Three weeks into my time here at C27, I was approached (well not really, more like tasked) with writing about my recommendations for a few good shows on Netflix. Not shying away from a challenge (and my atrocious viewing history), I decided to take it up. This works out great because Malaysia finally has its own Netflix page (shameless plug here), which also means it’s your solemn duty to go like that page if you’re reading this. And well, if you disagree completely with everything I’ve written, go and hound the page for my head to be put on a spike.
Okay, enough pish-posh, let’s get straight into it.
1. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Trust Harish to start off a post with some sort of brown influence (I know you said those exact words in your head). But not only is this comedy a special one that’s actually worth watching, it’s one worth watching with your parents.
Hasan goes about the struggles of being a brown kid in the States, dealing with the stigma of 9/11, weaving it all in with humorous and heartbreaking anecdotes of his life. Comedy and storytelling aside, this show will serve as a subliminal plea to your overbearing Asian parents to allow you to date outside of your race/religion/sexuality and the likes. The refugee mentality, although not entirely applicable here in Malaysia, will still appeal to the elders in your household, finally giving you something good to bring to the family Netflix table.
2. Big Mouth
The usual connotation associated with students from all-boys schools is that they’re shy, perverted, and possibly homosexual. I went to an all-boys school time and I can confirm that 2/3 of these statements are true in every school. That being said, I’d like to direct the attention away from my La Sallian heritage and to this amazing (animated) flurry of hormones titled Big Mouth.
I stumbled across Big Mouth through the genius that is the Netflix algorithm. I’m positive I did not include my schooling history in my payment information but I’m not complaining. Big Mouth has a great mix going for it – Jordan Peele as the Ghost of Duke Ellington, the non-existent 4th wall, and clearly, The Hormone Monster. The entirety of it revolves around teenagers and the nightmare that is puberty, and the writers hit the nail right on the head (well almost). Each episode is cut into a palatable 30-minute bite but this is one meal you will not regret binging on.
3. Altered Carbon
Since we’re on this whole Netflix topic, I thought I’d take it upon myself to add some variety to the mix – you know, to make myself seem less one-dimensional. You’ve heard of the crazy embryonic installations at CES in Vegas and the talk of immortality. Keeping all of that in mind, my third recommendation would be Altered Carbon.
Altered Carbon is your Blade Runner-esque sci-fi drama with an interesting take on immortality. Essentially, our consciousness is all housed in a stack, this disc-like addition to your spinal cavity (imagine having a slipped disc now). A serving of Altered Carbon comes with amazing visuals, a diverse cast, and is bedazzled with nudity. I say bedazzled because the people in this show are actually attractive (everyone except that guy who has his shirt on but no pants in Episode 9). I don’t say this much, but I’m already looking forward to Season 2.
4. Brahman Naman
This one’s a longshot – I don’t think I’ve met anyone who’s watched Brahman Naman. There isn’t much I can say about this comedy other than it’s the first Netflix production out of India.
Brahman Naman tells the tale of Naman, a Brahman (obviously) and his college quiz team as they embark on a journey to win the coveted “All India Finals”, and um… lose their virginities. Set in the 1980s, Brahman Naman is the ultimate throwback, citing hit rock records from yesteryears and bringing to light a side of comedy I rarely see. To put it into perspective, I thought I was vulgar, coming from an all-boys school, but boy (no pun intended) was I wrong.
5. Stranger Things
You saw this one coming from a mile away, didn’t you? What can I say, it’s amazing! Providing the ultimate throwback when it comes to fashion and culture, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Stranger Things.
Aside from the million reasons you’ve heard of about why you need to watch Stranger Things, I’d suggest it solely because of the hype (and the memes). It comes as no surprise that the show has a cult following of those who love everything from the 80s. From the stars now being the faces of Gucci to Dustin’s purple Brontosaurus hoodie selling out and crashing the webstore of the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, it’s clear to see that the public has a vested interest that extends beyond the show. So go ahead and grow out your locks in aspirations to reach Steve level style and of course, tune in to Stranger Things.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, are my 5 picks for your Netflix list. Please like, comment, and subscrib… wait.
An occasional traveler, fueled by curiosity and Tinder matches. I aspire to become Buzz Lightyear but I’m willing to settle for the life and times of Tony Stark.