Best Netflix original drama: 'Orange is the New Black' or 'Narcos'? | The Tylt
Best Netflix original drama: 'Orange is the New Black' or 'Narcos'?
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. The Tylt wants you to vote on which Netflix original drama you believe is the best.
"The Crown," "Mindhunter," "13 Reasons Why," "Stranger Things," "Dark" and "House of Cards" were all eliminated in previous rounds. In our final round, it's "Orange is the New Black" versus "Narcos."
Which show is the ultimate Netflix original drama?
Below is the synopsis of "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—white supremacy, police brutality, drug smuggling, being transgender in prison, pregnancy in 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.
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.