six has been long awaited.


Below is the synopsis of "13 Reasons Why," per IMDB

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

The teen drama holds an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, following its first season on Netflix. While "13 Reasons Why" has sparked controversy for allegedly romanticizing teen suicide, fans argue the series does a phenomenal job dealing with the realities of not only teen suicide, but another controversial issue—rape. 

Fans say the series gives a positive message to teens and absolutely does not encourage anyone to harm themselves, unlike what critics argue. It's no easy task to add context and nuance to controversial topics, but the series must be doing something right—season two is underway. Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert wrote:

One of the appealing quirks of “13 Reasons Why,” which is available on Friday, is the show’s nods to old school technology and music. The violence of social media is certainly a theme, but the cassette tapes add flavor, and so does the old-fashioned movie theater setting. At one point, a couple goes to a costume party dressed as Sid and Nancy. Of course, these details may be a kind of welcome mat for older viewers — but still, they bring texture, distinction, and a hint of timelessness.
The drama is sensitive, surprising, consistently engaging, and, most important, unblinking.
Best Netflix original drama: 'Orange is the New Black' or '13 Reasons Why'?
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