Netflix used to be the home of films of varying quality, ranging from classic to cult to just plain awful, and the place to catch-up on all the shows youre supposed to have seen but never got around to.
While it is still that, and you can lose yourself for hours binging on Breaking Bad, the streaming service has over the past couple of years made a big push to produce more original content.
The likes of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are the two biggest success stories, earning critical acclaim and challenging network and cable shows when it comes to awards season. The Netflix model, dumping all episodes onto its website at once for immediate mass consumption, has totally changed the way people watch TV.
2015 has seen that trend continue, with a string of hit new shows including Sense8, from creators of The Matrix Lana and Andy Wachowski, Tina Feys Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (passed up on by NBC, for some unfathomable reason theyre now surely regretting), and Marvels Daredevil, the first in a number of planned collaborations between the two.
It is showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon, as Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is set to be released, starring a string of Hollywood's biggest comedy actors such as Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd. With a huge number of original series planned for the rest of 2015 and well into 2016 as well, heres a look at the ones to really get excited about.
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