Netflix Shows You Must See This March
March 8, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

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One of the greatest aspects of Netflix has to be the glorious distraction from the dreaded US mid-season break on cable television shows. With so many of the best cable shows beginning to wrap up for the season or take a break, it is time to get our fix elsewhere. This March, Netflix has some fresh new shows coming out that will likely fill the gap and certainly shake things up on the entertainment front.

Life in Pieces (Season 1, Airing from March 30th)

Anyone looking for some well sought after light entertainment need look no further. Originally aired on the CBS network, this multigenerational family sitcom may feel like familiar territory. Each family member is faced with their own funny or even relatable challenges at times in their daily antics. There is the kooky grandfather John (James Brolin) whose idea for a great 70th birthday bash is a mock funeral.

Then next in the hierarchy we have the adult children played by the likes of Colin Hanks, Zoe Lister-Jones and Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt who are dealing with their own struggles, such as new babies and complicated work romances. Of course, last but not least are the exasperated grandchildren with one non-speaking child even being compared to the unpredictability of a Japanese Game show!

The concept might not be original but with a stellar line up of a cast and equally intriguing characters, this show has sure-fire potential with this formula. It  has a whopping 22 episodes in season 1 and it draws similarities with Modern Family and One Day at a Time so if you like those, this may be right up your street.

Greenleaf (Season 1, Airing from March 3rd)

This show adopts a more serious tone as a drama that reflects key issues in society whilst still making for an entertaining story worth following. If that wasn’t convincing enough, the legend that is Oprah Winfrey herself is behind this creation which was aired initially on her network in the US. The series touches on some hard-hitting topics as it follows television journalist Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) on returning to her hometown of Tennessee with her teenage daughter Sophia (Desiree Ross) to attend the funeral of her sister.

Her arrival causes much conflict after she distanced herself for 20 years when her father, the Bishop played by Keith David, did nothing when her sister was raped by someone in his close circle. Dismayed on finding out that another woman in the parish was raped, Grace turns down a promotion for a role as minister at the family’s megachurch to bring something it hasn’t seen in a long time; justice.

Season 1 consists of 13 episodes and Oprah herself features as jazz club owner, aunt Mavis. Fans of shows like the drama series Empire may also enjoy the similar nitty gritty quality that lies within the thought-provoking Greenleaf.

Cleverman (Season 1, Airs from March 1st)

After experiencing a critically acclaimed season 1 in both its native Australia on ABC TV and in the US also on Sundance TV, Netflix is now set to release the first season of this dystopian drama. Set in the near future, the story is deeply rooted in aboriginal mythology as it depicts a society fearful and torn due to a minority group of supernaturally gifted individuals living among them.

One prophetic young man known as ‘The Cleverman’ (Hunter Page-Lochard) must try to forge bonds with his older brother to fight for their survival and find peace in a torn, fragile world. The show has also been praised for managing to incorporate real life struggles in a modern context such as racism, discrimination and asylum seekers. The main cast itself is also said to be 80% indigenous so the production also stays true to form.

With just six episodes in season 1 and a second season in the works, there are very high hopes for the success of this show. The show has a superhero and warrior quality so those who enjoy shows such as Arrow and Frontier may find familiar footing with Cleverman.

Marvel’s Iron Fist (Season 1, Airing From March 17th)

Did you think you couldn’t get enough superhero action this year? Well brace yourself as Netflix and Marvel have a new original project arriving this Paddy’s Day. This upcoming American web television series follows the Marvel comic book character Iron Fist/ Danny Rand (Finn Jones). Rand is a billionaire martial arts expert who returns to New York 15 years after his parents died to take control of the family business. When an unwanted presence emerges before him however, Rand must decide between family legacy and moral duties as he calls upon the power of the Iron Fist to help him battle his demons, both inside and out.

Season 1 will consist of 13 episodes with a potential second season not released until 2018. However, Iron Fist is the fourth in a series of Marvel shows set for a future crossover collaboration on The Defenders miniseries so stayed tuned for that. It goes without saying that any Marvel/superhero fans will most likely be on board this one. For a rundown of 2017 movies, check out the Must-See Marvel Movies Coming Out This Year.

13 Reasons Why (Season 1, Airing from March 31st)

This original Netflix drama is arguably too close cut to be dismissed as a simple teen soap. 13 Reasons Why based on the bestselling book by Jay Asher is a dark young, drama which sees singer Selena Gomez step away from the mic and into the shoes of executive producer.

The narrative follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he finds a box with his name containing cassette tapes outside his house upon returning from school. He discovers the recordings are from Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a former crush who tragically ended her own life two weeks prior. The recordings by Hannah function as an emotional diary, detailing the 13 reasons why she decided to kill herself. In the midst of a rollercoaster of emotions, Clay starts to put the pieces together.

Gomez got behind the story in her belief that young people need to experience the frightening truth of what is a deep social issue brought to life on screen. With 13 episodes in the series, this will no doubt penetrate the curiosity of viewers and perhaps come to mean something more.

There’s still plenty of time to get up to speed with the new releases which have just aired and get ready for those coming to your screens soon. What better way to relax in March than with a nice cosy duvet and a massive Netflix binge fest!

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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Netflix Shows You Must See This March
March 8, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

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One of the greatest aspects of Netflix has to be the glorious distraction from the dreaded US mid-season break on cable television shows. With so many of the best cable shows beginning to wrap up for the season or take a break, it is time to get our fix elsewhere. This March, Netflix has some fresh new shows coming out that will likely fill the gap and certainly shake things up on the entertainment front.

Life in Pieces (Season 1, Airing from March 30th)

Anyone looking for some well sought after light entertainment need look no further. Originally aired on the CBS network, this multigenerational family sitcom may feel like familiar territory. Each family member is faced with their own funny or even relatable challenges at times in their daily antics. There is the kooky grandfather John (James Brolin) whose idea for a great 70th birthday bash is a mock funeral.

Then next in the hierarchy we have the adult children played by the likes of Colin Hanks, Zoe Lister-Jones and Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt who are dealing with their own struggles, such as new babies and complicated work romances. Of course, last but not least are the exasperated grandchildren with one non-speaking child even being compared to the unpredictability of a Japanese Game show!

The concept might not be original but with a stellar line up of a cast and equally intriguing characters, this show has sure-fire potential with this formula. It  has a whopping 22 episodes in season 1 and it draws similarities with Modern Family and One Day at a Time so if you like those, this may be right up your street.

Greenleaf (Season 1, Airing from March 3rd)

This show adopts a more serious tone as a drama that reflects key issues in society whilst still making for an entertaining story worth following. If that wasn’t convincing enough, the legend that is Oprah Winfrey herself is behind this creation which was aired initially on her network in the US. The series touches on some hard-hitting topics as it follows television journalist Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) on returning to her hometown of Tennessee with her teenage daughter Sophia (Desiree Ross) to attend the funeral of her sister.

Her arrival causes much conflict after she distanced herself for 20 years when her father, the Bishop played by Keith David, did nothing when her sister was raped by someone in his close circle. Dismayed on finding out that another woman in the parish was raped, Grace turns down a promotion for a role as minister at the family’s megachurch to bring something it hasn’t seen in a long time; justice.

Season 1 consists of 13 episodes and Oprah herself features as jazz club owner, aunt Mavis. Fans of shows like the drama series Empire may also enjoy the similar nitty gritty quality that lies within the thought-provoking Greenleaf.

Cleverman (Season 1, Airs from March 1st)

After experiencing a critically acclaimed season 1 in both its native Australia on ABC TV and in the US also on Sundance TV, Netflix is now set to release the first season of this dystopian drama. Set in the near future, the story is deeply rooted in aboriginal mythology as it depicts a society fearful and torn due to a minority group of supernaturally gifted individuals living among them.

One prophetic young man known as ‘The Cleverman’ (Hunter Page-Lochard) must try to forge bonds with his older brother to fight for their survival and find peace in a torn, fragile world. The show has also been praised for managing to incorporate real life struggles in a modern context such as racism, discrimination and asylum seekers. The main cast itself is also said to be 80% indigenous so the production also stays true to form.

With just six episodes in season 1 and a second season in the works, there are very high hopes for the success of this show. The show has a superhero and warrior quality so those who enjoy shows such as Arrow and Frontier may find familiar footing with Cleverman.

Marvel’s Iron Fist (Season 1, Airing From March 17th)

Did you think you couldn’t get enough superhero action this year? Well brace yourself as Netflix and Marvel have a new original project arriving this Paddy’s Day. This upcoming American web television series follows the Marvel comic book character Iron Fist/ Danny Rand (Finn Jones). Rand is a billionaire martial arts expert who returns to New York 15 years after his parents died to take control of the family business. When an unwanted presence emerges before him however, Rand must decide between family legacy and moral duties as he calls upon the power of the Iron Fist to help him battle his demons, both inside and out.

Season 1 will consist of 13 episodes with a potential second season not released until 2018. However, Iron Fist is the fourth in a series of Marvel shows set for a future crossover collaboration on The Defenders miniseries so stayed tuned for that. It goes without saying that any Marvel/superhero fans will most likely be on board this one. For a rundown of 2017 movies, check out the Must-See Marvel Movies Coming Out This Year.

13 Reasons Why (Season 1, Airing from March 31st)

This original Netflix drama is arguably too close cut to be dismissed as a simple teen soap. 13 Reasons Why based on the bestselling book by Jay Asher is a dark young, drama which sees singer Selena Gomez step away from the mic and into the shoes of executive producer.

The narrative follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he finds a box with his name containing cassette tapes outside his house upon returning from school. He discovers the recordings are from Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a former crush who tragically ended her own life two weeks prior. The recordings by Hannah function as an emotional diary, detailing the 13 reasons why she decided to kill herself. In the midst of a rollercoaster of emotions, Clay starts to put the pieces together.

Gomez got behind the story in her belief that young people need to experience the frightening truth of what is a deep social issue brought to life on screen. With 13 episodes in the series, this will no doubt penetrate the curiosity of viewers and perhaps come to mean something more.

There’s still plenty of time to get up to speed with the new releases which have just aired and get ready for those coming to your screens soon. What better way to relax in March than with a nice cosy duvet and a massive Netflix binge fest!

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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