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4 Non-Mainstream Shows That Will Get You Hooked For All The Right Reasons

4 Non-Mainstream Shows That Will Get You Hooked For All The Right Reasons
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Now more than ever, we are finding the significance that streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar have to play in our lives. Especially to those of us who don’t have the privilege of working from home. Scouring the internet for content that is evergreen and can be watched for filling the empty time in our days, here are 4 shows that have the potential to keep you engaged!

The Punisher

The Punisher

Those of you who have been fans of the Marvel Universe before this, it’s a virtual guarantee that you’ve heard of The Punisher as a character. A war veteran, who returns to his family, only to have it all taken away from him in a mob hit. Having tried doing things the right way, the legal way, when circumstances don’t go his way, he starts taking matters into his own hands.

This show has an intricate insight into the mind of a soldier and a dark view towards Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A very keen light on the various aspects of human psychology, relationships and overall personality of a loner. In addition to this, the interesting storyline of the show makes it a must-watch.

The series has complemented the other characters that the Marvel’s Netflix shows have to offer, with the depth and darkness into the human psychology aspect being covered, along with raging gunfire, gore and the red tape of bureaucracy.

The Punisher – IMDB rating: 8.5/10

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

A list containing non-mainstream shows will be incomplete without mentioning this show in it. Featured under the futuristic sci-fi category on Netflix, this show focuses on how technology has a huge impact on the lives of individuals in this world.

After every episode, it will make you question the devices you are using and will also probe you into thinking of never using it again. Having said that, it does portray a non-nihilistic look at the future, and it does provoke the brain cells to think and look at situations differently which are majorly related to technology.

The beauty of this show is that every episode is independent in nature where any random episode can be watched from the five seasons streamed online. Each episode beautifully showcases the darker side of technology which is (for the lack of a much simpler word) weird in nature but cannot be avoided in the future.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 film that can be considered as a spin-off of the series. It is basically a standalone extended episode of Black Mirror and since its release, it has been put into a lot of controversies, but one thing is for sure that everybody who watches it will have a rather different opinion about the film.

Black Mirror – IMDB rating: 8.8/10

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Before jumping right into the review of this docuseries, let me set the premise of what this series is about.

The first season covers 2018 Formula 1 championship and the next season goes on to follow the championship of the following year. This docuseries covers everything that goes into making a Formula 1 team successful in the racetrack and follows the lives of the owners and the drivers who are under the constant pressure to outperform the other teams in the championship.

This show definitely proves the fact that “All that glitters is not gold.” As glamourous as it looks to the world with billions of dollars invested in the teams, there is a lot of hard work and determination that goes into surviving in this business.

In this highly competitive environment, the series shows behind the scenes of almost every team and the mental state of the drivers who are constantly beleaguered along with the Team Principals of their respective teams for each and every race.

Even a non-follower of this sport will eventually fall in love with it after watching the documentary because of the candidness and the overall way of the show being shot. This will definitely give you the adrenaline rush and you will start rooting for your favorite driver and team by the end of it.

IMDB Rating – 8.6/10

Broadchurch

Broadchurch

Another one of the gripping shows available on Netflix, it has not received the amount of praise it actually deserves. Because of so many crime thrillers already present, it does get neglected by the viewers of online content. Having said that, the main thing which sets this show apart from the other crime thrillers present is that all the characters introduced in this have a major part to play in the case which the two detectives are trying to solve.

This show has everything which a crime drama demands – it’s raw, keeps the viewers guessing about the possible theories, emotional and highly binge-worthy. It has amazingly tried to balance the lives of the people involved in the case and has rightfully shown how each and every individual is trying to cope up with it in a very different manner.

You will end up connecting with the emotional state of the characters and that is exactly what the show intended to achieve in the first place. A show which has been critically acclaimed but needs to be more popular among the viewers because once you start this show, it is very hard to stop because of the constant need to know what happens next all throughout the three seasons.

IMDB Rating – 8.4/10

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Written by Vibhu Vyas

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