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Netflix Original Programming: A New Way to Watch (and Create) TV

The days of going to the movie theater for the latest release or waiting a week to watch our favorite shows are behind us. Now we’re much more inclined to curl up in a blanket, make the popcorn, and proceed to “Netflix” and maybe “chill.”  

It’s not surprising that we suddenly want to watch shows and movies from the comfort of our homes. Since 2013, Netflix has come through with a steady stream of content that’s not only entertaining, but groundbreaking. I’m talking Emmy Awards, fansites, promotional merchandise – the whole enchilada!

Netflix originals are changing the world of entertainment in very exciting ways. This is big news for both those who watch and create TV programs.

What Are the Best Netflix Originals?

Netflix has released content that has picked up awards and a serious amount of fandom. As it stands, their most popular shows and movies include:

Shows

  • House of Cards
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Stranger Things
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Movies

  • Bird Box
  • To All the Boys I Loved Before
  • Roma
  • Mudbound
  • Beasts of No Nation

These titles put Netflix’s original content on the map. Fans and critics embraced these shows and movies with open arms!

Over 650,000 people binge-watched season 2 of "House of Cards."

-Business Insider

The season 6 premiere drew in
over 5.37 million viewers.

-Variety

Nominated for over 31 Emmy Awards as of 2019.

-IMDB

Rated "92% Fresh" on
Rotten Tomatoes
7.3% of Netflix
subscribers watched
the show.

-Vanity Fair

Over 45 million Netflix accounts
tuned in to watch Bird Box.

-The Verge

Netflix's most rewatched movie of 2018.

-Bustle

Roma landed Netflix its first
"Best Picture" nomination.

-Hollywood Reporter

Mudbound was nominated for
4 Academy Awards

-IMDB

Beasts of No Nation received an "A"
from Entertainment Weekly.
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It just goes to show that Netflix has the right idea in standing aside so these creative minds can do what they do. It’s bringing entertainment to a higher caliber than it’s ever been, and it’s only getting stronger! 

What Does This Mean for Creators?

As a movie or TV show creator, Netflix has a lot of appeal. There are a few things their platform offers that you may not find from a Hollywood studio or network including:

#1:  No pressure to maintain ratings or attract advertisers

Your audience is going to consist of all ages, but you don’t have to meet any motion picture rating requirements. There’s also no worry about selling any advertising space.

#2:  Don’t have to abide by a strict schedule

That “Friends” rerun isn’t scheduled to come on behind your show’s season premiere. With that in mind, you as a creator can make your program as long as you need to tell the story.

#3:  More opportunities for creative expression

Netflix is the perfect platform for those who want to take risks and create something memorable. The higher-ups and gatekeepers won’t get in the way of your unique vision.

What Does This Mean for Viewers?

In the movie Gladiator, the titular character screams to the crowd: “Are you not entertained?” These days the answer’s always going to be a resounding “yes.” Thanks to Netflix’s original content we can enjoy:

#1:  A convenient way to watch something new

You don’t have to find a babysitter or pay an outrageous amount for tickets to watch something fresh. Netflix originals are only a few clicks away, and you can view them over and over again.

#2:  Better shows and movies to choose from

When Netflix’s content is successful, it forces the competition to up their game. That means you’re going to see better movies at the theater and better shows on cable.

#3:  No annoying commercials

The heyday of commercials is long gone, and as a result, people no longer want to sit through the ads. Netflix keeps your program running without any interruptions; all you have to do is avoid spoilers on social media.   

What’s in Store for the Future?

Netflix is only at the tip of the iceberg with their original content. They have many new titles in the works, and each has been better than the last. Not to mention, they’re also breeding competitors, including a rumored video service from tech company Apple and an exclusive Disney streaming service.

While everyone else is playing catch up, we can cuddle on the couch, pop that corn, and binge as many Netflix originals as humanly possible!

References:

Looper. (2019, February 25). Everything Good is Coming to Netflix in March 2019. Looper.com.

Rowles, D. (2019, March 13). The Best Netflix Original Series Right Now, Ranked. Uproxx.com.

Castillo, M. (2018, August 15). Netflix Tries a Different Model for TV Shows, Paying More Up Front But Keeping More Later on Big Hits, Insiders Say. CNBC.com.