Your Weekend Binge-Watching List- Unmissable OTT Shows To Look Out For
Even though it appears that the lockdown following the Covid19 outbreak brought the world to a standstill, we know that it has not stopped. In fact, for industries that provide digital services, this lockdown may have even been a blessing in disguise! OTT platforms, or Over-The-Top services refer to the streaming platforms that offer content to watchers directly via the internet, thus bypassing cable, broadcast and satellite Tv. A recent study by Nielsen showed a drop of 40 percent in over-the-air or cable TV consumption in the past five years by 18 to 24-year-olds. The lockdown acted as the final straw for a lot of those who still rejected online streaming services. The fact that several big-budget movies starring elite actors are lined up for release on OTT platforms, now that theatres have been shut for months, is proof of the rising popularity of OTT platforms.
Globally, Netflix is one of the key players in OTT, projected to spend a whooping $17 billion (yes, you read that right- billion with a B) according to a forecast by Wall Street firm BMO Capital Markets. Only in the first quarter of 2020, Netflix added a staggering 15.8 million paid subscribers as a locked-down audience. While Netflix India and Amazon Prime Video India did not reveal their lockdown subscription statistics, our homegrown OTT platforms such as ZEE5 and AltBalaji have observed a staggering growth, with ZEE5 registering a significant 80% rise in subscription numbers and Alt Balaji registering 17,000 new subscribers each day in lockdown, a 60% increase from the average of only 10,600 per day in March prior to the lockdown. These numbers are testament to the fact that OTT platforms are here to stay. Bringing fresh content from exotic nooks and crannies of the world right to your screen- at your disposal to pause, play, repeat or watch later; and without any censorship- is a sweet deal for movie buffs. Moreover, with a variety of OTT platforms coming up, you can have an endless catalog of movies and shows at your disposal while paying less than an average PVR movie night expense.
With new content being churned out by the hour, we cut through the clutter and bring you a mixed list of unique and intriguing shows to look out for on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Youtube Premium and Disney+Hotstar-
Money Heist is an edgy Spanish series about a group of robbers, brought together by the unassuming mastermind Professor to pull off the most unthinkable robbery! Full of serpentine twists and turns, unbelievable mind-games and fandom-inducing characters, Money Heist became one of the most-watched Netflix series or film of all time in any language – and the highest non-English speaking show ever. Watch this for an edge-of-the-seat action drama and be assured that you will come to adore these seemingly flawed characters named after cities! With a rating of 8.4 on IMDB and 9.4 on Google reviews, Money Heist is on the top of our must-watch list!
Dark is German saga of secret disappearances, time travel and a phenomenally eerie mystery set around an abandoned nuclear plant. The story unwinds in the heavily forested fictional town of Winden when disappearance reminiscent of a time 33 years ago happens all over again. Dark has 3 seasons on Netflix, and the 4th season is due for release on July 27th. Watch this for an exhilarating journey spanning multiple timelines.
°The business of Drugs
This Netflix docuseries follows ex-CIA Analyst Amaryllis Fox around the globe as she visits the hotspots of drug cultivation, processing, and the ultimate trafficking and sale of opioids, heroin, cocaine, meth, cannabis, and synthetic drugs. The series examines in detail how entire societies are transformed owing to drug trade, and how corrupt authorities world over makes it a breeze to sell, buy and trip on drugs. With an IMDB rating of 7.4, this docuseries has 6 episodes.
In twisted serendipity, a cult escapee, a refugee, an office worker, and a bureaucrat find their lives intertwined in an immigration detention center. This emotionally gripping story is full of turmoil, and exposes the vast gaps between humanity and bureaucracy, especially relevant at a time when instances of corruption and brutality at the hands of authorities are common. The story is full of rich characters, palpable turmoil and seeks to show the reality of asylum seekers. Watch this on Netflix for an excellent portrayal of lives less understood.
Our Planet is an exhilarating docuseries on Netflix that takes you to all corners of the earth- from swamps to snowy mountains, from deserts to throbbing seas, and from cities to eerie forests. The show is filled with delightful stories from the animal kingdom, and narrated by David Attenborough. It covers the impact of climate change in great detail. Watch this on Netflix for an awe-inspiring time, filled with fantastic visuals of our stunning planet.
°EXPLAINED (BY VOX)
Explained is a very interesting documentary series that looks to explore the big questions of today. From how to cults form, why are there more billionaires today than ever before, coding, animal intelligence, genetic engineering to political correctness, the female orgasm, immortality- and more, explained! Watch these series by Vox on Netflix for 20 minute sessions of common concepts- explained!
°Secrets Of The Universe
This docuseries on Amazon Prime Video takes you on a journey far, far away. Secrets Of The Universe follows the trajectory of humanity’s curiosity about space, and reveals the lesser-known secrets of our majestic, rapidly expanding universe. Watch this for a lesser-known insight into the universe, extraterrestrial life and the questions about space answered by astronauts and space scientists!
Hostel Daze is a sweet and hilarious story of a group of friends maneuvering through life in a hostel. This Indian series on Amazon Prime video is a delightful, binge-able show that illustrates how an often tumulous college life can light up with good friends! Watch this when you’re feeling nostalgic about your student days, or need a light-hearted laugh.
In this relatively new series on Prime video, a man is able to choose his own afterlife after his untimely death. Set in the future, this convincing sci-fi drama is about a world where dying people can upload their consciousness on a cloud and live forever- digitally!
One of Amazon Prime Video’s latest offering, Paatal Lok is the story of an underdog Mumbai cop who stumbles on a case that leads him to the deep and deceitful criminal underbelly of India, with many twists and hyper-realistic characters. Released on May 15, 2020, this Indian show is not for the faint-hearted, but it shows an electrically realistic portrayal of criminal life in India.
In this strange yet addictive series on Amazon Prime, revolves around a woman who wakes up in a rowboat adrift on a river, but she has no memory of how she got there — or even who she is. The search for her identity leads to the Geist Group, the mysterious wellness company behind the unorthodox Homecoming Initiative. One thing leads to another, and the characters realize that they are in the middle of something more insidious than they imagined. These 30 minute episodes starring Julia Roberts are binge-worthy and will have you biting your nails till the phenomenal climax.
Impulse is a Youtube Original series in which the protagonist is a 16-year-old girl called Henrietta. Without giving away too many spoilers, Henrietta has the power to teleport whenever she feels emotional discomfort. The show starts slow, but soon picks up the speed of a bullet. Armed with a solid plot, convincing characters and wonderful cinematography, Impulse is a sci-fi equally immersed in drama that you must put on your watch-list!
Champaign Ill is a hilarious comedy on Youtube Premium about a rapper and his crew- two friends from high school who are left broke and to fend for themselves after he suddenly passes away on set while shooting a music video. Starring a diverse cast and loaded with jokes, this light-hearted comedy also has some amazing rap numbers.
Dave is a Hotstar Special which tells the story of a neurotic man in his late 20s who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he actually might convince the world. Played by rapper Lil Dicky, Dave perfectly balances the absurdity of stardom with the realities of life. The show approaches mental illnesses with great dexterity, and with rap numbers in plenty, there is no scope to be bored while watching Dave!
One of Hotstar’s most delightfully compelling comedy drama starring Jim Carrey, Kidding follows Jeff Pickles, a man who is iconic in children’s television. Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is a pillar of kindness and wisdom to the impressionable minds of America’s youth and to the parents who grew up with him. When Mr. Pickles’ family begins to implode, his life starts to take a downward spiral. He must put the fables and puppets aside to get through this newest crisis in life. As the slow leak of sanity advances faster than he can cope with it, the cruel world breaks his heart. Watch this for a heart-warming, feel-good kind of night.
°On Becoming a God in Central Florida
On Becoming A God In Central Florida is the story of Krystal Stubbs, a minimum wage employee at a waterpark who is looking for a better life. To reach her goal, she lies, cheats and cons her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise , a cultish pyramid scheme that ruined her family in the first place. As Krystal dives deeper into FAM, things take on a very serious turn as the business begins to affect everyone that is close to her. This dark comedy is fresh, flawlessly executed and has some of the best performances by its star-studded cast.
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