The Queen’s Gambit landed on Netflix without much fanfare, and there it sat, minding its business with some aimless pawn moves whilst mediocre reviews rolled in, and people dismissed it. But then something weird happened...
Taking on the classic tropes of the 1980s sci-fi, this stylish, intelligent and quite frankly terrifying series is one of Netflix’s most loved originals. “Must TV phone home...” and tell them to stick the telly on, we’re going to the upside-down.
Netflix and true crime go together like murder and deceit. Their standalone series Alias Grace is an adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, which is based on a true Canadian murder case from 1843.
Over four episodes, this docuseries tells of the seemingly unsolvable case concerning the 1990 heist of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, where two thieves dressed up as police officers managed to pinch $500 million worth of art, never to be seen again.
Sacré bleu! The French are fuming after the cliché filled fantasy, Emily in Paris, hit Netflix. Lily Collins plays Emily, an American sent to Paris to totter about in heels – good luck on those cobbled pavements – and set up a new branch of her marketing firm.
Netflix do true crime like no other. Arty archive footage sits next to perfectly lit present-day interviews, played over a hipster soundtrack which wouldn’t seem out of place in an angsty teen’s bedroom.